You’re sure that you’re pregnant, but you don’t feel a thing. After all that you hear about the major changes that pregnancy brings, how could this be possible?
Surprisingly enough, not feeling any symptoms in the first few weeks or even months is somewhat common. Just as every woman’s body is different, every pregnancy is different too. Not every pregnant woman is going to experience all of the stereotypical symptoms (nausea, morning sickness, food cravings, bloating, gas). In fact, probably the most common symptom is feeling more tired than usual, and you may not even notice that symptom at all. (Remember that there are some women who get pregnant unexpectedly and don’t realize it for a few months.)
Most likely, if you’re having no symptoms, you’re either in the “two week wait” between ovulation and the expected first date of your menstrual period, or you’ve tested positive through a home pregnancy test and you are waiting to see a doctor. If you’re in one of these two categories (still waiting to have your pregnancy officially confirmed), the best advice is to be patient and wait – as hard as it may be – and take good care of yourself. Even if you’re not having symptoms right away, you probably will be able to tell soon enough if you are indeed pregnant.
On the other hand, if you have had your pregnancy confirmed by a doctor and you’re still not having pregnancy symptoms, you may simply be one of the “lucky” ones who makes it through her first trimester without nausea, exhaustion, bloating, or cravings. Even though this may give you anxiety because you’re wondering if the baby is OK, some women who have devastating morning sickness would probably trade places with you happily. It’s also possible that you are having other symptoms that are normal but not automatically associated with pregnancy. Pregnancy can make some women feel more energized, have a greater sex drive, or have an enormous appetite. Either way – if you feel nothing at all or if you feel better than ever – you might as well enjoy yourself, as long as you continue to follow all of the regular guidelines for prenatal health.
Some women who aren’t feeling many symptoms can find comfort in reading a book or online guide that tells them what is happening with their pregnancy week by week. This may allow you to feel more in tune with your body, even if you aren’t feeling changes directly.
Of course, no matter whether you are feeling symptoms or not, you should stay on schedule for your prenatal checkups so the doctor can make sure that your baby is doing well. And if you are experiencing anything unusual – sharp pains or bleeding – make sure you get the doctor to check it out. Chances are everything will be fine, and you’ll be feeling little kicks and developing a nice round pregnancy belly before you know it.