Why Don't I Have any Pregnancy Symptoms?

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You just found out you're pregnant, but you have no pregnancy symptoms. This is not uncommon and very seldom necessitates worry; however, it doesn't mean that you will go throughout the remainder of your pregnancy without symptoms. What can you expect in the months to come?

When Can I Expect Pregnancy Symptoms?

Most likely, you won't notice any pregnancy symptoms until about the time you've missed a period or a week or two later. Don't worry if you've tested positive for pregnancy but have no pregnancy symptoms for the first month. You may be one of the lucky few who barely notice they're pregnant.

What Are Common Pregnancy Symptoms?

Professionals think that pregnancy symptoms come from the hormone hCG, the same hormone that is looked for in pregnancy tests. If you have no pregnancy symptoms but have tested positive on a pregnancy test, you are probably pregnant. According to the Mayo Clinic, you can expect some or all of the following symptoms in early pregnancy:

Missing Your Period

The first sign that makes many women suspect they're pregnant is missing their period. However, many women have implantation bleeding around the time of their period. Usually the bleeding is very light and only lasts a day or two. If this is different from your regular period and you've had unprotected sex or are trying to get pregnant, you should take a pregnancy test.

Tender or Swollen Breasts

Your breasts may become more sensitive during the first trimester, similar to how they might feel right before you get your period. However, many woman who drink lots of water and avoid caffeine have no breast tenderness in general and may not experience it in early pregnancy.

Sensitivity to Smells

You may notice smells more or notice certain smells that trigger nausea. This symptom is subjective. You may not be around smells that bother you or you may not notice you're sensitive to smells, especially if you're very busy.

Food Aversions

You may notice that foods you once loved no longer sound appetizing. Or, you may crave foods that you normally dislike. Again, this is subjective and you may not notice this symptom. Or you may be so happy you like a food you previously disliked that you don't question the reason.

Frequent Urination

You may notice that you're heading into the bathroom more. This symptom usually pops up around six weeks. However, if you normally drink a lot of fluids (which you should be doing), you may not notice this symptom, either, since you're already spending a lot of time in the bathroom.

Exhaustion

You will probably feel tired in the first trimester, but if you're already tired from taking care of other children or busy at work, you may not notice a difference.

Morning Sickness

Many women experience nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy. Despite the name, this can happen at any time. Despite what all the television programs, movies, and novels say, many women do not experience morning sickness. Personally, I had no morning sickness and I was pregnant with twins.

What if I Tested Positive on a Pregnancy Test, but Have No Pregnancy Symptoms?

Try to wait a couple of weeks. You may not experience any symptoms for the first month or two. If you still have no pregnancy symptoms, you should take another home pregnancy test or contact your care provider. Though it's rare, you may have had a false positive on your pregnancy test or you also may have miscarried without realizing it. According to the March of Dimes, as many as 40 percent of pregnancies result in a miscarriage.

Since prenatal care is especially important for a healthy baby, you should see a doctor if you suspect you are pregnant, regardless of symptoms. According to OB/GYN Dr. Sharon Orrange, your doctor will likely schedule your first visit at eight to ten weeks of pregnancy.

Why Don't I Have any Pregnancy Symptoms?