Many women wonder if they are pregnant, and need to take a pregnancy test. There are significant tell-tale signs of pregnancy, which often include nausea, fatigue and tender breasts. Many of the symptoms often arrive within the first few weeks following conception. Below are many of the common symptoms of early pregnancy.
For women wanting to know whether they should take a pregnancy test, the early pregnancy symptoms are often an obvious indicator that something is happening in the body. That uncomfortable feeling of fatigue, bloating and breast tenderness usually arriving just before a period often makes it more difficult to know the difference of whether your menstrual cycle is about to start, or if you are pregnant.
Early Symptoms of Pregnancy
Many women experience the same types of symptoms and signs during the early stages of pregnancy. These include:
? Swollen, Tender Breasts ? Often times, the early signs of pregnancy include tender breasts and become swollen in size, as levels of progesterone and estrogen increase. In addition, women often experience tenderness around the nipple, with breast and feel sore and tingly.
? Ongoing Fatigue ? Pregnancy is hard work, as the body kicks into high gear to establish a life supporting system to maintain the body, placenta and the womb. Working that hard creates a huge amount of fatigue, which does not seem to let up during the entire nine months.
? Cramping and Bleeding ? Implantation bleeding or light spotting, before an expected period, often happens up to 10 days after conceiving. Often times this is an indicator that the fertilized embryo has become implanted onto the uterine wall. Many women will experience a high level of abdominal cramping during the first few weeks after conception that often mimics menstrual cramps. Just a small percentage of pregnant women experience cramping or implantation bleeding. Because of that, women might not know they are pregnant because they did not experience these symptoms.
? Nausea and Increased Sense of Smell ? Morning sickness as a result of pregnancy is often a tale tell sign of the queasy sensation in the stomach. As progesterone, a female hormone, elevates in the body, it causes the stomach to empty at a slower rate. At the same time, elevated estrogen and hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) caused by the pregnancy can create nausea in the body. In addition, many pregnant women experience an increase sensation of smell, making even the mildest odor extremely unappealing.
? Food Cravings and Aversions ? Expectant mothers often experience a high level of cravings, wanting to consume a variety of bad foods and beverages including alcohol and coffee, while averting quality foods that might help improve the health of the mother and child.
? Frequent Urination ? Usually the first 21 days following conception generates an increased need to urinate. Many women during early stages of pregnancy have that ongoing ?got to go? sensation as the hCG pregnancy hormone increases blood flow circulation to the kidneys. In addition, the growing uterus puts significant pressure directly over the bladder, creating a smaller storage area to hold urine, and increasing the sensation of the need to go more frequently.
? Bloating ? Experiencing challenges when buttoning a pair of blue jeans might be an unexpected result of early pregnancy. This is because the body easily bloats as the progesterone hormone levels increase, slowing down digestion, and robbing nutrients stored in the body to feed the baby.
Usually, the first trimester has a variety of symptoms including back pain, sore breasts, and a heightened sense of smell. In addition, there may be unusual signs and symptoms including a pale yellow or sticky white discharge that could be the signs of an infection, along with excessive gas along with abnormal skin conditions.