1st Symptoms of Pregnancy
The physical and emotional changes of pregnancy can be thrilling and overwhelming all at once. Knowing what to expect ahead of time can help make the journey into motherhood a bit smoother. Early symptoms of pregnancy can vary from woman to woman, but some of the common signs can include:
The most obvious and reliable sign of pregnancy is when a woman’s period is late. When your period is MIA, give your doctor a call and he or she can order a blood test to make sure you really are pregnant.
You may be feeling tired even though you are getting plenty of sleep. This is because your body is working hard to support your baby’s growth, which can zap your energy.
It’s estimated that around 80% of pregnant women experience nausea or vomiting during their pregnancy. This feeling of queasiness can start as early as two weeks after conception, and is commonly known as morning sickness.
Your hormones are playing crazy, and you may be feeling a sudden urge to eat certain foods. While cravings can usually be blamed on a fluctuating hormone level, it’s important to note that your body still needs to be nourished with healthy foods.
Tender and swollen breasts are one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. Estrogen and progesterone levels will start to increase, preparing your body for breastfeeding.
Hormonal changes in your body can make you feel like you need to pee more often than before. Drinking more water will help flush out waste from your body and will help prevent dehydration.
Its no secret that pregnancy hormones can wreak havoc on your emotions and you may find yourself suddenly crying or feeling stressed out without any explanation. Make sure to talk to your doctor if you feel particularly overwhelmed or sad.
Pregnancy is an exciting experience and even though it comes with its own set of challenges, understanding the early signs of pregnancy can help prepare you for the change to come. So arm yourself with knowledge and seek out support from family and medical professionals to get you through the journey ahead.
1st Symptoms of Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be an exciting, yet also confusing experience. With each passing trimester, your body will go through a wide array of changes and symptoms. Knowing what to expect, and what is normal, can help you feel more in tune with your body and better prepared for the amazing journey of pregnancy.
There are a variety of common symptoms that indicate you may be pregnant. By paying attention to these symptoms and checking with your doctor, you can make the most of your pregnancy experience!
Early Symptoms to Look Out for Include:
- Missing Your Period – Often the earliest and most telltale sign of pregnancy, authors missing your period is one of the first things doctor’s look for when trying to identify the symptom.
- Cramping – This cramping can be experienced slightly differently than a normal period cramp, and is often described as an aching throughout the abdomen. While it should be monitored, it can often be nothing to worry about.
- Nausea – Many women describe experiencing queasiness as one of their earliest signs of pregnancy. This morning sickness can be experienced at any time of the day and can come and go.
- Fatigue – Most noticeably during the first trimester, fatigue caused by shifts in the body’s hormone levels can be overwhelming. Making sure to get enough sleep is essential for maintaining your energy levels and promoting a healthy pregnancy.
- Sensitivity to Smells – Many women report an increased sensitivity to smells during pregnancy, often leading to cravings and aversions to certain odors.
- Frequent Urination – With more pressure on your bladder during pregnancy, more frequent urination is common.
Other Symptoms to be Aware Of:
- Bloating or Swelling – As your body adjusts to increasing hormone levels, many women report feeling bloated and puffier than normal.
- Headaches – You may notice more frequent headaches due to increased hormone levels in the first trimester.
- Food Cravings and Aversions – Changes to your taste and smells can lead to both wanting and disliking new foods.
- Mood Swings – Rapid shifts between happiness, sadness and everything in between are a common, but still confusing part of pregnancy.
While every pregnancy is unique, these symptoms can be a good indication that you may be pregnant. Make sure to talk to your doctor to make sure you are making informed decisions and are fully prepared for each trimester of pregnancy.
- Common early pregnancy symptoms include missing your period, cramping, nausea, fatigue, and smell sensitivity.
- Other less noticeable symptoms include bloating or swelling, headaches, food cravings, and mood swings.
- It is important to talk to your doctor to make sure you are making informed decisions and are fully prepared for each trimester of pregnancy.
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