Common Early Pregnancy Symptoms
Top Five Signs of Early Pregnancy
This morning, your favorite French toast didn’t taste as good as you remember. In fact it gave you that unwanted gag reflex. Upon jumping in the shower, your favorite cherry scented shower gel sends you running toward the sink. What you are going through will pass—you tell yourself—but your gut feeling tells you otherwise.
Grabbing a box of pregnancy test kit may sound like the easiest way out, but take note that home pregnancy tests are not hundred percent accurate. These home pregnancy tests are not sensitive enough to detect HCG levels during early pregnancy. To guide you, we have listed the top five pregnancy signs and symptoms that you are likely to experience during the first week of your missed period.
This checklist will help you determine if you should calm down or schedule an appointment with your OB/GYN.
- Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is a term for nausea and vomiting during the first trimester of pregnancy. Contradictory to popular belief, morning sickness doesn’t necessarily mean that it is only felt during the first hours of the day. A pregnant woman may feel it at any time: morning, afternoon, or evening. So, if you feel like vomiting for no reason at all, you may be pregnant.
- Heightened Sensitivity to Food
Many women claim to lose interest in foods they usually enjoyed and crave new foods that they don’t usually eat. Pregnant women also tend to have sensitive sense of smell that may cause them to feel sick, or to puke.
Do you ever feel like just staying bed all day? Have you ever felt so exhausted that you are literally dragging your feet around? Feeling tired is one of the things to expect during the first trimester of pregnancy. This is because most of your energy goes toward sustaining the life forming inside you. During the second trimester, your body then makes a recovery, and you will feel a lot better than before. However, fatigue makes a huge come back in the third trimester. This is the time when your little one starts pushing more demands on your body, and gets a little heavy.
- Sore Breasts
Do you feel like your breasts are sore and are growing by the second? Sore and tender breasts are just one determining factor that you could be pregnant. You will see some blue veins showing up just below your skin, and your breasts will feel heavy and sensitive. At this stage, your body produces a lot of progesterone and estrogen—two hormones that increase blood flow toward your breasts. Don’t be scared, as this is just one of the things that your body does as a preparation for child birth. Your body is getting ready to produce milk for the upcoming baby.
While this may sound counterintuitive, spotting does take place during the first few months of pregnancy. Be careful not to interpret spotting as a regular menstruation. Spotting consists of light bleeding that doesn’t even soak up an entire panty liner. It is a blood discharge during contraception, when the fertilized egg positions itself to the uterine lining. Most of the time, spotting is something that you should not worry about. Spotting happens even when one is having a healthy pregnancy. However, if the amount of blood alarms you, call your healthcare provider immediately.