From Bump to Baby

Top 5 Symptoms in Early Pregnancy

From the moment you took the positive pregnancy test, you might feel as if your whole world is about to change. All of a sudden, you might have questions about what to eat, what medications are ok in pregnancy and what symptoms are normal in early pregnancy? Dr. Dise, a practitioner at the Center for Women’s Health at Evergreen and mom of two kids shares some of the common symptoms of early pregnancy.

Nausea and/or Vomiting: It can be normal to have nausea and/or vomiting and it can be normal to feel great. It can occur at any time of day or night and come and go. You might find you have a certain aversion to some foods as well. Nausea and vomiting generally improve by 13 weeks of pregnancy but can continue into your second or third trimester.

Things that might help:

  • Keep food in your tummy at all times so snacking on soda crackers throughout the day or several small meals instead of 3 large ones might help.
  • Seltzer water
  • Ginger (in multiple forms)
  • Bands for motion sickness
  • Prego pops
  • Vitamin B6 50 mg. in the a.m. and 50 mg. in the pm (along with ½ tablet of Unisom at night). This combination can help with general nausea


Sore breasts: Due to the increase in hormones, this might be a first sign that you are pregnant. You might find it easier to avoid laying on your stomach until some of the tenderness has eased a bit. A tightly fitting bra or sports bra can also be helpful.

Fatigue: Don’t be surprised if you are really tired in your first trimester. Your body is working hard growing a new creation. Let yourself take naps and sleep as much as you can. You will probably get your energy back in the second trimester.

Heartburn and Constipation: Heartburn is one of the most common symptoms experienced by pregnant women and you can experience it at any point throughout the pregnancy.

Things that might help:
-Avoid laying down for at least 40 minutes after you have eaten
-Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of 3 large meals
-Tums – over the counter may help or your doctor may recommend a prescription if the heartburn is really bad.

Constipation can also be a problems as your whole digestive system is slowing down (and possibly due to the increased iron your practitioner is having you take), among other things.

Things that might help:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Increase the fiber in your diet (vegetables and whole grains)
  • Exercise
  • If you are still unable to have a bowel movement, then it is ok to take a stool softener such as docusate sodium


Cramping without bleeding: As the uterus is growing, you might notice some cramping, similar to menstrual cramps. This can be very normal. If you are noticing a lot of bleeding or have along with the cramping, this would be a reason to call your doctor.

I hope this helps and congratulations!

Dr. Amanda Dise
Center for Women’s Health at Evergreen


    1. Nicole Shanks

      Most OB doctors want you see you at 8 weeks (from your last period) to confirm healthy pregnancy. Please make an appointment with your health care provider as soon as you find out your may be pregnant. If you have any immediate concerns call your doctor right away.

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