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The 12 Early Signs of Pregnancy

The 12 Early Signs of Pregnancy

Are you pregnant or are you not? If you’ve been busy between the sheets with the hope of making a baby, this might be a question of paramount importance to you. You might have to rely on guesswork until you are a few weeks along. Most of the common pregnancy symptoms manifest by the time you are six weeks pregnant. We’ve compiled a list of the early pregnancy symptoms. You can check against them if you’ve missed a period.

  • Food Aversions and Cravings :

A moment ago you were feeling hungry, but the sight of it on your platter made you lose your appetite. Food aversions, feeling repulsive to even the foods you once enjoyed, is a sure indication that you are pregnant. Feeling squeamish at the sight or smell of food is because of the increasing amount of estrogen in the body. Quite on the contrary, you might also experience cravings for particular foods.

  • Sore Breasts :

You feel a sharp, shooting pain when you press or feel your breasts or when you jerk suddenly. Along with the tenderness, your breasts appear swollen and feel heavy. You might also notice a slight darkening of the areolas. The feeling is a lot like the breast tenderness and discomfort you experience just a few days before your period. All these are early signs of pregnancy. It is caused by the rising hormone levels and should subside by the end of the first trimester.  The best pregnancy tip for this symptom is to use a supportive bra.

  • Mood Swings :

If you’ve been on an emotional rollercoaster ride for some time now, don’t blame yourself; it is hormones making you cranky. While a few women feel anxious and depressed, others feel unreasonably happy.

  • Frequent Urination :

Do you feel the urge to use the bathroom more often even though your fluid intake has remained more or less constant? It might be a sign. The hormonal changes occurring soon after conception cause your body to produce more fluids. So, your bladder’s doing a double shift. Unlike many other early pregnancy symptoms, your pee breaks will increase in number as your pregnancy progresses.

  • Nausea :

Morning sickness and pregnancy are inseparable and all women experience it in varying degrees. The queasiness sets in as early as 6 weeks. Don’t go by the name; you can feel nauseous morning, noon or night. Eat foods that won’t turn your stomach. Drink a lot of fluids. Morning sickness subsides at the start of the second trimester.

  • Higher Basal Body Temperature :

Many women trying to conceive chart their basal body temperature regularly. You will record an elevated basal body temperature on ovulation day. If it remains high continuously for more than two weeks after ovulation, it is probably because you are pregnant.

  • Late/ Missed Period :

If you have a fairly regular menstrual cycle and have missed your period this month (not to forget you’ve been trying), there is no doubt about it that you are pregnant. Take the home pregnancy test to confirm.

  • Abdominal bloating :

Feeling bloated and puffy is another early pregnancy symptom. A slow digestive system caused by progesterone could also lead to constipation in women who already suffer the problem.

  • Fatigue :

You’ve barely done any work and you feel exhausted. You want to jump into bed and grab a quick nap.  It might be because of the nightly bathroom trips or severe morning sickness. The fatigue should ebb at the end of the first trimester. You also experience shortness of breath because your body needs a double supply of oxygen – for you and your baby.

  • Aches – Backaches, Headaches and Cramping :

Headaches become a recurrent problem. Blame it on the hormones. The back feels sore too. It is because of the loosening of joints and ligaments in preparation for pregnancy and birth. Cramping in the lower abdomen is caused by a stretching uterus.

  • Spotting :

You might also notice a period like discharge on your panties. It is lighter than your period and usually comes a few days before you are due for your period. This is implantation bleeding and occurs when the fertilized eggs attaches itself to the uterine wall.

  • Dizziness :

Low blood sugar or blood pressure leaves you feeling faint. Make sure you eat enough and at regular intervals of time. Also, make sure that you keep yourself well-hydrated.

 

If you’ve been experiencing any of the following symptoms for a while, you might want to get a pregnancy test kit or get a blood or urine test done at your OB’s office to confirm your findings.

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