Early signs of pregnancy


Pregnancy symptoms may vary from person to person. Every woman and every pregnancy is different, but there are a few universal pregnancy symptoms:

  • Absence of menstruation Some women experience a small amount of vaginal bleeding around a week or two after conception. The bleeding may be caused by the fertilized egg burrowing into the blood-rich lining of your uterus. Phantom menstrual cramps can be another sign of pregnancy.
  • Sleepiness and fatique Feeling light-headed and tired all of a sudden is an effect of increased levels of the progesterone hormone in your system and the stress your body undergoes as it adapts to pregnancy.
  • Frequent urination You may find yourself getting up several times a night hurrying to the bathroom, when you used to sleep all night long without even hearing a peep from your bladder. This happens mostly because during pregnancy the amount of blood and other fluids in your body increases, which leads to extra fluid being processed by your kidneys and ending up in your bladder.
  • Food aversions and cravings You may suddenly find that certain foods you used to enjoy are now completely repulsive to you, or crave certain foods you never enjoyed before.
  • Breast changes: Darkening of the areola, fullness, heaviness You'll get the same puffy premenstrual breasts, but they'll be more sensitive, and getting bigger every day.
  • Increased sensitivity to odors If the world begins to smell strange, that is the very first sign that you are pregnant. This extra sensitivity to common aromas may be a side effect of rapidly increasing amounts of estrogen in your body.
  • Nausea or vomiting Pregnancy can create gnawing uneasiness in your stomach that is most easily compared to seasickness. Pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting can be a problem in the morning, noon or night.
  • Your basal body temperature stays high Chart your basal body temperature for 18 days in a row and you if see that your temperature has stayed elevated, you're probably pregnant. Take a pregnancy test to be sure.

If you think you are pregnant you may purchase a home pregnancy test. Once you've gotten a positive result, make an appointment with your doctor.

Be sure, that after your precious baby arrives, you will soon forget the bouts of nausea and the discomfort you are now experiencing.