Pregnancy

Early signs of Pregnancy

Women get excited when they conceive for the first time. Frequent urination, breast tenderness and, fatigue are the more subtle signs of pregnancy. Many women experience pregnancy symptoms when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall as this can cause cramping and general feelings of uneasiness. Some women wonder whether about pregnancy once a period is missed. Others experience early signs of pregnancy just a few weeks after conception.

Early signs of pregnancy:

Tender and swollen Breasts

Breasts usually with be the first signs of pregnancy. Hormonal changes make breast tingly, sore or tender after two weeks of conception. Fullness or heaviness may also be felt. At this time, many women are wondering why their breasts are more tender than usual.

Fatigue

Fatigue is another early symptom observed in pregnant women. Levels of the hormone progesterone increase making a woman feel sleepy. Simultaneously, a drop in blood pressure, an increase in blood production and, low blood sugar levels may also sap energy. A woman may suddenly appear lazy and have trouble getting through the day. Taking a nap may be the best solution if available.

Food aversions or cravings

During pregnancy, noses turn upward and stomachs roll over upon smelling certain foods; commonly fried foods or coffee.. Food cravings range from the ordinary to the extraordinary. It could be as simple as a sub sandwich with the works or as extravagant as pickles and ice cream. Either way, aversions and cravings can be chalked up to hormonal changes.

Headaches:

Increase in blood circulation is caused by hormonal changes and these can trigger headaches of varying degrees and frequency.

Slight bleeding or Cramping:

One of the early symptoms of pregnancy is vaginal bleeding. This is also called ‘implantation bleeding’. This happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterus lining ten to fourteen days after fertilization. This bleeding is usually lighter in color and spottier than the normal period.

Some experience abdominal cramps during the early days of pregnancy. These are similar to menstrual cramps, making thoughts of pregnancy nonexistent.

Mood swings

Hormones flood the body in early pregnancy and generally make very emotional and weepy women. This is common in the first trimester. Keep this in mind and mentally allow for extra mistakes from other people. “This too shall pass” is a good quote to remember when everything seems out of control during the moody times.

Constipation

An increase in progesterone makes food slow down as it passes through the intestines, leading to constipation. Make sure there is plenty of fiber in the diet.

Nausea

Morning sickness can strike at any time during the day or night. Some women experience queasiness two weeks after conception. Nausea is due to increasing estrogen levels. Pregnant women have a heightened sense of smell for nearly everything: cooking, perfumes, cigarette smoke and more. For most women, this time will end after the first trimester. An unfortunate few will have morning sickness throughout the entire pregnancy.

Raised basal body temperature

The basal body temperature is the oral temperature upon waking in the morning. This is noticed after ovulation and remains at the same level until the next period. If, after two weeks, the basil body temperature continues to be raised, it is a good indicator that pregnancy has occurred.

Dizziness

When blood vessels dilate and blood pressure drops, one feels light-headed or dizzy. With a new person being formed inside, those blood vessels stay dilated, causing dizziness throughout the pregnancy.  Low blood sugar can trigger dizziness in the early pregnancy. Get up slowly, move carefully and eat frequently. This will help curb the dizzy spells.

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