Pregnancy Symptoms 10 Early Signs That You Might Be Pregnant

Pregnancy Symptoms 10 Early Signs That You Might Be Pregnant
Your period may only be one day overdue. Or it could be three weeks late. Or it’s not even on yet, but you have such a gut feeling (literally) that something is up. It may be that the absence of your period is the only warning signal your body has sent you so far. Or maybe you already have all kinds of pregnancy symptoms. Maybe for six months or more, everything has been about making babies. Or the hot night two weeks ago was your first sex without contraception. Or maybe you weren’t looking for it. Whatever prompted you to pick up this book, you may be wondering: Am I pregnant? Well, read on and find out.

Pregnancy Symptoms 10 Early Signs That You Might Be Pregnant

First signs of pregnancy

The only way to be really sure that you are pregnant – at least at such an early stage – is to take a quick pregnancy test. But your body doesn’t have to remain silent about whether or not you are going to become a mother. On the contrary, it can give you a lot of clues about fertilisation. Many women don’t feel any early pregnancy symptoms at all (or only after a few weeks), while others get numerous hints that a baby is coming.

If you have noticed any of the following symptoms or signs, this may be a good reason to go to the pharmacy and buy a quick test for home use:

1. tender breasts and nipples

You know how sensitive your breasts become before your period starts. But this is nothing compared to the sensitivity you may feel after fertilisation. Sensitive, full, swollen, tingling, even sensitive to touch, these are some of the first (though not all) signs of fertilisation. This sensitivity can occur just a few days after conception (although it often starts a few weeks later) and can increase during pregnancy – in fact, it can increase dramatically.

Pregnancy Symptoms 10 Early Signs That You Might Be Pregnant

2. Darker nipple atria

In addition to sensitive breasts, darker nipples (the round area around your nipples) are also a symptom of pregnancy. It is quite normal for the atria to take on a darker color during pregnancy and become slightly larger. This is due to the pregnancy hormones (you will have much more to do with them in the coming months) that are already flowing through your body and are also responsible for other skin colorings.

3. Goosebumps?

No, not really, but during early pregnancy, you will notice that the elevations in the atrium (the Montgomery glands) – which you may not have noticed before – multiply and increase. They resemble goosebumps but are actually glands whose sebum protects the skin of the nipples and atrium – a secretion you will appreciate when the baby sucks on your breasts while breastfeeding. Another sign that your body is already preparing for later.

Pregnancy Symptoms 10 Early Signs That You Might Be Pregnant

4. Spotting

Some (but by no means all) women experience spotting when the embryo implants in the uterus. This is called nidation bleeding (implantation bleeding), and you will probably have it earlier than your expected menstrual period (usually about five to ten days after fertilisation), and it will look light to a medium pink (rarely red like during your period).

5. Frequent need to urinate

Have you been going to the bathroom much lately? Having to urinate very often will bother you early in pregnancy (usually about two to three weeks after fertilisation).

Pregnancy Symptoms 10 Early Signs That You Might Be Pregnant

6. Tiredness

Unbelievable tiredness or, rather, exhaustion. The battery is completely dead. Infinite inertia. Whatever you call it, it is a strain – literally. And as your body continues to equip itself for its task, it will exhaust it more and more. In chapter 6 you will find the reasons for this.

7. Nausea

It’s another reason why you’re toying with the idea of moving to the bathroom, at least until the end of the first trimester. Nausea and vomiting – a.k.a. morning sickness (if only it were limited to the morning!) – may appear soon after fertilisation, although they tend to start around week 6.

8. Odor sensitivity

Since increased olfactory sensitivity is one of the first changes reported by some women who have just become pregnant, pregnancy could be in the air if your sense of smell is suddenly sharpened and a feeling of disgust quickly sets in.

9. Bloated stomach

Do you feel like a walking buoyancy aid? This feeling of being bloated can appear (and disappear) at an early stage of pregnancy – although it can be difficult to distinguish between a bloated belly during a period and a pregnancy. It’s too early to attribute it to your baby’s growth, but you can blame it on hormones again.

10. Temperature rise

If you have been taking your body temperature with a special thermometer for a while, you will notice that the basal body temperature rises by one degree when fertilisation takes place

and that it remains elevated throughout the pregnancy. Although this is not a foolproof sign (there are other reasons for elevated temperature), it could signal a major – albeit still very minor – event.

11. Missed period

It may be obvious, but if you miss a period, you may suspect you are pregnant (especially if your periods are always regular) before a pregnancy test confirms it.

Pregnancy Symptoms 10 Early Signs That You Might Be Pregnant

Pregnancy Symptoms 10 Early Signs That You Might Be Pregnant

 

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