Because we are all individual there are early signs of pregnancy which are common in some women but are never seen by others. For example one woman will miss a period, and if she has been trying to conceive will feel right away that she is pregnant, although it will take a home pregnancy test to confirm this. Other women will not miss a period for one or two months longer and in some exceptional cases the mother to be can experience periods for longer. Usually though the woman will notice that her menstrual cycle is not quite as before.
Some things are common for the vast majority of women who become pregnant. Emotional and physical changes to the body occur. And this pregnancy may be totally different from the previous one. It may be that the symptoms are different or they may be the same but with a different level of severity, or they may be present for longer or come and go more often. The symptoms may all be the same but appear in a different order than before.
Early signs of pregnancy are as diverse as the women having them, some are suffering them and others are pleasantly surprised at the feelings they are experiencing. Some women will say that they just ‘know’ that they are pregnant. They are intuitive and ‘put two and two’ together. The feelings of moodiness, slight sickness, being weary and tired and perhaps having to visit the toilet more than usual, and having tender breasts have all added up to only one thing.
Tender breasts tend to be one of the very good early signs of pregnancy, many women report that their breasts are sore, swollen and tender. Just moving causes discomfort around the bosom to these women.
This is because hormones in the body start increasing in preparation for the birth and all of the changes which will happen to the body, such as milk production.
Another very common early sign of pregnancy is feeling exhausted all of the time and you cannot remove the feeling of fatigue no matter how much sleep and rest you have. The normal routine you had before cannot be fulfilled, you physically cannot do it. Again increasing hormones and preparatory work your body is carrying out for the forthcoming birth is the cause. If you are unaware that you are pregnant and go to a doctor, “Are you pregnant?” will be one of the doctor’s first questions. Once you know the reason for the feelings it’s up to you how you slow down. Some people lie in bed longer in the morning or go to bed earlier. Others have afternoon naps, but this is the time for family and friends’ support.
Many women find that they have to go to urinate far more often and the reason for this is that the uterus is taking up more room in your body and the swollen uterus is squeezing the bladder sending signals to your brain that it’s time to go. Although this is an early sign of pregnancy many women find that throughout the pregnancy the have to go much more frequently than normal. This is because as the pregnancy advances the bladder and kidneys have to work harder processing more fluids.
Probably everyone has heard of morning sickness as an early sign of pregnancy but general feelings of nausea can continue throughout the whole nine months for some women. Again a body unbalanced with hormones abounding can have this affect, it just leaves the stomach queasy and unsettled. However, for the vast majority of women the feelings of morning sickness or nausea start around four weeks after conception and stop after about three months.
Other common early signs of pregnancy include food cravings or a dislike for taste or smell of food that you previously enjoyed and some women tend to faint a lot or have dizzy turns.
In addition to everything above here is a list of some other common symptoms which can indicate early signs of pregnancy:
- Heartburn and constipation just go with the territory. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables and stay hydrated.
- Low back pain is a common early sign of pregnancy because the extra hormones are changing the ligaments and joints in preparation for the birth.
- What husband has not seen the mood swings and irritability? It’s the hormones!