How To Recognize Symptoms of Pregnancy

Conceiving a baby can be a very exciting time and waiting to find out if you are pregnant can be a true lesson in patience. Here are some signs that your body may be telling you something before you can see results on a home pregnancy test. Not every woman experiences all of these symptoms and they can differ from woman to woman and even between pregnancies.

  1. Fatigue. Your body is working overtime as it undergoes a massive hormone adjustment while creating a new life. You don't just feel tired, you feel downright exhausted and the change is taking its toll! Don't feel silly if you wind up in bed several hours earlier than normal or feel exhausted after getting a full night's sleep. Be patient as this usually tapers off by the second trimester.
  2. Tender/swollen breasts.  As your hormones increase so does your breast sensitivity. They may be tender to the touch, sore and swollen. This can also occur around the time of you would normally menstruate but may be more heightened.
  3. Excess saliva.  Are you waking up in a puddle of drool? Don't be embarrassed! Your saliva may increase when you become pregnant and can last throughout pregnancy.
  4. Bloating.  Most women are familiar with this symptom when their period is coming. Bloating can begin as soon as you become pregnant.
  5. Food cravings.  Cravings are often your body's way of telling you what you need, such as increased vitamin C and iron. There are also cravings, called pica, where you may crave things such as sand, detergent or ashes. Of course you should never give in to pica cravings!
  6. Food aversions. You may find that you have more food aversions than cravings, which is quite typical. Foods you previously enjoyed may sound nauseating to you when you become pregnant. Levels of food aversions can change throughout pregnancy.
  7. Spotting.  This can occur at the time of implantation, known as implantation bleeding. This happens when the fertilized egg implants into the uterus, which can cause slight bleeding and cramping.
  8. Nausea.  Often coined as "morning sickness," this symptom can strike you morning, noon and night. It leaves you feeling queasy and can often lead to vomiting. If you are fortunate, you will be one of the lucky ladies that skip this symptom altogether!
  9. Frequent urination.  Are you running to the bathroom more than usual? This is a very common symptom throughout pregnancy. It can start as soon as you become pregnant and continue into the third trimester as the baby grows and pressure builds on your bladder.
  10. Odor sensitivity.  Has your sense of smell heightened dramatically? Pregnancy can cause repulsion to certain aromas and easily ignite the gag reflex. Learn which smells affect you and steer clear. It could be anything from coffee to shampoo. Different women have different reactions with this symptom so it is not possible to explain what to avoid ahead of time.
  11. Emotional.  As with many symptoms, the hormone changes in your body can cause you to become irritable, sad or overjoyed. If you are pregnant this can last throughout pregnancy and even post-partum. If you feel any degree of depression, contact a health-care professional.
  12. Missed period.  This is what most women wait for as the tell-tale sign. However, if you do not track your cycle and are irregular, this can prove to be an ineffective method at determining pregnancy.

These symptoms could also relate to something other than pregnancy. Want to be proof positive? Go grab a home pregnancy test or make an appointment with your doctor to confirm the possibility.

 

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