Pregnancy signs and symptoms tend to vary from one woman to another and also from one pregnancy to another. However, the most significant early pregnancy symptoms are a missed or delayed period. It is quite important to understand various pregnancy symptoms since some symptoms may have other causes other than pregnancy. Some women tend to experience signs and symptoms of early pregnancy quite early while as others experience way later into the pregnancy.
Some women experience many symptoms while as others experience few or none. In some cases, early pregnancy symptoms appear almost the same time you miss your period or even a week or two later. Research reveals that 7 out of 10 pregnant women experience early pregnancy signs before they are even six weeks along. If you are wondering whether you a pregnant or not, outlined are 10 signs that will help you get rid of your dilemma.
1. Food Aversions
If you are pregnant, it is quite common to feel repulsed by the smell of certain foods. Some food aromas will go to an extent of triggering your gag reflex. You may also realize that some foods you used to love are suddenly totally repulsive to you.
2. Frequent Urination
Soon after you get pregnant, hormonal changes immediate a chain of activities in your body and this leads to high blood flow through the kidney. This results to the bladder filling quicker than usual, hence the feeling to urinate often. Frequent urination tends to intensify as the pregnancy progresses.
Feeling a bit too exhausted all of a sudden? The rapid increase in progesterone levels can result in fatigue. However, as you enter the second trimester of the pregnancy, fatigue tends to fade away but returns towards the end of the pregnancy.
4. Sore Breasts
Sensitive, swollen and sore breasts are a common sign of early pregnancy this is due to the increase of hormones. However, as your body adjusts to the hormonal changes, you slowly adapt to the discomfort.
Nausea during pregnancy is mostly referred to as morning sickness. However, this does not only happen in the morning, it can happen at any time of the day and is can involve or not involve vomiting. Some women experience nausea as soon as two weeks after conception while as others can go for even two months before nausea kicks in.
Pregnancy tends to raise the progesterone levels, progesterone helps in the relaxing of the smooth muscle tissue in your body and this includes even the gastrointestinal tract. This relaxation results to slow digestion and this leads to bloating, gas, flatulence and burping.
7. Mood swings
The same hormones that result to mood swings during your period play the same role during early pregnancy. Hunger and fatigue can also heighten the mood swings, it is advisable to rest and eat small portions of food throughout the day.
8. Spotting and Cramping
Slight cramping or even minor spotting earlier than your period day can be as a result of a fertilized egg getting attached to the uterus. In some cases, spotting can progress to the 6th or 7th week. However, you may need to consult a doctor if the bleeding gets abnormally heavy.
According to research, 90% of pregnant women tend to experience food cravings mostly during the first few weeks. It is quite normal to crave ice-cream one minute and a sandwich the next. All you have to do is ensure that you eat a balanced diet, alongside all your cravings.
10. A missed period
If your period fails to arrive on time or even a few days later you may consider investing in a pregnancy test before you notice any symptoms stated above.