Pregnancy symptoms may occur differently in different females, however, the most significant sign of pregnancy is Missed period. But before this sign appears there are some early signs of pregnancy also as with each passing day after conception and subsequently the implantation of egg the body undergoes various changes and each symptom is related to this change in the body.
Here in this article we will discuss these early signs of pregnancy. However, if you are sexually active and are experiencing any of these symptoms it is important that you take a pregnancy test.
Early Signs & Symptoms of Pregnancy
Nausea/ Morning Sickness
The first symptom to watch out is nausea or more commonly called morning sickness. This occurs mainly due to combination of many physical changes including the rise in oestrogen level that occurs after the implantation of eggs. Normally these morning symptoms start from about 2-8 week from the day of conception.
The morning sickness includes the enhanced sense of smell with increased fatigue and dizziness with frequent vomiting. About one in every three pregnant women suffers from morning sickness in her early weeks of pregnancy. However, as rightly said no two pregnancies are alike, in the same way no two women experience same type of morning sickness and is different for different women.
Next early symptom is cramping in the lower abdominal region. This is an early pregnancy symptom normally experienced in the early weeks of pregnancy. Normally the egg is implanted in the uterine lining after about 6-12 days of conception. This implantation causes cramping which is somewhat similar to the menstrual cramps.
This cramping is mistaken as pre-menstrual cramps by about 90% of the women. The cramping is often associated with spotting or light bleeding and is mainly due to stretching of the muscles and ligaments around the uterus.
Breast tenderness is another pregnancy symptom to look out for. However, some females do experience breast tenderness around the time when they ovulate also but this is an early sign of pregnancy. This happens due to increase in the levels of oestrogen and progesterone during pregnancy. This symptom begins as early as 1-2 weeks after conception and lasts the whole first trimester. Breast tenderness is associated with the swollen breasts that are tender to touch, sore and painful.
Increased urination is mostly experienced in the first trimester. Most of the women experience increased urination especially at night.
This is due to pressure of enlarged uterus on the bladder thus increasing the urge to urinate with the leaking of urine while sneezing, coughing or laughing.
Other Signs to Look Out For
Another early sign is heart burn and constipation. Again the cause for this early sign is the hormonal changes in the body due to which stomach produces excess acid. This excess acid formation leads to the heartburn and subsequently constipation in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Another associated symptom is food craving and aversions. This most commonly happens due to increased sense of smell due to the hormonal changes. This strong smelling sense leads to feeling of nausea on smell of certain foods thus leading to food aversions and vice versa in case of food cravings.