When a woman first receives a positive pregnancy test and finds out she is expecting a baby, she likely feels joy and anxiousness and nervousness all at the same time. After the initial shock of knowing that she is carrying a child subsides, she will begin to feel the symptoms of her pregnancy.
High Desert women will find that every pregnancy is different, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe. It is important for pregnant women in Apple Valley to understand when a symptom is normal and also when it is time to contact the professionals at Reza Ahmadinia OBGYN.
What are Several Serious Pregnancy Symptoms?
- Nausea — Nausea is one of the most well-known symptoms of pregnancy, and it typically begins during the first trimester. Most women refer to pregnancy nausea as morning sickness, but this is often considered a misnomer. Nausea can occur at any time of the day during the first trimester, and may last from dawn until dusk. While one pregnant woman may not experience any nausea early in her pregnancy, another woman might have severe morning sickness that needs to be treated by doctors. In general, nausea begins during the first 4-8 weeks of gestation and may continue through the first trimester and even into the second trimester. Eating frequent light meals throughout the day can help curb nausea, and women should make it a priority to remain hydrated. Contact Dr. Ahmadinia if you cannot keep any food or liquids down for 24 hours or more, or if you are experiencing sharp pains in your abdomen.
- Backache — Your body has to change significantly in order to accommodate the growing baby inside of you. In order to carry the baby to term, the ligaments in your body become loose. This affects your lower back, and at the same time your posture changes in order to carry the weight of the baby. This can cause backache during pregnancy, especially during the second and third trimesters.Women should avoid heavy lifting and should rest often especially in the latter stages of pregnancy. It is essential to wear shoes that provide good support, especially when a woman spends a lot of time on her feet each day. Contact Dr. Ahmadinia if the back pain is severe and prevents you from completing normal day-to-day activities, or if you are experiencing sharp and piercing pains in your back.
Pregnancy is filled with many different symptoms, and those symptoms can vary based on the trimester of the pregnancy as well as the individual pregnancy itself. Women should discuss the symptoms that they are experiencing with their OB/GYN at each prenatal appointment.
This will help them to understand what is going on in their body as well as discuss with the doctor what steps can be taken to minimize symptoms or manage those symptoms. Dr. Ahmadinia believes that women should be informed about every aspect of their pregnancy, including the symptoms that they will be experiencing throughout the next 40 weeks.