Physical symptoms of pregnancy can vary in intensity and frequency. While some women never experience morning sickness, others feel ill for months. Certain symptoms may disappear as your pregnancy progresses, and others can last up to the time of birth. While you won't experience every symptom every day, the disappearance of all your pregnancy symptoms may signal an impending miscarriage.
A missed period is often the first sign of pregnancy. Implantation bleeding may resemble a light period and can occur when the fertilized egg implants in your uterus. Other early symptoms can also indicate the likelihood of conception. These symptoms include breast tenderness, nausea, fatigue, backaches, headaches and frequent urination. The intensity of these symptoms can fluctuate and some discomforts, such as nausea, may disappear as your pregnancy continues. Some signs may occur daily in the beginning stage.
As Pregnancy Progresses
Other symptoms show up as your pregnancy progresses. You may notice a darkening of your areolas, the skin around your nipples. Food cravings affect some women and can come and go throughout pregnancy. Fetal movements are a symptom that most women anticipate with excitement. The first movements may feel very faint and you may confuse them with digestive activities, but the movements become stronger as your baby grows. A decrease in your baby’s movements, or a complete cessation of movements, may signal an emergency situation. Contact your doctor immediately if your baby stops moving or seems to move less than usual. While you may not experience food cravings or back pain for days at a time, fetal movements are one symptom that should continue as your baby grows.
Cessation of Symptoms
It is normal for some symptoms to subside as your baby develops and your pregnancy continues to progress. The second trimester of your pregnancy may bring more comfort and renewed energy. Morning sickness usually eases by the time you reach your second trimester, which begins about 14 weeks after your last period. You also may notice less frequent urges to urinate and a decrease in tiredness. These common discomforts may not occur on a daily basis, especially during your second trimester.
While you may not feel the same pregnancy symptoms every day of your pregnancy, the American Pregnancy Association warns that a sudden decrease in pregnancy symptoms may be a sign of an impending miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur during the first trimester. While some miscarriages include cramping and bleeding, others offer few symptoms. Known as a missed miscarriage, embryonic death can occur without the expulsion of the embryo. Contact your doctor if you have any concerns regarding the health of your developing baby or your pregnancy. Your doctor may perform an ultrasound exam to check for fetal heart tones and other signs that may signal a problem with your pregnancy.