If you are currently trying to get pregnant, then you may be spending a lot of your time staring at the calendar, waiting for that magic day to arrive. There is a good chance you did a deep dive into the malfunctions of the female body so you can imagine the process taking place as the days creep by. You now consider yourself an expert of the baby making process. So, you wait anxiously as the day’s get closer and closer to the end of your cycle.
A most common sign that you may be pregnant is a missed period. Yet, some symptoms of early pregnancy can be detected right before or around the time you miss your period. These signs can occur as early as 2-4 weeks after conception.
So how can you tell if you may be pregnant? Here are some signs of early Pregnancy:
Signs of Early Pregnancy
Bloating / Gas / Constipation
When you become pregnant, your progesterone levels increase. This can cause your body to pass food much slower than usual, which can bring on constipation. Rapid and increased hormonal changes in your body can also cause bloating and gas.
Slight bleeding can occur from implantation bleeding. Implantation occurs when the fertilized egg attaches, or implants, to the wall of your uterus. The bleeding could either be spotting or very mild, and can occur before you are supposed to get your period, which is about 10 to 14 days after conception. Light cramping that feels almost like period cramps could also occur. However, only 3% of pregnant woman have stated this as their first sign of pregnancy.
Headaches / Dizziness / Fatigue
In the early stages of pregnancy, you may experience lower blood sugar, or blood pressure which can cause headaches, dizziness and fatigue. Increased blood flow can also bring on these symptoms, as well as high progesterone levels.
Some pregnant women can experience morning sickness as early as 2 weeks after conception. They can also experience food craving and aversions. A heightened sense of smell to odors may cause women to become nauseous. It could also stem from a rapid increase in estrogen which causes your stomach to empty food slower than normal. Morning sickness could occur during any time of the day and could cause vomiting.
High levels of hormones could cause your breasts to swell or feel tingly, sore, or tender. They could feel fuller or heavier than normal.
The rapid and large increase in hormones can cause your mood to alter significantly. Moods can vary and differ with each woman. If you struggle with a mental illness, and are struggling to manage your mood swings, seek help from your doctor.
Most importantly, if you believe you may be pregnant visit your doctor.
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