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Pregnancy symptoms: 10 early signs that you might be pregnant

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Are you dying to know if you might be pregnant?

Obviously, the first step should be getting a home pregnancy test or a blood test at your OB’s office. But until you will be able to take one you need to pay close attention to your body. There are early symptoms of pregnancy that may point to the possibility. You need to know that every woman is different so you don’t need to have the same symptoms as your friend, sister, cousin etc. Also, some of the symptoms, like sore breasts or bloating, happen right before your period. So it can be a guessing game. But when you really want to be pregnant you are looking for those symptoms with big excitement.

Same was with me. My period was late but I couldn’t believe that I can be pregnant after a month or two of trying. I heard that a lot of people trying even for a year so I couldn’t believe that I can have such a big luck. Finally, when I wanted to buy a pregnancy test I’ve started bleeding a little bit so I was sure that my period decided to come. But that was an early pregnancy symptom! It was an implantation 🙂

Could you be pregnant?

First of all, make sure that your period is late. You should notice it if you are keeping track of your menstrual cycle. If you didn’t have a chance to do a pregnancy test take a look at those 10 most common early symptoms of pregnancy. Keep in mind the fact that if you notice some of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you are pregnant.

1.Sore breasts- sensitive and swollen breasts are caused by rising levels of hormones. It can start an even week or two after conception. The area around the nipples, called the areola, may also darken.

2.Cramps- Your uterus may be stretching a little when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall.  It’s a preparation for its massive expansion over the next nine months.

3.Fatigue- being tired and exhausted it’s really normal when you are pregnant especially at the beginning. Why? I heard about two possibilities first is because of rapidly increasing levels of the hormone progesterone are contributing to your sleepiness. Second one: your baby is starting to use up your calories, which can wipe out your energy stores.

4.Nausea- morning sickness can hit about a month or two after conception, though for some woman it may start as early as two weeks. Only God knows why they called it morning sickness because it appears in the morning, noon and eve night.

5.Bloating- again it’s everything because of hormonal changes. It can be a similar feeling to that one just before your period. You can feel a little bit bigger at the waistline.

6.Food Aversions- I remember when I was pregnant I couldn’t eat without feel nauseous. So be prepared that certain aromas can trigger your gag reflex. It can be caused by rapidly increasing amounts of estrogen in your system.

7.Mood swings- do you experience heightened emotions, both good and bad, at the same time? It’s completely normal. Those hormonal changes can affect you in a really strange way.

8.Frequent urination- Your blood volume rises dramatically during pregnancy, which leads to extra fluid being processed and ending up in your bladder.

9.Light bleeding or spotting- did you hear about implantation bleeding? It occurs anywhere from six to 12 days after the egg is fertilized. It might be caused by the fertilized egg settling into the lining of your uterus. It’s really light bleeding so  If you notice that your “period” seems way shorter or different from usual, it may be a sign of pregnancy.

10.Constipation- that was my big pain when I was pregnant. Higher levels of the hormone progesterone can make you constipated. Progesterone causes food to pass more slowly through your intestines. That’s why it’s so important to drink a lot of water during pregnancy.

Hormones, hormones, hormones…All is their fault.

As you can see our strange behaviour during pregnancy is definitely nor our faults. It’s all because of pregnancy hormones 😉 I’m really curious if you had any of those symptoms and how long it takes you to realise that are early signs of your pregnancy. I’m waiting for your comments!

 

All content, including medical opinion and any other health-related information, is for informational purposes only and should not be considered to be a specific diagnosis or treatment plan for any individual situation. 

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply Van Cast

    Great list, thank you for sharing! I remember some of them from my pregnancy

    28 February 2018 at 09:34
  • Reply Alice

    Great list! A lot of useful informations!

    28 February 2018 at 20:26
  • Reply Jo Anna

    I remember some of these from my pregnancies! I “knew” before I really knew 😉 This is a great list!

    28 February 2018 at 21:15
  • Reply darla

    Oh yes, all such a reminder of all the changes that happen to our bodies. I am 4 weeks postpartum and glad its over. Now time for the hormones to get back on track. This list is great and includes everything.

    28 February 2018 at 23:22
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    What an awesome list for people who are thinking about trying, gives them little signs to look out for! Exciting.

    1 March 2018 at 00:20
  • Reply Hey Sharonoox

    These are great tips for new moms. I can relate to some especially sore breast and fatigue. I remembered, my first sign was missing my period.

    1 March 2018 at 01:04
  • Reply Anna

    These the signs I had when I found out that I was pregnant. The mood change lol I felt bad for my husband. I had no idea that being pregnant can be emotional and the attitude changes anytime lol.

    1 March 2018 at 13:27
  • Reply Renee B.

    These days are such a distant memory! But how I remember the fatigue! It seemed like all I wanted to do for the first three months was sleep.

    1 March 2018 at 16:14
  • Reply Esse D

    When I was pregnant, I definitely could relate to most of these points. I was actually 7.5 weeks before I confirmed it!

    1 March 2018 at 16:53
  • Reply Dee Jackson

    This is a great list of useful tips. I’ll be sure to know about these when my time comes

    2 March 2018 at 04:18
  • Reply Hannah

    Very helpful for those wondering! I always find though that the more you think about it, the more you convince yourself that you are! haha x

    2 March 2018 at 07:44
  • Reply emman damian

    This is such a great reminder. Yes, it’s all about the hormones!

    2 March 2018 at 09:47
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