Lookout For These Early Signs Of Pregnancy
Early Signs of Pregnancy
Every pregnancy is different and symptoms can greatly vary from woman to woman, but there are a few symptoms that occur with greater frequency and can be considered among the early signs of pregnancy. The first tell-tale sign is, of course, a missed period but if you are not consistent in keeping your ovulation date in check or suffer from PCOS then you may look toward these other symptoms.
Swollen or Tender Breasts
You may feel changes in your breasts as early as three weeks into a pregnancy. The hormonal changes in your body may cause the breasts to feel tender, heavier and tingly. These usually settle down by the 12th week but not before you notice a certain darkening of the nipple and enlargement of the areolas.
It’s one of the symptoms that is usually ignored as it doesn’t make sense to attribute tiredness to pregnancy, but it is in fact one of the most common indicators of pregnancy due to rapidly increasing progesterone levels. You may feel like you want to sleep all the time or are having trouble focusing due to fatigue.
Nausea or morning sickness is commonly associated with pregnancy and is easily one of the most recognizable symptoms. However, it isn’t necessary that everyone will experience the same level or intensity of nausea/vomiting. It can range from queasiness to full-fledged vomiting throughout the day. This can be blamed on the raised levels of estrogen; good news is that it usually subsides by the second trimester.
You may find yourself running to the bathroom more often than usual and even though this is commonly associated with weight on your bladder in the later stages of pregnancy, it is also fairly common in the first trimester. It is due to hormonal changes (get ready to hear that very often) and a rising Human Chroionic Gondaotropin (hCG) level. Not to forget that your body is pumping blood faster and in an increased quantity which leads to more fluid in your bladder.
Blame it on the hormones! You may find yourself being unusually irritable or emotional, but don’t worry, you’re just hormonal. But don’t let anyone else tell you that!
Even though you may associate feelings of the sort with your period, it is just as likely to experience these during early pregnancy as the implantation process on the uterine wall takes place. This may also cause a slight backache or discomfort in the general area.
There can be an extremely long list of other symptoms that you may be experiencing including but not limited to: food aversions and cravings, a heightened sense of smell, constipation, slight bleeding or spotting (this is due to the implantation process and may be confused with period spotting), temperature changes in your body and motion sickness. Sometimes, many women will simply ‘feel’ pregnant.
The best way to determine that you are pregnant is to take a blood test that will check for elevated levels of hCG (The Pregnancy Hormone) and this can be detected as early as seven days after conception.
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