Did you know? By the time you miss your period, you would have already covered a few weeks in your pregnancy. You get pregnant once the egg fertilizes and implants in the uterus. And this event happens way before you miss your period.
But can you know that you are pregnant even before the missed period? Yes, you can, because your body must have already been preparing for the next nine months. We tell you about these interesting early symptoms of pregnancy and what you can do at this time around.
Early Symptoms Of Pregnancy Before Missed Period:
Here is a list of symptoms that CAN mean early pregnancy. These may appear during the two weeks between doing the deed and whenever your period normally shows her face.
I say that they CAN with a huge pinch of salt, because they could also be regular symptoms associated with ovulation and menstruation:
Sore boobs – Your boobs might feel heavy, tender, sore, or your nipples might look different. The areolas (areas around your nipples) might look larger and darker.
Nausea – The increase in hormones can make you feel sick.
Fatigue – Your body is concentrating all of its energy on the newly growing ball of cells so you might feel tired when you normally wouldn’t.
Mood swings – As with your menstrual cycle you could find yourself on an emotional rollercoaster.
Dizziness – This can happen due to changes in blood pressure. Growing a new human requires a larger supply of blood and diverts some of your supply to the fetus.
Shortness of breath – As with the dizziness the diversion of your blood to the fetus can cause less oxygen for your own body.
Higher Temperature – Elevated basal body temperature is something all serious ovulation trackers use as a guide to when they are about to ovulate and should do the deed.
Cramping – An important one to watch around the day of ovulation, as the ball of cells produced by the fertilised egg tries to burrow into the wall of your uterus.
Bloating – Like with a period you can feel tight, gassy, and bloated due to the physical changes in your lower abdominal area.
Backache – You could notice some aching in the lower back as the womb starts to gear up for some major growth.
Constipation – This can happen due to a surge in the hormone progesterone coming from other areas of the body to aid with preparations for baby. One area the hormone comes from is the intestine meaning there is less movement of waste along to the bowels.
Implantation Bleeding – When the cells burrow into the wall of the womb a small amount of spotting can occur, usually brown by the time you see it.
Headaches – Again thanks to the increase in hormones and the changes to your blood pressure and supply – the smaller vessels around your head and sinuses are under more strain.
Heartburn – Remember the diversion of progesterone from other places to your baby making centre? Another is the sphincter muscle at the top of your stomach that stops acid from escaping up into your throat. The muscle works less and you might start feeling reflux.
Drooling/Excess Saliva – An attractive side effect of feeling sick and having acid reflux, you may naturally not swallow as often to avoid these feelings and the result is more saliva in your mouth.
Needing to pee – This can be caused by the growing muscles in your uterus as it sits directly on the bladder. The same feeling as being bloated will also contribute to the number of times you need to pee even though your fluid intake is the same.
Food Cravings or Aversions – Another round of applause to the hormones. Linked to nausea you might start going off certain foods or smells or you might suddenly be convinced you need something you usually don’t care for.
Vaginal Discharge – This is important to know that clear “egg white” discharge is related to ovulation, thicker creamy white discharge closer to the time of your period can be a sign of conception.
What Can You Do Now?
If you experience these signs of pregnancy before missed periods, you may assume that you are pregnant. But sometimes, these symptoms could just be premenstrual symptoms or an indication of other health issues. Hence, wait until one or two weeks after you miss your period, and then go for a home pregnancy test.
If you take the test early, you might get a negative result as the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (HCG) levels are still low. You need to wait till the HCG hormone level increase and do the test again. If it still shows negative, blood tests can help.
Blood tests will give you precise results, but they may not be accurate in the early stages. Therefore, you need for a few weeks after missing your period for the tests to confirm your pregnancy. Meanwhile, you may begin with your prenatal care:
- Get enough sleep, eat more and drink often.
- Take adequate vitamins and minerals including folic acid and iron.
- Quit smoking and alcohol; avoid unhealthy foods, over-the-counter medications and illegal substances.
