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Q&A: 1st Trimester Symptoms. Are they normal?

by Anne Sommers, LM
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Q My conception date was March 13, 1999 and my clothes have already become tight. Is this to early to be showing? Also, I noticed my feet are swelling and I've been having pains in my abdomen. Should I be concerned?

A When you wrote this question you were 6 weeks pregnant. Some women put on weight right away, especially in their breasts, and others gain more gradually. A 1/2 to a pound a week is average. If your feet are swelling and you are having pains in your abdomen, you should get checked out by an M.D. Any pain is cause for concern. Swelling, though it is normal to some extent in pregnancy, and could be caused by the heat or sitting for long periods, could also indicate disease - liver, kidney, etc. You would need to be evaluated. A history, plus blood and urine tests would give your practitioner a better idea of what is going on with you.

Anne Sommers

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Anne Sommers, LM is a Licensed Midwife in Southern California and founder of Agape Perinatal Consultation & Birthing Services. Anne has attended and personally delivered hundreds of beautiful bouncing babies in some very wonderful and natural settings -- like in the water! She has appeared on various Southern California radio and cable television shows, talked to birth organizations, was editor for several child birth publications and was the owner, editor and publisher of "Mom" Magazine, a quarterly publication in circulation for over seven years. She completed Seattle Midwifery School's Challenge Process and the NARM exam (supervised by the California Medical Board) qualifying her for midwifery licensure. Anne actually made history as noted in the Orange County Register for being one of Southern California's first Licensed Midwives. She is also the mother of two children, born at home, with the attendance of midwives. The Baby Corner The Baby Corner - The Magazine for Expecting & New Parents


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