Being pregnant and giving life to a baby is absolutely wonderful. Maybe you are trying to get pregnant or thinking that you already are. Are you pregnant? 10 early signs of pregnancy can give you the needed answer.
Unfortunately, there are no clear signs that show you whether you’re pregnant, or not. The only signs, or symptoms if you like, are only related to the hormonal changes that occur in your body but these symptoms can be quite misleading. Moreover, when it comes to early symptoms of pregnancy, things are more uncertain, and only a pregnancy test or a visit to your gynecologist could clearly say ‘Yes!’ or ‘No!’
When will occur the early signs of pregnancy?
Although some studies have shown that a woman’s ovule could get fertilized within 12 hours after the sexual intercourse, but no later than 24 hours, you will not be able to feel any changes when that happens, the early signs of pregnancy occurring only after implantation, which occurs between 7 and 10 days after fertilization.
If you got pregnant, the embryo starts producing a hormone called hCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin) only after the implantation, so before that, it is impossible to trace the signs of pregnancy.
So, the longer you wait to take your pregnancy test, the closer to the truth the results will be.
For the best results, pregnancy tests should be taken on the first day when you realize that your period is late.
Let’s go deeper into the topic. Below is a list of 10 early signs of pregnancy that you may have when and if you get pregnant. Remember that every woman and every pregnancy is different, so no need to panic if you do not present all these early signs of pregnancy.
Are you pregnant? 10 early signs of pregnancy
- Higher basal temperature.
If you regularly keep a graph of your periods and you’re frequently taking your body temperature during periods, you’ll notice that the basal temperature will be higher throughout the luteal phase of your menstruation.
The progesterone hormone causes the basal temperature to grow up during the ovulation phase and to maintain it at a higher level if you’re getting pregnant. If you’re not pregnant, your basal temperature will fall to its regular value, and you’ll menstruate, as in every month.
- No period, or delayed menstruation.
One of the early symptoms of pregnancy that you might notice is the delay of the menstruation or the lack of it.
Although it is usually associated with pregnancy, it is possible that another reason may cause the delay. For example, there may be a high level of stress, serious illness, or a side effect of a surgery.
A much clearer sign is the total lack of menstruation.
On the other hand, it is possible to have your period as regular in the first months of the pregnancy, while some women have regular menstruation during the whole pregnancy.
- Nausea during pregnancy.
Another early sign of pregnancy is experiencing very bad nausea. Contrary to popular belief, the nausea is not only occurring in the morning. You can experience nausea at any time of day.
Make sure you eat well and balanced.
Although some women say that nothing can help them to feel better, ginger is a very good natural remedy for nausea, so give it a try.
Nausea persists in the first trimester, although in rare cases, can continue in the second.
- Breasts are starting to change.
Even from the beginning of the pregnancy, you may notice some changes at your breasts level, such as:
- Nipples become very sensitive, some women even saying that they are annoyed by their nipples sensitivity.
- Breasts may swell and hurt.
- Nipples may become darker.
- The veins in the breasts may expand and become more visible.
- Small bumps appear on the areola (Montgomery tubercles), and they may rise or increase in size.
- Frequent urination.
About a week after conception you will start noticing that you’ll urinate more often but less in quantity. This happens because the embryo begins to secrete the hCG pregnancy hormone, which increases the amount of blood flow in the pelvic area, and because it can cause bladder irritation, your bladder will allow dripping even the smallest quantity of urine. Even at night, you may wake up to urinate, more often than usual.
This early sign of pregnancy can be quite stressful for prospective parents as it is also the symptom which could announce a miscarriage.
However, even when you’re not pregnant, the uterus shrinks continuously. When you’re pregnant, the fetus grows and is exerting pressure on the walls of the uterus, causing it to contract, which is a very normal thing, by the way.
If cramps are accompanied by bleeding, seek medical help because only your doctor can tell if you are in any danger of miscarriage.
However, do not panic. Pregnant women may have to cramp and bleeding and still manage to bring to life a healthy baby.
- Mild bleeding.
At about 8 to 10 days after ovulation, just before the time when you are normally supposed to menstruate, you might notice a slight leak of blood, caused by the implantation of the embryo in the lining of the uterus. Leaks are usually pink, not red like during the normal menstrual period.
- A heightened sense of smell.
Is not just because your partner forgot to throw out the trash. No, not because your husband used too much cologne before going to work.
All these happens because the pregnancy may heighten the sense of smell. The smells that you never bothered before, now could become unbearable, causing you nausea. The smell of food or the appetizing smell of baking a pie is the kind of smells that are usually felt intensified during pregnancy.
However, every woman is different and you may not be affected by this sign.
- Pimples and Acne.
You might be surprised to discover that, although not usually have acne or pimples, you might wake up with these problems in early stages of your pregnancy, because it is among the early signs of pregnancy.
Skin is affected by the hormonal changes your body is going through but everything will go back to normal as soon as your hormone levels will adjust.
- Cravings and taste changes.
Increased hormone levels in your blood can be reflected in your saliva. You may feel a metallic taste in your mouth that can alter the taste of food that you eat. Some women do not eat meat, while others winced at the taste of toothpaste!
You may have heard different stories about the strange things that pregnant women crave for, such as dust, clay or chalk.
Such cravings are a symptom of a condition called Pica.
Nobody really knows why pregnant women have cravings. Based on some medical studies, some experts believe that the body’s vitamins and minerals necessities increase, so your body is asking for more.
If you have a particular craving, there is nothing wrong in satisfying it. However, if you need a high-fat foods or foods with little nutritional value, try to find healthier replacements.
If you do not usually take multivitamins dietary supplements, you should reconsider. Pregnancy is the right time to take multivitamins supplements, since your body is consuming more, in the first place, but secondly, your baby needs to be healthy and to develop properly.
In conclusion, after learning about these 10 early signs of pregnancy, are you pregnant? If yes, congratulations! If not, keep trying, having a baby is a wonderful thing in your life.
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