Pregnancy or gestation refers to the development of an offspring in the mother. In humans, pregnancy usually lasts just over 9 months. Pregnancy can be divided into three trimesters, each lasting 12 weeks.
Early pregnancy can be defined as the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. During this time, the possibility of a miscarriage is high. When a woman suspects pregnancy, they should have the pregnancy confirmed by a doctor. It is also important to receive proper antenatal care to ensure that the pregnancy is healthy. It also helps improve pregnancy outcomes.
Prenatal care usually involves taking folic acid supplements, having a regular exercise routine, avoiding alcohol or drugs, and having regular physical examinations and blood tests. It is also to help address pregnancy complications that may occur such as gestational diabetes, anemia, hyperemesis gravidarum, and preeclampsia.
Symptom #1: Fatigue
Fatigue is a term describing a gradual feeling or tiredness that can be alleviated by rest. It is a common and nonspecific symptom that can be seen in depression, stress, overworking, boredom, lack of sleep, hypoglycemia, nutritional deficiencies, anemia, pregnancy, and more.
It is common in early pregnancy and may even occur as soon as a week after conception. This has been thought to be due to the hormone progesterone along with a combination of other factors such as low blood pressure and low blood sugar. Pregnant women who experience fatigue should rest and ensure consumption of necessary nutrients.