What is Normal During Pregnancy?

Many women who are pregnant for the first time wonder what they should expect and what is normal during pregnancy. The truth of the matter is that every woman and indeed every pregnancy is different. It’s not uncommon for some women to feel the same as usual while other women will be exhausted and experience a whole host of problems. The following are some symptoms that are completely normal during pregnancy and that should be expected.

Always remember, though, that if you are worried a symptom is out of the ordinary you should contact your doctor. Sometimes intuition is stronger than any list of what’s “normal” during pregnancy!

A missed period is to be expected in early pregnancy, but many women confuse implantation bleeding with their period. As a result, some women do not realize they are pregnant until they miss their second period. Many women will feel tired, queasy, moody, and lightheaded. It’s not uncommon to have a strong sense of smell, cravings, heartburn, constipation, and increased urination. Some women have extremely sensitive breasts and others feel extremely sleepy. Still others just feel “off” and aren’t sure why.

While these are all very normal symptoms during pregnancy there are some other symptoms women don’t usually expect that may be normal, too. For example, fainting and dizziness are quite common as well as developing a dark line on the belly. Some women’s nipples will darken and just the thought of some foods or smells may make you nauseous. Lots of people assume morning sickness only applies to the morning, but it can occur all day long. Also, it may last only a few weeks, or it could last the entire pregnancy.

Do some research to find out if specific symptoms you are experiencing are normal for pregnancy? Also, talk with your doctor about how you feel and what you should anticipate. Every woman will experience pregnancy in a different way and it’s not uncommon for women to have different symptoms with each pregnancy.


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