Symptoms of Pregnancy

Your doctor will tell you that hormonal changes may cause fatigue on the first trimester of your pregnancy. It usually goes away on the second trimester and then comes back on the third trimester when you have to waddle through that added pounds as you are on the homestretch. Pregnancy leads to hormonal changes that make your body produce more blood which carry nutrients to your developing baby.

Ever wonder why you get so sleepy during pregnancy? Your progesterone level increases during pregnancy which can make you feel sleepy and sluggish.

𝗗𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝗿 𝗔𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗹𝗮𝘀
Areolas are the areas surrounding your nipples. You might notice your areolas getting darker on the first two weeks from conception. When you see this change in color, don't panic. There's no need to worry or sound the alarm. The change in color is really just a normal result of pregnancy. The darkening of your areolas is, again, the result of surging pregnancy hormones as your body gets ready to breastfeed your baby the moment he or she says "hello" to the world.

𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗖𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀
Food cravings in pregnancy can range from simple to bizzare. Science has not exactly pinpointed the direct correlation between pregnancy and the strong desire to devour or consume a specific type of food, sweet, savory or salty. Some pregnant women crave for pizza, cake, ice cream, green mango, a mixture of highly unlikely flavors such as peanut butter and cheese, and even whatever is found in the neighbor's pantry.

A gentle reminder though: you can give in to your cravings. But do not overindulge especially with foods such as raw eggs, raw fish, undercooked meat and soft cheese. These food items may contain harmful bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella.

Also steer clear of too much sugar, especially when you're at risk of developing gestational diabetes. Too much sugary food items can lead to dental issues and unhealthy weight gain.

𝗧𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁𝘀
Remember that your breast is an important part of your body that will nurture your baby's nutritional needs. During pregnancy, your breasts encounter several changes. We already mentioned darker areolas. Aside from the color change, you will also experience tender breasts. They may also feel heavier and fuller. With your system going on full-pregnant mode, your body is producing too much estrogen and progesterone way higher than what you normally have when you're not pregnant. Increased progesterone and estrogen levels make mammary glands grow and get ready to feed a baby who will be nourished by the liquid gold produced by your body.

𝗡𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘃𝗼𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴
Morning sickness or the twin sisters named "nausea" and "vomiting" can make a pregnant woman's first trimester exhausting. Although it's called morning sickness, this condition can happen any time of the day for pregnant women. For most women, nausea and vomiting starts before nine weeks of pregnancy and persists all throughout the first trimester. It usually goes away on the second trimester.

However, if the condition persists and prevents you from keeping your food and fluid down, then it's best to seek medical help.

To manage nausea and vomiting, avoid food and smells which triggers this condition. It is also best to have a pack or two of soda crackers with you as foods high in starch absorb stomach acids and settle your queasy stomach.

Eating small meals, instead of big meals, will help you manage morning sickness too.

𝗠𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗱
A missed period is often seen as the first sign of pregnancy.
This is not applicable to all but, in general, a woman experiences mild cramping and spotting during early pregnancy. The fertilized egg creates a group of cells filled with fluid that is called blastocyst. It develops into the body parts and internal organs of your baby. Some bleeding might happen about 10 to 14 days after conception as the blastocyst implants in the endometrium. This might be mistaken as light period so some already pregnant women don't think they're pregnant.

How do you know that you're pregnant when you're not sure if you've missed your period?


Take a pregnancy test. If it's positive, then immediately schedule a prenatal check up with your obstetrician.

Journey with Madam Partum

Discuss with your doctor about what you can do and cannot do while you're pregnant. Also bring up to him or her how you can manage pain and discomfort so you can truly cherish this journey of motherhood without feeling moody, grumpy and under the weather most of the time

There are ways to manage pain and discomfort and we, at Madam Partum, are here to help you out.

Our pre-partum massage relieves you from stress so you will have overall body wellness. It will replenish your qi and blood circulation so you can regain vigor so you can truly cherish this significant part of your journey.

Just in case you have missed our previous post about “How pregnancy hormones affect your body”, find out more here http://www.madampartum.com/blog-details/how-pregnancy-hormones-affect-your-body.

Book your pre-partum massage with us via whatsapp at 8166 0070 or call us at 62 933 933 so you can relax and unwind while basking in the joy & glow of having a baby growing inside you.

Weight gain.

More than one in four women in Singapore are found to put on too much weight during their pregnancies, a study has shown.It's always best to check with your healthcare provider on how much weight you should gain during the entire duration of the pregnancy.

During a healthy pregnancy, women typically gain between 10 to16 kg, and even more for some. The spine has to support that weight. Often that causes lower back pain and especially at the later trimester. The weight of the growing baby and uterus also puts pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in the pelvis and back.

Keep your weight in check when you're pregnant and avoid falling in the trap of making excuses that you can just eat anything you want in unlimited quantities just because you're eating for two. Always opt for a healthy, balanced diet. Steer clear of too much carbohydrates that can be found in white rice and white flour.

Fluid retention

Swelling because of fluid retention is not uncommon during pregnancy. Doctors will tell you that the pregnant body produces 50 percent more fluids and blood because the baby needs it to develop and mature. A growing uterus and changing hormones causes swelling on the face, fingers, legs and feet.

To reduce the swelling, opt for gentle exercises such as yoga and swimming. If your legs and feet hurt, elevate them for 20 minutes. A good massage by a well-trained masseuse provides relief and makes healthy blood circulation possible.


Progesterone levels are high during pregnancy. This is the hormone responsible for relaxing muscles, which means that this is the same hormone that relaxes the stomach valves whose main purpose is to keep acid out of the esophagus. As the uterus also expands from the growing baby, it pushes the stomach which forces acid into the esophagus causing heartburn.


Under general circumstances, constipation is a result of low-fiber diet, anxiety and worry, minimal physical exercise. When you're pregnant… constipation is often the doing of progesterone. It relaxes the intestinal muscle which make food and waste move slower. You may also be experiencing constipation if you're taking iron tablets. Make sure you drink a lot of water or consider switching to a different type with the advice of your OBGYN to make sure its safe for you and the baby.

Physical activity

Carrying a baby is no easy feat. Extreme activities such as bungee jumping and triathlons that the mother enjoyed before pregnancy have to take a back seat for a while. However, you can still do yoga, swimming or walking during pregnancy to help manage discomfort and avoid the risk of experiencing pregnancy complications. But also check in with your doctor whenever you are in doubt as every mommies’ pregnancy experience is very different, that along with the other syndrome that we might develop at different stages.

Restless leg syndrome

The third trimester of your pregnancy can be very daunting and exhausting and it is when the so-called restless leg syndrome (RLS) is at its worst. RLS happens when you have an uncontrollable urge to move your legs when you're sleeping or even when you're resting. Some healthcare providers say that rising estrogen levels cause RLS. It may be triggered by insufficient iron or folic acid.

How can Madam Partum help you?

To help ease the discomfort in Mommy during pregnancy, we recommend a pre-partum massage that is tailored fit for Mommy's special needs.

The massage is administered by our well-trained masseuse with years of experience in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) massage. Our tuina techniques helps reduce swelling brought about fluid retention. This technique also dissolves tension and reduces cramping.

Regardless of your needs - lessen your back pain, reduce swelling in feet, seek relaxation from exhaustion or me-time during your pregnancy - a pre-partum massage can offer you relief and the much needed pampering that you deserve. So go ahead and pencil in a date for yourself on your calendar with us! We can't wait to see you!