Wondering if you might be pregnant? The only way to tell for sure is with a pregnancy test. There are actually early symptoms that may indicate that you’re pregnant. However, while every women is different, so are their experiences of pregnancy. Each pregnancy symptoms might be different from each woman to another, or even from one pregnancy to the next. While some women may not even realize that they’re pregnant as the symptoms often mimic the symptoms they might experience right before and during menstruation.
What follows is a description of some of the most common early symptoms of pregnancy. Please note that these symptoms may be caused by other factors besides being pregnant. So the fact that you notice some of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you are pregnant. The only way to tell for sure is with a pregnancy test. Here’s what to look for.
#1: Missed period
This is one of the most obvious early symptoms of pregnancy and quite often, it is a reason for a couple that is trying to conceive to suspect pregnancy. In our previous article on using the urine pregnancy test (UPT), https://www.mamanet.co/using-the-pregnancy-test-kit/ Because it takes time for the hCG hormone to build up in your body, it’s often best to wait until you miss your period before taking a home pregnancy test. Before this point the test may come up negative, even if you are actually pregnant.
#2: Swollen and tender breasts
One or two weeks after conception, your body produces a lot of estrogen and progesterone causing the breasts to grow and become larger. These hormones also allow the breast to hold more fluid, and you may feel it is much softer and sometimes sore.
#3: Slight vaginal bleeding or abdominal cramps
It is normal to experience small amount of spotting or vaginal bleeding as a symptom of pregnancy. This is known as implantation bleeding when the fertilised egg implants itself to the endometrium (lining of the uterus). You may also experience abdominal cramps and white, milky vaginal discharge. This is due to the thickening of the vagina’s walls, which starts almost immediately after conception. The increased growth of cells lining the vagina causes the discharge.
#4: Physical fatigue
In the early stages of pregnancy, you will have high levels of progesterone that can cause you to feel sleepy while at the same time lower your blood pressure and lower the blood sugar levels which ultimately makes you more tired.
#5: Emotional instability
If you find yourself crying while watching TV, don’t be surprised, this may be related to the hormones secreted during your pregnancy.
#6: Dizziness or headache
You may feel like fainting or lightheaded early in your pregnancy. This may be due to the dilation of your blood vessels, your blood pressure dropping or low blood sugar levels, while headaches may be due to hormonal changes.
#7: Nausea and vomiting
Due to the hormonal changes in the body, some women will feel nauseous and vomiting starting around the fifth week of pregnancy especially in the morning and evening.
However, be wary when the condition become severe which leads to dehydration and significant weight loss. In this case, you might experience persistent nausea and vomiting, weakness, dizziness, thirst, excessive salivation. You are advised to visit a doctor as this condition may need you to be admitted to a hospital.
Is it normal to not feel pregnancy symptoms in early pregnancy?
Yes, it’s possible to go through pregnancy without having the common symptoms. It’s comforting to know that you have early pregnancy symptoms, but when you don’t have symptoms, it doesn’t mean something bad necessarily. You might just be lucky to not have them!
Pregnancy symptoms vary for each person, and every pregnancy can be different even in the same person. Concerns may arise when it comes to the onset, frequency, and severity of these symptoms. Feel free to talk to your doctor or midwife if you are worried about symptoms that you are (or are not) having at any point in your pregnancy. The reassurance they can provide will reduce your stress, keeping your pregnancy healthy and enjoyable. Also, educate your family and social circle about your condition so that they can provide you a supportive environment.