Early Symptoms of Pregnancy
Are you paying close attention to your body, searching and hoping to feel something that may suggest that you’re pregnant? The early symptoms of pregnancy aren’t all that different to those you may normally feel around your period, but are usually more enhanced. If you are experiencing a collection of these symptoms it may be an indication you are pregnant and could be worth confirming with a pregnancy test. Find out below what are some of the most common early pregnancy symptoms are so you know what to look out for and what to expect. Be aware though that some pregnant women do not experience any early symptoms of pregnancy.
One of the first symptoms that is forever linked to the question “Are you pregnant?” is morning sickness. It is the collective term for nausea and vomiting that most women experience in the early stages of pregnancy. Don’t let the name fool you; these symptoms can happen anytime of day or night. So don’t neglect just because you felt it come on at night time. There are many things that can make you nauseous and/or vomit like spoilt food, a virus or abrupt motions, thus if possible, try to see if you can rule out other possibilities. Morning sickness can continue to persist throughout the first trimester, so if your nausea and vomiting is persisting longer than other bouts of sickness, it could be a sign. There are also a number of (lucky) women who never experience morning sickness. Others may not experience it till late in the first trimester. So if you are experiencing other symptoms, but not morning sickness, it doesn’t rule out the chance that you could be pregnant.
Changes in your breasts may not be uncommon, particularly around this time of the month. However you might notice that this time around, the changes are more enhanced. Your breasts are feeling tenderer than usual and appear larger due to swelling. Hormonal changes in the early stages of pregnancy trigger these modifications in your breasts and will persist throughout pregnancy.
Are you feeling the urge or noticed that you need to urinate more often? Another early symptom of pregnancy is the frequent need to urinate. If you are looking to rule out other possibilities, determine if you have made any recent changes to your liquid intake. Drinking more and changing what you drink can alter your urine input, thus frequency to urinate. There are other dietary factors as well to consider.
On its own, it isn’t much to go by, we all feel tired from time to time. But in combination with other symptoms, then it is something worth noting. Can you explain why you feel tired? Has it just suddenly come about, without you changing your sleep patterns, diet or workload? Is your tiredness persisting longer than normal, even despite getting a good night’s rest? Feeling tired is a common symptom for many things, but is also on the list of early pregnancy symptoms as your body may have already begun the extension of your circulatory system to build the placenta.
Are you experiencing swelling in your abdomen which leads to you feeling very full and tight around your stomach? It may even cause some slight pain and cramps. It might be common to experience this after eating when perhaps you’ve eaten too much or too quickly, but when these feelings arise even after eating small meals or perhaps persist well after you’ve eaten, it could be stomach bloating. As an early symptom of pregnancy it may feel similar to the bloating you get before your period or it is possible that it feels more severe, longer lasting and/or more frequent.
Heightened sense of smell
It may be linked to your feelings of nausea, but do you also feel suddenly more noticeable of smells around you, many of which leave you feeling nauseated? A heightened sense of smell is another early pregnancy symptom which many women describe. You might find walking into a room; you instantly get a sniff of the many smells within the room or able to target one particular smell. If your sense of smell isn’t normally this sensitive then it could be another symptom you can add to the list.
This is one of the most common symptoms that women detect which leads to a pregnancy test. Typically this is best detected in women with normal, regular cycles, to which being late is out of the ordinary. If you have irregular cycles then this may not be the most sensitive symptom for detecting pregnancy, but in combination with other symptoms, may be a strong indicator to get that pregnancy test.
All women experience pregnancy different, some will experience all these symptoms, some, only a few, while others may not experience any at all. Thus you cannot rule out pregnancy just because you aren’t experiencing all of the symptoms. Experiencing these symptoms just increases the possibility that you might be pregnant. Ultimately you will need to confirm these suspicions with a pregnancy test and a visit to the doctor’s. The more symptoms that you have will provide a stronger case that you require a pregnancy test