If you are trying to conceive, but it’s too early to take a pregnancy test, here are some early signs that might indicate pregnancy.
Before your period is due : Early Pregnancy Signs
- A tingling sensation around your nipples
- Bigger breasts that feel tender and heavy
- Discomfort when wearing a bra
Hormonal changes can exhaust you in the first few weeks of pregnancy
Genital color changes
Increased blood flow can make your genital area go a purple color, particularly the lips of the vulva.
Although full blown morning sickness does not usually start until about 6 weeks into your pregnancy, you may feel some nausea early on due to hormone fluctuations.
Frequent need to urinate
As soon as your pregnancy begins, your body starts producing extra fluids. This can mean frequent bathroom breaks, especially at night.
Headaches in early pregnancy are triggered by hormonal changes. In case you are pregnant, you should only take a painkiller like paracetamol to avoid harm to the baby. If you are unsure about the safety of a medicine in pregnancy, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
Unfortunately, this pain is easy to confuse with premenstrual symptoms. Lower backache can be a sign of your ligaments starting to loosen, which will continue throughout your pregnancy.
Again, this is easy to confuse with premenstrual symptoms, but cramping can be a sign of the embryo implanting, or of changes in the uterus taking place.
Food cravings or aversions
A sudden like or dislike for a particular food can sometimes be the first sign that you have conceived.
Constipation and bloating
The increased amount of progesterone released in early pregnancy can slow your digestive system, resulting in a heavy, bloated feeling.
Your body has a massive amount of hormones flowing through it in early pregnancy. This can result in your moods being all over the place, switching from a crying spell to hysterical laughter in minutes.
Increased body temperature
If you’ve been tracking your basal body temperature as part of trying to conceive, you could see a change. Normally your temperature would be elevated from ovulation until menstruation. If it stays up after your period was due, you’re probably pregnant, not late.
Shortness of breath
An increase in blood flow happens as soon as you conceive, and this can put pressure on your heart and lungs. The result is feeling like you can’t quite catch your breath.
Heightened sense of smell
A sudden sensitivity to smell can signal pregnancy. This is true for pleasant and unpleasant odors, both of which can suddenly make you want to throw up.
Dizziness or faintness
Changes in blood pressure and blood sugar in early pregnancy can make you feel faint. If you are trying to fall pregnant, make sure that you eat well and drink enough water to avoid a nasty fall.
If your period seems to have started, but is lighter than usual, it may be an implantation bleed. The embryo implants itself into the uterus, causing some of the uterine to be shed. This can take place a couple of days before your period is due. An implantation bleed will be light and over within a day or two, unlike a real period.
Changes in cervical mucus
If you have been tracking your cervical mucus as part of trying to conceive, you should watch out for thin, slippery mucus that doesn’t thicken as it usually would near menstruation.
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Once your period is due : Pregnancy Symptoms
Once your period is due, you can find out for certain if you have conceived.
If your period is late, even by a day, you can take a pregnancy test. If the test is negative, and you still haven’t got your period a week later, you might want to consider doing another home test, or seeing your doctor for a blood test.
Positive home pregnancy test
If a home urine test is even faintly positive, it’s for real! However, sometimes you can conceive and miscarry within a few days (usually because something was seriously wrong with the embryo). This would mean a positive pregnancy test, followed almost immediately by a heavy period. If this happens often, you need to see your doctor to find out why you are struggling to conceive.