Early signs of pregnancy
Think you might be pregnant? Have a look at the ten early signs of pregnancy.
The first signs of pregnancy do not typically appear until 1 to 2 weeks after conception. The proof of pregnancy is the positive result of a test and confirming it with your doctor, but if you think you might be pregnant, check our list of the top early pregnancy symptoms.
Top 10 early signs of pregnancy
- Feeling sick
- Implantation bleeding
- Increased need to pee
- Tender breasts
- Metallic taste
- Feeling tired
- Abdominal bloating
- Missed period
- Positive pregnancy test
Also known as morning sickness, feeling sick or nauseous is often the first tell tale sign that you may be pregnant. The phrase ‘Morning Sickness’ is a misnomer as the nauseous feeling can happen morning, noon and night. The feeling of nausea is caused by increased levels of oestrogen which slows the emptying of your stomach.
Feeling strong aversions or craving certain foods is also thought to be related to hormonal changes in your body. For most women, feelings of nausea, cravings and food aversions lesson from about the 13th or 14th week. For information on how to ease this pregnancy symptom read how to ease morning sickness .
Also know as light spotting, implantation bleeding occurs from six to twelve days after the egg is fertilised. Experts think implantation bleeding occurs when the fertilised egg embeds itself into the wall of your uterus. Its easy to mistake the cramps and light bleeding as the start of a period. Light bleeding may also be caused if you have changed to a different birth control pill or the actual start of menstruation. Read more the early sign of pregnancy implantation bleeding.
Feel like you are running off to the loo all the time? From the 6th week onwards your may notice that you are needing to pee more. The reason for frequent urination during pregnancy is the combination of hormones, a larger volume of blood in your system and your kidneys working harder than ever. Find out more about why you need to wee more in pregnancy.
You may notice some changes in your breasts. The hormone levels in your body are changing which may cause your breasts to feel tender, swollen or tingly. You may also notice that they darken around the nipples in the area called the areola. Tender breasts is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy and can be felt just three or four weeks into your pregnancy.
Do you have a strange metallic taste in your mouth or feel that you have excessive saliva? Many women develop cravings for certain foods whilst others go off foods all together. It may sounds like a cliché, but cravings or aversions maybe your body’s way of alerting you to a major change in your body.
Can’t keep your eyes open? Fatigue or feeling tired is your body’s way of preparing for the very important business of making a baby. Fatigue is a very common early pregnancy symptom, thought to be related to elevated levels of progesterone in your system. Thankfully you should find that the excessive tiredness in the first trimester lessens as you move into week 13 and 14. It’s important to get plenty of rest, eat foods rich in protein and iron. Get advice on coping with fatigue in pregnancy by reading tiredness in pregnancy help.
Some women suffer from occasional headaches during early pregnancy. Headaches are thought to be caused by changes in hormones. If the headaches are frequent or severe in later pregnancy, tell your midwife or GP as they could be a sign of pre-eclampsia. Read more about headaches in pregnancy.
Clothes feeling a bit snug round the waste line? Changes in hormones in early pregnancy may leave you feeling bloated. Feeling bloated is also recognised by many women just before their period starts, so its easy to confuse with your monthly period. Read more on bloating in pregnancy.
Missing your period is one of the surest signs you are pregnant. If you are regular and your period doesn’t start when you expect it to then it’s likely you will take a pregnancy test before you experience any other signs or symptoms of pregnancy.
If your periods are regular then you will know if you have missed a period and you can do a test from the first day of your missed period. If you have an irregular period cycle and do not know when your next period is due, you can do a pregnancy test three weeks (21 days) after you had unprotected sex. Negative results are less reliable than positive, so if you took a test earlier and it gave you a negative results, take another pregnancy test at least 1 week after your missed period.
Pregnancy symptoms | Weight gain | Tiredness | Morning Sickness | Bloating | Needing to wee more | Implantation bleeding | Pre-eclampsia | Thrush | Piles | Heartburn | SPD | Diarrhea | Headaches | Pregnancy hormones | Metallic taste | Constipation | Breast tenderness
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