Early Signs of Pregnancy

Posted by Liza Elliott-Ramirez November - 4 - 2014
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You haven’t taken a pregnancy test yet and you may not even be late for your period, but you feel that something is different. It can be hard to tell if you are pregnant, but some symptoms do appear during early signs of pregnancy. If your instincts are telling you may be pregnant, but it is too early for a test, look out for some of these early pregnancy signs. While these are feelings that can easily occur in a non-pregnant women, yet you are noticing a drastic increase in one of these symptoms, or more than one, you just might be pregnant!

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Tender Breasts

One of the first signs of pregnancy is often breasts being extra tender, sensitive, and achy. They could feel fuller and heavier than before and you might even notice the area around your nipple getting bigger and darker. These breast changes are related to rising levels of progesterone.

Fatigue

Early in your pregnancy, it is common to feel extra tired. You may have never been a napper, but now it’s a struggle to not sleep all day. This sleepiness is also due to the extra progesterone in your body. But don’t worry; you will get an energy boost in your second trimester.

Mood Swings

The hormone changes that make you emotional during your period are very present early in pregnancies. Fatigue and hunger that you may also be experiencing don’t make your mood any better- but you are likely to feel better by 14-16 weeks.

Lightheadedness and Dizziness

Many women feel very light-headed and dizzy early in their pregnancies. Some even have fainting spells. This could be due to either change in hormones or low blood pressure. But for most, this goes away after the first trimester.

Nausea and Vomiting

Full blown nausea and vomiting usually don’t appear until 7 to 9 weeks, but queasiness can start early on. Nausea will usually disappear by 12 to 16 weeks, however, for a small amount of women, it can last throughout the duration of the pregnancy.

Disgusted by Certain Foods

If you suddenly can’t stand the smell or taste of certain foods that did not bother you before, this could be a sign of pregnancy. One of the first symptoms of pregnancy is a heightened sense of smell. Also, during pregnancy, some women develop a funny taste in their mouth that alters the way they taste foods.

Frequent Urination

Your kidneys have to process more urine during pregnancy. Also, your uterus getting bigger puts pressure on your bladder. Together, that is bound to make you need to use the bathroom more frequently than you previously needed to. Some women who don’t know that they are pregnant may even think they have a bladder infection. If you are pregnant, don’t cut back on water no matter how annoying the frequent urination is- during pregnancy you need enough fluids in your body.

Spotting and Cramping

This is confusing because these also are symptoms of periods; so many women overlook this, or even think that this is a sign that they are not pregnant. But actually, cramping or a bit of blood starting a little earlier than you expect your period may be a sign that the fertilized egg is getting attached in the uterus. It is even normal for spotting to continue up until the sixth or seventh week.

2 Responses so far.

  1. Michelle F. says:

    Those are all spot on! I definitely noticed a dramatic change in my sense of smell (perfumes and other artificial fragrances suddenly drove me crazy) and I also had implantation bleeding/spotting. It definitely scared me at first, but ends up it was a good sign!

  2. Camila Damas says:

    On both pregnancies I got those first 3 things there. And right on my first month I knew I was pregnant.
    One: because we have planned both pregnancies
    Two:my body warns me up that something is not right… I mean its very right. But my body tells me something is diff. I get very moody,sleepy and get lots of breast tenderness