The absence of the menstrual period (amenorrhoea) is often the first sign of possible pregnancy.
Around half to two thirds of all pregnant women experience some degree of morning sickness, especially in the first few months. The symptoms include nausea and vomiting. For most women, morning sickness begins around the fourth week and resolves around the 12th week.
During pregnancy, the breasts become fuller, swollen and tender. Other breast changes related to early pregnancy include a darkening of the skin around the nipple (areola) and more prominent veins across both breasts
Many newly pregnant women report feelings of overwhelming tiredness. In most cases, energy levels rise in about the fourth month of pregnancy, when the placenta is working properly.
Pregnancy prompts increased levels of body fluids and greater kidney efficiency. The swelling uterus also presses against the bladder.
Some newly pregnant women experienced mood changes, such as irritability or weepiness. Other pregnant women experience feelings of elation. It is thought that the pregnancy hormones influence the brain chemicals and cause the mood changes.
Around eight out of ten pregnant women experience cravings for at least one particular food.
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