What’s Symptoms are Normal During Early Pregnancy?

Some symptoms are very normal during early stage of pregnancy, which may be considered abnormal during non-pregnancy time.

First, you have ti understand that every pregnancy is different in various aspect, and only your obstetrician (pregnancy specialist) can tell you for certain if everything is fine and as it should be in your first trimester.

There are some general norms that tend to hold true for four common symptoms. Read this article about Nausea, Bleeding, Cramping and Discharge during early stage of pregnancy and do not hesitate to consult with your obstetrician if you think you need to.

1. Nausea

Nausea and/or vomiting that starts as early as the third week of pregnancy and goes away at 12 weeks or soon after is common and usually nothing to worry about. It can happen any time of day or night, but you’re able to at least keep some food and liquids down. Seventy to 80 percent of women experience some type of morning sickness during pregnancy.

Attention: Severe vomiting that does not go away after 12 weeks, causes dehydration, and doesn’t allow you to keep any food down is not normal. This type of sickness is called hyperemesis gravidarium, and can require hospitalization or medication. Some women have also had great relief from acupuncture treatments.

2. Bleeding

No bleeding, spotting, or very light bleeding in the first few weeks of pregnancy when the embryo implants in your uterine lining is normal and is likely not reason for alarm. Even a little later on, bleeding and cramping is not uncommon in the first trimester. In fact, 20 to 30 percent of pregnant women have some bleeding during pregnancy. and more than half of them go on to have healthy babies. Still, alert your doctor to any bleeding you may experience.

Attention: You should call your obstetrician anytime you notice spotting or bleeding so she can rule out infections or other problems like possible miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. But some signs of concerning bleeding include white-pink mucus, very painful cramps or contractions, bright red bleeding, clot-like discharge, or a sudden drop in other pregnancy symptoms.

3. Cramping

Light cramping like you might have before or during a mild period is pretty typical. According to Freya E. Marshall, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in California “Cramping can be very common early in pregnancy, however it can also be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage so it’s important to seek advice from your medical provider.”

Attention: Cramps that are more painful than those you have during your period, or true contractions that come every 5 to 20 minutes are not normal. These are signs of possible miscarriage, so call your obstetrician right away.

4. Discharge

Thin, milky white discharge that starts early on in pregnancy and continues throughout your term. This extra discharge protects the birth canal from infection.

Attention: If you have a lot of clear discharge, it smells bad, or turns green or yellow, call your doctor and ask her to check you for infections like bacterial vaginosis that could cause pregnancy complications.