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Journey To Motherhood: Pregnancy Symptoms Guide!

18 May
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Dr. Pooja Dholakia

Hey there, future moms and mom-to-be!

Today, let’s explore the wonderful world of pregnancy. And let me tell you, it is filled with unexpected twists, turns, and a whole lot of love. Picture this: You wake up one day, and suddenly, everything feels a bit different. You start noticing changes in your body. That’s right, I’m talking about the magical world of pregnancy symptoms! So, to all you soon-to-be mamas out there, buckle up and enjoy the ride. Embrace the ups and downs, the highs and lows, because each symptom is a gentle reminder that you’re on a great journey – the journey to motherhood.

First off, let’s know about the early signs. These are like little whispers from your body, saying, ‘Hey, something’s happening in here!’ as your body’s dropping hints that a tiny miracle might be on the way.

Missed Period: This one’s a classic. Your period decides to take a little vacation, and suddenly, you’re left wondering what’s going on down there. Well, surprise!!

Morning Sickness (or Anytime Sickness): Ah, the nausea and the vomiting. But fear not, it’s all part of the magical journey.

Fatigue: Ever feel like you could sleep for a hundred years? Yeah, that’s the pregnancy fatigue. Your body is working overtime to create a tiny human, so it’s no wonder you’re feeling more tired than usual.

Mood swings & Cravings: let’s not forget the mood swings! One minute, you’re laughing and the next, you’re crying. And oh, the cravings! Suddenly, you find yourself craving pickles and ice cream at 3 am.

Now, let’s fast forward to the late signs. These are like the grand finale of the pregnancy show – they announce to the world, ‘Yep, there’s definitely a baby in there!’

Baby Bump: Ah, the moment you’ve been waiting for – the baby bump makes its grand entrance! Suddenly, your clothes don’t quite fit the same, and you find yourself proudly showing that adorable bump for all to see.

Kicks: Feeling a little dance party happening in your belly? That’s your little one saying hello!

Signs & Symptoms of Pregnancy

Every planning couple has a natural desire to know whether they are pregnant or not. Apart from pregnancy tests, there are many other signs indicating pregnancy.

When you cross a few days or weeks of pregnancy, the body definitely starts giving pregnancy signs even before the menstruation date. Usually, these signs start appearing during the first week of conception.

1. Missing menstruation:

Missing menstruation is definitely the first sign of pregnancy.

2. Implantation Bleeding:

The fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall resulting in implantation of the embryo in the uterus. If your menstrual cycle is regular, signs of implantation bleeding may start appearing about a week before your missed period, this could be a few hours or even a few days. This may appear as a light spot of blood on the underwear or as slight bleeding when wiping the vagina. But take care that there is not excessive bleeding because this can happen due to miscarriage or even due to menstruation.

3. Increased Body Temperature:

Before ovulation, body temperature rises and goes back to normal after your period. However during pregnancy, basal body temperature remains constantly elevated, and upon implantation, the body prepares itself to accommodate a new life, resulting in increased temperature. The immune system prepares itself for pregnancy. If your body temperature is increasing even after more than 20 days of ovulation, it can be considered a sign of the beginning of a new journey.

4. Sensitive and heavy breasts:

Symptoms of pregnancy are visible a week before the absence of menstruation, such as sensitive and heavy breasts or darkening of the color around the nipples. As estrogen levels increase after conception, women feel extremely engorged and full and experience severe breast pain. The nipples begin to appear darker in color and may also feel itching, tension, or prickling. Although these symptoms are not very different from those indicating the condition of the nipple before menstruation, these symptoms persist for more days than usual even after you have not had your period.

5. Increased smell sensitivity:

Pregnancy hormones play a major role in causing your favorite food cravings and can also cause irritation with certain smells. Sudden increased sensitivity to smell, cravings for spicy tastes, and aversion to certain foods – may occur during the initial weeks after conception and may or may not continue throughout pregnancy. In some pregnant women, the problem of loss of appetite starts even before menstruation occurs. Due to strange activities in hormones, you will feel as if you have eaten some tasteless metal.

6. Frequent Urination:

Feeling the need to urinate frequently is another major sign. This tendency increases during pregnancy when the growing uterus begins to put pressure on the bladder. With hormonal changes and extra blood production, frequent urination is a common symptom that will last throughout pregnancy. The kidneys work longer to filter blood, resulting in the need to urinate frequently. Almost all pregnant women experience this symptom, which is one of the early symptoms of pregnancy, starting as you get closer to your period.

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7. Mood swings and dreams:

Hormonal changes make you feel either happy or very depressed. Due to this, your mood starts changing in mysterious ways, and you may start crying over the most trivial issues. Hormonal imbalance affects neurotransmitters in the brain, leading to bouts of sudden emotional outbursts ranging from anger to rage. If you don't feel normal, take some time to rest. It is common to have strange dreams in the early weeks of pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones work in strange ways, causing a pregnant woman to have inexplicable dreams and hallucinations.

8. Nausea-vomiting:

It is a minor symptom, often referred to as ‘Morning Sickness’. This symptom is important. Within a few days of conception, you may start feeling restless and experience nausea. Due to increased levels of estrogen and progesterone, you may feel nauseous as soon as you wake up each day. It is not necessary that nausea always occurs in the morning, it can occur anytime and can last throughout the day. About 80% of pregnant women experience nausea in the first weeks before missing a period. The intensity of the symptoms of morning sickness or nausea varies from woman to woman. These symptoms usually go away after the first trimester.

9. Fatigue:

Tiredness and sleepiness are early symptoms of pregnancy, it is very normal to feel tired after doing minor tasks. Increased levels of progesterone may be to blame for the tendency to oversleep. The body starts producing more blood to support the growing fetus resulting in increased tiredness.

10. Dizziness:

At this time, the blood vessels dilate, which causes a drop in blood pressure and a feeling of dizziness and imbalance.

11. Constipation and abdominal swelling:

Increasing levels of hormones hinder digestion and due to this, gas gets trapped in the intestines. As a result, problems like farts, belching, and constipation may also arise. Abdominal swelling or cramping and pulling may be a result of increased progesterone.

12. Muscle pain:

Hormones work to make room for the new organism inside you and this affects the ligaments, which need to expand. Strain on ligaments and joints can cause pain in your spinal area (back pain).


The symptoms and stages of pregnancy are never the same for every woman. Some of the symptoms you experience may also be caused by a disease that you are not aware of.

The symptoms mentioned above do not completely confirm pregnancy. If you're thinking of starting a family, pay attention if the above signs appear. It is possible that none of these symptoms may appear, but the woman may still be pregnant and have a completely normal baby.

Pregnancy can be confirmed only when tested by a pregnancy test kit and finally by a blood test and Sonography done by a doctor.

Sadness Vs Joy

Symptoms of pregnancy are not an occasion for sadness, but an occasion for joy, just as there is hustle and bustle in the atmosphere before the arrival of monsoon, but the joy of rain is something else, however, every planning woman does not have to face all these troubles, but only for the upcoming child. This should be kept in mind.

Looking back on your journey, from the happy moment of seeing 2 pink lines on the pregnancy test to all the ups and downs of emotions and body changes during the 9 months, you realize how strong and tough you really are.

Your journey to motherhood is unique, beautiful, and filled with endless possibilities. So, hold onto hope, stay strong, and trust in the magic of new beginnings. Welcome to the extraordinary adventure of motherhood!

Enjoy !! You are going to be a mother!!

Disclaimer: This blog is correct as per the writer's knowledge. This is not medical guidance. Follow as you are responsible for.

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