24 May 2022

Pregnancy symptoms: nausea, fatigue...

Pregnancy is synonymous with body changes. The influx of hormones to which it's subjected causes the body to manifest some symptoms that can be more or less pleasant, but which generally do not deceive and are the bearers of happy news!

Among the most frequent ones :

  • Nausea! Yes, when you're pregnant, you have to be prepared to live with nausea for a few weeks. Even if some women are lucky enough to avoid it, you should know that it is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy... so be prepared!
  • Heavy, tense, and painful breasts. Of course, it's not always pleasant to have sore breasts, but to make you feel better, tell yourself that for a few months you'll have breasts that will make all your friends green with envy! Not a bad consolation prize, eh?
  • Digestive and urinary disorders. In addition to nausea, other symptoms may disturb your digestive comfort. Among them, heartburn and also particularly frequent urges to use the toilet are likely to become part of your daily life.
  • Fatigue. Making a baby is going to take a lot of energy and effort from your body. During the first and last trimesters, fatigue is likely to be part of your daily routine, to a greater or lesser degree depending on your lifestyle. So, take time to rest so that you'll be in great shape on the big day!
  • Sleep disorders. While you might expect to sleep like a log with fatigue, don't be fooled... Insomnia and restless sleep are an integral part of a mother-to-be's life, starting in the first month. So get a good book on your bedside table!

In any case, when unusual symptoms appear, don't hesitate to consult a health professional to make sure that everything is fine!

In this article

Pregnancy: significant physical changes


When you think of pregnancy and physical changes, it's always the pretty round belly that comes to mind.

But beware, the metamorphosis is far from stopping there. From the very first weeks, your breasts will know only one watchword: blossoming! Expect them to get 1 to 3 sizes bigger.

Your skin may remind you of your teenage years: pimples, dryness, or pregnancy mask, the choice is hers.

Your hair has never looked so good: thanks to estrogen, it's less dry, fuller, and with fewer split ends.

Your legs will tend to be less slender, due to water retention.

Pregnancy denial. Warning: taboo subject!


It may be hard to believe, but some women refuse to accept the idea of being pregnant.

Their belly may eventually become rounded, but they reject the reality.

Why? Pregnancy denial is considered a medical condition and doctors describe it as a psychological defense strategy developed after a trauma.

When you experience pregnancy denial, your body becomes your accomplice and starts to resist. Sometimes it simply suppresses the symptoms. We talk about "partial" and "total" denial. It's only in the first case that women end up accepting reality.

Pregnancy symptoms


Heavy breasts, fatigue... Certain symptoms are there to alert you that you may be expecting a happy event.

What are the most common signs? The most obvious sign of pregnancy is of course the absence of menstruation.

If your breasts are getting heavier and more sensitive, this is another sign that you may be pregnant.

Your eyelids are also getting heavy? This is certainly not hypnosis, but possibly symptomatic fatigue.

Your digestion becomes uncomfortable and you experience the legendary morning sickness.

If you experience one, several, or all of these symptoms, you can proceed to take a pregnancy test!

Nausea: how to calm it down quickly


Although it's a good sign that your pregnancy is going well, nausea can be a real drag on your life, and luckily there are a few tricks to help cope with it.

  • Before you get out of bed, nibble on something—a cookie, a piece of bread, whatever—the goal is to have something in your stomach when you get up.
  • Focus on light, easily digestible foods like fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat small meals more often.
  • Avoid foods that have a strong smell and might make you sick.

Finally, don't hesitate to consult a health professional who will be able to suggest an effective solution to help you live through your early pregnancy with peace of mind.