The signs and symptoms of Pregnancy can vary widely in different women, not every woman has the same symptoms or even the same symptoms from one pregnancy to the next.
Early symptoms of pregnancy sometimes mimic PMS (Premenstrual syndrome), It can be difficult to tell the difference between PMS and pregnancy symptoms, there are symptoms that you may have thought were normal for your menstrual cycle that can actually be signs of early pregnancy.
You should also know that these signs and symptoms may be caused by other things besides pregnancy. So the fact that you notice some of these symptoms does not necessarily imply you are pregnant. The best way to tell for sure is with a pregnancy test.
Some of the first signs of pregnancy can show up before you even miss your period (like sensitivity to smell and tender breasts), light spotting might appear around one week after sperm meets egg.
Signs And Symptoms Of Pregnancy.
1. Smell Sensitivity:
60 percent of pregnant women say they are more sensitive to smell during pregnancy, the reason for the strong sense of smell is the change in hormone levels. Smells are usually most intense in the early months of pregnancy and diminish closer to delivery. If scents nauseate you stay way from unpleasant aromas that upset you, eating cold food can help.
2 Changes In Cervical Mucus:
Cervical mucus may be an early sign of pregnancy, cervical mucus may change over the course of your menstrual cycle and after ovulation if you are pregnant. During the first week of pregnancy, you may notice stickier, white, or yellow mucus. As your pregnancy progresses, your vaginal discharge may continue to change.
It is natural to experience mild cramps in your lower abdomen at infrequent times as your body prepares for your growing baby. As soon as you conceive, your uterus will begin to grow, you experience cramps because your uterus is expanding, causing the ligaments and muscles that support it to stretch.
4. Missed Period:
A clear-cut sign of pregnancy is a missed period. It is easy to mistake Late period for a Missed period, If your period is seven days late, then you have missed a period. When you conceive, your body produces hormones that stop ovulation and the shedding of the lining of your uterus. This indicates that your period has come to an end.
5. Tender, Swollen Breast:
Breast pain and tenderness occur as early as one to two weeks after conception, it is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. Swollen, soreness, or tingly in the breast – discomfort and extra sensitivity in the nipples, is a result of the surge in estrogen and progesterone during early pregnancy.
6. Light Spotting (Implantation bleeding):
This is when you see a slight amount of pink, red, or dark brown (rust-colored) blood. It usually happens 10-14 days after fertilization, or around the time of your missed period. It is as a result of implantation generally light and short, just a few days’ worth.
7. Basal Temperature:
A rise in your basal body temperature that lasts for 18 or more days may be an early indicator of pregnancy. I advise you to take a pregnancy test.
8. Nausea With Or Without Vomiting:
Nausea also referred to as morning sickness is a common condition among pregnant women. It feels like a sudden, chronic or intense urge to throw up, a low-level sense of discomfort, and mild dizziness. “Between 50 and 90 percent of women with normal pregnancies have some degree of nausea, with or without vomiting, in the first half of pregnancy.”
9. Excess saliva
Excessive salivation is called ptyalism or sialorrhea – in pregnant women. It is common during the first trimester of pregnancy, your hormones are to blame for excessive saliva. The bitter taste of the saliva can cause nausea and vomiting. Fortunately, it reduces after the first trimester.
10. Heartburn And Indigestion:
During pregnancy, heartburn or indigestion is caused by changes in hormone levels and the growing baby pressing against your stomach. For some women, heartburn starts in the first trimester, beginning around month two, and lasts throughout the nine months.
11. Increased Urination:
It’s caused by an increase in the human chorionic gonadotropin(HCG) and hormone progesterone. It is a sign of early pregnancy, the urge to urinate reduces in the second trimester because your uterus is also higher in the second trimester.
Pregnancy hormones are the reasons behind constipation. Progesterone causes your intestines to slow down the movement of stool through the bowel. Another cause of constipation is the medicines and supplements are women take during pregnancy. For example, Calcium can cause constipation, and calcium is found in many foods and supplements, particularly dairy products.
Progesterone also slows digestion, which can trap the gas in your intestines that may cause abdominal bloating, slower digestion may cause bloating during pregnancy and bring on cramps and gas. Bloating is a common sign of early pregnancy, It may last the duration of your pregnancy. Exercise, natural remedies, and adjusting your diet can help.
14. Food Aversion
Food aversion tends to show up in the first trimester, it may last for the entire 9 months. Hormonal changes during pregnancy play a huge role in food aversions. It happens when you dislike a specific food or have a low appetite for a specific food, It may occur as a result of a more generalized feeling of nausea.
Fatigue is an early sign of pregnancy that most women experience, especially in the first 12 weeks. Pregnancy hormones especially Progesterone, can lower your blood pressure and blood sugar, which can make you feel tired.
Mood swings may start early in pregnancy and stay through your pregnancy duration. Hormone changes are one reason for mood swings, it may cause irritability and even anger during pregnancy. It can also be caused by physical stresses, fatigue, and changes in your metabolism.
17. Nasal Congestion
This condition is sometimes referred to as pregnancy rhinitis or non-allergic rhinitis. It is the inflammation and swelling of the mucous membranes in the nose. It starts during pregnancy and lasts for at least six weeks,
The main cause of a headache during pregnancy is unknown. Headaches show up during your first trimester of pregnancy. It may be caused by an increase in the volume of blood your body is producing.
It’s common to experience dizziness during pregnancy. It is caused by rising hormones that cause your blood vessels to relax and widen. If it really bothers you see a doctor, a doctor may recommend diagnostic tests, such as for anemia.
20. Food Craving:
Scientists don’t exactly know why women have pregnancy cravings, some experts think pregnancy cravings could be the result of hormone changes.
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