Early Pregnancy Symptoms, Morning Sickness and Fatigue: Part 4
In Part 3, we charted and celebrated the first positive pregnancy test. You are now officially expecting a child! Continue to take your prenatal vitamin, which you may have begun consuming as part of a (proactive) pregnancy wellness and nutrition routine because you were already preparing to conceive. So, what do you have to look forward to now?
That is debatable: Aside from a missing period and a positive pregnancy test, no pregnancy sign or pregnancy symptom can be generalized. What we’ll give you is a rundown of possible signs and symptoms, with the caveat that not everyone will experience all of them – or at the same intensity or for the same length of time.
But, what’s going on with your body right now? The blastocyst is inserted in your endometrium and developed into the embryo in Part 3. The placenta secreted Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which instructed your body to continue producing progesterone. You used a pregnancy test about ten days after ovulation to confirm that you were still pregnant.
How Your Fetus Grows During Pregnancy
With the development of the placenta, the yolk sac appears to produce embryonic blood cells before the fetal organs develop enough to start creating their cells. The umbilical cord also forms to bind the embryo to the placenta, allowing nutrients and oxygen to be shared between the fetus and the expectant mother. The embryo is in a period of accelerated development! A band of cells emerges on the embryo’s surface during this burst of growth, providing a genetic blueprint or autotelic coding for the diagrammatic structure of your baby’s tissues, organs, and general bio-systemic ordering.
A missed period is a sign of pregnancy?
You have officially missed your period! A “missed period” is a typical first symptom of conception if you haven’t taken an early pregnancy test or weren’t officially planning to conceive. As previously mentioned, hCG development informs your body that an embryo is present and that progesterone production should resume. Menstruation is triggered by a drop in progesterone levels and the breakdown of the endometrium. Thus, if progesterone levels remain elevated, the endometrium will remain stable, and the pregnancy will be preserved. In other words, menstruation does not occur, and you skip your time.
Tender breasts and nipples are often associated with elevated progesterone levels, as previously mentioned. Breast sensitivity is common in non-pregnant women during the luteal process (following ovulation). Increased nipple and breast sensitivity, on the other hand, is a very normal early pregnancy symptom. As a result, keep an eye out for increased tenderness or breast/nipple sensitivity that can last longer than in previous periods. Your body will begin preparing the breasts and breast glands for birth after you become pregnant. Soreness, tenderness, and swelling of the breasts are likely to follow.
The embryo is now rapidly developing, virtually doubling in size every day during early pregnancy.
Fatigue and Nausea
Fatigue is a natural and normal consequence of accelerated development and the result of flowing hormones. Fatigue is a common symptom of pregnancy. As the saying goes, you’re feeding for two now, and nutrients/calories that would normally be used to keep your diet going are now being diverted to fetal growth.
Eating well and try taking Omega-3 supplements in addition to the prenatal vitamin. Naturally, keep in touch with your doctor and discuss the right fitness, diet, and workout routine for you. Hunger is, after all, a related symptom. An increase in appetite and food cravings is a well-known pregnancy symptom. Food cravings can be strange or even bizarre when the body is looking for certain foods and proteins.
Are you feeling a bit nauseous? While we’re on the subject of health, morning sickness is one of the most well-known (or infamous) pregnancy signs. As many as 94% of pregnant women report feeling morning sickness during some stage of their pregnancy. Elevated levels of hCG and progesterone will make us feel worse – and not just in the mornings.
Morning sickness is a misnomer: women may feel pregnancy signs of nausea at any time of day or night. If you cannot handle nausea, your doctor can prescribe you medication to take it. Morning sickness in most women is mild to moderate. If you experience severe morning sickness, try talking to your doctor and see if she can help you with some meds.
Frequent urination: an early sign of pregnancy
You can notice that you are urinating more often while in the toilet coping with morning sickness problems. Frequent urination is caused by the uterus expanding during pregnancy, putting pressure on the bladder, and forcing you to pee more often. Increased frequency of urination is one of the least unpleasant pregnancy signs, but having to urinate frequently can quickly become tiresome and annoying.
Early development & folic acid
Gastrulation is now taking place within the uterus, an important stage in the embryo’s development. The cells start to migrate and differentiate into three distinct layers. These layers are formed by the rudimentary streak’s systemic outline and eventually become different body sections and organs. The lining of the lungs, some glands, the bladder, and the digestive tract all start with the endoderm layer as a template. The heart, muscles, bones, lungs, and reproductive organs all arise from the mesoderm, the middle layer. The outer ectoderm forms the sensory organs, including the face, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and nervous system.
The heart and neural tube are both in the early stages of development at this phase. The latter is required for the spine’s and central nervous system’s growth. Maybe you’ve learned that folic acid-fortified prenatal vitamins will help prevent congenital disabilities?
Research suggests that taking a folic acid supplement (and/or consuming diets high in folic acid) may decrease the likelihood of neural tube birth defects during early pregnancy when the neural tube first appears.
You must be taking good care of yourself during this time of the pregnancy. Ensure that you are eating right, staying away from caffeine and other stimulants, and talking to your doctor regularly. Stress can be very bad during this early part of your pregnancy, so make sure that you stay away from things that elevate your stress level. If you can, practice some meditation and light yoga as well.
Some women find this time of pregnancy quite stressful with morning sickness and the ever-changing body. Try talking to your friends or relatives who have gone through this phase and ensure that you are in the right frame of mind.
You’ve got a positive pregnancy test, a missed period, and maybe a few early pregnancy signs on the way.
In part five, we will discuss the changes in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Fertility2Family Five Part series
Part One: Ovulation To Early Pregnancy A Week By Week Cycle
Part Two: Ovulation to Conception and Fertilization of the Ovum
Part Three: Implantation, Progesterone, hCG Tests, & the Luteal Phase
Part Four: Pregnancy Symptoms, Morning Sickness & Fatigue
Part Five: First Trimester Pregnancy Signs