When you hope to be pregnant and haven’t missed your period – or it’s a day or two too late – it’s relatively easy to interpret almost any physical symptom as a sign of pregnancy. It’s not uncommon to feel symptoms in the first week or two of your pregnancy – or even earlier.
Not sure if you are pregnant? Here are 14 symptoms that are among the most common during the first few weeks of pregnancy.
The frequency of migraines can increase with pregnancy. Many women who get hormonal migraines find that they get more of it during, especially early in pregnancy, Pitman explains. However, some people have the opposite experience and get a little delay in migraines while pregnant.
Nausea is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. It is caused by an increase in hormone levels (about 80 percent of women suffer from “morning sickness” during the first three months of pregnancy). For many, morning sickness is not limited to the morning – some feel it all day long.
Feeling very tired is one of the first and most common signs of being pregnant (it takes a lot of energy to make a baby!). If you are pregnant, the chances are that around week 12, when the placenta is fully formed, you will feel less tired.
4. Swollen and tender breasts
Pain or tingling in the breasts is one of the most common signs of pregnancy. Early in pregnancy, the breasts will fill up and change shape as they prepare to produce milk. As a result, the breasts can become very sensitive for several months.
It is possible to know that you are pregnant in those first few weeks – some women “know” it even from the moment of conception. Here are the very early signs of pregnancy that you may overlook.
5. Darkening areolas
For many women, hormones can cause the areoles, the circles around the nipples, to widen and darken during pregnancy. This happens as the body prepares to breastfeed.
Approximately five to ten days after fertilization, some women notice slight staining when the embryo is implanted in the uterus.
7. Urinary frequency or blockage
When you’re pregnant, your uterus presses directly on the bladder, causing more frequent urination. The extra pressure and changes in the bowel can also cause constipation. Of course, the more a baby grows, the more the
8. Odor sensitivity
No, the smells on the bus are not in your head: Many women have an increased sense of smell during pregnancy. This symptom is one of the most common early signs that you might be pregnant. “Some researchers have speculated that it could be to protect women from eating ‘spoiled’ or contaminated food, protecting the baby from harmful toxins,” says Pitman.
9. Increased base temperature
If you have maintained your basal temperature, a positive sign of pregnancy is an increase of about one degree that lasts more than two weeks after the “dip” in the temperature that indicates ovulation.
10. Missing period
The most noticeable pregnancy sign is a missed period, but a missed period does not always mean that a baby is on the way. Stress, diet, or an irregular schedule can also be the culprits, so it’s best to get tested before making the big announcement.
11. Unusual hunger or appetite
Pregnant bodies work hard to grow that baby and need about 300 extra calories a day. Some women are hungry for food they would normally never dream of, while others are hungry all day.
12. Mood swings
Many women experience emotional mood swings during their pregnancy. It is natural to go through a variety of emotions as hormones adjust, and the body changes.
13. Metal taste in the mouth
Some women complain of a strange “metallic” taste in their mouths during pregnancy. Although there is no scientific explanation for this symptom, it may persist throughout pregnancy.
14. Feel dizzy or faint.
Shifting hormones, combined with a faster heartbeat to pump more blood through the body, can gradually lower blood pressure at the beginning of pregnancy. As a result, many women experience periods of dizziness or lightheadedness.
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