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Lesser-Known Pregnancy Symptoms

Lesser-Known Pregnancy Symptoms

Commonly Overlooked Signs of Pregnancy

During the early stages of pregnancy, your body experiences substantial hormonal changes as it prepares for your baby's growth and development. According to the Office of Women's Health (OWH) these hormonal changes can trigger many symptoms as early as the first week of pregnancy.

While many of us identify morning sickness and missed periods as an early sign of pregnancy, there are quite a few other symptoms that may not be on your radar.


Feeling faint or lightheaded is fairly common during the first trimester of pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association, this is because your elevated hormone levels relax, and your blood vessels widen. While this helps to increase blood flow to your baby, it also slows down the circulation of your blood through your veins, causing your blood pressure to become lower. When your blood pressure is lower than usual, it can result in temporary dizziness.

Mood Swings

Pregnancy not only can be a happy and radiant time in a woman’s life but also an emotionally taxing time. With your body going through hormonal and physical changes, it can trigger mood changes. The American Pregnancy Association states that the changes to your estrogen and progesterone levels can impact your neurotransmitters, which are chemicals in your brain that regulate your mood.

Changes in Vaginal Discharge

Although many women experience vaginal discharge, whether they’re pregnant or not, most pregnant women will experience a change in vaginal secretions during the early stages of pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association, this discharge, called leukorrhea, is a milky, white, mild-smelling mucus.

Maternity Services in Ohio

At Southwest General Health Center, we are prepared to work with you need to ensure that you have the most optimal birthing experience possible. Helping patients welcome new members to their families is one of the most joyous services we provide, and our compassionate staff is honored to play a role in this tremendous journey.

To learn more about our services for expectant mothers or to schedule an appointment, visit our website.