What You May Be Feeling

Dec 17, 2010 No Comments by

While it’s true that pregnancy has its share of wonderful moments and experience to cherish, it also has a boatload (make that a boatload) of less than fabulous symptoms. Some you’re probably expecting to have (like that queasy feeling that might already be settling in). Others you’d probably never expect (like drooling – who knew?). Many you’ll probably not discuss in public (will try your best not to do in public, like passing gas), and many you’ll probably try to forget (which you might, by the way, since forgetfulness is another pregnancy sysmptom).

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind about these and other pregnancy symptoms. First, because every woman and every pregnancy is different, few pregnancy symptoms are universal. So while your sister or best friend might have sailed through her pregnancy without a single nauseous moment, you might be spending every morning (and afternoon and evening) hovering over the toilet.

Second, the symptoms that follow are a good sampling of what you might expect to experience (though you almost certainly, thankfully, won’t experience them all – at least not all once), but there are plenty more where these came from. Chances are just about every weird and wacky sensation you feel during the next nine months (both the physical ones and the emotional ones) will be normal for pregnancy, and normal for you. But if a symptom ever leaves you with a nagging doubt (can this really be normal?), always check it out with your practitioner, just to be sure.

Though it’s unlikely that you’ll even know you’re expecting this month (at least not until the very end  of the month), you might begin noticing something’s up – even this early on.

Here’s what you might experience this month:


  • Possible staining or spotting when the fertilized egg implants in your uterus, around five to ten days after conception (fewer than 30 percent of women experience such so-called implantation bleeding)
  • Breast changes : fullness, heaviness, tenderness, tingling, darkening of the areolas (the pigmented area around your nipples)
  • Bloating, flatulence
  • Fatigue, lack of energy, sleepiness
  • More frequent urination than usual
  • Beginnings of nausea, with or without vomiting (though most women don’t start feeling queasy until around six weeks of pregnancy), and/or excess saliva
  • Increased sensitivity to smells


  • Emotional ups and downs (like amped-up PMS), which may include mood swings, irritability, irrationality, inexplicable weepiness
  • Anxiousness while waiting for the right time to take a home pregnancy test

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