Every pregnancy is different and not all the woman have all the symptoms. Similarly, the time when they experience the symptoms also varies. Some women get it within 2 weeks of conception and some women don’t feel anything till the first month of pregnancy is over. (except obviously missed period).
These 16 early signs are the ones which acts as a fore teller to pregnancy. Know what they are:
Shortness of Breath
The growing baby and placenta is taking up almost all the nutrients, water, air etc. from your body so as to thrive in this new home. This can cause you to feel breathless more than usual. Waking up as if someone has covered your face with a pillow is also very normal. Sorry to say but this symptom will continue throughout your pregnancy.
Do you feel like an urge to just remove your bra due to extra sensitivity of your breast. This is because of an increase in HCG and progesterone, which can increase blood volume and hence soreness of breasts. According to Americanpregnancy.org, at least 17% women reported this as the first symptom which made them take a pregnancy test.
Tiredness is something which most women report during the first trimester and third trimester. Feeling lethargic is completely normal as most of your energy is taken up to protect the baby and also help create a safe environment for him for the next 9 months.
Nausea peaks in as soon as HCG kicks in and increases in line with HCG. HCG has very important functions and is responsible for maintaining the level of hormones and also provide baby with nutrients till the placenta takes over (by the end of first trimester)
Do you have this sudden urge to pee even for the smallest of water you take in? This is because the baby and new amniotic sac puts pressure on the bladder and the body doesn’t have enough space for the baby now. This symptom disappears by the end of first trimester and returns at the mid half of third trimester, where the fully developed baby starts putting pressure on the bladder again.
NOTE: Don’t stop drinking water as the amniotic sac, which is forming around the fetus is completely made up of water. Less water can harm your baby. Normal water intake should be 2-3 litres every day, more if you are exercising or sweating through any other physical work.
Due to intense surge in hormones and blood volume, headaches (even daily) are very common for pregnant woman. All pregnant women experience them even though the intensity might vary. Daily headaches during first trimester can also be caused by dehydration, stress, extreme workload and sudden aversion from caffeine.
Progesterone is the hormone responsible for thickening of the endometrium around the uterus during the second half of menstrual cycle. When the egg fertilises and gets attached the HCG signals the body to increase progesterone so as to supply the fetus with essential nutrients. Progesterone is also responsible for loosening the ligaments around the lower abdomen. This can cause mild back pain in your body.
Implantation Cramping occurs when the fetus attaches itself to the walls of the uterus. This could also result in some bleeding. Keep in mind that severe bleeding and cramping are not NORMAL and should be taken seriously.
Cravings or Food Aversions
Sudden aversions from at just a mere sight of certain foods and becoming very picky about what you want to eat, your body might want to tell you something.
Constipation and Bloating
Progesterone not only causes your ligaments to loosen but can also interfere with your digestive muscles, either slowing it down or causing it to speed up. The former is more common in woman and something which goes on during whole pregnancy.
The hormonal surge can cause intense mood swings as your brain’s chemical structure gets played with a lot. Mood swings generally go away by the start of first trimester and first half of third trimester. It increases by the end of pregnancy because of the hormonal changes,that are responsible to prepare the body for labor.
Elevated Basal Body Temperature
If you’ve actively been trying to get pregnant, you may have been charting your basal body temp to pinpoint ovulation. Generally, your BBT is elevated from ovulation until you get your period 2 weeks later. If it stays elevated beyond two weeks, it might be because you’re pregnant. In the second phase of menstrual cycle, the basal body temperature rises above 98.6oF and stays the same for about 2 weeks whereas if implantation occurs basal temperature drops below 98.6oF and rises sharply afterward.
An increase in sensitivity of smell is due to an increase in estrogen. Increased smell is also responsible for augmented nausea.
Dizziness or Fainting
Your body needs extra energy and hydration to keep up with the needs of the new life growing inside the body. However, nausea keeps you from eating well. It’s important that you find a way to get your daily nutritional needs.
Implantation Bleeding is characterized by very light bleeding or spotting accompanied by light cramping, which occurs when the embryo attaches itself to the walls of the uterus.Most women don’t even experience any symptoms until a few days after implantation bleeding ( a week or so). This is because egg implantation is the first step. You can’t have any pregnancy symptom unless the embryo is actually present in the body.
Read more about Implantation Bleeding here.
Late period accompanied by the above mentioned symptoms means that you should head out to the nearest medical store as soon as possible.
There are some weird signs too which are experienced by women like a change in their face shape, yes, it has been testified by several women that their face became more round and red too.
What signs/symptoms made you take a pregnancy test? Tell us your experience in the Comments Section below.