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.
Curious about the changes you may be noticing in your body and mood? While these may come across as signs of pregnancy but these can not confirm the news for you. The best you can do to be certain if you’re pregnant is by getting it tested through urine strips or blood tests. Pregnancy confirmation tests check your urine and blood for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) levels to be above 25miU/mL for a positive pregnancy.
Signs of pregnancy can make their debut as early as the first few weeks of conception. Most women would begin to experience these symptoms a week or two after their menstruation date has passed. If you are on this article, that’s the first sign! Let’s discuss the rest of the prominent pregnancy signs and symptoms.
1. Missed Period
I mean that’s a given but I had to mention it here for the people who may not be aware of it. Or, for the women who experience inconsistent menstruation cycles. However, if you have a normal menstruation cycle, a missed period can be categorized as one of the most prominent early pregnancy symptoms. It highlights the fact that the uterine line is thickening to contain and grow the embryo inside. But note that this symptom only stands its credibility if you have a regular menstruation cycle.
Suddenly feeling out of your element, exhausted, or just tired is another common early symptom that points toward pregnancy. This sudden fatigue is caused by the change and increase in the production of hormones. As soon as you conceive the baby, your body starts to work hard to provide for the baby. Starting with producing more blood to prepare the body for the growing baby’s nutrient requirements and so on.
Your body is overworking by producing human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) which further leads to higher levels of progesterone. In turn, an increase in progesterone makes you sleepy and lousy. Change in hormonal activity makes you physically tired and can also take a toll on your emotional levels.
3. Nausea or morning sickness
Morning sickness is one of the most hated yet most common early signs of pregnancy. Top secret – I like to call it morning, afternoon, evening, and night sickness. It is caused by a rush of pregnancy hormones in your body. There’s just too much going on in your body all at once. Similar to the causes of fatigue in pregnancy, hCG hormones play the center stage in making you feel nauseous.
Moreover, low blood sugar may also be a cause of nausea. Pregnant queens may experience nausea with and without vomiting. One thing is for sure, nine out of ten women experience some kind of nausea. I envy the 10 percent who don’t.
4. Tender Breasts
Are the girlies getting luscious and tender all of a sudden? While you may like the change but may feel awkward about it. It may come across as an unsettling feeling. An increase in blood flow accumulates good necessary fats in your breasts. Amazingly, your body has begun preparing your breasts to be the milk-making machines for your little one.
You may even be able to see a web of blue veins just below the surface of the skin appearing. These veins will carry the nutrients and fluids to your baby when you will breastfeed. Moreover, an increase in progesterone and estrogen makes your breasts tender and often swollen. Weirdly, you may also experience some tingly feeling accompanied by some pain in your nipples.
5. Increased Urination
The increased amount of fluids in your body is making you run to the loo more often than normal. Pregnancy can trigger a higher blood flow due to the changes occurring in your body. To deal with the increase in the blood flow, your kidneys begin to expand to produce almost 25% of more urine. All of this extra urine ends up in your bladder making you pee every next hour. While it is super irritating, it is also a very common early pregnancy symptom.
6. Minor blood spotting or cramping
What might seem like a start of a menstruation cycle is actually a pregnancy symptom? Trippy right? Spotting or feeling period cramps is often known as implantation bleeding. It is a common early symptom that 25% of women experience especially in their first pregnancy.
Spotting happens usually 7 to 14 days after fertilization when the egg gets attached to the lining of your uterus. This can also be around the time when your normal menstruation cycle appears. You may think, “oh I got my period” but surprise, it’s implantation bleeding that is usually lighter in color and wouldn’t last more than 24 to 48 hours with mild cramps.
7. Metal taste buds
Yikes, nobody wants to taste metal. The feeling may also make you nauseous. Also known as Dysgeusia, happens when hiked estrogen levels affect your taste buds as well. A study showed that almost 90% of the women reported a change in taste during the early days of their pregnancy.
The taste you might be experiencing is similar if you were to suck onto spare coins (if you have done that – no judgment), or drink water from a metal cup. Some women describe the taste to be sour and somewhat pungent. You will particularly experience this when you’re not eating or drinking anything.
8. Stuffy Nose or nose bleeds
If your nose is getting stuffy and weird out of nowhere, then you may be under the pregnancy spell. The stuffy nose feeling is known as Rhinitis in medical terms. Again the estrogen levels and increased blood flow are to blame. As they make your mucous membranes swell, thus leading to congestion or a stuffy nose. This symptom is often overlooked. But surprisingly, it affects almost 40% of the expecting women. Sometimes, your nose may also get excessively dry, itchy, and eventually bleed a little.
If you think you are pregnant, be sure to check with the doctor before taking any decongestions.
So, if you think about it, most of the early pregnancy signs are somewhat interlinked. The same is the case with indigestion and fatigue. A hike in progesterone that caused the muscles to relax that made you feel drowsy is also responsible for slowing down your metabolism. It is almost like a domino effect. The muscles in your intestines also receive the message and they relax too like the rest of your body. This causes the digestion process to take a back seat. Splendidly, indigestion will further lead to more problems like constipation, burping, bloating, and farting.
10. Feeling pregnant
Our brain is the most powerful thing. It is constantly giving us subliminal messages. You ending up on this article because you “thought” you might be pregnant is an example of subliminal messages our brain sends. We often call it intuition.
The women who are in sync with themselves, feel the changes taking place in their bodies and can tell if something is different. Plus, if you have missed your periods, are feeling exhausted, have swollen breasts, nausea, constipation, congestion, and to top it off you are having very strong intuitions about being pregnant then you probably are.
The amazing thing about pregnancy is that it is literally a very personal experience. While you may feel stimulated trying to read the symptoms you may be having but the truth is that only a pregnancy test can confirm the news for you.
Every pregnancy is unique and you may find that these symptoms may not even come close to your early signs of pregnancy. You can be pregnant without showing any signs at all except a missing period. So, take good care of yourself and if you are suspecting that you might be pregnant then just get it tested.
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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