Thursday, May 23, 2019

Pregnancy Symptoms: Here are the Early Signs!

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Think you may be pregnant? You may have your suspicions about whether or not you may be pregnant but it’s too early to know if you’ve missed your period or not. You feel a bit more bloated and have been going to the bathroom more often. Are these really the early signs of pregnancy or you just being paranoid?

Here are some Common Signs You May Be Pregnant:

1. Changes in period timing

Probably the most common symptom is a missed period or a lighter period. Again, if you only experience this symptom, it does not mean that you are necessarily pregnant. A cold or some medication that you are taking could be responsible. But if a longer period of time has passed since your expected menstrual cycle, then looking into other symptoms or taking a test is recommended. Check with your doctor if other symptoms do not show up and the test is negative.

2. Intuition and mood swings

The first thing that comes to a woman’s mind when a period is missed is the thought that she might be pregnant. If the timing makes sense and you have a strong feeling about it, then it is very likely that you are pregnant.

Intuition is found especially in women who have been pregnant before. The body knows more concerning pregnancy once it goes through it, so it is very likely that it will give out strong signals that it is happening again.

Mood swings are also reported by most pregnant women. They do not necessarily notice them or give them too much attention, but the partner of the pregnant woman surely will notice the difference immediately. Irritability, mixed emotions, sudden mood swings – these are all the effects of hormones being released in immense amounts through your body.

3. Exhaustion or Fatigue

One of the first signs of pregnancy is extreme and unexplained fatigue. It is the most common of the symptoms associated with pregnancy. If you’re body is overly tired and you feel you are not exerting yourself at work or at home, then rest. Listen to your body. Adding more caffeine to your diet will not solve the problem, especially if you are pregnant.

4. Food Cravings and Aversions

Other popular early pregnancy symptoms involve certain food cravings and increased sensitivity to smell. If you are experiencing sudden and repetitive cravings for certain foods or weird snack combinations, it might be a sign of pregnancy. Sudden aversion to some foods which you once loved can also be a sign. The sense of smell also is known to get heighten during early pregnancy due to high estrogen levels. If your perfume, the smell of certain foods or any odors that you did not have a problem with until now upset your stomach, it may be a sign of pregnancy.

For some strange reason you can no longer stand the though of you favorite foods. Thinking about them makes you sick. You may also find that you crave strange combinations of foods. Rising levels of the hormone beta-hCG help to trigger these food cravings and aversions. The only way to solve this problem is to avoid triggers.

5. Swollen and/or Tender Breasts

Swollen and tender breasts are another one of the first signs of pregnancy. Unfortunately, if your periods are anything like mine, you may experience breast swelling and tenderness just before getting your period. So this is not a conclusive way to determine whether or not you are pregnant. Darkening of the areolas (which is the colored area around each nipple) is also a sign that you may be pregnant.

6. Frequent Urination

If you are taking more trips to the bathroom than you are used to, then chances are, you could be pregnant. Due to the growing placenta, the bladder is restricted in the amount of fluid it can hold. This makes you have to urinate more throughout the day. Frequent urination could also be a sign of a urinary tract infection, so definitely talk to your doctor if you are experiencing frequent urination.

If you suspect that you may be pregnant, the best thing is to talk to your doctor. The are physical changes that occur in the vagina that your doctor should be able to detect early on.

Most people do not realize they are pregnant until they are about 2 months into their pregnancy. Many of these first signs of pregnancy unfortunately overlap with symptoms of PMS and women are likely to dismiss them as such.

If you do not want to see your doctor, take a home pregnancy test>. Most of these are fairly accurate at determining whether or not your are pregnant.

7. Nausea and Vomiting

You may all of a sudden come down with bouts of nausea and/or vomiting (often referred to as morning sickness). Again, this is a sign of rising hormones in your body and it is best to fight this by eating. Going through the day with an empty stomach is not a good thing.

You may also noticed that certain smells now make you feel sick to your stomach. This could even be smells you love. Until your morning sickness gets under control (~12 weeks), you should try and stay away from strong smells especially if you are feeling nauseous a lot.

8. Morning Sickness

These symptoms may indicate something troublesome like anemia or a bad diet. If they are experienced with other early pregnancy symptoms or just started affecting you all of a sudden without any change in your regular diet, then you may be pregnant. All three symptoms can be explained by a low blood sugar count in your body, given the fact that this is the baby’s main course.

Dizziness can hit anywhere due to the fact that the uterus is growing in size to make room for the baby. This puts pressure on arteries that go to your legs resulting in low blood pressure. Morning sickness is actually a result of hunger after having slept through the night and not eating. To bear with these symptoms it is recommended to eat smaller meals more often during the day and make sure your body gets enough healthy foods to keep your blood sugar up.

These are the most common early pregnancy symptoms. It is very important that if you have any doubts, you should check with your doctor immediately. While pregnancy tests are convenient and relatively precise nowadays, the blood tests done by your doctor are the surest way to go. If you have been pregnant before and experience any number of these symptoms, it is safe to assume that you have been blessed once more.

Conclusion

There are numerous early pregnancy symptoms. If you experience just one symptom, there is no need to get too alarmed, because it could mean something else rather than being pregnant. But if two or more are presented, then you just might be carrying a bundle of joy inside you.

While the general advice given is to visit the doctor once you suspect something, there are also tests which you can take at home to learn if you are pregnant or not.

It’s important to know whether you are pregnant of not as soon as possible so you take the next step and have time to consider your options.

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Jennifer Olson
A mother of three, lover of children and keeping them (and us adults!) as healthy as can be. I have worked as a midwife and nurse for 12 years. Email: [email protected]

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