The First Signs of PregnancyApril C. Sanchez, M.D.
Q I'm 5 1/2 weeks pregnant. I've taken several pregnancy tests, they are all positive but I'm not having any symptoms. In fact, I feel wonderful! Is it too early to feel sick or am I just lucky?
A Congratulations on your pregnancy! If you have taken several pregnancy tests with positive results, you can be fairly sure that you are pregnant, even in the absence of any obvious symptoms. Certainly, you have had the first and most common symptom, the missed period. Yes, 5 1/2 weeks is somewhat early to experience some of the other symptoms, most of which begin to appear at about 6 weeks of pregnancy. Approximately 50-70% of pregnant women will have some degree of nausea or vomiting. This may be "morning sickness", simple nausea, or just an aversion to certain foods that would normally appeal to you. For some women, food odors may cause nausea. The symptoms usually continue for about 6 weeks, then subside as the second trimester begins. A very small percentage of women will have some degree of nausea and vomiting throughout their entire pregnancy.
Even if you are one of the lucky ones to escape the nausea of pregnancy, chances are that you will experience at least one other symptom associated with your pregnancy. Most women report easy fatigability throughout the first trimester. Again, the energy levels typically increase as the second trimester begins. Breast changes are also common in early pregnancy. Many women will have breast tenderness, which may or may not be associated with an increase in breast size.
Wishing you the best of luck as your pregnancy continues,
April C. Sanchez, M.D.
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Dr Sanchez lives with her husband and two boys ages 6 and 2 in Mandeville, Louisinana. She is a Board Certified OBGYN with a dregree from Louisiana State University Medical School. She completed her residency through the Tulane University Medical School Residency Program. She also received a Surgical Excellence Award.
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She is now practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology at Total Woman Care, in Manderville, Louisiana. The Total Woman Care website, (http://www.totalwomancare.com) is an "Advanced" Obstetrics and Gynecology Practice that cares and provides for the needs of women with total Compassion, Empathy, and Understanding. Dedicated to Provide Obstetrics and Gynecology Related Information for the Women of West St Tammany Parish.
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