Are you wondering whether you might be pregnant? The best way to be known is by taking a pregnancy test.
But, some early pregnancy symptoms may point to the possibility. It is what to look at.
When do the symptoms start?
It may sound odd that your first week of pregnancy is calculated based on the date of your last menstrual period. Your last menstrual period is considered your first-week pregnancy, even if you were not pregnant yet.
The expected delivery date is calculated based on the first day of your last period. Therefore, you may not have symptoms during the first few weeks of your 40-week pregnancy.
Do All Women Get Early Symptoms of Pregnancy?
Every woman is different. So are their experiences of pregnancy as well. Every woman does not have the same symptoms or symptoms from one pregnancy to another.
Also, because the early signs of pregnancy often mimic symptoms that are experienced right before and during menstruation, you may not understand you are pregnant.
What follows is a depiction of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. You should know that these symptoms are caused due to other things other than being pregnant. So the fact that you notice some of these symptoms does not guarantee that you are pregnant. The best way to tell without a doubt is with a pregnancy test.
Spotting and Cramping
After conception, the fertilized eggs attach themselves to the walls of the uterus. It can cause the earliest signs of pregnancy spotting and, a few times, cramping.
That is called implantation bleeding. It happens anywhere between six to twelve days after the egg fertilizes.
The cramps resemble menstrual cramps, so some may mistake them and the bleeding for the start of their period. The bleeding and cramps, however, are slight.
Other than bleeding, a woman might observe a white, milky discharge from their vagina. That is related to the thickening of the vagina walls, which starts quickly after conception. The increased growth of cells covering the vagina causes the discharge.
This discharge may continue throughout pregnancy as it is harmless and does not need treatment. But, if there is some smell with discharge or a burning and itching sensation, consult your doctor so they can check on whether you have a yeast or bacterial infection.
Breast change is the first sign of pregnancy. A woman's hormone level quickly changes after conception. Due to these changes, their breasts may become enlarged, sore, or tingly a week or two later. Or then they might feel fuller or heavier or feel delicate to the touch. The region around the nipples, called the areola, may also darken.
Other things could cause breast changes. But, if the progressions are very early signs of pregnancy, remember that it may take several weeks to get used to the new levels of hormones. But, when it does, breast pain should ease up.
Feeling extremely tired is common in pregnancy, starting early on.
A woman can start feeling unusually fatigued as the week progresses after conceiving.
Why? It is often related to a high level of a hormone called progesterone. Other things such as lower glucose levels, lower blood pressure, and a boost in blood production can contribute.
If fatigue is related to pregnancy, it is vital to get a lot of rest. Eating foods that are wealthy in protein and iron can help balance it.
Nausea (Morning Sickness)
Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy. But, only one out of every odd pregnant woman gets it.
The specific reason for morning sickness is not known, but pregnancy hormones likely add to this symptom. Nausea during pregnancy might happen at any time of the day but most commonly in the early hours of a day.
Also, a few women crave, or cannot stand, certain foods when they become pregnant. That is also related to hormonal changes. The effect can be so hard, and the thought of what used to be the most loved food can turn a pregnant woman's stomach.
Nausea, cravings, and food aversions can keep going for complete pregnancy. Luckily, the symptoms reduce for many women at about the thirteenth or fourteenth week of the pregnancy.
Meanwhile, make sure to consume a healthy diet so that you and your developing child get essential nutrients. You can talk with your doctor for guidance on that.
The most obvious symptom of pregnancy in the first month and the one that prompts most women to get a pregnancy test is a missed period. But, not all missed or delayed periods are due to pregnancy.
Also, women can experience some bleeding during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, ask your doctor what you should know about bleeding. For instance, when the bleeding is normal, and when is the sign of an emergency?
There are reasons, other than pregnancy, for missing a period. It is possible to acquire or lose excess weight. Hormonal problems, fatigue, or stress are different possibilities. A few women miss their period when they stop taking contraception pills. But, if a period is late and pregnancy is a possibility, you might need to get a pregnancy test.
Other Early Symptoms of Pregnancy
Pregnancy brings changes in your hormonal equilibrium. Furthermore, that can cause other symptoms that include:
In most women, it may start between the sixth to eighth week after conception. Although this could be brought about by a urinary tract infection, diabetes, or using diuretics, if you are pregnant, it is most probably because of hormonal levels.
During pregnancy, higher levels of the progesterone hormone can constipate. Progesterone causes food to pass more slowly through your digestive organs. To ease the problem, drink a lot of water, exercise, and eat high-fiber foods.
Mood swings: These are normal, particularly during the first trimester. It may also be due to changes in hormones.
Headaches and back pain: Many pregnant women report successive mild headaches, and others experience back pain.
Dizziness and fainting:
These may be related to dilating blood, lower blood pressure, and lower glucose.
A pregnant woman could have all of these symptoms or maybe have only a couple. If any of these symptoms become bothersome, talk with your doctor about them so you can make a plan to balance them.
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