Pregnancy can be a time of joy and excitement about what’s to come.
It can also be worrying, for many and various reasons.
It’s difficult to not worry at all when you’re pregnant.
After all, you can’t constantly check in on your baby to make sure everything’s okay in there.
Many women are excited when they find out they’re pregnant. But then they start to worry about something going wrong.
This is especially true for women who’ve had miscarriages before.
Many women feel concerned to some degree, especially if they notice their symptoms of pregnancy aren’t consistent.
Do pregnancy symptoms come and go? Read on to find out what causes this to happen.
Can pregnancy symptoms come and go?
If you’re already pregnant or have been pregnant before, you’re probably familiar with the symptoms of pregnancy.
Here are some of the most common symptoms:
- Morning sickness
- Breast tenderness
- Missed period
- Increase in breast size
- Twinges in the lower tummy
- Food cravings
- Increase in discharge
- Stronger sense of smell
- Tiredness or lack of energy
- Mood swings.
Some women experience all of these pregnancy symptoms; some might have only a few, and others might not experience any.
Generally, at the beginning of pregnancy, most women feel at least some of these pregnancy symptoms.
Pregnancy symptoms come and go
Peer reviewed studies, such as this research, have shown most women experience at least a few pregnancy symptoms in the first trimester:
‘The majority of women (88%) experienced two or more symptoms during the first trimester, and only 2% had no symptoms’.
2% might sound very low, but that means 1 in 50 pregnant women don’t have any pregnancy signs.
In the early stages of pregnancy, there are so many body changes that it can be hard to keep up with the symptoms.
But what about the things that change from day to day, or week to week?
Is it normal for pregnancy signs to be there some days and not the next?
How does a woman know whether the changes she’s experiencing are typical or a problem?
Is it normal for pregnancy symptoms to come and go?
It’s important to remember pregnancy is different for every woman.
Each individual woman can also experience the physical changes differently from one pregnancy to the next.
Some women may experience every sign, while some might not feel even a single symptom.
The problem comes when the number or the intensity of the symptoms changes.
The thing that pregnant women are most often concerned about is the chance of miscarriage.
This is especially true if a woman has experienced pregnancy loss before. This can heighten her awareness of things changing. It can cause a lot of concern and worry.
She should speak with her doctor for reassurance in this area. Worrying about a possible miscarriage causes a great deal of stress, especially as little can be done to prevent it at this early stage.
It’s important to know if a heartbeat has been detected on ultrasound, the chances of pregnancy loss drop from around 20% to around 5%.
6 weeks pregnancy symptoms come and go
What if any of your pregnancy symptoms change or begin to decrease? You might feel concerned, especially if you’re early in your pregnancy and haven’t yet had a dating ultrasound scan.
Should you take this as a sign that something’s not right?
What if your feelings of pregnancy aren’t as strong anymore?
This is more common than you’d think.
Most women have some pregnancy symptoms that increase or decrease over time.
During pregnancy, our bodies are flooded with new hormones.
In early pregnancy, the levels of most hormones increase rapidly, but as the pregnancy advances, they can slow down.
Progesterone is a good example.
Dr. Andrew Orr says that these are typical progesterone levels during pregnancy:
- First trimester: 11.2 – 90 ng/mL
- Second trimester: 25.6 – 89.4 ng/mL
- Third trimester: 48.4 – 42.5 ng/mL.
Progesterone is the main cause of symptoms in pregnancies.
Symptoms can include everything from tiredness to irritability, but usually nausea is the most obvious. As your body adjusts to the increasing levels, it’s hard to tell how it will react.
Is it normal to feel pregnancy symptoms one day and not the next?
Dr. Orr says hormones such as progesterone “can fluctuate and vary for each woman and each particular pregnancy and circumstance”.
Can other things cause these fluctuations?
Midwife Michelle Heart Graf-Dixon says “Symptoms can rise and fall due to hormone levels, hydration, blood sugar, and activity”.
Do sore breasts come and go in pregnancy?
As pregnancy progresses, symptoms can change.
Many women lose feelings of nausea as they enter the second trimester because their hormones are starting to level out.
The hormones are no longer rising so quickly. This can make you feel different today than you did yesterday.
Midwife Kristine Tawater says, “It’s very normal! Moms report ‘not feeling as pregnant today’, which I find is often in the transition … to second trimester … the early bloating and digestive upset start to subside, but then return [later in the pregnancy]”.
This is something many women experience, along with more frequent urination, because the uterus has grown bigger and there is less room for food in the stomach.
As the pregnancy progresses, not only do some symptoms often disappear but usually, the types of symptoms change.
This can make it seem as though they’ve disappeared, when in fact the pregnancy is just progressing as normal.
How long do your breasts stay sore in early pregnancy?
Midwives and doctors agree it’s normal for symptoms to be sometimes weaker and sometimes stronger during pregnancy.
Reasons for these fluctuations include:
- Hormones increasing or decreasing
- Blood sugar
- Time of day
All of these factors can affect how a woman feels during pregnancy.
A change in any of these things can mean a change in the strength of the symptoms.
Some days, there might be no symptoms at all.
But is there a sign that your symptom changes aren’t normal?
Generally, you should speak to your doctor if you experience the following:
- Symptoms have completely stopped
- Cramping, especially strong painful cramps
- Strong back pain
- Vaginal bleeding.
These could point to an emergency situation and should be taken seriously.
If your symptoms are stronger on some days and weaker on others, you could have a word with your doctor at your next appointment.
It’s normal to experience this but doesn’t hurt to ask if you’re worried.
Your doctor might suggest doing a blood test or an ultrasound to put your mind at rest.
You can also consider joining some parenting forums to get daily parenting advice.
This can be a valuable resource if you have concerns.
Others may experience similar things during pregnancy, and you can talk with them about your worries. Keep in mind everyone’s experience is individual but it can help to normalise things.