First symptoms of Pregnancy
Not every woman has the same symptoms or even the same symptoms from one pregnancy to the next.
You should also know that some of the following symptoms may be caused by other things and experiencing one of them does not necessarily mean that you are pregnant.
To be sure if you are pregnant or not, you will definitely need a home pregnancy test or a blood test at your doctor’s office.
Untill you can test yourself, you can see if any of the following symptoms feel familiar.
We have tried to select and describe some of the most common early signs of pregnancy.
The most obvious early symptom of pregnancy is a missed period. It is also the one that makes most women think that they are pregnant.
Ofcourse there are reasons, other than pregnancy, for missed or delayed period, such as weight loss, hormonal problems, fatigue and stress. Some women also miss their period when they stop taking birth control pills.
Anyways if a period is late and pregnancy is a possibility, you should get a home pregnancy test and check your hCG levels.
Shortness of Breath
Do you get winded going up the stairs all of a sudden?
The growing fetus needs oxygen, which leaves you a little short. This will probably continue throughout your whole pregnancy period, as the growing baby starts to put pressure on your lungs and your diaphragm.
After conceiving, a woman usually starts feeling more fatigued. For most of the women tiredness continues through the first trimester of their pregnancy.
The reason to feel unusually tired is related to a high level of a hormone in your body, called progesterone or lower levels of blood sugar and a boost in blood production.
Morning sickness is also a common sign of early pregnancy.
Nausea during pregnancy could occur at any time of the day, but usually in the morning.
During pregnancy, woman’s body produces extra fluids, which can cause many trips to the loo.
Aching head, usually because of the changes in hormones.
You could feel your back a little bit sore. If you don’t normally have back pain, this could definitely be one of the reasons you should consider being pregnant.
Spotting and cramping
It’s hard to tell but if you are feeling crampy, it could be your uterus stretching to get ready for a baby.
Breast changes are another early sign of pregnancy. Due to the change of levels in hormones, breasts could become swollen, sore or tingly. They may also feel heavier or fuller or feel tender to a touch. The area around the nipples could also get darker.
Tip: Buy a supportive bra to help ease discomfort.
Other not so usual symptoms
Constipation and bloating
Cravings or food aversions
Elevated Basal Body Temperature
Increased sensitivity to smells
Dizziness or fainting
Positive pregnancy test
You will not know whether you are pregnant or not until you take a pregnancy test.
If you get a negative test result, but don’t get your period, it just could be too early for the test to detect the required hCG levels. Wait a few days and try another test
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