Source: momtricks.com, momjunction.com
9 Unusual Signs Of Pregnancy You Need To Know
Pregnancy is a time where a woman experiences all kinds of emotional and physical changes. All mothers go through some very obvious changes like a missed period and fuller, tender breasts.
However, there are changes that are not too obvious. Most women are not even aware of these changes that could appear during their pregnant months.
So, to avoid anxiety and confusion when you are expecting, take a look at this list of unusual pregnancy signs you may experience.
1. Excess Vaginal Discharge
Most women experience harmless vaginal discharge during their child-bearing years. However, it may not be frequent during pregnancy. Some pregnant women experience sticky white or pale yellow discharge in the first trimester and, sometimes, throughout pregnancy.
The changes in your hormone levels and an increase in the vaginal blood flow may be considered the reason for the vaginal discharge. This may help to fight infections during pregnancy.
However, if you notice a change in the odor or color of the discharge and experience burning or itching, then you may have to consult your gynecologist immediately.
2. A Rising Body Temperature
The basal body temperature (BBT) is the temperature of your body at rest which is usually lower than normal body temperature. It is normal to have an elevated BBT for about two weeks after ovulation.
However, if you notice an elevated body temperature for more than two weeks, then it may be an early sign of pregnancy. You can always check your BBT with the help of a basal body thermometer.
3. Headaches And Cramps
Pregnant women may experience headaches at any time during their pregnancy, but most experience them during the first and third trimesters. Hormonal changes and increased blood flow may cause a headache.
Headaches may be aggravated by stress, poor posture, low blood sugar, lack of sleep, or dehydration.
Some women also experience period-like cramps during pregnancy. These are described as pulling sensations on one or both sides of the abdomen. So, if your periods are not due but experience cramping, it may be a sign of pregnancy.
4. Frequent Urination
If you are visiting the washroom to urinate frequently, it may be a sign of pregnancy. This usually occurs after two to three weeks of conception.
The hormone human chorionic gonadotropin, commonly known as hCG, is produced during pregnancy. Your growing uterus may apply additional pressure on your bladder and may cause you to urinate more often than usual.
As mentioned earlier, pregnant women face hormonal changes and an increased blood flow. The rising hormones may cause your blood vessels to relax and widen, increasing blood flow to the growing baby.
This may cause dizziness and is common during the first trimester. Dizziness may also be caused due to low blood sugar levels.
6. Light Bleeding Or Spotting
Spotting is any kind of discharge from the vagina. If you have missed your period but observe light bleeding with varying colors like pink, red, or brown, then you may be pregnant.
Many pregnant women face light bleeding or spotting during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and it is usually harmless. However, it is always better to get yourself checked by a medical professional to be sure nothing is wrong.
7. A Reduced Immunity
If you find yourself catching a cold or flu too often and feeling weak for most part of the day, then it could be a sign of pregnancy. This is because pregnancy reduces your immunity and may make you more prone to coughs or cold.
So, if you notice a general weakness, get yourself checked and if you are pregnant, consult your doctor to know what you can do to prevent illnesses and infections.
Mood swings are normal among pregnant women. At one point, you may be worried and upset while in a few minutes you feel happy and excited. A state of emotional instability is another sign of early pregnancy.
Significant hormonal changes affect the neurotransmitters present in the brain that regulate your mood. Therefore, during the first trimester, you may see yourself as an emotional wreck. But, don’t worry about it, you will get through the phase.
9. Changes In Taste
Some women find a weird change in their taste buds during pregnancy. They may seem to enjoy foods they never did and may not be able to enjoy the foods they did earlier without feeling sick.
A change in the sense of taste is another early symptom of pregnancy. This is, yet again, because of the hormonal changes that your body goes through during pregnancy.
Some women also experience a metallic taste and can be avoided by having citric juices like lemonade or salty foods. However, always consult your doctor before you eat anything unusual or in excess which may not be good for the growing baby.
So, watch out for these not-so-obvious signs of pregnancy and make sure you consult your doctor to be sure of a pregnancy.