Common Symptoms of Pregnancy

By Meghan Bailey on Mar 2, 2014

You've been told that every pregnancy is different, and it is true. What one woman will experience may be completely different from another. However, there are some common symptoms that you can experience at any point in your pregnancy.

Discharge: an increase in vaginal discharge that is white and milky is common in pregnancy. If the discharge is water or has a foul odor, call the office.

Spotting: light bleeding can be common, especially in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. It may occur after intercourse, cervical exams, vaginal ultrasounds or strenuous activity or exercise. If the bleeding is heavy or is accompanied by pain, contact us immediately or go to the hospital where you plan to deliver.

Leg cramps: cramping in your legs or feet can also be common. Eating bananas, drinking more low-fat/nonfat milk and consuming more calcium-rich foods like dark green vegetables, nuts, grains and beans may help. To relieve the cramp, try to stretch your leg with your foot flexed toward your body. A warm, moist towel or heat pad wrapped on the muscle may also help.

Dizziness: you may feel lightheaded or dizzy at any time during your pregnancy. Try lying down on your left side and drink 1-2 glasses of water. Also try to eat smaller meals more frequently. If symptoms persist, contact the office.