– Forget the pregnancy tests, Watch out for these symptoms if you are trying to conceive
Want to know that you’re pregnant before the tests tell you so? Then check out these early signs of pregnancy which may help you determine whether you’re pregnant before you test yourself.
1. Missed Period
Perhaps the most obvious symptom that you’re pregnant will be that you miss your regular period. If you conceive close to the time of your next period, this may be your early sign of pregnancy.
Two notes of caution, however. Not every missed period means that you’re pregnant. Sometimes with stress, lack of sleep, changes in diet or medications, and more can result in a missed period.
Additionally, not all women have a cessation of their periods during pregnancy. In fact, some women continue to have regular periods throughout their pregnancy, making it difficult to confirm a pregnancy at home.
2. Cramping, Spotting
Known as implantation bleeding, this can be one of the early signs of pregnancy. This sometimes happens shortly after the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine lining, which can cause spotting or feelings of cramping. This implantation bleeding can happen as soon as six days after your egg is first fertilized, but may be experienced as many as 12 days into your pregnancy.
Don’t mistake this implantation bleeding and cramping for menstrual cramps, although they can often feel much the same. If you notice cramps and bleeding that is somewhat more slight than usual, you may have your first sign of pregnancy.
3. Breast Alterations
Your breasts are an integral part of being pregnant, and as such need to prepare to nurture your coming child. As such, they often go through transformations shortly after you become pregnant, as early as the first week or two of pregnancy.
There are many changes you may experience as the hormone levels in your body increase. These can include anything from swollen breasts that feel heavy or fuller than normal to soreness and tenderness.
Your breasts may even feel tingly and may begin to release a slight discharge. These symptoms of pregnancy are a result of your body adjusting to the new levels of hormones in your body and usually subside within a few weeks after your body becomes accustomed to the changes.
4. Milky Discharge
Almost immediately after the egg is fertilized, your uterine lining will begin to thicken in order to be ready to accept and nurture your fetus. When that happens, you may experience a white, somewhat milky discharge on your underwear as the number of cells lining your vaginal wall increases. This is perfectly natural and may last throughout your pregnancy.
It is only ever a concern if you notice an unpleasant odor from your discharge, or bleeding and itching accompanying the discharge. If this happens, you may have a bacterial or yeast infection which should be examined by your doctor.
Not surprisingly, one of the early signs of pregnancy is a feeling of fatigue or tiredness, which can begin as soon as one week after first conceiving your child. Your body will begin to produce more progesterone hormone after you first become pregnant, which is usually the cause of an often overwhelming feeling of being tired.
During these first few weeks, as with the rest of your pregnancy, it is important that you get adequate rest and sleep in order to let your body make the necessary preparations to nurture your coming child.
6. Morning Sickness
The quintessential symptom of pregnancy, morning sickness is perhaps one of the most unpleasant. But a feeling of nausea can be one of the first triggers that you have become pregnant.
Newly-pregnant women often experience this morning sickness within a few days of getting pregnant as a result of the hormonal changes going on in your body. In addition to feeling sick to your stomach, if you’re nearly pregnant you may also have certain aversions to foods that make you sick just to look at or smell. This can make even your favorite foods turn your stomach.
Keep in mind, however, that morning sickness may not only occur in the morning. Many women who experience this type of pregnancy nausea experience it throughout the day. These stomach symptoms related to pregnancy can last as many as nine full months (through your whole pregnancy), though most women feel better within 13 or 14 weeks.
7. Changes in Bowel Movements, Urination
With the increased levels of hormones in your body, the earliest sign of pregnancy may also be changes in how your body eliminates wastes. For instance, after you become pregnant, you may find that you are constipated more than normal.
This is usually as a result of increased levels of progesterone in your body, which slows down the movement of food through your system. You can mitigate this challenge by getting regular exercise, drinking lots of water, and eating lots of healthy fiber.
Another symptom of pregnancy can be increased frequency of urination. Though this often starts later in your pregnancy (around weeks 6 or 8), it can begin earlier in your pregnancy. Just be sure to always have a bathroom readily available!
8. Mood Swings
If you suddenly find yourself short-tempered or flying higher than a kite for no reason, it may be that you are experiencing the early signs of pregnancy. This is particularly acute for women in their first trimester as a result of changes in hormonal levels.
So if you’re not usually prone to mood swings during your menstrual cycle and notice these changes in your demeanor, you may be pregnant!
9. Dizziness and Balance Problems
Your body will be increasing the blood flow throughout your body to accommodate another new life, and that may mean that you experience symptoms like dizziness or fainting.
It can also result in things like low blood pressure and low blood sugar, all of which are early pregnancy signs that can may you less steady on your feet. Keep an eye out for these things if you suspect you’re pregnant.
10. Generalized Pain
Some women experience an increase in various pains when they’re first pregnant, such as headaches and back pain. These can be slight or fairly severe depending on your body. These too may trigger for you that you’re pregnant.