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Symptoms of Pregnancy

Whether you're a first-time mother or a Mommy of three, wrapping your mind around the fact that you're pregnant always exudes a feeling of surprise and joy. There's really no feeling in the world comparable to being told that you will become a mother may it be the first or fifth time.

But how do you know that you're pregnant? Mothers of multiple children would say that each pregnancy is different as each woman is unique with physical, mental and emotional make up.

We round up the early signs of pregnancy in this post to better prepare you for what lies ahead.

𝗙𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗴𝘂𝗲
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?

Simple.

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.