8 Early Signs of Pregnancy
Nausea and Vomiting continued...
To help fluids go down easily, McLean suggests adding cucumber slices or strawberries to water. Diluted fruit juice, ginger tea, or a basic pregnancy tea (they usually contain red raspberry leaf and nettles) are also good options. Mint tea can help with nausea, but she warns it can make heartburn, another common pregnancy symptom, worse.
A snack before bed, like a small piece of cheese and some nuts, can help steady your blood sugar overnight so you don't wake up feeling very sick.
Nausea usually disappears by 12 weeks, though some people find it lasts through 16 weeks, and it doesn't go away for others. Check in with your doctor or midwife if you're vomiting so much you're not keeping anything down or you're losing weight, McLean says. There are medications that help extreme morning sickness.
Disgusted by Specific Foods
Can't stand the smell -- much less the taste -- of certain foods? Some women find that one of their first signs of pregnancy is a heightened sense of smell. It makes scents they were OK with before absolutely sickening. Other women develop a funny taste in their mouth that they just can't get rid of, McLean says.
If whole groups of foods are literally off the table because they make you feel like you're going to heave, don't worry about the baby. "The baby is so good at absorbing nutrients from the mom at this stage. It's the mom that suffers, not the fetus," Conry says.
Take a prenatal vitamin to make sure you're getting nutrients and folic acid, which you need to prevent certain birth defects. Drink lots of liquids, too. As long as you avoid getting dehydrated, you should get through this phase just fine, she says. You'll likely lose your disgust as you head into your second trimester.
Your kidneys have to process more urine during pregnancy. Plus, your uterus getting bigger puts pressure on your bladder. Together, that's a lot of trips to the bathroom.
"Some women who don't know that they're pregnant think they have a bladder infection," Conry says.
Having to get up in the middle of the night to pee may be annoying, but don't cut back on how much you're drinking, says McLean. You need extra fluids to keep enough water in your body.
Spotting and Cramping
Cramping or a bit of blood starting a little earlier than you expect your period may be a sign that the fertilized egg is getting attached in the uterus.
Even bleeding that continues to your sixth or seventh week can be normal. At that point, Conroy says, your doctor can do an ultrasound to make sure the baby is developing normally.