A pregnancy test is an effective way to tell if unexpected symptoms and signs felt in the body are the result of being pregnant. Because pregnancy affects women in different ways, many women do not experience the early symptoms and signs of pregnancy. In addition, the symptoms are not always recognized, before or after menstruation. Below, the following lists indicate common symptoms. These include:
Cramping and Spotting
Within the first few days following conception, the woman may experience spotting, and possibly cramping, as the fertilized egg implants itself into the uterine wall. Often recognized as implantation bleeding, this ongoing spotting can occur up to 12 days once the egg has become fertilized.
Often times, the cramping sensation mimics traditional menstrual cramps, so many women often mistake the sensation and the noticeable bleeding as the beginning of their menstrual cycle. However, the cramps and bleeding events are usually slight, and not heavy.
In addition, women often notice a milky, white discharge from the vagina. This is often the result of vaginal walls becoming thickened, a step that happens almost instantly after conception. Cell walls that line the vagina increase in density, and often cause an unexpected discharge. This discharge often continues throughout the entire pregnancy, is usually harmless, and does not require medical treatment. However, if the discharge also has a bad odor, or there is an itching and burning sensation, it is essential to discuss it with the gynecologist to ensure that it is not a bacterial or yeast infection.
Changes in Breast Tissue
Even a minimal change in breast tissue can be an early sign associated with pregnancy. This is because hormone levels in the woman?s body are rapidly changing after conception. The breasts often become sore, swollen, and tingly, that appears one or two weeks after conception. Alternatively, the breast may just feel more tender, heavier or fuller, with a darkening area around the areola (nipple). The intensity of swelling and tender breasts often subsides after a few weeks, as the body adjusts to the increased levels of hormones.
High Levels of Fatigue
Pregnant women, even in the beginning stages of the first few weeks often feel an increased sensation of fatigue early on. This is often the result of elevated progesterone levels, but can also be caused by lower blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure, along with an elevated production of blood, all expected and natural reactions to being pregnant. Typically, consuming foods rich in iron in protein can offset much of the fatigue.
Morning Sickness (Nausea)
Morning sickness, or nausea, is likely the most famous symptom of being pregnant. However, not every woman in the early stages of pregnancy experiences it. Morning sickness is often a result of elevated progesterone levels causing the stomach to empty slower than normal. This often contributes to a high-level sensation of nausea that happens at nearly any time of the day.
In addition to morning sickness, many women experience an aversion or cravings to specific foods. This is usually related to changes in hormonal levels. The woman may crave healthy or unhealthy foods, while averting or being disgusted at the thought of eating others. Typically, after the 14th week of being pregnant, the symptoms tend to lessen in intensity. It is always the best idea to consume the healthiest foods possible, to provide essential nutrients to the fetus.
Because bloating is a common side effect of pregnancy, many women begin gaining weight almost immediately after conception. It might be challenging to fit in a clothes, breast may feel tender and swollen, and there may be puffiness in the face, arms, back, neck and buttocks. Even so, it is essential to drink enough water every day to provide adequate nutrients to the baby.
A Missed Menstrual Cycle
Typically, the most obvious sign of early pregnancy is a missed period, or menstrual cycle. However, not all delayed or missed periods are the result of pregnancy. In addition, it is not uncommon at all to bleed during pregnancy. However, hormonal issues, stress, fatigue, or other possibilities might also cause a missed menstrual cycle. Some women will experience a missed period after stopping birth control medication. When the menstrual cycle is late, pregnancy is always a possibility, especially for women that have been highly sexually active.
Other Early Symptoms
As the woman?s pregnant body begins making changes, the hormones often become highly unbalanced. This often causes a variety of symptoms that could include:
? The Need for Frequent Urination ? Beginning approximately eight weeks after conception, women often experience a high level of frequent urination. However, it could also be the result of other medical conditions including diabetes, UTI (urinary tract infection, or the over use of diuretics.
? Constipation ? Many women experience a high level of constipation when pregnant. This is because elevated levels of progesterone can easily cause the body to become constipated. The hormone is known to slow down the digestion process in the intestines, increasing the potential of being constipated. An easy way to solve the problem is to drink adequate amounts of water, perform routine exercise, and consume high-fiber foods.
? Mood Swings ? Elevated mood swings tend to be a common problem in the first trimester of pregnancy. This is often caused by a significant and rapid increase in hormones.
? Back Pain and Headaches ? Pregnant women tend to experience a frequency of chronic back pain and mild headaches as a result of bloating, elevated hormones, and other changes in the body.
? Fainting and Dizziness ? The body of a pregnant woman often experiences a lower blood sugar level, lower blood pressure, and dilated blood vessels, increase the potential of feeling dizzy. These natural reactions of pregnancy can increase the potential of fainting.
Pregnant women can experience one, a few, or all of the symptoms, or none at all. Anytime the symptoms cause a bothersome and uncomfortable sensation, it is essential to speak with the gynecologist to make an effective plan to minimize many of the symptoms or offset them completely.