Early signs of pregnancy: What you should know?

If you have been trying to conceive only a home pregnancy test if used correctly or a doctor’s visit can tell you for certain if you are pregnant. But even before you do these tests or miss a period you may suspect that you are pregnant. The early signs of pregnancy vary from women to women – in some cases early signs of pregnancy begin in the first few weeks after conception.

Early signs of pregnancy: Things to remember

  • It can’t be said enough that early signs of pregnancy symptoms are not the same for every women. In fact if this is your second pregnancy your symptoms may be different to what you expected in your first pregnancy.
  • Your early signs of pregnancy symptoms may differ in frequency, intensity and duration. For example morning sickness usually starts at sixth week of pregnancy and disappears around 12 weeks. But in your case it may not start until the eight week and may continue well after the 12th week of pregnancy.
  • It’s normal to confuse early signs of pregnancy symptoms with pre-menstrual pain.
  • Finding out that you are pregnant is not just a physical experience it is also usually a very emotional experience too.
  • Even though considered early signs of pregnancy symptoms you may not experience some of the symptoms until you are well into your pregnancy.
  • Remember these are only guidelines to be sure if you are pregnant the proof is the pregnancy test.

Early signs of pregnancy: Symptoms

Missed period: A classic clue that makes you suspect – you might be pregnant is when you miss a period. If you have a regular 28 or 29 day monthly cycle then missing your period or being late may indicate you are pregnant.

Tender breasts: Swollen or tender breasts may provide one of the first symptoms that you may be pregnant. As early as two weeks after you conceive, hormonal changes in your body may make your breasts heavier, sore, tingly or tender.

Fatigue: Your body goes through a lot of hormonal changes when you are pregnant. During early pregnancy your body produces high levels of hormone progesterone. In high doses this hormone makes you sleepy and exhausted. A normal shopping trip may drain your energy.

Bleeding or cramping: Bleeding during early pregnancy is scary for women. But this is a common occurrence called implantation bleeding – it is nothing to worry about. Early bleeding happens at around 10 to 12 days after fertilization and last only a couple of days and accompanied by light bleeding.

Morning sickness or nausea: Morning sickness is generally thought of as being due to all the hormonal changes in your body. Felling sick or nauseated during early pregnancy is quite common. It may begin as early as two weeks after conception. Various odors such as smell of food, smoke and perfume may want you rush to the bathroom.

Food cravings and aversion to certain foods: Certain foods like fried foods, coffee, alcohol may make you feel queasy. Food cravings and pregnancy go hand in hand. Most women find craving for sweet and salty foods during pregnancy.

Back pain: Lower back pain during pregnancy is a common problem. Two factors are responsible for back pain – sudden increase in your weight and the relaxing of important ligaments and muscles throughout your body due to hormonal changes.

Higher basal body temperature: Basal temperature is defined as your temperature when you wake up in the morning. This temperature increases slightly during ovulation and remains at that level until your next period. If you have been monitoring your basal temperature then its sustained elevation for more than two to three weeks means you are pregnant.

Bloating and Weight gain: Weight gain is one of those early pregnancy symptoms that might surprise you. Each woman is different and while some women may experience slight weight gain you may experience none at all at this early stage. The weight gain is usually subtle; you may start to feel thick around the waist. Another sign of weight gain is you may feel bloated or full without actually eating anything.

Mood swings: Your mood swings are very normal signs of your early pregnancy. The nausea and tiredness you may be feeling may make you irritable and cranky. If you feel your mood swings are becoming erratic speak to your doctor.

Heartburn and constipation: Constipation and heartburn is another early symptom of pregnancy. Hormones in your body make food slowly pass through your digestive system making you feel constipated. The slower emptying of your stomach may cause increased release of stomach acid to digest food leading to heartburn. Consult your doctor before you take any antacid.

Faintness and dizziness: As your blood pressure drops you may experience light headedness. You can also blame low blood sugar levels for faintness. If you experience any of these symptoms it’s a good idea to sit down and take it easy. Keep some fruits and crackers for times like this. Keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water.