What's Normal or Not Normal in Pregnancy

What’s Normal & What’s Not Normal In Pregnancy

It’s tough to know what is normal in pregnancy and what is not. Is it okay to be this tired? Am I going crazy because I can’t get enough sleep? In this post, we’ll cover a few things that moms might experience during their pregnancy journey.

Some of the more normal pregnancy symptoms.

The five most common signs of pregnancy are fatigue, nausea or morning sickness, sore breasts, mood swings, and food cravings. These symptoms will usually appear between the fourth week after conception up until the 12th week. However, some women may experience these symptoms before they miss a period or shortly after becoming pregnant. 

If you experience any of these common symptoms, know that it’s normal and you are experiencing typical pregnancy symptoms. It’s important to cultivate an environment of peace and calm when these common symptoms arise as too much focus on the experience may produce unnecessary stress and anxiety.

Not So Normal Symptoms a Doctor Should Know About

It is totally normal to experience fear from time to time. Being pregnant can be a little scary! But when fear meets a not-so-normal symptom, it may be time to seek support from a medical professional. If you are experiencing anything that is painful, persistent, or just plain off, it’s recommended that you call or visit a doctor to make sure you and baby are all good. Here is a list of some things that, if you are experiencing, go ahead and call your doctor.

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Blurred vision or high sensitivity to light
  • Fever over 101 degrees
  • Lack of urination yet being well hydrated
  • Prolonged headaches
  • After 28 weeks, counting less than 10 movements after a snack or having sugar
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or the baby.

If you are experiencing significant or prolonged discomfort, strange discharge, or excessive mood swings, you’ll want to speak to your doctor. There could be other reasons why you’re feeling poorly such as an infection or an issue with your thyroid. I recently shared my own experience with preeclampsia, so I know what it is like to sense that something is off and needing to seek help from a professional. If you are experiencing anything that is cause for concern, call or visit your doctor or local hospital. 

As an expecting mom, you go through a lot of changes- some more drastic than others. One thing that stays constant is your need for support and information to help get you through it all. We hope you have a little more peace of mind after reading this post so that you can focus more on preparing your existing family for your precious new addition. Be sure to leave any wisdom you’d like to share for the next mom in the comments below! You can also chat with us directly by sending us a DM on the Lily and Llama Instagram.

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