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Early Pregnancy Symptoms: What’s Normal and What’s Not

While some early signs of pregnancy are well-known and common, such as morning sickness, others might make you wonder if you should call your doctor. Keep the following normal pregnancy symptoms in mind when you’re in your first trimester. Knowing what is normal and what is a cause for concern can help ensure that you receive medical care if needed.

Cramps

Having mild cramps during early pregnancy is usually considered normal, but make sure you call your doctor if you have severe cramps. These could indicate that you have an ectopic pregnancy or that you’re going through a miscarriage. If cramps feel more like contractions that occur frequently, see your doctor as soon as possible.

Bleeding

Having light bleeding or spotting during the early part of the first trimester is usually not a cause for concern. You should let your doctor know about any bleeding or spotting you do experience, though, so you can be checked for infections or other problems. Call your doctor right away if you have bright red bleeding or mucus that is white or pink.

Discharge

Having discharge that is white and has a milky appearance is normal during pregnancy. However, you should call your doctor if your discharge is clear, greenish, or yellowish in color or has a foul odor.

Nausea

Morning sickness is common during the first trimester, although it can occur at any time during the day. Let your doctor know if you have morning sickness that lasts longer than 12 weeks, if you end up dehydrated, or if you cannot keep food down.

For more information about normal pregnancy symptoms and other fertility topics, contact the Fertility Center of Dallas, J. Michael Putman, M.D., and Edward D. Tarnawa, M.D. or call us at 214-496-5153. We have locations in Dallas and Rockwall.

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