Could you be pregnant? Some symptoms may show up about the time you’ve missed a period – or a week or two later. In fact, 7 out of 10 women have symptoms by the time they’re six weeks pregnant.
If you’re not keeping track of your menstrual cycle or if it varies widely from one month to the next, the arrival of your period may be uncertain. If you haven’t started your period get a better idea whether or not pregnancy might be a possibility by taking a home pregnancy test to confirm one way or the other. Too, a visit to your trusty gynecologist is pretty fool proof. Please do visit our Newly Pregnant area for a quick overview of what’s in store.
Early Signs of Pregnancy – drum roll please.
10. Food aversions
If you’re newly pregnant, it’s not uncommon for certain odors and aromas to trigger your gag reflex. There is no definite prediction as to which odors will be bothersome. Some women even have trouble smelling their own new changing body chemistry! Previously enjoyed foods may also become uninvited guests to your delicate, pregnant system. It is thought that rapidly increasing amounts of estrogen in your system is the culprit.
9. Mood swings
It’s common to experience mood swings during pregnancy. Changing hormones can substantially affect neurotransmitter levels (chemical messengers in the brain). Everyone responds differently to these changes. Some moms-to-be experience heightened emotions, both good and bad; others feel more depressed or anxious.
Don’t be alarmed at fluctuating emotions during pregnancy. If you feel sadness, hopelessness or daily coping abilities are more challenging than usual, please contact your health care professional immediately. Safety for you and your baby always comes first.
8. Abdominal bloating
If clothes feel snugger around the waistline due to bloating go ahead and blame it on hormones…again. Early pregnancy is the time when hormones are exploding to care for you and your baby’s health. Even when the uterus is still very small, discomfort is possible.
7. Frequent urination
Pregnancy ignites lively courses of bodily reactions, especially within the first 6 weeks of your first trimester. Increased blood flow through the kidneys promotes more frequent bathroom runs. It’s the body’s way of playing it smart by insisting the body expel toxins for a happier, healthier mom and baby.
Frequent urination will continue – or intensify – as your pregnancy progresses. Your blood volume rises dramatically during pregnancy, which leads to extra fluid being processed and ending up in your bladder. The problem is compounded as your growing baby exerts more pressure on your bladder.
Ladies who are normally energetic are often surprised at how exhaustion knocks them off their game. Please accept this as a healthy part of pregnancy. No one knows for sure what causes early pregnancy fatigue. At the risk of sounding repetitive, persevering levels of the hormone progesterone contributes to sleepiness. Morning sickness and having to urinate frequently during the night can add to your sluggishness, too.
Usually, the second trimester improves with more energy. But as the third trimester approaches, it is normal to once again experience fatigue from your body doing so much more work growing a beautiful baby.
5. Tender, swollen breasts
If pregnancy and hormones were strangers to you before, they won’t be for long. Sensitive and swollen breasts, caused by rising hormone levels is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. This exaggerated feeling should subside after the first trimester as your body adjusts to its new role.
Not all women experience nausea during pregnancy. There really isn’t any rule of thumb about whom or how nausea and/or vomiting is experienced. It is common to experience nausea morning, noon or night. Thankfully, many women experience relief around the 2nd trimester. Some women experience no nausea whatsoever.
When experiencing nausea, make an effort to eat light, non-greasy meals. Saltines are handy to have around. Keeping something in your stomach will also help keep nausea at bay. Don’t forget to hydrate often!
3. A missed period
If you’re usually pretty regular and your period doesn’t arrive on time, consider taking a pregnancy test before you notice any symptoms. Excess nausea, breast tenderness and extra trips to the bathroom may signal pregnancy. If you miss your period, don’t panic. There are times that your time of the month also adjusts to daily routines involving stress or other health-related issues.
2. Your basal body temperature stays high
Not everyone has a consistently regular 98.6 perfect temperature gauge to detect any possible physical changes. If you’ve been charting your basal body temperature and you see that your temperature has stayed elevated for 18 days in a row, you’re probably pregnant.
1. The proof: A positive home pregnancy test
In spite of what you might read on the box, many home pregnancy tests are not sensitive enough to reliably detect pregnancy until about a week after a missed period. So if you decide to take a test earlier than that and get a negative result, try again in a few days. Remember that a baby starts to develop before you can tell you’re pregnant, so take care of your health while you’re waiting to find out.