What are the Early Signs of Pregnancy?

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The early signs of pregnancy can vary from person to person. You may feel your body making changes before you know you are bearing a child, or you may not notice any symptoms at all. Avoid comparing your pregnancy to others because pregnancy symptoms can vary so dramatically.

What are the Early Signs of Pregnancy?

1. Tender, swollen breasts. Early in pregnancy, hormonal changes might make your breasts sensitive and sore. The discomfort will likely decrease after a few weeks as your body adjusts to hormonal changes.

2. Nausea with or without vomiting. When you become pregnant morning sickness often starts one to two months after you become pregnant. It can occur at any time of the day or night. However, some women feel nausea earlier, and some never experience it. 

3. Missed period. You might be pregnant during your childbearing years if it has been at least a week since your last menstrual cycle. However, this symptom can be misleading if you have an irregular menstrual cycle.

4. Increased urination. You might find yourself urinating more often than usual. The amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy, causing your kidneys to process extra fluid in your bladder.

5. Fatigue. It also ranks high among early symptoms of pregnancy. No one knows what causes sleepiness during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, a rapid rise in hormone progesterone levels during early pregnancy might contribute to fatigue.

6. Constipation. As a result of hormonal changes, your digestive system slows down, causing constipation.

7. Food aversions. When you are pregnant, you might become more sensitive to certain odors, and your sense of taste might change. Like most other pregnancy symptoms, these food preferences can be chalked up to hormonal changes.

8. Moodiness. The flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy can make you unusually emotional and weepy. Mood swings also are common.

9. Bloating. When you are pregnant, hormonal changes can cause you to feel bloated, just like when you begin menstruating.

10. Nasal congestion. Hormones and blood production can cause the mucous membranes in your nose to swell, dry out, and bleed easily. It might cause you to have a stuffy or runny nose.

11. Light spotting. Light spotting might be one of the first signs of pregnancy. Known as implantation bleeding, it happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. Implantation bleeding occurs when you expect to have a menstrual period. 

12. Cramping. Some women experience mild uterine cramping early in pregnancy.

When to See a Doctor?

If you experience most of these symptoms or are expecting to get pregnant, it is important to take a pregnancy test or visit your doctor for confirmation. Taking a pregnancy test determines your HCG level. HCG are hormones that are produced by the placenta during pregnancy. It helps thicken a person’s uterine lining to support a growing embryo and tells the body to stop menstruation. HCG levels rise after conception and continue to grow until about ten weeks into pregnancy.

When Can Women Feel the Symptoms of Pregnancy?

It is important to note that the onset of pregnancy symptoms varies from person to person. Typically, it may start about 14 to 17 days after your last period. Frequent urination and mood swings may begin 28 to 35 days after conception. Other pregnancy symptoms may start at any point during the first trimester or more days after your last period.

Can Stress Bring More Pregnancy-Like Symptoms?

Stress makes your body generate more fight-or-flight hormones that help you feel alert in times of danger or when you are threatened. Too much stress may affect your mental and physical health. Trying for a baby can be stressful, and you are often aware of any changes in your mood and body. It can be easy to confuse the signs of stress for pregnancy and vice versa. Signs of stress that could also be a sign of pregnancy includes: 

  • Missing a period
  • Feeling nauseous
  • Tiredness
  • Heartburn
  • Bloating
  • Moodswings 
  • Changes in appetite
  • Irritability

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