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Common Pregnancy Symptoms

Pregnancy is a complex process that involves many physical and emotional bodily changes. While not all women experience the same symptoms, some of the most common symptoms of pregnancy include the following:

Bloating: Bloating is the feeling when your tummy is over full or stretched. Bloating happens when the organs in your digestive system are being stretched. You can look and feel bloated during the first few months of pregnancy, even before you are “showing.”

Cramping and spotting: Some women may experience mild cramping and spotting in the early stages of pregnancy, which can be mistaken for a period.

Nausea: Feeling nauseous, commonly known as morning sickness, is a common pregnancy symptom. Nausea often occurs in the first trimester, but some women experience it in the 2nd or third trimester,too. Nausea can be accompanied by vomiting. Severe vomiting is rare, but if you are experiencing those symptoms, contact your OB/GYN immediately. 

Fatigue: Feeling tired and lacking energy is also a common symptom of pregnancy that can occur at any time throughout the entire pregnancy. 

Mood swings: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause mood swings, including feeling irritable, anxious, or overwhelmed. These emotions often get easier as the pregnancy progresses. 

Breast changes: Changes in the breasts, such as tenderness, swelling, or darkening of the nipples, are common in pregnancy.

Sensitivity to smells: Some women experience increased sensitivity to odors during pregnancy, which can sometimes trigger nausea or vomiting.

Common PMS Symptoms

Symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and pregnancy can be very similar, sometimes making it difficult to tell the two apart. PMS refers to the range of physical and emotional symptoms many women experience in the days leading up to their monthly cycle.

The severity and type of symptoms can vary significantly between individuals. However, some of the most common symptoms include the following:

Bloating: Feeling bloated is a common symptom of PMS, which can make you uncomfortable and cause your clothes to feel tight.

Cramps: Menstrual cramps can occur before and during your period and range from mild to severe. The cramping is due to the shedding of the uterus lining.

Mood swings: Many women experience mood swings during PMS, which may include irritability, anxiety, and depression.

Breast tenderness: Tender and sore breasts are common symptoms of PMS that can make wearing a bra or touching your chest uncomfortable.

Fatigue: Feeling tired and lacking energy is a common symptom of PMS, which may impact your daily activities and make you feel lethargic.

Acne and breakouts: Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle can cause acne and breakouts, especially around the chin and jawline.

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While some symptoms of PMS and pregnancy can be similar, there are also some key differences. For example, a missed period is a common sign of gestation that does not occur during PMS. If you’re experiencing any unusual symptoms, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and seek medical attention.

If you may be pregnant and have experienced a few of the above symptoms, come see us. We provide private and professional services for anyone who thinks they may be pregnant.  You can explore the types of abortion, adoption, and parenting options available in a caring, discreet environment.

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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) – Symptoms & causes – Mayo Clinic. (2022, February 25). Mayo Clinic.

American Pregnancy Association. (2021, December 9). Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms | American Pregnancy Association.

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