Each pregnancy is different from the other. Symptoms differ from person to person and from time to time. But if you’ve been planning a baby, it is important to know the common early pregnancy symptoms. Though a missed cycle is the most obvious sign, conception takes place before you actually miss your date. Which means for a small time after conception, you may not know (evidently) that you are pregnant.
However, if you are aware of these common early pregnancy signs, you may be able to sense the changes in your body and refrain from potentially harmful medication or activity. For instance, a urinary tract infection or a feeling as if you’ve got a UTI is common in early pregnancy. If you do not know this, you may rush to the doctor at the first signs of a UTI and in case you haven’t informed her that you’re planning a baby (if you haven’t missed your period, you may well not know you’re carrying!), she may just prescribe you the wrong set of antibiotics! And no one’s at fault!
To ensure you have a healthy and safe pregnancy right from the start, here’s what you need to know about early pregnancy symptoms. Some of you may experience them within a week of conceiving, while others may not experience any symptoms until a few weeks into their pregnancy.
Giddiness and tiredness
During this time, your blood vessels dilate, causing blood pressure to fall. As a result, you may start feeling giddy and light headed. Fatigue is also a very common early pregnancy symptom and can show up as early as your first week of pregnancy. It is a result of heightened progesterone levels in your body during this time.
Certain smells that never irritated you suddenly seem nauseating. Nausea may be accompanied with a vomiting tendency that sometimes persists throughout the day. These symptoms are triggered by hormonal changes during pregnancy and you could start experiencing the same as early as three weeks after conception.
More frequent urination
As the uterus becomes bigger and exerts pressure on your urinary system, you may need to take more trips to the bathroom. Sometimes you may have a UTI like sensation, or even actually develop UTI, due to hormonal changes that occur in the urinary tract. It can be safely treated with antibiotics that don’t have pregnancy as a contraindication. Many times drinking plenty of water several times during the day will naturally cause the discomfort to subside.
Early pregnancy cravings and hunger pangs
You may suddenly feel the urge to have certain foods, while yet others may put you off. It is common to experience hunger pangs too.
Early pregnancy bleeding and/or cramping
Don’t panic if you see spotting or some slight bleeding. Implantation bleeding is common in early pregnancy- when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall, which could be between 6 to 12 days after conception, spotting or slight vaginal bleeding may occur. This lasts less than your regular period and is lighter than menstrual bleeding. Mild early pregnancy cramping may also occur. Not everyone experiences this though.
Tender swollen breasts
Your breasts tend to feel heavier or may turn tender and sore. You may see this change as early as a couple of weeks into your pregnancy.
The digestion system slows down due to hormonal changes and that could lead to constipation.
Mood swings are common. Women become emotionally very sensitive during this time, due to hormonal changes in the body and you may feel suddenly weepy and overwhelmed.