So, you missed you period date, and the home pregnancy test came back positive. That means you are pregnant, right? But then where are all the pregnancy symptoms?
If you are holding onto your pregnancy test to reassure yourself about your pregnancy, you have company! A number of women experience next to no pregnancy symptoms in the first few weeks of their pregnancy.
If you are 4-5 weeks pregnant, it is simply too early to experience pregnancy symptoms. Most symptoms creep in around the six week mark (1). But if you have passed six weeks and don’t ‘feel’ pregnant, count yourself lucky! Morning sickness is not fun!
But that’s easier said than done, isn’t it? With no symptoms, how do you know your baby is growing fine? If you are anxious about lack of pregnancy symptoms, let us put your mind at ease.
Why Some Women Don’t ‘Feel Pregnant:
All women are different. And different women experience pregnancy differently. Some pregnancies are textbook perfect. Morning sickness? Check. Food aversion? Check. Women with such pregnancies experience all the expected symptoms.
But here’s the thing. You may be experiencing symptoms you didn’t even know came with pregnancy! These ‘offbeat’ symptoms are rare but normal. Increased energy, jacked up sex drive, and a gigantic appetite are all such rare symptoms that you may be feeling.
Hormones behave differently in different bodies. So, the reason for all your positive symptoms is just plain luck! Another reason you may experience pregnancy symptoms late is if you smoke (2).
And why would you want to experience morning sickness? Yes, some studies say that morning sickness is nature’s way of protecting you and your child from foodborne illnesses. (3) But today we know what to eat and what to avoid during pregnancy. Maybe evolution will catch up soon and stop punishing pregnant women with morning sickness!
What Can You Do?
If you really want to experience pregnancy symptoms, wait for a week or two. Sooner or later, some of the pregnancy symptoms will kick in. In the meantime, you can go to your doctor and ask for an ultrasound scan to put your mind at ease.
If you are at 9-10 weeks of pregnancy, you can even get a Doppler and try finding your baby’s heartbeat. But this is a risky option. It takes an expert to use the Doppler. And if you use it wrong, you may be unable to locate the tiny beat. That is sure to panic you! But many women use the Doppler and manage to get some peace of mind. This is especially true for women who have suffered from infertility or miscarriages.
And just because you are not ‘feeling’ pregnant, doesn’t mean you are not. At no point should you stop taking your prenatal vitamins.
The Honeymoon Period:
There is another set of women out there who experience all the pregnancy symptoms there are in the first few weeks. But then the second trimester arrives. Suddenly, all the pregnancy symptoms vanish. This is because your body settles down into the pregnancy, and the hormones find a rhythm by the end of the first trimester (12 weeks).
Don’t worry! The morning sickness may be gone, but other symptoms are round the corner. So enjoy this honeymoon period for as long as you can!
In a few weeks, your body will become heavier. Your pregnancy will become apparent as you begin to ‘show’. And you’ll feel your baby move. Till then, soak in the ‘symptom-less’ days!
[ Read: How To Use Fetal Doppler Monitor At Home ]
When To See Your Doctor:
If something is wrong with the pregnancy, you’ll experience some specific symptoms. If you notice any of the following signs, consult your doctor:
- Blurred vision
- A hot, painful area on your calf
- High fever that lasts more than 24 hours
- Sudden severe or continuous pain or cramping in the lower abdomen
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting
- Severe headaches
- Absence of baby movement for a day
- Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting lasting longer than 24 hours.
[ Read: Dreaming About Being Pregnant ]
Absence of pregnancy symptoms or just not ‘feeling’ pregnant is a common complaint. But it should be a reason to rejoice! So, throw away that pregnancy test and embrace your body. Keep eating healthily, work out a little and stop worrying! Your baby is growing well and will soon make her presence felt.
Why don’t you tell us your pregnancy story? What symptoms did you experience? We’ll love to hear from you!