Whether you have been trying to become pregnant for a long time, or your pregnancy was a complete surprise, you’re going to notice a lot of the early symptoms involve aches and pains. There’s nothing to worry about. Most of these are perfectly normal. Here are some of the most common aches and pains you’re likely to experience in the first few weeks of being pregnant:
- Cramping. The cramping in early pregnancy feels a lot like menstrual cramps. It’s often accompanied by spotting, which causes many pregnant women to mistakenly think they’ve begin their periods. Cramping is normal during early pregnancy, and nothing to be concerned about unless it’s significantly more severe than menstrual cramps.
- Tender breasts. For many women, the first sign that they’re pregnant is that their boobs hurt. This symptom will actually come and go throughout pregnancy as your body prepares to feed the little one growing inside of you. If it causes significant discomfort, get fitted for a new, comfortable bra.
- Morning Sickness. It isn’t exactly an ache or a pain, but it’s just as unpleasant. Regardless of what the name may imply, morning sickness can strike any time of day or night, causing nausea and sometimes vomiting. Your best bet for dealing with morning sickness is to keep plenty of saltines, ginger ale, and ginger snaps on hand. Sip and nibble on them when you start to feel nauseous.
- Fatigue. Don’t be alarmed if you feel completely drained when it doesn’t seem like you’ve been doing anything that should tire you out. Your body is going through a lot of changes, and the fatigue is completely normal during the first trimester. The good news is that you get a break from this in the second trimester before it comes back near the end of your pregnancy.
- Constipation. Constipation is normal during pregnancy, but it certainly isn’t pleasant. The best way to get rid of it is to drink plenty of water (something you should be doing anyway) and eat high fiber foods (think Raisin Bran).
- Back Pain. Again, your hormones are causing this as they begin to get your body ready for carrying (and eventually delivering) your baby. This is normal under most conditions, though you should see your doctor if the pain is severe.
- Headaches. If you experience headaches during the early stages of your pregnancy, ask your doctor regarding which pain killers are safe to use and in what amounts. Mile headaches are normal in the early stages of pregnancy. Let your doctor know if you experience severe headaches.
You may or may not experience all of these symptoms of early pregnancy. Chances are, you will experience some of them and not others.