We frequently look after women who worry that they do not “feel pregnant enough” in the first 3 months. Their sister or friend may have had a much harder time in early pregnancy and women are concerned that their own lack of symptoms means there must a problem.
Usually this is not the case. We know there is quite a wide variation in early pregnancy symptoms among different women. Recently, 5,000 Dutch women were surveyed about 1st trimester symptoms: one-third experienced daily feelings of nausea, 10% had vomiting at least every day and almost half were tired and fatigued (Bai G et al (2016) Associations between Nausea, Vomiting, Fatigue and Health-Related Quality of Life of Women in Early Pregnancy: The Generation R Study). Breast tenderness is also extremely common in early pregnancy, affecting up to three-quarters of women.
So while nausea, vomiting, tiredness and breast tenderness are very common in the 1st trimester, many women will be fortunate enough to have none of these symptoms despite a healthy pregnancy. Absence of these symptoms does not automatically mean that you are at higher risk of a miscarriage.
Occasionally, a woman who has had strong symptoms in early pregnancy will find that her symptoms suddenly disappear. She may or may not also have abdominal cramping and bleeding. In this situation – where there is sudden disappearance of pregnancy symptoms – it is recommended to have an early pregnancy scan, as reassurance that all is going well.
If you wish to make an appointment to see Dr. Colin Walsh for an early pregnancy scan, please call us on 1300 460 111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.