Pregnancy symptoms (or lack of)

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but before I got preggers, I just assumed pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness and cravings were just par for the course.

But what happens if you don’t get any of these?

  • Does that mean I’m not really pregnant?
  • Does that mean there is something wrong?
  • Will it help to predict the gender of the baby?

No. As I have come to learn, it means that not all pregnancies are the same. What one pregnant woman experiences will vary massively from another. I guess that’s the ice-breaker conversation at NCT classes?

I consider myself to be very lucky that I didn’t spend the first 3 months with my head stuck down a toilet, but at the same time, I was a little put out that when asked how I was feeling, I could only say I’d experienced a teeny weeny bit of nausea in the afternoons.

I didn’t get off totally Scot free though, and as time goes on, each day something else is happening to my body.

At first, I suffered terrible headaches for weeks on end (possibly also to do with removing caffeine from my diet), complete exhaustion but then insomnia at night time, heightened sense of smell that would rival that of my kittens, and a need for cheese with almost every meal.  Now, the tiredness has not gone away, and it’s more aches, pains and twinges here and there as my body adjusts to the (nice) growing bulge.

How to manage pregnancy symptoms

  • Headaches – stay hydrated, take regular breaks, don’t get hungry, try massage, and maybe take a little exercise.
  • Nausea and vomiting – eat small frequent meals, avoid greasy, high-fat foods, eat starchy foods, such as crackers, toast or cereal, drinking peppermint, spearmint and chamomile teas.
  • Constipation – include lots of fibre in your diet, such as fruits, raw vegetables, whole grain products, nuts and dried fruits, drink a lot of water, take exercise, eat prunes or figs or prunes.
  • Fatigue – get as much sleep or rest as you can, and try a warm bath, massage or hot drink before bed.
  • Breast tenderness – wearing a good support bra may help you feel more comfortable.
  • Frequent need to wee – not much will stop this, but make sure you don’t restrict fluid intake.
  • Heartburn- eat smaller but more frequent meals, avoid highly seasoned, rich and fatty foods, and don’t lie flat after eating a meal.
  • Backache- try not to stand in one position for too long.
  • Dizziness – don’t stand up too quickly and eat well to maintain good blood sugar.

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