Are you aware of the early signs of pregnancy, such as nausea and fatigue?
The pregnancy test will reveal whether or not you are pregnant. However, you might suspect — or hope — that you’re pregnant even before you miss a period. learn the early symptoms of pregnancy and the causes of them.
What are common symptoms of pregnancy?
Everyone experiences different symptoms of pregnancy and at different times. Given how drastically different each pregnancy’s symptoms can be, it’s crucial to avoid doing so.
There are a number of early pregnancy symptoms that you may or may not experience. The most common symptoms include:
A missed period: The most common and obvious sign of pregnancy is a missed period. Once conception has happened, your body produces hormones that stop ovulation and the shedding of the lining of your uterus. This means that your menstrual cycle has stopped and you won’t have a period again until after your baby is born. But missing your period isn’t always a sign of pregnancy. You can also miss your period from stress, excessive exercise, dieting, hormone imbalances and other factors that might cause irregular periods.
Frequent trips to the bathroom: Before you even miss a period, you may notice that you have to pee more often. This happens because you have more blood than before. During pregnancy, your body’s blood supply increases. Your kidneys filter your blood and remove the extra waste. This waste leaves your body as pee. The more blood in your body, the more you’ll have to pee.
Fatigue (feeling tired): Many people feel extremely tired in early pregnancy. This sign of pregnancy happens because of high levels of the hormone progesterone. Similar to other early pregnancy symptoms, fatigue tends to get better in the second trimester (after week 13 of pregnancy). However, it does come back in the third trimester for many people.
Morning (and noon and night) sickness: Despite the name, this pregnancy symptom can happen at any time of the day or night. Nausea can happen as early as two weeks into a pregnancy. Not everyone experiences nausea and there are various levels of nausea. You can feel nausea but never vomit. About half of pregnant people vomit due to nausea. Though nausea during pregnancy is fairly normal, it can be a problem if you become dehydrated. People who can’t keep down food and fluids because of extreme nausea could have a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. Contact your healthcare provider if you’re experiencing extreme nausea and dehydration.
Sore (and swollen) breasts: Your breasts can become tender to the touch during pregnancy. The soreness may be similar to the way your breasts feel before a period, only more so. Your areolas (the area around your nipple) might also begin to darken and enlarge. This soreness is temporary and fades once your body gets used to the increased hormones. You may also notice that your breasts have gotten larger and your bra is tighter than normal.
Remember, you can only be certain you’re pregnant by taking a pregnancy test or having an ultrasound done by a medical professional.
10 Early Pregnancy Signs and SymptomsIf you suspect you may be pregnant, look out for these ten early signs and symptoms.
Your body sends signs that you might be pregnant even before you miss a period. If you recognize these very early pregnancy symptoms, you may have enough time to think through all your family planning options.