It can be annoying to differentiate between your early signs of pregnancy and premenstrual symptoms. However, this experience is different for everybody. Some women might feel these symptoms intensely while some might not even get any of the symptoms.
These early signs of pregnancy can start to show as early as a few days after conception, even before you realize your missed period. Before you decide to get the urine or blood test to reliably confirm, you can watch out for these signs:
Breast change and soreness:
Similar to the changes in the breast before your periods, due to hormonal changes, they might feel larger, swollen and tender. You might notice that the nipples have become darker and the veins are also more visible. Your breast becomes more sore and sensitive during the early stages of pregnancy.
There is an increased blood flow in your kidney. This might mean that your kidneys will feel the need to process more fluids than before. At the same time, the growing uterus might increase the pressure onto your bladder causing the necessity to pee frequently.
Changes in cravings:
You might notice that your choice in food has changed. You might lose interest in certain food that you liked prior and might start gaining interest for ones that you didn’t like before. You will also lose interest in smoking if you were priorly a smoker.
Change in sense of smell and taste:
Women have also reported becoming more sensitive to sense of smell and taste during the early stage of pregnancy. You might have a strange metallic taste in your mouth. Due to heightened sense of smell, women have the tendency to feel nauseated.
Nausea or morning sickness:
Although not prevalent among every woman, nausea is one of the most common symptoms in early pregnancy. Although famously termed as morning sickness, the feeling of nausea with or without vomiting can start at any time of the day. You might feel sick during a certain time of the day and cannot eat anything at that time. This symptoms usually starts at 4 to 6 weeks of pregnancy.
Spotting and Cramping:
Spotting might happen when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. This process is also known as implantation. Since it happens around the time of your expected normal period, some women might confuse it for a light period.
Along with spotting, you might also feel light cramps which also might be mistaken for a period cramp. You might notice discharge of a white milky consistency.
Fatigue and tiredness:
Many women report feeling extremely tired during the first phases of pregnancy. A sudden surge in progesterone might be linked to this symptom as a decrease in energy and feeling fatigued. The first trimester is a time where your body is busy coping up with many physical and emotional changes which might cause exhaustion.
The first trimester of the pregnancy is filled with hormonal ups and downs. As a result, you might be experiencing mood swings that might mirror your premenstrual experience. However, if you are actually pregnant, it is important for you to keep your emotional level in check. So, make sure to take care of yourself, get enough rest, eat well and include physical activity in your schedule.
Indigestion and Constipation:
Your hormones are again to blame for causing havoc to your digestive system. It can result in heartburn or a slowed digestion that causes constipation.
This is one of the most obvious symptoms here. If you are someone with a regular menstrual cycle, a missed period that doesn’t occur even until a week later might be a tell-tale sign that you have become pregnant. However, it might be just another irregular menstrual cycle and the only way to make yourself sure of it is to get a test done.
Confirming your pregnancy
The sooner you confirm your pregnancy, the sooner you can start to make changes in your life to welcome the baby. Once it is confirmed, your doctor will work out the due date for you.
- Signs and symptoms of pregnancy: https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/trying-for-a-baby/signs-and-symptoms-of-pregnancy/
- Early signs of pregnancy: https://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/early-signs-of-pregnancy
- Early Pregnancy Symptoms: https://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/pregnancy-am-i-pregnant
- Symptoms of pregnancy: What happens first: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/getting-pregnant/in-depth/symptoms-of-pregnancy/art-20043853