Some women experience signs of pregnancy really early, within the first week of conception while others may go about daily life without feeling much difference. However, the sooner you are able to detect some early signs of pregnancy, the sooner you can begin prenatal care.
If you are sexually active and experiencing any of the following signs, do make sure you take a home pregnancy test. If the test is positive, do make an early appointment with your family doctor or gynecologist.
What are some early signs of pregnancy? They include:
– Missed Periods
– Nausea – anytime in the day
– Spotting or cramps
– Changes in the breasts – fuller, tender to touch or sore
– Food cravings or sudden aversion to certain foods
– More frequent urination
– Darkening of areolas
– Weight gain
During my first pregnancy, some early signs of pregnancy were weight gain and fuller and heavier breasts. I also felt that my waistline have suddenly become bigger and my usual skirts were feeling tight! There was also this “funny” feel at the abdomen area; and the occasional slight pulling sensation of the womb. And, I was exceptionally sleepy! I could sleep deeply anywhere, at the office desk during lunch hour; while traveling in the train. Of course I missed my period but as I always have irregular menstruation, missing that period was nothing exceptional. However, something kept nudging me that it just does not feel “normal” though I never once suspect pregnancy. Hence, I made an appointment with my gynecologist and that was when I found out I was 5 weeks pregnant!
As it goes, it comes with experience. During my second pregnancy, I was on the higher alert. Other than the same signs as my first pregnancy, I also felt nausea. The urge to vomit happens only at night! I will be doing fine and working well in the office during the day but when I reached home, the nausea feel will hit me again. Fortunately, it eased over time and by the second trimester, it went off completely.
After you have found the best way to conceive, pregnancy symptoms will differ from person to person and in each and every pregnancy you have. Some early signs of pregnancy above serve as a guideline. When in doubt, always make an appointment with your family doctor or health care provider.