Unusual cravings or changes in taste
During your period, you may have changes in appetite or crave certain foods.
However, pregnancy cravings tend to be more unusual. You may suddenly lose interest in your favorite foods or crave new types of food you previously did not like.
You may have an increased sensitivity to taste or smell that can affect your appetite. It is also common to experience changes in how you taste food during pregnancy. For example, foods may taste more bitter or less sweet than usual.
If you are expecting, you might experience a greater urge to urinate. This is not a common symptom of PMS.
Find out more about the first month of pregnancy and what to expect.
What should I do for mild cramping while pregnant?
Check the frequency and regularity of your cramps by timing them. “There are some things you can do to make them better as long as they don’t fall into the abnormal category,” Dr. Nalla said. Some of these activities include:
Unusual food cravings are a common trope in television shows and movies about pregnant women. However, that stereotype is rooted in reality. A few weeks after conception, a lot of pregnant women experience cravings or aversions to certain foods. You might find yourself craving foods you normally wouldn’t eat. Your favorite foods might suddenly make you nauseous. Or you may lose your appetite altogether.
Cramping is yet another early pregnancy sign that may be mistaken for PMS or a regular period. During pregnancy, blood flow increases all over the body. Increased blood flow in the uterus can cause cramping. Although these cramps are typically not too bad, you should see a doctor if they start to interfere with your daily activities. Similar cramping is common among women just before their regular period, but it’s also a common early pregnancy symptom. Therefore, if you experience cramps or the above-mentioned spotting, don’t give up on the idea that you are pregnant just yet.
The first sign of pregnancy is not always missing your period. A number of symptoms can point to pregnancy before your period is due. A week or two before you anticipate your period, if you’re trying to get pregnant, keep an eye out for these early pregnancy symptoms.
There are other factors besides the baby pressing on the bladder in the third trimester that contribute to frequent urination during pregnancy. Your kidneys begin to work harder to filter the increased blood flow after conception, which causes the urge to urinate more frequently. This symptom can start right before your missed period.
Some women experience spotting as an early sign of pregnancy. A week or so before your period is due, you might notice small amounts of light pink or brownish blood. This type of spotting is called implantation bleeding. It can irritate the uterine lining and slightly bleed as the fertilized egg attaches to it. Spotting is sometimes mistaken for a period, but it’s typically much lighter than that.