Though the only way to be sure you’re pregnant, is taking the pregnancy test, certain early signs of pregnancy serve as initial indicators.
About 60% of women have early pregnancy symptoms by the time it’s been 6 weeks, and nearly 90% have them by the time they’re 8 weeks. Listed below, are some signs to watch out for. Just remember, all women don’t experience all of them.
1. Missing your periods
In case you are planning a pregnancy, missing your next period could be taken as an affirmation. It is the most common symptom and women with a regular menstrual cycle can recognise it more easily. During this time, the inner wall of the uterus starts to thicken to help a fertilised egg implant on the wall. Your menstrual bleeding stops to help the fetus grow within the womb.
2. Abdominal bloating
Hormonal changes during early pregnancy is the chief cause of clothes becoming snugger because of bloating – much like the feeling you get just before your period.
3. Sore Breasts
When your breasts feel tender and heavy, the areolas darken and veins on your chest become more pronounced, know that you just might be pregnant. Putting on a bra will probably feel like a task which is why you must wear a more supportive one to help ease discomfort.
4. Spotting and cramping
After conception, the fertilized egg attaches itself to wall of the uterus which may cause spotting and sometimes, cramping. It’s called implantation bleeding which occurs somewhere between 6 to 12 days after the egg is fertilised. Similarly, the cramps you experience, resemble menstrual cramps.
5. Morning sickness
Morning sickness or nausea occurs anywhere between 2 weeks to 2 months. What you must note is that pregnancy-related nausea – accompanied by vomiting or not – can be a problem whether it’s morning, noon or night. Some lucky women escape it altogether, though!
Besides these, frequent urination, constipation, mood swings, headaches and back pain are some additional indications. The first step to the right kind of pregnancy care is being aware. Pregnancy is a magical experience, treasure every moment!