In most cases, women know they may be expecting a baby when they have a missed period or start to feel nauseous. If this happens shortly after having unprotected sex, the odds are high. However, there are other pregnancy symptoms that can occur in the first weeks of gestation.
Do you think that you may be expecting a baby? If so, in this post, we’ll talk about the most common symptoms at pregnancy early stages. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Sorry, just before we start I would like to thank Margaret and Mike from Tilers Newcastle. I have the amazing experience of knowing them when I hired Mike to do my kitchen renovation. They are the cutest expecting couple I have ever met. I really wish you the best and I would also like to dedicate this post for you guys!
Early symptoms of pregnancy
Among women, there’s a frequent question about pregnancy symptoms: how early do they appear? Well, the first symptoms can show up during the first weeks after fertilization. Usually, the most frequent are:
- Missing menstrual period. This is one of the classic symptoms. If your period occurs regularly and you notice a delay, you may be pregnant.
- Dizziness and fainting. This is another common sign. The dilation of your blood vessels and low blood pressure can cause frequent dizziness. On the other hand, fainting can also happen due to low blood sugar levels.
- Morning sickness. Usually appears in the first two weeks of gestation, due to the rapid increase in estrogen levels. Also, pregnant women have a higher sense of smell, so certain odors can cause nausea in early pregnancy.
- Slight bleeding. This happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. It occurs from 10 to 14 days after fertilization, and it’s different from menstruation by its paleness and short duration.
- Aversion to food or cravings. Do you feel a craving for a specific food? Or you suddenly feel disgusted by some foods that you usually like? This is another typical pregnancy symptom, and is due to hormonal changes that the body experiences. Don’t worry, it’s absolutely normal.
- Swollen and tender breasts. In the two weeks after conception, hormonal changes can cause pain, tingling, or tenderness in your breasts. Also, you can even feel them heavier than usual.
Other early pregnancy symptoms
Other symptoms can manifest in early pregnancy, either in the first weeks or in the first months. Some of them are:
- Humor changes. Although they’re associated with advanced pregnancy stages, it’s common that they also show up in the first weeks, due to the massive amount of hormones in your body. Therefore, it’s not unusual for you to feel weepy or unusually emotional during the first weeks after fertilization.
- Headaches. Increased blood circulation due to hormonal changes in early pregnancy can cause frequent headaches. These aches are usually mild.
- Constipation. This symptom, quite common during pregnancy, is due to increased progesterone levels, causing food to pass more slowly through the intestines.
- Cramps. During the first weeks, some women experience abdominal cramps, which are similar to menstrual cramps.
- Fatigue and tiredness. This symptom is due to increased levels of progesterone in the body. Also low blood sugar levels, low blood pressure, and increased blood production, all together, can lead to exhaustion.
- High basal body temperature. It consists of the oral temperature when waking up in the morning, which increases shortly after ovulation. If the temperature rise continues for more than two weeks, it may be a sign of pregnancy.
How can I know if I’m pregnant?
Although some of the pregnancy symptoms that we’ve described are usually associated with premenstrual syndrome or sickness that you may have, the best way to find out is by taking a pregnancy test. It could be through a blood test, or with a home test that you can purchase on a drug store. Either way, that’s the best form to check if a baby is growing in your womb.
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