10 Early Signs of Pregnancy
18th Apr 2022
Think you might be pregnant? Hope the symptoms you’re suddenly experiencing mean you’re pregnant?? Well, you could be! Below is a list of 10 Early Signs of Pregnancy to watch for!
*Having one or some of these symptoms does not mean that you’re pregnant. To be certain, it’s a good idea to take an at home pregnancy test and to schedule an appointment with your gynecologist.*
- Bloating – Blame it on the hormone progesterone which can cause excess gas and bloat in the very early weeks of a pregnancy.
- Sensitivity to smells – Again, hormones are to blame for one of the most frustrating early signs of pregnancy – foods that you normally love, could now be something you cannot be in the same room with without feeling like you need to purge.
- Missed period – Many women count on missing their period (especially if their cycle is regular) as a telltale sign that they’re pregnant and often times its true. Sometimes it’s just late or doesn’t come due to illness or stress, so if you miss it, don’t panic, but do pay attention to your body and at least take a pregnancy test at home just to be sure.
- Mood swings – Moods swings can happen due to sudden changes your body is experiencing to accommodate having a baby. Mood swings can range from sudden irritability to crying over little things that normally wouldn’t affect you so strongly.
- Fatigue – Your body produces extra blood to carry additional nutrients to your baby which causes you to feel fatigued regularly. Taking naps is a smart way to help you manage your fatigue throughout your pregnancy.
- Weight gain – Some women actually lose weight early on due to morning sickness, but likely if you don’t have morning sickness, the changes in your body and bloating and fatigue can cause some weight gain early on.
- Motion sickness & Nausea – Many women will experience morning sickness in the form of nausea and motion sickness, but it’s not just in the morning, it can happen to you all throughout the day due to the hormonal changes occurring within you. You may feel like you need to purge or suddenly might need to close your eyes and take some deep breaths until the dizziness subsides. You’ll likely need to adjust your diet until this passes.
- Cramping and spotting – Spotting is likely due to the fertilized egg attaching itself to the lining of the uterus and cramping occurs because of the expansion of your uterus.
- Frequent urination – Your increase in blood flow will cause your kidneys to produce more urine.
- Acne – It’s very common to get acne while pregnant due to the hormonal changes your body goes through. Good news though, once those hormonal changes cease, so will your acne.
Hopefully, this list helps you wherever you are on your pregnancy journey! Bookmark this article so you can refer to it when the time comes for you to find out if you’re pregnant!
Remember to stay healthy –eat well and exercise, see your doctor regularly, take your health safety seriously, and educate yourself with the tools you need to manage a healthy pregnancy when the time comes.