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First Month of Pregnancy - Watch Out For These Nine Common Symptoms!

Jan 20, 2008
With so many people discussing motherhood and with so much of advice being handed around by experienced mothers, it is very natural that the first time mother-to-be ends up with a confused jumble of ideas, especially where events occurring during the first month of pregnancy are concerned! In general, the reactions and changes during this month are typical for every woman who has conceived, but it is just possible that some women may have different experiences altogether. But that should not really become a cause for worry!

These are the symptoms which are generally experienced during the first month of pregnancy as a result of hormonal secretions within the mother's body:

(1) One of the major hormones secreted is HCG or human gonadotrophin hormone which actually transfers from the implanted fetus into the bloodstream of the mother with child. The output is low in the beginning but gradually increases, resulting in noticeable first month of pregnancy symptoms after conception, somewhere around 12 days or 2 weeks later. Of note, the hormone level has to be high enough to cause noticeable bodily changes.

(2) In fact, the symptoms are more prominent in women who are expecting twins or more than two children because HCG levels are higher. Also, the symptoms can be seen earlier in these mothers-to-be than those pregnant with a single child. The same is true of women with earlier deliveries, whose bodies have become more sensitive to hormonal changes.

(3) The expectant mother can experience a lowering of blood pressure, since a hormone called progesterone brings about relaxation and dilation of the blood vessels. The resultant effects are feeling dizzy and fainting.

(4) In fact, hormones like estrogen and progesterone are already present in a woman's body. The levels increase during this period and cause symptoms to appear during the first month of pregnancy.

(5) Headaches can be a result of hormonal changes, or there could be other reasons such as blood vessels having an increased blood volume or merely tension resulting from stress.

(6) The first month of pregnancy may witness saliva being produced in larger amounts (Ptyalism), which is vomited out. This condition is generally referred to as 'morning sickness'. The mother with child has to use the same treatment methods as used for treating nausea and vomiting. This feeling of sickness may vanish after three and a half months in most cases; some women tend to have it a little longer.

(7) An unusual event that occurs is rejecting foods that seemed enjoyable before pregnancy, and developing a craving for certain other foods. This feeling of aversion remains on and off during the entire length of the pregnancy.

(8) Smells are another cause for concern. The sense of smell being heightened at this time, odors that seemed pleasant before becoming pregnant, may become a cause for nausea now.

(9) To conclude, the first month of pregnancy ends with at least a 50% increase in blood flow to the skin. The expectant mother may sweat more through the feet and hands because of an increased feeling of warmth. With the increase in body heat, there is greater metabolism. The basal body temperature is therefore heightened. There could be bleeding from the gums and the nose also.
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