How to spot the early signs of pregnancy
There are quite a few early signs of pregnancy to look out for. It’s a huge change for your body and the early signs are a result of the hormonal changes taking place. Of course, the only way to be 100% sure is to take a pregnancy test.
Think you might be pregnant? Check out these early signs from your body!
1. Missed a period
It’s the most obvious sign of pregnancy so if you’re unusually late it’s worth taking a pregnancy test.
2. Morning sickness — the classic sign!
Morning sickness affects everyone differently – it can be feelings of nausea or make you physically sick. It can start a few weeks after conception or even after just a few days. If you’re very lucky, you won’t experience it at all.
It’s not a very well described symptom – it can strike at any time of day or night, not just in the mornings!
3. Going to the washroom more often than usual
If you notice you’re constantly running to the washroom, this could be a good sign that you’re pregnant. All of the hormonal changes your body goes through during the first trimester can make toilet stops more frequent.
4. Feeling tired?
One of the most common early signs of pregnancy is a feeling of complete exhaustion . It happens as a side-effect of a rise in level of the hormone progesterone in your body. So if there’s no other real reason for you to be so tired, check the other symptoms here to see if you could be pregnant.
5. A funny taste in your mouth
Some moms say that when they first became pregnant they got a funny taste of metal in their mouth. Other women develop an unexpected dislike for something everyday and familiar, like fish.
6. Changes to your breasts
The skin around your nipples is called your areola. The areola may become noticeably darker and bigger if you are pregnant.
7. Unexpected bleeding or cramps
Your fertilised egg will travel from your fallopian tubes and settle in your uterus to grow. This is known as implantation and happens between weeks 3 and 4. Implantation sometimes causes side effects, including cramps and some light spotting. Check for spots that are red, pink or brown in colour.
8. High body temperature
Ovulation causes your body's temperature to spike—that's why you might feel warmer during your period. Similarly, your basal body temperature rises during pregnancy. Having a temperature a little higher than normal for two weeks is a strong sign that you are pregnant.
9. Confirm your suspicions with a pregnancy test
Of course, there’s only one surefire way to know if you’re pregnant. You can get a reliable positive result using a home pregnancy test from the first day of your missed period.
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