So you’ve skipped your birth control pills, and wondering if you could get pregnant. Speculating pregnancy may be a strenuous task and cause a lot of mental stress. Pregnancy can have different effects on different people depending upon the willingness of one to conceive. It may be a devastating consequence of unprotected sex or a much desired gift. Regardless the cause and motive, there are certain things you need to know about pregnancy, knowing its symptoms will help you identify possible pregnancy.
The only fool proof way to determine pregnancy is taking the pregnancy test. Pregnancy however knocks the door before changing your life. There are early symptoms that indicate pregnancy and help you take the necessary steps.
Symptoms of pregnancy may vary from woman to woman. Symptoms of a second pregnancy may be different from the symptoms experienced during the first one.
Early symptoms of pregnancy are much like the ones women get before menstruation, which makes it difficult to determine if they are from a possible pregnancy or simply a regular routine.
Certain symptoms may not be related to pregnancy and can be caused due to other factors, pregnancy not being one of them.
Read on to know about the most common ‘early’ symptoms that may be pregnancy’s call to you.
Not all missed periods missed indicate pregnancy. It may be caused due to several other factors or can even be the result of the consumption of an emergency contraceptive. Missing a period is the most common symptom of pregnancy that comes at an early stage. It is however, possible for women to bleed during pregnancy. It is best to consult a doctor and gain information pertaining to bleeding, as it may be a sign of an approaching emergency.
Missing a period does not necessarily mean that you are pregnant, there are various reasons that may cause you to miss a period.
You may miss a period if:
- You gain or lose too much weight
- Hormonal disorders
- Fatigue and Stress, among other possibilities.
- Stopping the consumption of birth control pills may also cause your period to not occur.
It’s time for you to take a pregnancy test, if your period is late and pregnancy is a possibility.
Spotting and Cramping
The fertilized egg attaches itself to wall of the uterus, few days after conception takes place. This is return may cause implantation bleeding; one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. It usually occurs anywhere from six to 12 days after fertilization of the egg.
The slight bleeding and cramps are commonly mistaken for the start of a period. The cramps and the bleeding are misunderstood as the start of their period, as women experience similar symptoms before their periods.
A woman may also notice a white, milky discharge from the vagina. The white discharge is caused due to the thickening of the vaginal walls, which begins to happen almost immediately after conception. The discharge is the result of the increased growth of cells lining the vagina.
This discharge is generally harmless, and may continue throughout pregnancy.
You need to see the doctor if the discharge comes with a bad smell, burning and itching sensation to check if you have a yeast or bacterial infection.
Another early sign of pregnancy are breast changes, caused due to the rapidly changing hormones after conception. The hormonal changes may cause your breasts to become swollen, sore, or tingly a week or two later. Your breast may feel heavier, fuller or feel tender to touch. Darkening of the areola; the area around the nipples, is another early symptom of pregnancy. You will get used to the hormonal changes in a few weeks and experience lesser beast pain
Pregnancy in its early stages comes with fatigue and tiredness. This can happen a week after conception.
High levels of a hormone called progesterone, is what generally causes fatigue in women. A woman may feel tired and fatigued due to other factors - such as
- Lower levels of blood sugar
- Lower blood pressure, and a
- Boost in blood production.
Pregnancy related fatigue requires you to get plenty of rest. A diet rich in protein and iron can help reduce fatigue.
Nausea (Morning Sickness)
Every pregnant woman may not experience it, but morning sickness is a very common symptom of pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones are likely to contribute to this symptom.
Nausea during pregnancy usually occurs in the morning, and can even occur during the day.
In the name of Hormonal Changes
Pregnant women tend to get sudden cravings for certain foods. They may also develop a sudden dislike towards certain foods, this again varied from woman to woman. The effect of hormonal changes can be strong enough to change a pregnant woman’s stomach by the mere thought of what used to be a favorite food.
Nausea, food cravings, and aversions may last for the entire pregnancy. Don’t be afraid, the symptoms tend to lessen for many women around the 13th or 14th week pregnancy.
Make sure you eat healthy, and nourish yourself and the developing baby with essential in the nutrients. Your doctors can advise the best diet for both of you.
Apart from the above mentioned symptoms, there are other early factors that indicate pregnancy.
The change in hormonal balance brought in by pregnancy may cause symptoms like
- Around the sixth or eighth week after conception, women may experience frequent urination.
This could be caused by:
- Urinary tract infection
- Overuse of diuretics
- Higher levels progesterone can cause constipation, which causes food to pass more slowly through your intestines.
Drinking plenty of water, regular exercising, and consumption of high-fiber foods can relieve Constipation during pregnancy.
Mood swings, are very common during the first trimester of pregnancy, all thanks to the changes in hormones. Most pregnant women complain of frequent headaches and back pain.
Low blood pressure and blood sugar cause dizziness and fainting in pregnant women
A pregnant woman could have all, or a few of these symptoms. Keep in constant touch with your doctor, for advice. You are now aware of the early symptoms of pregnancy, so worry less and take more care of the developing baby and yourself.