Pregnancy can be very scary and exciting at the same time. It is scary if you are not ready to be a parent but really exciting if you want to get a baby. Whichever the case, do not worry because you are not alone.
Early pregnancy signs may include nausea, breast tenderness, missed period, fatigue, mood swings, food cravings, weight gain, constipation, and diarrhea. Other signs include headaches, cramping, frequent urination, and nasal congestion.
This blog will take you through the most common early signs of pregnancy and why they happen.
Early signs of pregnancy
It’s no wonder that one of the first things women want to do after missing their period is taking a pregnancy test, but there are some very early signs of pregnancy you should watch out for as well. Some women even experience these symptoms before they know they are pregnant, which can be both confusing and incredibly exciting at the same time. Here are the five most common signs of pregnancy, including some things you might not have considered when you were first planning to conceive.
One of the most exciting moments in the life of any couple who is trying to have a baby is those times when you think that you might be pregnant. However, there’s always the risk of getting your hopes up only to be disappointed in the end, so it’s best to take your pregnancy suspicions seriously and go through as many tests as possible, including the following signs of pregnancy.
Nausea is a common symptom in early pregnancy. It can be as a result of hormone changes that occur during pregnancy.
Nausea usually starts to appear at any time of the pregnancy and it varies from one woman to another. Nausea typically peaks at around the 20th week of pregnancy and gradually subsides after birth. Women who had nausea with their past pregnancies are likely to experience nausea again with future pregnancies, but for women who have never experienced nausea before, there is a chance of experiencing it in future pregnancies too.
Nausea can be caused by many things that you may be experiencing or feeling such as stress, lack of sleep or sickness from another source unrelated to your pregnancy.
2. Swelling or painful breasts
You could also be pregnant if your breasts are sore or sensitive to the touch. The breasts become swollen and sore because they are preparing to produce milk in order to feed the baby.
The breasts are also a sign that ovulation has occurred and that the uterus has begun to prepare for a potential pregnancy. If you have breast tenderness, it might be a sign that your body is preparing for embryo implantation or it might be a sign of early pregnancy.
3. Missed period.
Missed periods are another common sign of pregnancy. If you have missed your periods,it could be because you are pregnant but that is not so obvious because many other reasons necessitate a missed period. Check out our previous article on The 10 Common Clear Reasons for a Missed Period.
The hormone progesterone prevents ovulation from occurring, which in turn stops menstruation when fertilization occurs. If pregnancy does not occur, then menstruation will resume on its regular cycle in about four weeks’ time.
When you miss your period for more than 14 days weeks, it is possible that you might be pregnant. You should talk to your doctor if this is the case just to be sure.
Fatigue is not a specific sign of pregnancy, but it can be an early sign of pregnancy. The most common causes of fatigue are increased hormone levels in your body and changes to your sleep patterns and lifestyle.
It is important to know the early signs of pregnancy so that you can take care of yourself and your unborn baby.
5. Mood swings.
Mood swings are one of the early signs of pregnancy. If you are pregnant and experiencing mood swings, it is important to know what to do about them and how they can affect your daily life.
Mood swings are common during the first trimester of pregnancy, but they can happen at any time during your pregnancy. The hormones that change during pregnancy affect your mood and emotions. Mood swings can make you feel very emotional, irritable, or even angry without any warning. They may also cause you to have trouble sleeping or eating regularly.
It is important to know that no two pregnancies are alike and that every woman will experience symptoms differently. Some women will experience a lot of mood changes while others will not have any at all. It is also important for women who experience mood swings to get plenty of rest so they can recover from the stress as well as eat a healthy diet so they don’t feel too tired or sick from lack of food.
6. Constipation or diarrhea.
Constipation and diarrhea are two other common symptoms of pregnancy that come hand in hand. Constipation may be due to hormonal changes that slow down the digestive system while diarrhea may be caused by hormonal changes in the intestines.
7. Food cravings and weight gain.
Food cravings are a common phenomenon. They can be from something you love or that you hate But if you are pregnant, food cravings can be a sign that your body is craving more nutrition and calories.
There are many reasons why you may experience increased hunger and weight gain during early pregnancy including:
- Increased levels of the hormone progesterone.
- Increased blood sugar levels.
- Increased appetite.
- Hormones are released by the placenta.
How To Know You’re Pregnant? And What To Expect
Pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life. It is a time of so much joy, anxiety, and sometimes sadness. Some women know they are pregnant within days of missing their period. Others may not suspect pregnancy until they are two or three months along. To confirm if indeed you are pregnant or not, run a test. Do not freak out first before confirmation because these signs are often confused with Premenstrual symptoms.
There are many things that you can expect during your pregnancy. You may experience morning sickness, heartburn, leg cramps, and swelling in your hands and feet, just to name a few. You will also need to adjust your diet because you will be eating for two! You and your unborn baby/es.
Note: Some of the things to expect are changes in your body and unintended weight gain.
There are a number of reasons why people might experience unintended weight gain. Weight gain may result from a number of factors, from hormonal changes to lack of exercise and even a change in diet. One of the most common for weight gain is changes in hormone levels, which often happen as we get older or when we put on too much weight or stop exercising regularly.
During the first few weeks of pregnancy, it can be difficult to tell if you’re pregnant or not – especially if you have an irregular period and are not on contraception. In many cases, there aren’t any obvious symptoms (which could be good news if you are pregnant!). However, some women do experience early signs and symptoms of pregnancy, ranging from very mild and barely noticeable to more obvious changes in their body and even mood. Share with us your pregnancY story in the comment section below.