Pregnancy is the time when a baby is conceived and develops inside a woman’s body. It lasts about 37 to 40 weeks and is divided into three trimesters of around 12 weeks each. Menopause signals the end of female reproductive ability. The woman stops ovulating and having menstrual periods. It is the end of a woman’s fertility.
During pregnancy, the body goes through a lot of physical and hormonal changes that cause various symptoms. Similarly, menopause also causes changes in the body. Most women experience menopause in their late-40s to mid-50s. Before that, they go through perimenopause, which is an onset of symptoms before the actual menopause. Perimenopause can begin in the mid to late 40s and last anywhere between 2 to 8 years.
Symptoms of menopause Only in Pregnancy
While there are overlapping symptoms of pregnancy and menopause, the following symptoms, specific to pregnancy will make it easier to understand your own condition.
Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy are called morning sickness. It is caused by high levels of the pregnancy hormone hCG. This takes place during the first trimester. Although it is called ‘morning’ sickness, nausea and vomiting can occur at any time of the day or night. The morning sickness usually subsides after the third month of pregnancy.
Soreness and Sensitivity in Breasts
The hormonal changes in early pregnancy make the breasts very sensitive and sore. This disappears once the body adjusts to the hormonal surges.
Increase in progesterone levels during pregnancy relax the muscles throughout the body. This slows down the digestive system and leads to constipation.
Hypersensitivity to Foods
During pregnancy, women experience both food cravings as well as food aversions. This is due to high levels of the pregnancy hormone hCG.