Are you trying to conceive? Are you dying to know if you’re pregnant? Wouldn’t it be nice to know right away?
The earliest way to find out for sure is a pregnancy test. But it takes a while until you can do that. Don’t despair!
There’s something you can do while you wait for that pregnancy test: monitor your symptoms. As soon as you get pregnant your body starts changing. Here’s what to look for.
NOT ALL WOMEN GET THE SAME SYMPTOMS
We are different and we experience things differently. That’s expected because our body is different. Every woman experiences pregnancy in a unique way.
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Some have an easy pregnancy and others may have a high-risk pregnancy and require bed rest for nine months. So there’s no rule as to what you should exactly feel. And to make it more confusing, early pregnancy symptoms are similar to your menstrual symptoms.
So you really have to know your body.
The following are common early symptoms of pregnancy that women usually get. Once again, the only way to know for sure is with a pregnancy test (and a visit with your OBGYN).
1. EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOM: SPOTTING
This is definitely one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. If you get pregnant that means an egg (unless you get lucky and have twins) was fertilized. Yay! Finally right?! Once the egg is fertilized it attaches to your uterus wall and that may cause a little bleeding along with light cramps.
This is called implantation bleeding and it happens 10 days after the egg was fertilized. Some women may even mistaken it for their menstrual.
Because I was a ‘nut case’ meaning I truly struggled to get pregnant and every month I was diligently tracking my symptoms I had the well known ‘milky‘ vaginal discharge as an early pregnancy symptom. I had read so much before that by the time I was finally pregnant I was familiar with this.
2. EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS: CRAMPS AND BACK PAIN
These 2 are no fun, but most women get them. They happen for 2 main reasons: your hormones change and your uterus expands continuously to prepare for the upcoming heavy load.
3. EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOM: TENDER BREASTS
This sounds like another symptom that every woman gets before her menstrual. You know how your breasts feel a little sore around your mentrual? It goes the same way when you’re pregnant.
Later on, they will actually feel fuller and that was definitely something I personally enjoyed. I also got the areola (your nipples darken) but not so early in my pregnancy.
4. EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOM: FEELING TIRED
I was so tired. I remember I wanted to constantly nap. Fatigue may show up very early due to progesterone, the hormone that reaches high levels during pregnancy which also makes your basal temperature go high.
If you do get tired, don’t fight it. Rest. If you’re trying to conceive you have to take care of yourself. You have to provide the perfect ‘housing’ conditions for your fetus.
5. EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOM: NAUSEA
This was one of my earliest pregnancy symptoms. After all, it is the most famous. You may have morning sickness only in the beginning while others may have it throughout the entire pregnancy.
I had it till the very end along with a strong gag reflex. I could barely brush my teeth. This nausea occurs mainly in the morning, but it can also be triggered by other factors as well, like food for example. I was extremely sensitive to smells, perfumes in particular. What used to be your favorite smell or taste can turn into your worst enemy. Try to eat as healthy as possible.
6. EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOM: NO PERIOD
This goes without saying. If you didn’t get your period you need to grab a pregnancy test. Chances are you may get a positive result. But do keep in mind that a missed period may have other reasons also. It could be hormone-related or stress-related, etc. You actually can miss your period when you stop your birth controls.
7. EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOM: CONSTIPATION
This was another symptom I experienced early in my pregnancy. In fact, I was constipated pretty much the whole time no matter what I ate. I was constantly bloated. Progesterone was guilty again. And I was actually getting extra progesterone shots because I had a high-risk pregnancy due to incompetent cervix. Later on in the pregnancy, these symptoms got better.
8. EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOM: FREQUENT URINATION
I experienced frequent urination from the very beginning to the very end. You should totally expect this due to the extra blood flow to your kidneys. Unfortunately, it gets more uncomfortable towards the end when your fetus will push on your bladder. Keep drinking plenty of water though.
BONUS: I will sum up this article by sharing with you the very FIRST pregnancy symptom that I experienced. And when I say ‘first’ I mean just a couple of days after I conceived. Before I tell what it was I want you to keep in mind that:
- I am a dental hygienist, so I do pay attention to any changes in my mouth.
- I was so much into this process of getting pregnant that I could’ve written a book. I think I read every article out there about pregnancy.
With that being said, the earliest and the very first pregnancy symptom that I had was gingival inflammation. I immediately detected this because I never had inflammation.
So getting one out of the blue really triggered my attention. My hopes raised so much and my suspicions were soon confirmed by a pregnancy test. Why would a pregnant woman get swollen gums? Because of the hormonal changes that make gums more sensitive to bacteria.
Other early pregnancy symptoms you may experience:
- Mood swings
- Headaches – increased blood flow may trigger mild headaches. It may also happen if you don’t drink enough water during pregnancy.
Until next time,