Finding out that you are expecting a baby may be the beginning of a beautiful, remarkable experience. Am I pregnant? Am sure many of us have asked ourselves this question now and again. Sometimes, you might mistake the early signs of pregnancy with PMS(Premenstrual Syndrome). And got a surprise a few months later when your condition becomes evident to everyone. So, let’s consider, how can you identify your gestation.
1. Missed or late period
How do women know they are going to become mothers? When do pregnancy symptoms start? They can begin as early as a week after conception. If you used to regular periods, a missed period may be among the first signs you will recognize. Future mom may mistake the mild cramps and slight spotting during implantation of the egg to the uterus for menstruation. Those women who do not have regular periods may not understand that they are pregnant but may observe other symptoms of pregnancy. However, you should not rely on this symptom. As there may be many reasons you might miss period including; stress, losing weight, too much exercise, or breastfeeding.
2. Cramping and spotting
These two are some of the implantation symptoms. They are usually noticed about five to twelve days after the fertilization of the egg. This bleeding is one of the first signs of conception. However, not all women experience that. Spotting before the period is common and in most cases is not cause for worry. However, as an early sign of pregnancy, we can consider it as menstruation by mistake. It mostly happens at about the same time a woman expect her periods. But how does one know when its menstrual blood or not? What does implantation bleeding look like so that you can see the difference? Well, implantation bleeding has a lighter color than that of a regular period, it is mostly either pink or brown. Plus, it is much shorter in time, not so intensive and could be day or two of some brown spotting.
3. Sore breasts
How pregnant am I? An excellent place to start is by considering the feel of your breasts. Most women usually experience changes in the sensation of their breasts already two weeks after conception. Nipples can become more delicate and tender, and areolas (the area around the nipple) can obtain a darker color and enlarge. Such conception symptoms are attributed to an increase in the production of progesterone and estrogen, plus an increase in blood flow in this area. As a consequence, your boobs feel fuller and heavier than usual. Sensitive breasts may feel a bit uncomfortable while sleeping but usually decreases as time goes by. It may be time for you to conduct a pregnancy test and get an ultrasound. So, you’ll be able to come up with a pregnancy timeline to monitor your baby’s growth. You can start by downloading a printable schedule online.
Although there are many reasons why you would feel fatigue. But, many pregnant women have complained about it having been among the earliest indicators of pregnancy that they experienced. They say they felt sluggish and sleepy starting from the first week of pregnancy. Yes, that’s how soon you can realize you are pregnant. This tiredness is because of increased blood volume to provide the growing fetus with all nutrients needed. Plus, for the placenta, which makes the heart work extra hard.
To be honest, anything but all women suffers from ‘morning sickness’. But when it does happen, how early can morning sickness start after conception? For some women, it can begin as early as 2 to 3 weeks after conception. If you are asking yourself when does morning sickness start, there’s your answer. Despite the name, it can occur at any time of the day. It may involve just nausea but is most often accompanied by vomiting. Unfortunately for Molly Simms, the famous supermodel, morning sickness killed her. In her third pregnancy, she suffered greatly during the first trimester of pregnancy. And admitted that she could not eat any meal without feeling like vomiting.
6. Frequent need to wee
The frequent urinating begins at around 6 weeks and lasts throughout your pregnancy. Your blood volume has increased, and the kidneys work harder to filter the larger amount of fluid. As a result – increased urination frequency. Later on in pregnancy, it is usually due to the growth of the fetus putting pressure on the uterus.
7. Food aversion and cravings
If you are already experiencing nausea, chances are you are also being put off by some foods. You no longer like the foods that you have always loved. However, you may feel a sudden craving for certain foods early on in your pregnancy. You may also become more sensitive to certain smells. For instance, actress Amanda Seyfried developed an intolerance to body odor when she was expecting her first child. She even swore she could even smell the electricity. Crazy, right?
8. Mood changes
The hormonal changes happening in your body during pregnancy affect your mood. They can result in you becoming emotional and more reactive than is usual. You will feel jovial one moment and so depressed in the next. Some women had admitted having felt despondent, irritable or even anxious when they were pregnant.
9. Vaginal discharge
Sometimes future mother experience discharge before period occurs which is usually normal. However, in early pregnancy, some women notice a thick, milky vaginal discharge. This discharge occurs in the first weeks and may continue throughout the pregnancy as the vaginal walls become thick. However, if the discharge has an unpleasant odor, this may be a sign of yeast or other bacterial infections. If this is the case, consult your healthcare provider.
10. Back pain and headaches
Variety of women experience a different kind of backaches while pregnancy. It’s because of the increased weight and back burden. Similarly to many others, early signs of pregnancy, headaches experienced during this period are attributed to hormonal changes. They are as a result of the body trying to adapt to the changes.
A lot of women feel lightheaded in the early stages of their pregnancy. Feelings of dizziness often happen when the woman changes position from sitting to standing and vice versa. This has been attributed to dehydration as well as low blood sugar levels due to hormonal changes.
Every woman is different and thus experiences different symptoms at varying levels of severeness. The signs also manifest at different times for different women. Some will go through pregnancy without ever experiencing some of the signs such as mood swings and morning sickness. Although you might experiencing the above signs, conduct a pregnancy test to be sure. If any of the symptoms become too severe, please visit your health provider for treatment.
If you think I missed any sign, please, don’t be shy. Share what you experienced in comments below. What changes you notice before understood you’re pregnant. Help hundreds of eager women to realize they are going to be mothers. Cheers.