Early Signs of Pregnancy
5 Solid Signs that you’re pregnant
Getting babies is the joy of every marriage. That’s why your heart will skip with happiness at the slightest sign of conception. But now that the signs you’re receiving are a little bit confusing, they may leave you wondering whether you’re pregnant or just suffering from something else.
Now, before you head for a pregnancy test at the nearest clinic, there are things that will prompt you to make that decision in the first place. Some people have reported mood swings, spotting and cramping, to nausea with or without vomiting, tender breasts and so forth.
These early signs of pregnancy are relative to every woman. What you might feel may be different from what someone else is feeling. But all in all, it’s worth noting down the early signs so you’re sure that a baby is on the way.
It’s more likely that you’ll notice changes in your energy levels. You will also experience a slight alteration of your mood and the way your breasts look and feel. These signs are almost similar to what women experience whenever they are having PMS (PMS are signs and symptoms women experience a few days prior to undergoing their menstrual cycle).
The following points are the most common signs of early pregnancy (according to Webmd— http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/8-early-signs-of-pregnancy ). However, also take note that these symptoms may come as a result of other things, and not necessarily related to pregnancy. So if you notice one or more of these signs, don’t just assume right away that you’re pregnant. In fact, the only reliable way to know that you’re pregnant is by going for a pregnancy test.
Spotting and cramping
The moment conception takes place, the fertilized egg will attach itself to the walls of the uterus. As a result, you will get the very first sign of pregnancy, and this is known as spotting, or sometimes cramping. Others might call it implantation bleeding. The onset of spotting occurs between 6-12 days after the egg has been fertilized.
The cramps you get are similar to menstrual cramps. That’s the reason some women will mistake it for the usual bleeding they get at the onset of their menses. But the key difference to note is that the bleeding and cramping will be slight, not as heavy as what you experience during your period.
Other than the bloody substance that is produced from the birth canal, you might also produce a white, milky substance, coming out of the vagina. This means that the vaginal wall is now thickening in preparation to accommodate a baby. This starts the moment you conceive a child. It’s nothing other than the increased growth of cells found on the walls of the vagina.
Again, it’s worth noting that this discharge is usually harmless and won’t require any form of treatment. However, if the discharge is itchy, burning or is producing a bad smell, then you might consider seeing your doctor so they can establish whether you’re suffering from a yeast infection.
Learn about vaginal yeast infection from this article (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/yeast-infection/basics/definition/con-20035129)
Changes in how your breasts look and feel
Another common sign that signify pregnancy at an early stage is the changes taking place on your breast. These changes are usually attributed to the rapid changes in hormonal levels right after conception. Due to this, your breast may become swollen, tingly or sore after one or two weeks. They may also feel fuller or tender to the hands. The areola (the area around your nipple) will darken.
Even though your breasts may change because of other reasons, if the changes are related to your pregnancy, you will have other signs that point to the fact that you have a baby developing in your womb. It’s going to take a few weeks before you will adapt to the changes in hormonal levels. In the meantime, any breast pain you may be getting should ease up.
Getting exhausted is normal especially after the first week of conception. There are plenty of reasons to support this unusual fatigue which takes place in a woman.
First, the fatigue is related to the high levels of progesterone in the body. Secondly, your fatigue will be attributed to low blood pressure, low blood sugar as well as a boost in blood volume.
Therefore, if fatigue is becoming a major problem in you, it’s recommended that you get plenty of rest during the day and night. Secondly, you are advised to eat lots of foods rich in proteins and irons. These foods will offset the effects of fatigue related to pregnancy.
Morning sickness or nausea
This is a famous symptom among women who are pregnant. Surprisingly, it doesn’t manifest in all women. Now, the exact cause of nausea during pregnancy has not been established yet. But medical researchers suggest that it could be related to the high levels of hormones after conception.
Even though nausea will mostly occur in the morning (hence the name morning sickness), it is also very likely that it will occur at any other time of the day.
Note that some women will crave for certain foods, while others will completely reject those foods, including their smell. This is related to the upset in hormonal levels. It is also possible that the feeling of nausea or food aversions will last the entire length of the pregnancy, though most women report to be free from these symptoms about 13th or 14th week into their pregnancy. So what you can do is to eat a healthy diet so you and the developing baby can remain healthy.
Finally, missed period is the most obvious sign of pregnancy you’ll get the moment y
You will also experience some bleeding during the lifetime of your period. It’s important to ask your doctor about the type of bleeding that is normal and that which isn’t normal. Missed period can occur due to upset in your hormonal levels. It might even occur because you’re too stressed out.
Those are the most popular early signs of pregnancy. Stay on the know and you’ll avoid panicking or speculating. If you’ve been looking for a baby for a long time, you can possibly start celebrating when you see these signs.