15 early symptoms of pregnancy
There are a number of very early pregnancy symptoms that can you tell if you are pregnant, but these symptoms can be quite misleading. Moreover, when it comes to early symptoms of pregnancy, things are more uncertain. There is a higher probability that you are pregnant if you experience more of the symptoms that are listed below.
Here is a list of 15 symptoms that you might have if you become pregnant. Remember that every woman and every pregnancy is different, so you don’t need to panic if you do not experience all the early symptoms of pregnancy.
1. Delayed menstruation
One of the early symptoms of pregnancy that you might notice is the delayed period. Although it is usually associated with pregnancy, it is possible that there is another reason for the delay – such as a high level of stress, disease, or a serious side effect of a surgical operation. On the other hand, it is possible that some women bleed a few months or throughout pregnancy.
2. High Basal Temperature
If you regularly keep a chart of your basal temperature during the menstrual cycle, you’ll notice that your basal temperature will remain high throughout the luteal phase. Progesterone causes the basal temperature to rise up to ovulation and remain at a high level if you are pregnant. If you’re not pregnant, your basal temperature will fall and you menstruate.
3. Changing Breasts
Right from the beginning of pregnancy you may notice some changes in the breasts, such as:
- Nipples become very sensitive or even irritating
- Breasts can hurt or have swelling
- Nipples may darken
- The veins in the breasts may become more visible and expand
- Areolas darken
- Small bumps on the areola may rise or increase in size.
4. Nausea in pregnancy
Nausea is another early symptom of pregnancy many women experience. Contrary to the popular belief, it may not result in morning sickness, but you may experience it at any time of day.
Ginger is a very good natural remedy for nausea, although some women say that nothing can help them to feel better. Nausea persists in the first trimester, although in rare cases, it can continue in the second trimester.
5. Excess cervical mucus
An increase in the level of progesterone often leads to excessive secretion of cervical mucus.
6. Cramps – an early sign of pregnancy
This early symptom of pregnancy can also be quite stressful for prospective mothers. When you’re pregnant, the fetus grows and pushes the walls of the uterus, causing it to contract – which is very normal. So, do not panic. If the cramps are accompanied by bleeding, you should see a doctor. Only your doctor can check if you are having a miscarriage.
Pregnant women may have cramping and bleeding and still manage to have a healthy pregnancy.
7. Frequent urination
About a week after conception, you may discover that you start going to the toilet more often. This happens because the embryo begins to secrete hCG pregnancy hormone, which increases the amount of blood in the pelvic area. Hence, your bladder may want to drip even small quantities of urine. At night you can wake up to urinate more often than usual.
8. Fatigue as early symptom of pregnancy
When you get pregnant, your metabolism changes in order to support both your body and that of your baby. That involves a lot of work! You could become so tired that you start to sleep more than usual. Furthermore, high progesterone levels during pregnancy have a sedative effect. No wonder you’ll feel exhausted! If you feel the need to rest or sleep, listen to what your body dictates.
9. Constipation & Bloating
High levels of hormones have an effect on your bowels, relaxing them, to create more space for the baby. As the uterus expands, you could become constipated.
Fortunately, there are remedies available, so you should check with your doctor and find a solution.
10. Slight Bleeding
8-10 days after ovulation, you might notice slight bleeding caused by the implantation of the embryo in the uterus lining. These blood leaks are usually pink, and not red like during a normal menstrual period.
11. Nasal congestion & colds
As a result of hormonal changes in your immune system, you may become more sensitive and prone to colds and flu. Nasal congestion can become very common during pregnancy because of hormonal effects on the airways.
12. Heightened Smell Sensation
Pregnancy may intensify your sense of smell! Smells not have bothered you before now could become unbearable, causing your nausea. The food and smell of some cooked meals can trigger your nausea. However, every woman is different and you may not like some kinds of odors that others could bear.
13: Cravings & taste changes
Increased hormone levels in the blood can get reflected in saliva. You may feel a metallic taste in your mouth that alters the taste of food. You may have heard different stories about the strange things that pregnant women crave things that are not food – such as dust, clay or chalk. Such a condition is called Pica craving.
Nobody really knows why pregnant women have cravings. Based on some research, some believe that the shortage of vitamins and minerals in the body triggers cravings. If you have a particular craving, there is nothing wrong to satisfy it. However, if you crave high-fat foods or foods with little nutritional value, try to find a replacement. When you start craving such foods, it is usually a good time to start taking multivitamins.
14. Acne during pregnancy
You might be surprised to discover that although you usually do not have acne, you might wake up with this problem in your early pregnancy. Acne is among the early symptoms of pregnancy. The skin, however, will fix itself as soon as your hormone levels are regulated. The best thing would be to wait for the acne to go away. Do not squeeze the pimples, as they may cause scars and/or spread the bacteria.
15. Change in color of the vagina
Because of the increased blood flow to the pelvic region, your vagina may look more purple than normal.
Knowledge about pregnancy can be a welcome experience for most women, but it could also be stressful for some. Check this article to learn more about what to do next when you find out that you are pregnant.