Pregnancy Symptoms: 24 Early Signs & Symptoms
In this article we will be considering early Pregnancy Symptoms: 24 Early Signs & Symptoms. Find out early about your pregnancy.
Pregnancy occurs when a sperm fertilizes an egg after it’s released from the ovary during ovulation. The fertilized egg then travels down into the uterus, where implantation occurs. A successful implantation results in pregnancy. On average, a full-term pregnancy lasts 40 weeks.
- Spotting and Cramping
After conceiving, the fertilized egg attaches itself to wall of the uterus. This can cause one of the earliest signs of pregnancy spotting and cramping.
- Breast Changes
Breast changes are another very early sign of pregnancy. A woman’s hormone levels rapidly change after conceiving. Because of the changes, their breasts may become swollen, sore, or tingly a week or two later
Feeling very tired is normal in pregnancy, starting early on a woman can start feeling unusually fatigued as soon as one week after conceiving.
- Nausea (Morning Sickness)
Morning sickness is a famous symptom of pregnancy. But not every pregnant woman gets it.
The exact cause of morning sickness is not known but pregnancy hormones likely contribute to this symptom.
- Missed Period
The most obvious early symptom of pregnancy. The one that prompts most women to get a pregnancy test is a missed period. But not all missed or delayed periods are caused by pregnancy.
- Frequent urination
For many women, this starts around the sixth or eighth week after conception
During pregnancy, higher levels of the hormone progesterone can make you constipated. Progesterone causes food to pass more slowly through your intestines
- Mood swings
These are common, especially during the first trimester. These are also related to changes in hormones.
- Headaches and back pain.
Many pregnant women report frequent mild headaches, and others experience back pain.
- Dizziness and fainting
These may be related to dilating blood vessels, lower blood pressure, and lower blood sugar.
- Smell sensitivity
A heightened sense of smell is an early pregnancy symptom that makes previously mild odors strong and unappealing
- Loss of Appetite
Your extra-sensitive nose may be responsible for another early sign of pregnancy food aversions, where the thought, sight or smell of certain foods you normally like can turn your stomach.
Early pregnancy bloating is hard to distinguish from pre-period bloat, but it’s an early pregnancy symptom that many women feel soon after they conceive. But bloating can also be a sign of increased pregnancy induced progesterone that slows down your digestive tract, trapping gas inside your intestines.
- Raised Body Temperature
If you’ve been using a special basal body thermometer to track your first morning temperature, you might notice that it rises around 1 degree when you conceive and stays elevated throughout your pregnancy
- Cervical mucus
If your cervical mucus it becomes creamy and stays that way after ovulation, it’s a good sign you’ll have a positive pregnancy test.
- Dark Nipples
Pregnancy hormones also affect the activity of melanocytes, or cells in the nipples responsible for their color, making it darker.
- Food Cravings
Your overtired body may demand extra carbs now because they’re easily metabolized, which helps keep energy levels up.
- Nose Bleeds
Bloody noses, congestion, and postnasal drip are common in pregnancy, and they’re all related to the same two causes.
Progesterone can cause big changes to your body. It causes your muscles to relax and this includes the muscles in your intestines, so your digestion can slow down. This can cause bloating, burping and passing wind.
- More prominent veins
As the uterus expands to make room for the growing fetus, pressure can be placed on the inferior vena cava which is the large blood vessel that runs down the right side of your body
- Metallic taste in the mouth
Many women find that in the first few weeks of pregnancy their taste buds are affected. Some people say it’s a metallic taste, others say it’s sourer.
- Stuffy nose
A blocked sinus is often an early sign of pregnancy. An increase in oestrogen levels can make the sinus passages swell and produce more mucous. If you think you might be pregnant be sure to speak to a doctor before taking any decongestants.
- Bleeding gums
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make your gums more vulnerable to plaque, leading to inflammation and bleeding, known as pregnancy gingivitis or gum disease.
- Vaginal discharge
Some women may notice a thick, milky discharge from the vagina in early pregnancy. This occurs in the first weeks of pregnancy as the vaginal walls thicken.
How can if tell if I’m pregnant after 1 week?
The first signs of pregnancy won’t occur right away in fact, many women miss their period at week 4 before they begin to feel “different.” But some common early signs of pregnancy in the first weeks after fertilization include;
- Breast soreness or tenderness
- Frequent urge to pee.
Stages of Pregnancy
- First Trimester (Week 1–Week 12)
- Second trimester (week 13–week 28)
- Third trimester (week 29–week 40)
- Your developing baby