13 Early Signs of Pregnancy – Pregnancy Symptoms

Are you pregnant? Often, our bodies give us the signs of pregnancy before that plus sign ever shows up on a pregnancy test. However, many signs of pregnancy could also be symptoms of a medical problem or even just premenstrual syndrome, so it’s important to take that test as soon as a positive result is possible. Possible signs of pregnancy are:

 1. Sore, tender and heavy breasts:

A woman’s breast may become sensitive, tender as early as one or two weeks after conception, that is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. The soreness will reduce after first trimester. But you may feel a little tender on and off during pregnancy. However, this is also a sign of PMS so, if you experience sore breasts, you may want to wait until the first day of your missed period to take a home pregnancy test. You may also experience swollen or sore breasts if you have a hormone imbalance or recently started birth control pills or other hormone-based birth control.

2. Darkening of the areolas:

Areola is the brown area surrounding the nipple. The first week signs of pregnancy can include a change in areola colour and this symptom can be visible as early as a week or 2 after conception. This may also be caused by a hormone imbalance not related to pregnancy

3. Fatigue

Another of the more common pregnancy symptoms is that you will feel tired and be exhausted by the end of day.  You may have uncommon urges to take naps in the middle of the day now, even if that’s never been a part of your schedule before.

Some women get a “hazy” feeling that comes over them, a “fuzzy” feeling in their head, or an unusual feeling that their eyelids are very heavy.  This sudden and strong tiredness isn’t something you can just ignore or have a cup of coffee to get through; almost always a rest or nap will be necessary to alleviate these strong fatigue and tiredness pregnancy symptoms.

Stress, exhaustion, depression, illnesses, a change in exercise habits or even a change in diet can leave you feeling fatigued.

4.  Morning sickness ( Nausea )  & Vomiting

The feeling of nausea and frequent vomiting first thing in the morning happens to some women early in pregnancy.  Nausea or morning sickness is a classic sign of pregnancy that you can notice in the early stages.  f it is too hard for you to keep a full breakfast down or even an light snack, munch on saltine crackers to help soothe your stomach.

Nausea usually subsides after your first trimester, but sometimes it may last through the nine months. In some women, morning sickness will not set in until the sixth week, whereas in others, it starts early.

5. Mood swings

It’s not just a myth. All those hormonal changes going on in your body can wreak havoc with your mood, too. Of course, mood swings can also be caused by stress or plain old garden variety PMS. Some women actually experience improved moods – or a more stable mood if they previously suffered from PMS-related mood swings – during pregnancy. Trying to relax, getting some rest, or talking to someone or your partner, would help people around you understand your situation.

6. Constipation

It is common to feel gassy and bloated in pregnancy. That’s because pregnancy brings a hormonal surge that can slow down your gastrointestinal tract. Constipation is one of the pregnancy symptoms you can help alleviate by making a few easy changes to your daily routine: increase your fiber intake slightly, drink plenty of water to help with digestion, and stay physically active.

Isabgol (Psyllium seed husks) comes in different flavor and they are easily available in any Indian drug store, it is safe to take a spoonful with water every day.

7. Frequent urination

Are you getting up thrice in a night because you cannot stop your urge to urinate? Frequent urination is a very common in the early signs of pregnancy.   Most women are prone to having to urinate a lot or not being able to hold their bladder very long as a pregnancy symptom even before missing a period.  Around six to eight weeks after conception, as the uterus grows and shifts, taking up more room in your abdomen and exerting force on your bladder, you may experience frequent urination.

Frequent urination in the absence of other pregnancy symptoms, however, could indicate a problem such as:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Bladder infection
  • Diabetes

Using diuretics or increasing your liquid intake may also cause more frequent urination.

8. Increase in body temperature:

Body temperature tends to increase after ovulation and, if you are pregnant, your temperature will raise and stay hotter than usual. This early sign of pregnancy can remain for a long time while you are carrying your child. You may feel warm from inside, flushed, or almost feverish as an early pregnancy symptom.

Some ladies notice they are suddenly wanting to sleep with a fan on when they never have before, or turning the air conditioning down to a colder temperature when other family members are complaining that it’s freezing!

9. Implantation bleeding:

Implantation bleeding, in women who experience it, can be a confusing symptom of pregnancy. Implantation bleeding occurs when the fertilized egg is attached to the uterine wall. This light spotting lasts normally just for a couple of hours and in rare cases this light pinkish or brownish spotting may last for 1 to 2 days.

Any bleeding that is not your period should be discussed with your doctor.

10. Food cravings or aversions

Food cravings are on of the universal pregnancy symptoms that women worldwide experience!  You may have sudden urges to eat a certain food and can’t think about anything else until you get it.  You may even crave a food you’ve never liked before or never even eaten before!

Some pregnant ladies have completely weird pregnancy cravings too.

11. Enhanced Sense of Smell

For moms-to-be pregnant for the first time, an enhanced sense of smell is often one of the oddest symptoms of pregnancy. It can be embarrassing if you have to leave a room because of someone’s intense body odor or want to gag around people with the scent of third-hand smoke clinging to their bodies.

If you feel nauseated with smell of the food, let somebody else do the cooking. The smell from tempering process (tadka) is one of the most common triggers for Indian expecting females.

12. Missed period

Missing your monthly period is the most obvious of the early pregnancy symptoms.  Missing a period almost immediately sets off a red flag for most women. Some women may bleed lightly during pregnancy. If this occurs in the first few weeks, it could be implantation bleeding which is usually very light. Heavy bleeding after a period is late or after a pregnancy test has shown you are pregnant could indicate a miscarriage and you should speak with your doctor.

Other factors may also create an irregular menstrual cycle or a missed period. These include:

  1. Excessive changes in weight and/or diet
  2. Hormonal imbalances
  3. Stress
  4. Going off birth control pills
  5. Breastfeeding
  6. Travel, esp. involving changes in altitude
  7. Illness
  8. Antibiotics

13. Skin breakouts and acne

Changes in hormones can cause breakouts and blemishes, even if you’re not usually prone to adult acne.  If you notice unusual breakouts or body acne that is out of the normal for you, write it down on your list of early signs of pregnancy to help decide if you want to take a home pregnancy test yet.

Early in a pregnancy, you may suddenly have patches of dry skin when it was never a problem for you before.  The changing levels of hormones and oil production can cause dry skin is one of the more common early pregnancy symptoms and one of the easiest to deal with.  Use a soothing moisturizer every time you get out of the shower and on trouble spots before bed.

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