Pregnancy – Things to Know |

The changes that take place during the short span of human pregnancy are profound.  Many of these changes occur soon after fertilization and continue throughout the entire pregnancy.  Most of these incredible adaptations are in response to the growing fetus and the hormonal changes the fetus produces in its mother.

Changes…Start at 4-5 Weeks of Pregnancy

Most women will notice subtle changes as early as four to five weeks of pregnancy.

The first changes to be noticed are:

  • Breast tenderness (sometimes with nipple discharge);
  • Heightened sense of smell (your favorite food or perfume may be intolerable);
  • Nausea with or without vomiting (this is called morning sickness, but often this problem can occur throughout the day);
  • Increased frequency of headaches;
  • Increased frequency of heartburn; and
  • Pelvic cramping or tenderness.

Usually these conditions go away spontaneously at about 14 to 16 weeks.

Pregnant woman on exam table
Simple element illustration. Pregnant woman on table symbol design.

Should I listen to what my friends and family say?

Most pregnant women are given more information than they care to hear from family and friends during the entire course of the pregnancy.  Many statements often told are not true and only serve to heighten anxiety and stress.   Just because a family member has a bad story about a complication does not mean that it is going to happen to you.

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