10 Early Pregnancy Signs
When you are trying to conceive, you have visions of positive pregnancy
tests and babies dancing in your head.
Because this desire can be so strong, it is sometimes hard to tell if you are really pregnant, or if it could all just be in your head. To help you determine if what you are feeling is real, or just part of your normal cycle, below are the top ten pregnancy symptoms.
- 1. Bloating: You may notice that your clothes are feeling a bit snug, more so than usual during your menstrual cycle, and especially right at the waist.
- 2. Odour sensitivity: It is quite common for newly pregnant women to be repulsed by certain smells, even from foods that are your favorites. This is usually due to an increase of estrogen in your blood.
- 3. Vomiting and nausea: Even though some women will not experience morning sickness until after about a month of being pregnant, some women find they feel a bit queasy at two to three weeks pregnant.
- 4. Urinating often: Hormone changes cause blood flow to increase, especially through the kidneys. This then causes your bladder to fill faster, causing the need to urinate more.
- 5. Feeling tired: Feelings of tiredness and exhaustion are very common early on. This is most likely due to an increase in the production of progesterone and should start to regulate a bit by your second trimester.
- 6. Swollen, sore breasts: One of the earliest tell tale signs of pregnancy is breasts that are swollen and sore. This is caused by an increase in hormones, and should start to subside after the first trimester passes.
- 7. Absent period: This is often the first clue most women have that they may be pregnant. If your period is like clockwork every month, you may want to take a pregnancy test right away. If your period can be a bit irregular, or you may have lost track of your cycle, the above symptoms may already be present, causing you to do some quick math and figuring.
- 8. Bleeding from implantation: If you have noticed a bit of light spotting that lasted for just a day or two, before you may have even thought about being pregnant, this could have been implantation bleeding. This is often the result of the fertilized egg implanting into the wall of the uterus, which takes place about a week after fertilization.
- 9. Higher than normal basal body temperature: If you have been charting your basal body temperature while trying to get pregnant, and you notice that your temperature has stayed high for about eighteen days straight, it is a good indication that you are pregnant.
- 10. Proof positive: A positive home pregnancy test is usually the final indicator that you are expecting. Many pregnancy tests today can be used as early as five days before your missed period, but you should always retest a closer to the date of your menstrual cycle, especially if you are having symptoms and you get a negative result early on. Once you have a positive test, be sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor to start proper prenatal care.
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