Getting pregnant is one exciting thing and that is why a lot of women anticipate various changes in their body few weeks after conception. Symptoms of pregnancy may differ per woman and is also a case to case basis. However, there are common and mutual symptoms and body changes a woman can see when she is pregnant. Understanding these pregnancy signs and symptoms helps in concluding that you are pregnant since these phenomena may be caused by other things.
What are the early signs of pregnancy?
As said, there are various symptoms that may help indicate whether you are pregnant or not. These symptoms may be worrisome especially when you least expect it to be pregnant but there is no need to be worried since these are just part of your carrying of a new life. Also, it is also fine when you don’t experience some of these signs or don’t experience anything at all since you already know that these symptoms differ from pregnancy to pregnancy. These are the early signs of pregnancy you might observe on the first few weeks of conceiving the baby:
- Missed period.
- Changes in your breast.
- Feeling sick/morning sickness
- Hyperemesis gravidarum.
- Going to the toilet more often.
- Mood swings.
- Changing tastes in food or the cravings.
- Increased sensitivity to smell.
When you experience most of these mentioned scenarios above, then there is a high chance that you could be pregnant. Go take a test or ask a doctor immediately.
Understanding the symptoms
- Missed period. When your menstrual cycle is regular, meaning you are not the type who would skip one month of period, then missing it the month or weeks after your conception is a strong indicator that you could be pregnant. In some cases, a slight bleeding or spotting could happen around the time of your menstruation even if you are already pregnant but when it is normal for you to skip a month or two or you have an irregular menstruation, then you might be able notice other pregnancy symptoms before you could tell that you missed a period. When it is normal to have period, then of course, having skipped a month could definitely mean something. Since there are any other reasons why your monthly visitor could not make it, the first thing to do is to rule out pregnancy from your list of whys. Do a pregnancy test at home (there are a lot of pregnancy tests that can be bought in pharmacies). In cases that you are not pregnant, go visit a medical expert as soon as possible since missing a period could be caused by many other things.
- Change in your breasts. Pregnant women have tendencies of getting large breasts and some breasts become highly sensitive. Also, veins in the breasts may become visible too and darkening of the areola is observed.
- This sign is very common that you might want to think that you are not pregnant, but when a woman is pregnant, it is very likely for them to feel the different kind of tiredness. This sign could be the result of the increase in the levels of progesterone in your body as it is essential in maintaining the lining of your womb to help in supporting the pregnancy.
- Morning sickness. The most common morning sickness is feeling nauseous. The nausea or the feeling of being sick is usually observed between the 2nd to the 8th week of pregnancy and usually passes by the 16th week. Though this is often referred to as “morning sickness”, this sign could be observed anytime of the day, even at night. In short, morning sickness can be observed almost all of the time.
- Hyperemesis gravidarum. It is normal to feel nauseous when you are pregnant however excessive vomiting can be potentially life-threatening and this is what hyperemesis gravidarum . Aside from extreme vomiting, the symptoms of this include dehydration, having ketones in the urine, and weight loss. Fortunately, this is not a very common sign of pregnancy. Statistics show that there is only one in a hundred pregnant women that could experience this. If you experience this during pregnancy, this could continue even after the first trimester. Usually, this condition can be treated and there is only a rare case where this might cause a complication in your pregnancy but just to be sure, go seek a doctor to keep you and your growing baby from any possible harm.
- Going to the toilet more often. At around six to eight weeks after conception, pregnant women may feel the need to urinate more often than the usual. This is due to the uterus growing larger and pressing on the bladder. At the end of the first trimester, the uterus moves up to the abdomen which will take some pressure off the bladder thus decreasing the feeling of urinating again and again.
- Mood swings. Though it is said to be kind of normal for women to have mood swings, your mood swings when pregnant increases severely. You could even find yourself crying, and then one minute you could be laughing, without even knowing why.
- Cravings or changes in food tastes. One remarkable trait of a pregnant woman is its ability to crave for out of nowhere foods. Aside from having really weird cravings, a food that they don’t like might become their instant favourite, and foods they usually love could become the food they would never want (during this time).
- Sensitivity to smell. Increase in sensitivity in all aspects, especially in the smell could also be a sign of pregnant women. Just like the unusual cravings, you might notice them not liking their favourite smell, etc.
- Pregnant women will get frequent cramps in the legs and feet during the first trimester. In some cases, cramps may continue to the second trimester and even later. This is caused by the change in the way a pregnant woman’s body produces calcium.
These symptoms are just indicators of the possibility of being pregnant and do not guarantee a hundred percent of a success in conceiving. If you are experience these or most of these, take a pregnancy test or it might be better to go check your doctor. Aside from the assurance that you are pregnant, you could also see if there are no complications in your pregnancy.