Early Signs of Pregnancy

Have you found yourself wondering- “Am I pregnant?” Pregnancy symptoms may help you figure out if you are or not as they can start about the time you’ve missed your period. But if you don’t have any of the below symptoms it is also still possible that you might be pregnant as some women don’t have any symptoms until they’re six weeks pregnant.

If you are not keeping a record of your menstrual cycle (it is advised that you do) or if it varies widely from month to month, you may not be sure when to expect your period and won’t know if you are late. And a missed period is the main tell-tale sign of pregnancy. If you start to experience just some (not all, as not all women get them all) of the symptoms listed below and you’re wondering why you haven’t gotten your period, there’s a possibility that you are pregnant.

Distaste for food you normally like

If you’re newly pregnant, it can be common to feel disgusted by the smell of the usual tuna sandwich that you have at lunch or your morning cup of coffee, and certain smells may even trigger your gag reflex. It is thought that this may be a side effect of the increasing amounts of oestrogen in your system.

Mood swings

Does your partner always say your moody when you have your period? If yes, he’s in for a treat as during pregnancy you may experience more mood swings due to the increased levels of hormones in your body. Don’t be alarmed if this is the cause, everyone responds differently to these changes with some mums-to-be experiencing heightened emotions while others don’t experience any at all. Either way, it is all normal and if you are a little moodier, it’s a sign of pregnancy.

Bloated Tummy

The same hormones that may cause you to have mood swings may also cause you to feel bloated. It is often compared to the monthly bloated some women feel just before they get their period which can be confusing if you are one of those women as instead of getting your period, it may mean that you are pregnant also. This is also the reason that clothes start to feel snugger in the early stages of pregnancy.

Needing to pee a lot more

Once you become pregnant the rate of blood flow through your kidneys raises causing your bladder to fill faster resulting in you needing to use the bathroom more frequently.

While this is a sign of pregnancy in the early stages, it is something that will increase and even intensify throughout your pregnancy.

Tiredness

Feeling extra tired all of a sudden? Correction, are you feeling exhausted? And even more exhausted than usual? This is also another sign of pregnancy. The exact cause of early pregnancy fatigue is unsure, but it’s thought to be the increasing levels of hormones in your body (yes, the hormones again). We also think the morning sickness and having to get up to pee during the night can add to your extremely tired state.

You should start to feel more energetic once you hit your second trimester, although fatigue usually returns late in pregnancy when you’re carrying around a lot more weight and some of the common discomforts of pregnancy make it more difficult to get a good night’s sleep.

Swollen & Sore Breasts

Sensitive, sore & swollen breasts are a sure sign of pregnancy and are caused by rising levels of hormones. The soreness and swelling may feel like an exaggerated version of how your breasts feel before your period. This discomfort should decrease after the first trimester, when your body has had a chance to adjust to all the hormonal changes.

Nausea

For some women, morning sickness doesn’t affect them until a few weeks into their pregnancy, though for others it may come earlier. Unfortunately the term morning sickness that is associated with pregnancy is a misleading term as it is not just in the morning- Pregnancy-related nausea (with or without vomiting) can be a problem throughout the day and during the night.

The good news is that roughly half of pregnant women that experience morning sickness get relief by the end of the first trimester. For  others it takes another month or so for the queasiness to ease up. A lucky few even escape it altogether.

High Body Temperature

Have you been running a little hotter than normal as of late? Increased body temperature that is staying elevated over time is also a giveaway pregnancy sign.

 

If you are still unsure whether you are pregnant or not it’s probably best to take a home pregnancy test. It can be very daunting and scary if you were not planning to get pregnant but if you are wondering – bite the bullet and find out.

 

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 as it is very possible and common to get a false negative. It’s important to keep in mind that a baby starts to develop before you can tell you’re pregnant, so look after yourself and your health while you’re waiting to find out.