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Pregnant With No Pregnancy Symptoms?

Pregnant With No Pregnancy Symptoms?

Whenever you think of some of the most common symptoms of pregnancy, morning sickness, breast tenderness, and food cravings are the first ones to pop up in your mind, isn’t it? But did you know that these are not the only symptoms of pregnancy and that pregnancy symptoms can vary significantly in terms of the duration and intensity among different women? What’s more interesting is that these symptoms can be considerably different from one pregnancy to the other in the person!

Pregnant With No Pregnancy Symptoms?
Is It possible to be pregnant and have no pregnancy symptoms

While it is a fact that many women do experience these common or ‘typical’ pregnancy symptoms during their pregnancy, it is not that uncommon to have no symptoms while you are pregnant at all. This post will discuss whether having the typical pregnancy symptoms is a sign of a healthy pregnancy and whether you should worry if you don’t have any. 

Onset, severity, and frequency of the Pregnancy symptoms

Your pregnancy is divided into three trimesters that last for about three months each. For most pregnant women, the symptoms start to make their appearance in the first trimester itself. Some of the common signs that you might experience during this time include feeling tired, morning sickness, sensitive breasts, and increased sensitivity to smells. Many women can feel like throwing up just thinking about some of the more intense-smelling things like fish or boiled eggs. For some women, these symptoms can start quite early in their pregnancy, as early as five to six weeks after the last menstrual period (LMP). 

One of the earliest symptoms is the tenderness in the breasts that can start just a week or two after you conceive. During the first trimester, you might also see that you have gained a bit of weight. Some women tend to gain weight quite early in their pregnancy compared to other women. 

The severity of these symptoms, especially the morning sickness and the sensitivity to smells, can start to decline as you move into your second trimester. That said, some women report having morning sickness well into their second trimester. 

Pregnancy Symptoms: It is different for everyone.

It is important to note that there is no single definition of ‘normal’ when it comes to pregnancy symptoms. There can be considerable variations in the onset, duration, and severity of such symptoms. Moreover, as you move along in your pregnancy, your body is undergoing many changes almost daily. Consequently, what you experience today as a symptom might drastically change within a matter of days. On some days, you might be queasier than others or have to urinate more frequently. The same is true regarding your mood as well. On some days, you might feel upbeat and in a good mood, while on others, you might feel down and out. 

Complete absence of pregnancy symptoms

While women with severe pregnancy symptoms might feel relieved if they start to disappear, some pregnant women who don’t experience any symptoms might worry about their unborn child’s health. Some women might also fear that having no signs of pregnancy might mean that there is something wrong, and their pregnancy can end up in a miscarriage. If you are pregnant with no symptoms that we mentioned above, here is a bit of good news- while it is not very common to not have any symptoms, it is quite possible to carry your pregnancy to term and deliver a healthy baby even if you have no symptoms at all. 

According to some scientific studies, as many as 1 in 475 pregnant women don’t realize they are pregnant until they reach the 5th month (20th week) of pregnancy. A pregnancy with no noticeable symptoms and the pregnant woman does not realize that she is pregnant is termed ‘cryptic’ or ‘denied’ pregnancy, and it can happen due to many reasons, including PCOS. In other words, there can be a case where someone pregnant might not look or feel pregnant till they are well past the halfway mark!

early pregnancy symptoms
The most common early signs and symptoms of pregnancy might include

Changes or loss of pregnancy symptoms 

If you have any concerns regarding your pregnancy symptoms or have any signs, have you worried about talking to your ONGYN. If there is a reason to be concerned, having your doctor onboard at the earliest possible stage is safe. The two causes of concern regarding the pregnancy symptoms that you should report to your doctor immediately are- the sudden disappearance of the pregnancy symptoms and changes in the foetal movements you perceive. 

Changes in the foetal movements

Some of the pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness, tend to decrease in intensity as you progress into the pregnancy; the foetal movements should not diminish. Although there will be days when your baby will move a lot and when they are quiet, any sudden change in inactivity might be a cause for concern. For instance, if your baby is usually quite active and if you suddenly see that the movements have been reduced drastically, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. 

In most pregnancies, expecting mothers will start to feel the movement of their babies in the womb at around the 16th week. This process, by the way, is called quickening. Recognizing foetal movement can be tricky if it is your first time being pregnant, and you tend to recognize the movements earlier if you have had a previous experience. If you don’t feel any foetal movement by the 20th week of your pregnancy, you should let your doctor know. 

Changes later stages of your pregnancy

During the later stages of your pregnancy (week 28 and above), your doctor might advise you to do what is called a daily foetal kick count. It is a simple exercise where you count the time taken to feel ten movements. Ideally, it should take you between 30 minutes to about 2 hours to feel ten movements. If you think that the baby is not moving much or if the movements have stopped completely, it is always safer to keep your OBGYN in the loop. 

In many cases, it is normal to experience lesser foetal movements, and it is not a reason for concern. One of the reasons for experiencing lesser foetal movements during certain hours of the day might be due to the fact that the baby is on a ‘sleep cycle’ and is simply asleep! In some cases, if the placenta is on the anterior wall of the uterus, it can cushion the foetal movements, and it might make it harder to feel subtle movements. 

Another possible explanation of decreased foetal movement is the compression of the umbilical cord. If for some reason, the umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck, it can get compressed, making the foetal movements less prominent. Your OBGYN can easily see if it is the case using an ultrasound. 

Disappearing pregnancy symptoms 

If you have been having some pregnancy symptoms and disappear suddenly, especially within the first trimester itself, it might cause concern. Many women might just stop ‘feeling pregnant. It is crucial that you report it to your doctor right away. If the pregnancy symptoms stop abruptly, it might indicate a miscarriage even if you don’t see any bleeding or cramping. 

Final words: Early pregnancy symptoms

It can be challenging for some pregnant women to deal with early pregnancy symptoms, such as fatigue and morning sickness. At the same time, some other women might feel worried due to the absence of any of these symptoms. However, it is important to know that every pregnancy is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to pregnancy symptoms. 

If you are concerned regarding any symptoms (or lack thereof), talk to your doctor. They can provide you with the right suggestions and, most importantly, the reassurance you need to put your mind at ease. Remember, the less you stress about things, the better it is for your baby. Try to make your pregnancy as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.