Are you not sure if you are pregnant? You will either need a take home pregnancy test or a blood test at a doctor’s office to be completely sure. However, you can browse through our top 10 very early pregnancy symptoms to see if any of them sound familiar to what you’re experiencing right now.
Top 10 Very Early Pregnancy Symptoms Exposed
Spotting is characterized by unusual bleeding in the vaginal area. It usually is a sign of pregnancy and occurs when the embryo implants itself in the uterus. You will usually notice this about a week after conception.
- Swollen and tender breasts
This is one of the most common symptoms. The tingling and soreness is caused by the breast changing shape and preparing itself to produce milk. This is a result of increased progesterone and estrogen in the body. The tenderness may even last a few months. You might even notice that your breasts are fuller and heavier. However, it should be noted that not all expecting mothers will have this symptom – especially those who have been on birth control pills.
This is another very common effect of pregnancy. Despite it being nicknamed “morning sickness”, it actually can occur at any time of the day. Nausea is caused by the changes of hormones (hCG) in the body. In fact, around 80% of pregnant women experience it.
Women may find that they feel extra tired. Some women report this being their first sign of pregnancy.
- Darkening areola
The areola is the scientific term for one’s nipples. Hormones often cause it to darken and widen during pregnancy.
- Increased sense of smell and food aversions
Pregnant women are able to smell less detectable scents at ease. However, pregnant women are also at risk at being sensitive of certain smells and foods. Smells of certain foods can even cause the expecting mother to feel nauseous. Common foods that women find they avoid during pregnancy are coffee (in the early weeks), dairy, meat, and spicy foods. Some researchers believe that it is to prevent mothers from eating spoiled food.
- Missing a period
This is the most obvious symptom of pregnancy. However, a missed period isn’t always a sign of pregnancy. Some women have irregular periods in general, and diet and stress are other culprits of missing a period. It is always best to take a test to confirm you are pregnant instead of relying on an absence of a period.
- Unusual cravings for certain types of food are another one of the very early pregnancy symptoms
Pregnant women are feeding for two! Therefore, they need to eat around 300 extra calories per day. Women may find that their preference in food has changed. Some expecting others find that they start wanting to eat foods that they never craved for before while others find that they are constantly hungry.
- Mood swings
The excess of hormones in your body may cause you to be extra emotional. You may experience a wide variety of emotions, especially during your first trimester.
- Increased basal body temperature
Your basal body temperature will be increased by 1 degree for a few weeks after your pregnancy. If you have been tracking your basal body temperatures, this is a good indicator that you are pregnant.
Additional symptoms you may experience can include headaches. Some women report that they experience more migraines during their pregnancy. However, some women also report that they have fewer migraines, making this symptom difficult to measure whether you are pregnant or not. Some women also report feeling faint or dizzy. This occurs because there are changes in your blood flow, as your blood pressure drops and blood vessels dilate during your pregnancy. Low blood sugar levels may also attribute the dizziness. Frequent urination may also occur when you’re pregnant. Your growing uterus will push into your bladder, which will make you feel like urinating.
Some of these symptoms can occur before you even miss your period and some of these very early pregnancy symptoms aren’t specific to just pregnancies. Some of these symptoms are similar to those of common colds or the symptoms you experience right before your period starts. Therefore, it is important to confirm if you are pregnant or not by taking a pregnancy test or visiting your doctor.
Early Pregnancy Symptoms (YouTube video)