Early Signs of Pregnancy

You may suspect, be concerned or hope that you are pregnant. Although pregnancy symptoms vary from woman to woman and even pregnancy to pregnancy, there are signs of pregnancy that may occur even before you have missed your period. Right now, you are questioning if you are pregnant and wanting to know if you have any signs of pregnancy.

Implantation Bleeding:

The first physical sign of pregnancy is implantation bleeding. This occurs when the fertilized egg implants in the uterine wall causing a small trace of bleeding. This is usually lighter and spottier than a period. Don’t be alarmed if you don’t see this because many women don’t notice it because it could be so light.

Missed Period:

Usually the first sign of pregnancy is considered a missed period or menstrual cycle. Although it is possible to be pregnant and to experience a period; it is usually lighter in color, shorter, or lighter in flow. However, if you have missed your period, that is a good reason to begin testing.

Early Signs of Pregnancy:

There are several symptoms that are considered early signs of pregnancy. Some of these may even be experienced before a missed period which is usually considered the first sign of pregnancy. It is possible to be pregnant and experience all of these symptoms, none of these symptoms, or any combination of them:

  • Tender or swollen breasts – the increase of the hCG hormone may cause your breasts to feel sore, tingly, heavier, larger or more full.
  • Fatigue – a common symptom that occurs because of the increase in progesterone. This may also be caused by a combination of lower blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and increased blood production.
  • Abdominal cramps – a pregnancy symptom that is one of the most frustrating because it usually mimics the cramps of a pending period.
  • Nausea or morning sickness – the rapid increase in hormones frequently causes nausea, queasiness, or morning sickness – which can actually occur at any time of the day or night. Pregnant women typically have a greater sensitivity to smells which may trigger nausea feelings.
  • Dizziness or fainting – similar to nausea or morning sickness, the rapid shift in hormones can also trigger moments of dizziness or feeling like you may faint.
  • Changes in appetite – pregnancy often affects the appetite either by creating strong cravings for certain foods or the flip side by causing aversions to certain things.
  • Headaches – the increase in hormones causes an increase in blood circulation. This often causes headaches, but in most cases these are usually more frequent but milder headaches. Unfortunately, for some that may be prone to headaches it might trigger more severe headaches and even migraines.
  • Constipation – unfortunately, constipation is a common early sign of pregnancy which is attributed to an increase in hormones. Progesterone causes food to go through the intestines at a slower rate which may develop into constipation.
  • Mood swings – the increase in hormones is also blamed for changes in your emotional stability. Don’t be surprised if you become more emotional or experience more mood swings.
  • Increased basal body temperature – this is a symptom that you will only be able to detect if you have been tracking your basal body temperatures while trying to conceive. You may discover that you are pregnant if it continues to elevate for more than two weeks.

Probably the most frustrating thing is that many of these symptoms may be related to a pending period or menstrual cycle. If you have been sexually active and experiencing any combination of these symptoms it is recommended that you take an at-home pregnancy test.

It is important to determine if you are pregnant as soon as possible so that you may begin your prenatal care. If you are experiencing these symptoms and still getting a negative on a pregnancy test, you should see your health care provider to determine what is causing the symptoms.

 

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