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Morning sickness and swollen ankles?!

Our bodies begin to change from the moment of conception. Hormones take off, appetites can change and mornings can become somewhat of a challenge. Some women have virtually no symptoms, others have too many to list! Some women have even shared their experiences with us!

Some of the more common symptoms submitted are:

Heartburn - This one isn't much fun at all. I lived with a bottle of Rolaids for almost my whole pregnancy! Try to avoid gassy or spicy foods and eating late at night.

Nausea (morning sickness) - This tends to last for only the first trimester and usually in the morning when you get up. However, that being said, nausea can happen at any time of the day and can last throughout the whole pregnancy. Try setting your alarm a few minutes early and remain still in bed for a few minutes before getting up. Some say soda crackers before rising can help. For some women, nothing helps... sorry. :(

Sensitivity to odors - Some women say they can smell things miles away!!

Tender breasts - YEOUCH! Don't touch! Breasts can become very sensitive in pregnancy.

Fatigue - Yes, you can feel very tired before you are up all night with the baby! I would sleep almost 12 hours a night easily during my first trimester. Get as much rest as you can, your body will let you know what rest it needs. Hormonal changes in your body contribute greatly to exhaustion. If this is not your first child, consider having someone look after your other children for a few hours so you can catch a much needed nap.

Dizziness - Be sure to eat! Sometimes low blood sugar can cause dizziness or even the growing uterus can be placing pressure on the arteries.

Vivid Dreams - This doesn't help when you are tired already! Sometimes dreams are so vivid you wake thinking that it really happened!

Acne - Changes in hormonal levels in your body can change the type of skin you have. Oily skin can become dry, dry skin can become oily. Use a good cleanser and moisturizer to try and minimize these effects.

Hair and Nails - Changes in hormonal levels in your body can change the consistency or strength of your hair and nails. During my pregnancies, this was the only time my nails would grow long and strong!

Moodiness - So, you are tired, sick, sore and now you have pimples! No wonder you are a little irritable. Again, hormonal levels that are increasing in your body, will affect this too. 

Edema (swelling) - Retaining fluids during pregnancy is more common later in the pregnancy, but can begin in the first trimester. Consult your physician if your face or hands appear swollen. This can be a sign of preeclampsia although this only appears in a small percentage of pregnancies. This may develop around week 20.

Frequent Urination - This is most common in the first and third trimester.

Some have shared...

Did you think you were pregnant before you took the test?
additional comments

What symptom(s) did you have?

no
-Kylie

I cannot stay AWAKE!!

very very sore breasts & nipples
extreme tiredness
slight nausea
faint but constant headache
yes
-jenniferbeer
headaches
food cravings
moodiness
vivid dreams
frequent urination
acne
fatigue
no
-Rachel
tiredness
changes in skin
cramps
moodiness
light cramps
nausea
yes
-Tracy
Missed period
Sore nipples - painful
no
-Stacia

I was so sure that it was just low blood sugar or being over tired that I took 2 home tests.... both were positive.

Dizziness
headaches
tired (sleeping 10 or more hours a day and still being tired)

 
yes
-Jamie

Just knew

sore breasts
swollen nipples
yes
-Amy
sore breasts
increased saliva
heightened sense of smell
aversions to certain smells
aversions to certain foods
extreme exhaustion
nausea
bloating
heartburn
stomach aches
occasional dizziness
hot flashes
no
-Michelle
headache
nauseous all day long
very sore breasts
constantly tired
no
-Cocoa
nausea
very slow
throwing up
Need to cry sometimes
pimples
tender breast
metalic taste - need to always have something in mouth
constant spitting
always tired
lazy
beautiful glowing skin
no
-Samantha
Tired
Moody
Sore Breasts
no
-Robin
extreme fatigue
very emotional
strong nails
hair thickened
nausea all day
excessive thirst
yes
-Tracey

The symptoms were immediate after conception, with my first child it was after a missed period that I knew

achy lower abdomen
sleepy in late afternoon

 
-Kerri

I am a vegetarian, and I have been craving meat everyday, all day long!

tiredness
dizziness
cramps
food cravings for meat
yes
-Heather
Dizziness
sore breasts
bloated abdomen
mood swings
enormous appetite
tired tired tired!
yes
-Diane

All of my symptoms started ten days before my period was due, and a home preg. test came up positive four days before my period was due. I am now seven weeks pregnant!

Veins appearing on breasts
sore breasts
non-stop stomach grumbling
mild headaches
very frequent urination
yes
-Nina
VERY sore breasts
morning sickness all day long
frequent urination
no
-Tanu
1st sign was sore breasts
metallic taste in mouth
craving salty snacks and foods
lower abdomen ligament pain
burping
lightheadedness
heart palpitations (only on 2 occasions).
  MORE »

Thanks to all who have shared their pregnancy symptoms with us. We are no longer accepting submissions, but if you had an interesting first trimester due to complications or hardships related to pregnancy symptoms, please feel free to submit your story to us.

ALWAYS consult your physician or childcare expert if you have any questions concerning your, or your family's, well being.

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