Do Pregnancy Symptoms Vary from Day to Day?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I had 2 miscarriages before I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy 3 years ago.

I recently have discovered that I am pregnant and should be 7 - 8 weeks along. I was feeling all of the symptoms especially the breast tenderness but now it has seemed to have toned down and I'm not feeling a lot of of the symptoms anymore. I am just extremely tired.

I am worried that I am starting to lose the baby. I am not spotting or anything so that eases my mind a little bit. Is it normal for pregnancy symptoms to come and go?

Thanks,
Roxanne

ANSWER

The symptoms can vary in a normal pregnancy, but if you are really concerned, you can request either serial blood tests or an ultrasound to make sure everything looks normal. Good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.