The earliest symptoms of pregnancy appear in the first few weeks after conception. Pregnancy symptoms vary in their intensity, frequency, and duration. Common symptoms of early pregnancy appear similar to routine post-menstrual discomfort. The following are early signs and symptoms of pregnancy;
Tender and swollen breast
The first symptoms of pregnancy. As early as two weeks after conception, hormonal changes make your breasts tender, tingly, or sore. Your breast might also feel fuller and heavier.
Fatigue and tiredness
common early pregnancy symptom of pregnancy. During early pregnancy, levels of the hormone progesterone soar. Insufficient doses, progesterone can put you to sleep. At the same time, lower blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure, and increased blood production may team up to sap your energy during your pregnancy.
Slight bleeding or cramping, there might be a small amount of spotting or vaginal bleeding.
Slight bleeding or cramping
This is known as implantation bleeding, it happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus – about 10 to 14 days after fertilization. This type of bleeding is usually a bit earlier, spottier, and lighter in color than a normal period and doesn’t last long.
Some women also experience abdominal cramps early in pregnancy. These cramps are similar to menstrual cramps.
Nausea can be with or without vomiting.
It is commonly known as “morning sickness” which can strike any time of the day or night. For some women, the queasiness begins as early as two weeks after conception. Nausea stems from rapidly rising levels of estrogen, which causes the stomach to empty slowly. Pregnant women also have a heightened sense of smell, so various odors such as food cooking, perfume, cigarette smoke may cause waves of nausea in early pregnancy stages.
Food aversions or cravings
When you’re pregnant, you might find that you’re irritated by certain foods, such as coffee or fried foods. Food cravings are common too. Like most other symptoms of pregnancy, these food preferences can be traced to hormonal changes, especially in the first trimester, when hormonal changes are the most dramatic.
A missed period
The most obvious early symptom of pregnancy, this sign is often what causes women to search for more details about the other pregnancy symptoms. Some women might only experience a much lighter period compared to their usual. You might not experience any of the pregnancy signs listed below until around the time you notice you’ve missed your monthly cycle.
This is caused by the flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy stages and can make you unusually emotional and weepy. Mood swings are common in the first trimester.
Faintness and dizziness
As your blood vessels dilate and your blood pressure drops, you may feel lightheaded or dizzy. Early in pregnancy, faintness also may be triggered by low blood sugar.
Early in pregnancy, increased blood circulation caused by hormonal changes may trigger frequent, mild headaches.
Raised basal body temperature
Another sign. This temperature increases slightly, soon after ovulation, and remains at that level until your next period. If you’ve been charting your basal body temperature to determine when you ovulate, its continued elevation for more than two weeks may mean that you’re pregnant.
Many women believe they have an intuition about pregnancy signs.
Their intuition is often proven correct. You might just feel different; tired, moody, queasy, lightheaded. You may also have heartburn, constipation, or find yourself making more frequent trips to the toilet. It can be a dull ache or stiffness in your lower back or sore breasts which can also be overly sensitive or simply not feeling like one’s usual self.
An increase in progesterone causes food to pass more slowly through the intestines, which can lead to constipation.
However, these symptoms aren’t unique to pregnancy, some can indicate that you’re getting sick or that your period is about to start. It is also possible to be pregnant without experiencing these symptoms. If worried about possible early symptoms of pregnancy, you can put your mind at ease with a pregnancy test or a visit to the clinic.