[WARNING -- HUMOR AHEAD] Join us as we cover all the mysterious symptoms of pregnancy. Are you pregnant? Come read, laugh and cry about the 10 "mysterious" symptoms of pregnancy. When you're pregnant you may wonder "am I pregnant?" or "what are the early signs of pregnancy?" We've compiled a list of the top 10 early pregnancy signs to put a new spin on some of the more awkward and uncomfortable aspects of pregnancy. You're growing a human! Give yourself grace and enjoy a quick read. Don't forget to 'Pin' your favorite pregnancy symptoms!
*Please remember to consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about the signs of pregnancy.
Pregnancy Symptom #1: Morning Sickness (AKA All Day Sickness) - Our bodies go through some crazy changes when we're pregnant and unique sensations are part of it. Many women experience the catch 22 of being so nauseous with morning sickness and not being able to keep any food down, but they simultaneously continue to be nauseous BECAUSE they need food. On a serious note, if you're experiencing morning sickness, you might be nutrient deficient in magnesium and vitamin B6. This is why we developed the UpSpring Morning SickLESS kit. We micronized magnesium for faster bioabsorption, as well as vitamin B6 and other key natural nausea relief ingredients like turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, anise and garlic into a vegetable capsule to help get rid of the root cause of morning sickness.*
Pregnancy Symptom #2: Increase in Oxygen Demand - When you're growing a human, your body is allotting oxygen to other areas and this can lead to feeling out of breath more frequently. As the baby grows your organs are also shifting up into your lungs and can cause you to feel short on breath. Fascinatingly enough, there is science to explain this 'winded' feeling, "due to a 15% increase in metabolic rate and a 20% increased consumption of oxygen." (Read more about the Physiological changes during pregnancy on the NCBI website here)
Pregnancy Symptom #3: Frequent Urination - One of the early signs of pregnancy includes frequent urination. This is because your body is increasing the amount of blood it pumps and subsequently, this means your kidneys are processing more fluid and filling up the bladder faster. While it may seem counter intuitive, the best thing to do here is to stay well hydrated! The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink about 80 ounces of water per day. That's about 10, 8 ounce glasses!
Pregnancy Symptom #4: Pregnancy Cravings - Food cravings are so real during pregnancy! There are many theories on why some women crave pickles and ice cream, while others want steak and mash potatoes. Some think this is the body's way of saying it is lacking in certain vitamins and nutrients that it needs to grow the baby. Ideally, we should eat healthy during pregnancy and strive to get plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in our diets, but seriously, sometimes baby (aka momma) just wants cake! The struggle is real. Give yourself grace if you indulge in sweet treats from time to time. It's also a great idea to add a natural Prenatal vitamin to your daily nutrient intake because you can't always get everything you need from food alone.
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Pregnancy Symptom #5 - NO TOUCHY THE BELLY! But seriously, what is with people and feeling the need to touch your body when they see you're pregnant? One part of us understands the subconscious desire to welcome a new life into the world, but it's still OUR body. Hands off!
Pregnancy Symptom #6 - In order to win an argument while pregnant you simply have to have an argument. Congratulations, you've won! But on a serious note, pregnancy hormones can be intense. The rise in the hormone human chorionic gonodotropin (hCG) is one of the first early indications of pregnancy and is the same one that will give you a positive pregnancy test. Estrogen and progesterone levels also increase during pregnancy as well as the hormone relaxin, which is responsible for allowing your pelvis to widen enough to push your baby out. Lucky for you, the hormone relaxin is also what can enable you to get your prebaby body back! Postpartum hip changes after pregnancy do not have to be permanent if you utilize the power of relaxin to bind and draw your hips back together.
Pregnancy Symptom #7 - Who are we kidding? Pants as we knew them are no longer an option. Stretchy fabric is life when you're pregnant. (PS have you seen the super comfy and stretchy UpSpring Bamboo Charcoal Nursing Tank?!) Let's be honest, if it wasn't for yoga pants, we'd never make it out of the house. The minute you lose sight of your toes while pregnant, leggings become life.
Pregnancy Symptom #8: Winning an Argument While Pregnant - If you've ever had unexplained arguments with your partner or significant other while you're pregnant, you may need to use the long time Ace of Spades of arguments, "I'm pregnant." It works every time! ??
Pregnancy Symptom #9: Groaning Because Everything Hurts - When you're pregnant, your ligaments and joints are all being stretched to accommodate a growing baby. You may notice it slowly, but moaning and groaning become part of the process of getting up, especially when you're getting up to pee for the 1000th time in a night.
Pregnancy Symptom #10: Pregnancy Brain - The science it still out on whether 'pregnancy brain' is a real thing or not, but we in the mom community know it to be true. We like to joke that it's because our children are getting our brain power! There is science to support the notion that our children get their intelligence from their mothers, but we digress. If you've misplaced your keys in the freezer or forgotten why you drove to Target to begin with -- pick up the UpSpring Prenatal+ gummies while you're there!--, then you've likely experienced the phenomenon known as 'pregnancy brain' or 'mom brain,' if you've already had your baby. There is no need to worry! Your brain is being rewired to better take care of your babies and it's all part of the process.
The signs of pregnancy can be many and growing a human is not easy feat. Be sure you're providing yourself with all the right nutrients, rest and emotional support that you can. If you think you're pregnant or are trying to conceive, be sure to take a prenatal vitamin that will give your body optimal support. We recommend the UpSpring Prenatal+ found in the women's aisle at Target or online at Amazon, UpSpring website and others!