Signs of pregnancy can appear as soon as the first few weeks of conception. The signs of pregnancy don’t confirm the news of being pregnant, therefore you will be only able to confirm your pregnancy with a urine or blood test.
Signs of pregnancy can appear as soon as the first few weeks of conception. The signs of pregnancy don’t confirm the news of being pregnant, therefore you will be only able to confirm your pregnancy with a urine or blood test. The test will check your urine and blood for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) levels to be above 25miU/mL for a positive pregnancy.
The most common and uncommon signs of early pregnancy are:
1. Missed Period
If you have a normal menstruation cycle, a missed period can be categorized as the no.1 early symptom. A missed period often highlights the fact that the uterine line is thickening to contain and grow the embryo inside. This symptom only stands true if you have a regular menstruation cycle.
Feeling exhausted or fatigue is caused by a change and increase in the production of hormones. As soon as you conceive the baby in the womb, your body starts to produce more blood to prepare your body for the growing baby’s nutrient requirements.
Your body is overworking by producing human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) which further leads to corpus luteum to secrete progesterone. An increase in progesterone levels makes you sleepy. Change in hormonal levels not only make you physically tired but can also take a toll on your emotional levels.
Mostly known as morning sickness, but I like to call it morning, afternoon, evening, and night sickness, which is caused by a rush of pregnancy hormones in your body. Similar to the causes of fatigue in pregnancy, hCG hormones play the role of making you feel nausea. Moreover, a low blood sugar level may also be a cause of nausea.
Pregnant mamas experience nausea with and without vomiting. One this is for sure, nine out of ten women experience some kind of nausea.
4. Tender Breasts
An increase in blood flow accumulates good necessary fats in your breasts as your breasts will soon become milk-making machines for your little one. You will be able to see a network of blue veins just below the surface of the skin which will carry the nutrients and fluids to your baby.
Moreover, an increase in progesterone and estrogen make your breasts tender and often swollen. Your nipples may also hurt and feel a tingling sensation.
5. Increased Urination
Your body is making extra blood. This increase in blood flow causes the kidneys to expand to produce almost 25% of more urine.
6. Minor blood spotting or cramping
It is often known as implantation bleeding. It is a common early symptom as it happens to 25% of women. Spotting happens usually 7 to 14 days after fertilization when the egg gets attached to the lining of your uterus.
You can experience minor spotting, which will be lighter in color than your normal period. The spotting doesn’t last for more than 24 to 48 hours with mild cramps around the same time as your normal menstruation cycle.
7. Metal taste buds
Also known as Dysgeusia happens when hiked estrogen levels affect your taste buds. A study showed that almost 90% of the women reported a change in taste. You might be experiencing a taste similar to when sucking onto spare coins, or drinking water from a metal cup. Some women describe the taste to be sour. You will experience this when you’re not eating or drinking anything.
8. Stuffy Nose or nose bleeds
It is known as Rhinitis in medical terms. A hike in your estrogen levels makes your mucous membranes swell, thus leading to congestion or a stuffy nose. This symptom is often overlooked. This symptom affects almost 40% of women. Your nose may also get excessively dry and bleed.
If you think you are pregnant, be sure to check with the doctor before taking any decongestions.
An increase in progesterone can cause your muscles to relax, thus making you feel drowsy. The muscles in your intestines also receive the message and they relax too which causes the digestion process to slow down. Indigestion also causes constipation, burping, bloating, and farting.
10. Feeling pregnant
Our brain is constantly giving us subliminal messages. We often call it intuition. The women who are well-synced with themselves, feel the changes taking place in their body and they can tell something different. If you have missed your periods, feeling exhausted, have swollen breasts, nausea, constipation, congestion and have a strong intuition that you might be pregnant, chances are that you are pregnant. You may call it mother’s intuition.
Every pregnancy is unique and these symptoms may not apply as your early signs of pregnancy. You can be pregnant without showing any signs at all.
You must keep a track of your menstruation cycle. You may easily take a home pregnancy strip test if you have missed your period. If your test is positive, you can make an appointment with your gynecologist or a health care provider to begin your prenatal care. Your pregnancy test will work best if you take the test at least 3 to 4 days past your menstruation cycle.
When to Call a doctor
Alert your doctor immediately if you experience severe bleeding, severe pelvic cramps, dizziness, or shoulder pains.
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