While each pregnancy may differ, varying from person to person and from pregnancy to pregnancy, not all women experience the same symptoms.
The only ways of confirming a pregnancy are either through a pregnancy test or via an ultrasound. However, there are some particular signs and symptoms during the early stages that could give you an indication of a pregnancy.
Some of the most classic signs early on in a pregnancy are as below:
- Breast soreness: Oftentimes, your breasts are the first parts of your body that flag the symptoms of a pregnancy. During a pregnancy, several hormonal changes occur. As a result, this can cause a tingling sensation in your breasts or leave them feeling sore and fuller than usual.
- Feeling lethargic: One of the major female reproductive hormones, progesterone starts getting produced more than usual during the early stages of a pregnancy. This can have a tendency of putting you to sleep. You may also feel tired and short of energy as the blood sugar level and blood pressure decreases.
- Vaginal Spotting: Pregnancy is also something married by a small amount of bleeding. This is also called Spotting or implantation bleeding. During a pregnancy, some women also experience cramping. These are quite similar in nature to menstrual pain and cramps.
- Morning sickness: This is one of the classic symptoms and can be experienced at any time of the day or night. The rising levels of estrogen cause the stomach to empty slower than usual, leading to nausea. This is further aggravated by the heightened sense of smell; various odors are known to cause surges of nausea in the early stages.
- Changes in food habits: Hormonal changes might cause you to detest or crave some foods. This is most common in the first trimester when the hormonal changes are the most dramatic.
- Frequentheadaches: In the early stages of pregnancy, hormonal changes may cause increased blood circulation, thereby causing persistent mild headaches.
- Changes in bowel movements: This is triggered by the increase in progesterone production causing food to pass more slowly through the intestine.
- Mood swings: Most commonly experienced in the first trimester, hormonal torrents can lead you to feel unusually emotional.
In addition to the above, let’s delve into some of the most obvious symptoms:
- Skipped menstrual cycle: Although a missed period could occur due to hormonal changes in your system, this is one of the most obvious early symptoms of a pregnancy. However, some women could experience a much lighter period than normal.
- The sixth sense: Many women get an intuition about a potential pregnancy. From feeling queasy and lightheaded to experiencing heartburn, from taking continual toilet breaks or simply just not feeling themselves, this intuition is often proven right.
While most of these symptoms and the subsequent body changes are prevalent in the first semester and dwindle as you go forward in your pregnancy, should any of the symptoms listed above hamper with your daily life, you should reach out to your healthcare professionals to aid you with a comfortable pregnancy.