Pregnancies are one of the joys of the world as it is a way of procreating a new being. A lot of women, however, do not know when they are pregnant or rather find it difficult to identify early pregnancy symptoms when it occurs and this can cause a huge shock when they eventually discover. Some might be too busy with other aspects of their life, some may be misled into thinking their prevention measures are airtight and some might have actually given up on getting pregnant.
Here are the most significant 10 early pregnancy symptoms
- BREAST CHANGES
These are very early pregnancy symptoms. A woman’s hormone levels rapidly change after conception. Because of the changes, her breasts may become swollen, sore or tingly a week or two later. Or they may feel heavier or fuller or feel tender to the touch. The area around the nipples called the AREOLA may also darken. Other things could cause breast changes but if the changes are an early sign of pregnancy, keep in mind that it is going to take several weeks to get used to the new hormone levels. But when it does, the breast pain should ease up.
- SPOTTING AND CRAMPING
After conception, the fertilized egg attaches itself to the walls of the uterus. This can cause one of the earliest signs of pregnancy- spotting and sometimes cramping. That’s called implantation bleeding. It occurs anywhere from six to twelve days after the egg is fertilized.
The crams resemble menstrual cramps so when women mistake them and the bleeding for the start of their period. The bleeding and cramps, however, are slight. Besides bleeding, a woman may notice a white, milky discharge from her vagina. That’s related to the thickening of the vagina’s walls, which starts almost immediately after conception. The increased growth of the cells lining the vagina causes the discharge. The discharge, which can continue throughout pregnancy, is typically harmless and doesn’t require treatment. But if there is a bad smell related to the discharge or a burning or itching sensation, it’s better to visit the doctor and ask for a yeast or bacterial infection.
- SLEEPLESSNESS AND VIVID DREAMS
Pregnancies just don’t play fair. Even if you don’t know you are pregnant, you may find your mind races and your body just doesn’t want to push up. Some women have their first symptoms days after conception. They might include things like severe insomnia, nosebleeds and shooting pains down the legs.
Vivid dreams are also common. Well known as peculiar pregnancy symptoms, vivid or weird dreams can happen in the first few weeks.
- SENSITIVITY TO SMELLS AND NASAL COMPLICATIONS
The sense of smell gets oversensitive in the first few weeks of pregnancy. The sense of smell gets so heightened that the woman smells things she thought she could never smell before. Like the smell of damp, a partner’s cologne, etc. the downside is that the slightest odor can cause queasiness.
Also, some nasal complications develop such as the stuffy and runny nose. Also, there will be nosebleeds. In some pregnancies, nosebleeds start almost immediately.
- NAUSEA AND TIREDNESS
Morning sickness is a famous symptom of pregnancy but it’s not every pregnant woman that gets it. The exact cause of morning sickness is not known but its likely pregnancy hormone likely contributes to this symptom. Nausea during sickness may occur any time of the day but it is most common in the mornings.
Also, some women crave, or can’t stand certain foods when they become pregnant. They are also a reaction to hormonal changes. The effect can be so strong that even the thought of what used to be a favorite food can turn a pregnant woman’s stomach.
There is every possibility that nausea can and food aversions can last the entire pregnancy. Fortunately, the symptoms can lessen for women at about the 13th or 14th week of pregnancy.
Furthermore, fatigue or feeling tired is normal is pregnancies. A woman can start feeling unusually fatigued as soon as a week after getting pregnant. Why? Its often related to a high level of a hormone called progesterone, although other things such as low level of blood sugar, low blood pressure and a boost in blood production can all contribute.
- STRANGE/METALLIC TASTE AND EXCESS SALIVA
One of the most unexpected symptoms of early pregnancy is sour or metallic taste in the mouth. This again is due to the progesterone hormone and even has its own name DYSGUESIA. When this occurs, certain foods and drinks start to taste different. This, in turn, leads to another weird one which is excess saliva. This can lead to a bit of drooling when asleep. Other mouth symptoms during pregnancy include bleeding gums and dry mouth which is the opposite of excess saliva.
- URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS/FREQUENT URINATIONS
Frequent trips to the restroom can also be a sign of a urinary or bladder infection. Even more confusing is that both can be more likely due to changes in hormones. The restroom should be a woman’s best friend in the first couple of weeks of pregnancy.
- CHANGES IN CERVICAL MUCUS AND THRUSH
Thrush is pregnancy symptom that is affected by the increasing level of the progesterone hormone. Around 25% of women get it. A sign of thrush is increased cervical mucus. This the excess presence of thinish and slippery mucus for longer than usual and will then thicken due to the increase in progesterone.
Thrush has other symptoms which include thicker and creamier mucus, itchiness and soreness and a stinging sensation when urinating.
- CONSTIPATION AND HEARTBURN
Progesterone causes food to pass more slowly through the intestines which in turn causes constipation. To ease the problem, drink plenty of water, exercise and eat high fiber foods. For heartburn, as the fetus pushes upwards on the woman stomach and the pregnancy hormone relaxes the sphincter causing the digestives] juices to be pushed back up into the esophagus, causing heartburn. The best way to countermeasure this is to eat easily digestible foods and drink plenty of water.
- MISSED PERIOD
Being late or missing the monthly period is the most well-known sign of pregnancy. However, its every time a period is missed that confirms pregnancy but it is important to take a pregnancy test when this occurs. There might be other reasons besides pregnancy for a missing period. It might be that the woman gained a lot of weight or lost too much weight. It might be hormonal problems, fatigue or stress. Some women miss their period when they stop taking birth control pills. Also, women can experience bleeding during pregnancy. When pregnant ask the doctor what you should be aware of with bleeding.
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