If you have been trying to get pregnant, waiting to find out is pure torture. Every change that you notice in your body makes you wonder if you’re pregnant. But exactly what are the early symptoms of pregnancy? How can you tell if you might be pregnant before you miss a period? This article will answer these questions as it explains the very early symptoms of pregnancy.
Tender, swollen breasts may be one of the first signs of pregnancy that you experience. This can happen in as little as two weeks after conception. The breasts will start preparing for milk production from the very beginning, thanks to hormonal changes. But be aware that sometimes your breasts will become swollen and tender right before you start your period also.
Fatigue is a common early pregnancy symptom. Your body is going through a lot of changes and the increase of the hormone progesterone can make you feel tired and sleepy all the time. You may also experience lower blood pressure and lower blood sugar which can make you very tired.
Slight bleeding or cramping may be an early symptom for some women. Occasionally a woman will experience some light bleeding or “spotting” as the egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. There may be some cramping as the uterus starts to expand to allow room for the baby to grow.
Some women will report food cravings very early in the pregnancy, even before they know they are pregnant. A sudden craving for a food that you wouldn’t normally eat is the result of hormonal changes. In addition, women will notice a heightened sense of smell which may make them have an aversion to foods that they normally love.
Morning sickness with or without vomiting can happen as soon as two weeks after conception. Morning sickness doesn’t just happen in the morning. It can happen at any time of the day or night. When you become pregnant your body will produce more estrogen which will slow down digestion, causing food to sit in your stomach longer which may cause nausea and vomiting in some women.
Dizziness or feeling faint is another early symptom of pregnancy. This is caused by dilated blood vessels that make your blood pressure drop. It can also be caused by low blood sugar.
Mood swings are another symptom of early pregnancy. As the level of hormones rise in your body it causes you to be very moody, weepy and sometimes very irritable. It is the same as PMS, but it can last for weeks or even a few months.
These can all be early symptoms of pregnancy. However, they can be symptoms of other things too. If you have these symptoms and miss a period, take an at-home pregnancy test to know for sure. The sooner you know you are pregnant, the sooner you can start pre-natal care.
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