Pregnancy brings about many changes to your body that reveal through an assortment of signs and pregnancy symptoms. Almost every woman has numerous pregnancy symptoms of early pregnancy. In rare cases, some women do not experience any symptoms except for missing their menstrual period.
There are even few women who are so busy in their lives that they are completely ignorant that their period was due and disremember they have missed them. However, early pregnancy signs can vary from woman to woman.
Below are early some primitive signs to know you are pregnant.
1. Missed Menstrual Period
Missing a menstrual period is considered to be the first and very important sign of pregnancy. However, there can also be other reasons that cause delayed periods such as side effects of certain medicines or excessive stress. If you believe there is no other reason of missed period then you should use some home pregnancy tests to detect pregnancy. Furthermore, blood tests such as hCG or Beta hCG can be used to know accurate results.
2. Vaginal Spotting
Some women may notice vaginal spotting or slight bleeding after the few days of conception. Usually, this bleeding has a pinkish color that occurs due to the joining of the fertilized egg to the inner lining of the uterus.
3. Tender Breasts with Darker and Larger Areolas
It is one of the surest signs of pregnancy. The changes in your body will cause your breasts to get tender and the areolas to become larger and darker in color. In some women, these changes may include the enlargement of breasts with tenderness and slight pain.
4. Nausea and Morning Sickness
This is another very common of pregnancy symptoms. You may experience queasiness and discomfort of morning sickness which can also last throughout the day.
However, there can be numerous ways to alleviate the discomfort of nausea and vomiting. For example, stay away from particular flavors of food items or certain type odors that can provoke queasiness or vomiting.
In some cases, nausea or vomiting can become really severe and dangerous. It may cause the pregnant woman become unable to consume anything, lose weight and become dehydrated. It may also lead to increased heart rate and low blood pressure. This condition is known as hyperemesis gravidarum which may stop nutrient supply from reaching to the fetus hence harm the proper development. So, it is very important to distinguish between pregnancy related nausea and hyperemesis gravidarum
5. Food Craving
Pregnancy may cause you to develop sudden like or dislike for particular foods. You are likely to avert from your favorite foods and crave for an array of greasy foods such as chocolates, sardine sandwiches, ice creams and so forth. This craving indicates that you are reduced in minerals after conceiving.
6. Increased Vaginal Discharge
You may experience an increased vaginal discharge as a very early sign of pregnancy. This increased vaginal discharge occurs because of the mucus plug formation in the womb to help save the fetus from toxins and bacterial infections. This is a normal sign to have vaginal discharge unless it turns out to be grayish or greenish in color and develop foul odor. If this condition happens, see your doctor.
7. Increased Lethargy
At the early stage of pregnancy, some women start feeling their energy level has become lower. They can feel lethargic and weary all the time. You may also experience low blood pressure associated with exhaustion and tiredness in the first trimester. Low blood pressure may lead some pregnant women to faint hence they must take care of their diet and eat healthy foods.
8. Frequent Urination
In pregnancy, the uterus starts getting enlarged day by day in order to accommodate the fetus. This enlargement often results in frequent urination especially in the first and last trimesters of pregnancy. In the early stage of pregnancy, your body responds to hormonal changes thereby causes frequent urination while in later stage it happens because of heaviness of uterus that leads your bladder to produce urination frequently.
9. Leg Cramps
Though not very common, leg cramps tend to affect those pregnant women who lack essential nutrition and exercise. It’s one of early pregnancy signs which is usually painful, and can wake you in the middle of the night. If you experience leg cramps more than usual and it becomes unbearable, see your doctor for the remedy.
Important Pregnancy Tips
Pregnancy is a beautiful period for any woman. However, it may take its toll on you. Below are some important tips that you should not ignore when you start seeing your pregnancy symptoms.
- Avoid smoking during pregnancy because it can directly affect your growing fetus and result in low birth weight.
- When pregnant, you must not consume alcohol or even use foods containing alcohol as an ingredient.
- Never take any medicines without your health provider’s approval.
- Traveling may be problematic for first and last month of pregnancy. if you have any traveling plans, you must talk to your doctor about it.
- Follow your prenatal checkups. Make sure you follow your doctor’s advice in every matter throughout your pregnancy.