8 Early Signs You Might Be Pregnant
If you’re pregnant, you’ll want to find out as soon as possible. The earlier in your pregnancy that you figure out that you’re pregnant, the sooner you’ll be able to begin making the lifestyle changes you need to make to ensure a healthy baby and to begin preparing for birth.
The following are eight early signs of pregnancy that you should look for if you think that you might be pregnant:
- Morning sickness – Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy that a lot of women won’t experience until a couple of months after conception. However, it can start as early as two weeks into the pregnancy. It’s also worth noting that morning sickness doesn’t always occur in the morning – it can happen at any time.
- Sudden aversions to certain foods – Certain aromas that didn’t bother you before may begin to bother you when you first become pregnant. This can occur with scents that you thought were pleasant before. There’s no reasoning behind this, although one common explanation suggests that it could be a result of the increased estrogen levels in your body.
- Regular mood swings – The hormonal changes of pregnancy can affect your neurotransmitters, which are the brain’s chemical messengers. This can result in heightened emotions and mood swings. If you notice sudden mood changes or serious feelings of hopelessness or sadness, then you should speak to your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
- More frequent urination – Not long after becoming pregnant, the rate of blood flow through your kidneys may increase as a result of hormonal changes. This will result in your bladder filling more quickly than usual, leading to more frequent urination. You’re likely going to need to pee more frequently the further along you are in your pregnancy.
- Feelings of fatigue – Fatigue tends to occur in the beginning stages and later stages of pregnancy. There are a number of reasons why you might become fatigued. It could be due to the increasing levels of the progesterone hormone, or it could be a result of having to urinate more frequently at night, which cuts into your ability to get good sleep.
- Sensitive breasts – The rising level of hormones can cause your breasts to become sore, swollen or sensitive. If you exhibit this sign, your breasts will likely become slightly more sensitive than they become right before your period. However, once your body adjusts to your hormonal changes following the first trimester, you can expect this symptom to lessen significantly.
- Abdominal bloating – Your uterus may not be growing noticeably yet, but you may experience bloating. This is a result of the hormonal changes that you experience when you are pregnant. The bloated feeling that you might feel in the early stages of pregnancy is common to the bloated feeling that women often feel right before their period.
- A missed period – If your period doesn’t arrive when it normally does, you may want to take a pregnancy test. In many cases, women will miss their period before they experience any signs of an early pregnancy. It’s one of the reasons why you should keep track of your cycle.
These are eight early signs that you might be pregnant. Being able to recognize these signs will help you to better prepare for the birth of your child. However, it’s also worth noting that not every woman will exhibit early signs of pregnancy. If you are pregnant and would like professional guidance, then be sure to contact us at our Your First Look Women’s Center to schedule an appointment today.