Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Signs to Watch Out For
While the ultrasound’s report and the pregnancy tests are the only best ways to determine pregnancy, however, there are some other very early pregnancy symptoms or signs of conception you should watch out for before seeing a doctor. How to confirm pregnancy in the first month is more than just a missed period. It may also involve smell sensitivity, fatigue, morning sickness, frequent urination, mood swings, blood pressure fluctuations, heartburn, breast changes, weight gain, bloating, and many more.
When do the signs of pregnancy start?
Although it sounds a little weird, however, the first pregnancy week is believed to start on the first date of your last period, even if you were not expecting at that time. Hence, those first few weeks, where the symptoms are missing will also count in your 40-weeks pregnancy period.
Spotting and cramping during first four weeks (Implantation Bleeding)
Everything happens on the cellular level during first four weeks. The fertilized egg further divides into the fluid-filled group of cells known as the blastocyst, which will further develop into the infant’s body organs. It takes almost 15 days for the blastocyst to get implanted in the endometrium (wall of the uterus) after conception. All this may cause the implantation bleeding, which many times get mistaken for the light menstruation.
Here are some early signs of pregnancy or implantation bleeding:
- The color of the blood varies from brown or red to pink.
- Spotting is when the blood comes only when smearing or wiping. Bleeding is simply your normal menstrual flow.
- Pain may get severe, moderate, or mild.
- Implantation bleeding does not require any treatment and is likely to end in three days or so.
Avoid employing illicit drugs, drinking alcohol, or smoking. These are all linked to heavy bleeding during this period.
Increase in body temperature
Very early pregnancy symptoms may also include the rise in normal body temperature. Your body’s basic temperature may also rise more efficiently during hot weather or while exercising. You need to drink more water than regular during this time. In addition, make sure to exercise cautiously.
Fatigue is also among the signs of conception. Apart from that, it can also occur anytime during your pregnancy period, from the start to the end of it. Its explanation is simple; as your progesterone level increases, it will make you feel more fatigued and sleepy than usual.
To combat this, try to get enough and consistent sleep and keep your bedroom cool as your body temperature is likely to rise during early pregnancy.
Changes to breasts (growing, aching, tingling)
Changes in breasts are not so early signs of pregnancy as they usually start happening around 4 to 6 weeks. Your breasts may get larger and tenderer than before. The color of the areola (an area encircling your nipple) may convert to the darker color. Such changes are the result of hormonal changes in your body and are all normal.
Among the early signs of pregnancy or conception are the fluctuations in mood and. However, mood swings can last throughout your pregnancy period. It is because the progesterone and estrogen levels tend to be higher during the pregnancy period. This rise in hormones can have the effect on your mood and can also make you more reactive or emotional than usual. Such mood fluctuations are common in pregnant women and may cause anxiety, euphoria, irritability, and depression among them. Hence, your family and partner should understand you during this time and help you get out of it.
Among early pregnancy symptoms is the frequent urination. You will feel like to rush to the bathroom more often than usual. In this process, the incontinence or leaking urine can also occur. This all happens because your body increases the blood amount during pregnancy. This causes your kidneys to process greater fluids than regular, which further leads to greater amount of fluids in your bladder. You need to plan out your washroom trips beforehand to prevent incontinence.
Vomiting, nausea, morning sickness
It is one of the most time-tested methods to confirm pregnancy in the first month. It happens usually in the morning time when you start feeling like vomit. Also, it can last until the first 12 months of pregnancy. The exact causes of vomiting and nausea are still unknown, however, hormonal changes may play a role.
Food aversions and smell sensitivity
Many women report the rise in their smell sensitivity especially during the first trimester, which causes nausea and vomiting. This higher smell sensitivity may also cause the food aversion in pregnant women.
The feeling of Heartburn
Among the early symptoms of pregnancy is the heartburn. Our food gut (esophagus) and stomach have a sphincter at the point of their joining. This sphincter allows food to get into the stomach as it opens when we swallow something. During pregnancy, the hormonal changes can cause this valve or sphincter to relax, which can allow the stomach acids to leak out in the gut. This condition is known as heartburn. For preventing heartburn, we recommend you to take frequent small meals from time to time instead of taking larger meals at one time. In addition to that, try to maintain an upright sitting position for an hour at least so your food will digest easily.
The Pregnancy Glow
Many women become prettier during their pregnancy period which in lay term is known as the ‘pregnancy glow’. The science behind this glow is that as your body increases the amount of blood and hormones which will further push more blood through your blood vessels than usual. To combat this, your skin’s oil glands will have to work overtime, which, in turn, makes your skin glossy and flushed in appearance. While in contrast, you may also develop pimples or acne.
All the aforementioned signs and symptoms can tell you about your being pregnant. However, the best confirmation you should get is a pregnancy test or an ultrasound, and for which you need to see a doctor.