- Women's Health
Is it Normal to Have No Pregnancy Symptoms?
Pregnant and Not Getting Any Pregnancy Symptoms?
So if you have found this page you may have found out in the last few weeks that you are pregnant but maybe you are not getting any pregnancy symptoms and this is starting to worry you or maybe you are just wondering why this is.
Well, first of all, let me just say that not getting any pregnancy symptoms can be (and usually is) totally normal and does not mean that you will have a miscarriage or that the pregnancy is not progressing normally.
Whether you are 5 weeks pregnant, 8 weeks pregnant or 10 weeks pregnant it really doesn't matter, it is extremely unlikely that anything is wrong! At the moment you are one of the lucky ones but this may not last for the whole pregnancy!
Every woman's body reacts in a different way to the hormones that are produced in pregnancy. Although we are led to believe that we are likely to get morning sickness, food cravings, and mood swings (among many other things) this does not always happen.
Maybe some people will get one or two symptoms and maybe others will be struck down with a whole host, but if you are not having any symptoms then please don't stress yourself out or panic.
Early Pregnancy Symptoms
So, before your period is even due and you may be looking out for symptoms, although some people may experience sore boobs, more frequent urination, and nausea in the days before their period is due, many people will not have any sign at all that they might be pregnant and the only way to know is if your period is missed.
Having said this, there is an indicator that pretty much everyone has when they are pregnant and their period will not turn up and that is elevated temperatures.
Your temperature fluctuates throughout your cycle but stays high at the end if you are pregnant. However, you will only know if your temperatures are remaining high if you have a previous record of cycles where you have recorded your temperature.
On the day my period was due, the main reason that I tested to see if I was pregnant was because instead of going down on that day, my temperature went up. This was a big giveaway to me although I had no other symptoms.
If you are in the two week wait and checking your symptoms then check out my other article on obsessing over symptoms in the two week wait.
Once you have got past missing your period and you have a positive pregnancy test then you may expect the symptoms to start. However, don't forget you are only 4 weeks pregnant at this point and many symptoms will only kick in at 6 weeks or later - and for some people not at all.
It is by no means obligatory to have any symptoms throughout your whole pregnancy and if you feel like you don't have any at all then you may have some lower level, underlying ones like feeling bloated, drinking more, and feeling more tired.
You may also have slightly sore breasts or nipples and going to the toilet more often. But of course the one big symptom that you will have is no period!
No Symptoms Does Not Equal Miscarriage
So you must remember that no symptoms does not equal miscarriage and this is what some people will worry about. The vast majority of women who are pregnant with no symptoms have a completely healthy pregnancy.
Of course there are women with and without symptoms who also go on to have miscarriages but these are more often than not chromosomal and so there is nothing you would be able to do about it and is not related to the lack of symptoms.
You may even like to ponder on all of those people who don't realise that they are pregnant for months - it's likely that they didn't have any symptoms either! I personally know someone who did not realise she was pregnant until she was 23 weeks gone and felt fine the whole time.
You may have heard that if you have more symptoms then you are less likely to have a miscarriage but it is debatable as to whether this is true or not as I have not seen any clinical trials that prove this fact.
Enjoy Being Symptom Free!
So, for as long as it lasts, enjoy a symptom free pregnancy. If you are still early on then symptoms may still come as late as week 9 but will likely tail off by week 12 when the placenta takes over nourishing the foetus and the hormones stop raging.
It has also been suggested that the older you are the less likely you are to get pregnancy symptoms. Morning sickness can be very debilitating so if you can get away with not having it then you are one of the lucky ones.
© 2012 Jackie Grant