Early Symptoms of Pregnancy
A late period is one of the first early signs of pregnancy that most women notice. Tender breasts, feelings of nausea, and food cravings or aversions can also be indications that you’re pregnant. Or they can signal that your period is on its way. It’s confusing, we know.
The only way to know for sure if you’re pregnant is to get a pregnancy test. However, there are common signs that can be good clues as well. Watch out for some of these early signs of pregnancy.
What are the early signs of pregnancy?
Tender, swollen breasts
Hormonal changes as early as two weeks after conception can make your breasts feel fuller or heavier, causing tenderness or discomfort. Swollen, sore breasts can be a good early indication you might be pregnant.
A late or missed period in and of itself doesn’t mean you’re pregnant, but if yours is usually regular, then it can be. You may also have a light period or spotting instead of missing it completely. This, coupled with other pregnancy symptoms, is a classic sign you might be pregnant.
Morning sickness can happen early in pregnancy and varies in intensity. It can last the entire pregnancy or only the first trimester, and either make you vomit or feel like vomiting. This is caused by increased levels of estrogen, which causes the stomach to empty more slowly than usual. Morning sickness also makes you more sensitive to smell, upsetting your stomach in the process.
The same hormonal changes that make you feel sick smelling or eating certain foods can make you crave others. In the early stages of pregnancy, the increased estrogen levels are worse and your food cravings will likely be most acute. Many women also experience strong aversions to the food they previously loved.
All of the changes in your body can lead to drastic changes in your emotional state, making you feel like you’re on a roller coaster ride of emotions. This can be especially upsetting if you aren’t typically a very emotional person.
Fatigue comes because your body is working hard during pregnancy. Intense exhaustion beyond what’s normal for you is one early sign of pregnancy.
Other Early Signs of Pregnancy
There are other early signs of pregnancy, like a raised basal body temperature, dizziness, headaches, and constipation. If you experience any or all of these symptoms for more than a couple of weeks, you may be pregnant.
Unfortunately, many of these signs are not unique to being pregnant. They can be an indication that your period is coming if your period is late. Stress and significant life changes can also cause you to be late or experience some of these symptoms.
Why you should get a pregnancy test
The only way to really know if you’re pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. The symptoms on their own are not enough to know for sure.
A pregnancy test detects the hCG hormone in your blood. Your body only produces this hormone if you are pregnant, which is what makes the test necessary and conclusive.
Before allowing yourself to overthink what you’ll do about your pregnancy, especially if it’s an unplanned pregnancy, you should take a pregnancy test. If it’s negative, it will alleviate a lot of unnecessary worries, and if it’s positive, it will allow you to think more productively about your pregnancy.
A pregnancy test provides scientific proof, so you don’t engage in worry based on speculation. It works best when taken at least a few days after your missed period to have a better chance of picking up the hCG hormone.
Contact First Step Women’s Center
Contact us today if you think you might be pregnant and find out for sure with one of our free pregnancy tests. We also offer free and confidential counseling to help you process what to do next.