At one point in time, most of us want to embrace motherhood because it is a feeling, we would like to experience, it's an actual blessing to have your own cute little bundle of joy but deciding that time is up to you.
There are also times when we are not ready for motherhood but indulging in unprotected sex may drag us into such difficult situations. In such cases, knowing early signs of pregnancy will help you decide before it's too late.
This article will talk about some early signs and symptoms your body shows when you are pregnant.
By knowing these basic signs, you will be able to make out if you are pregnant and get your tests done for confirmation.
I don't know if unplanned sex or planned motherhood brought you here, but I know this article will help you in getting to know the earliest signs of pregnancy.
Let's dive right in...
Early Signs Of Pregnancy
Morning sickness, which can strike at any time of the day or night, often begins one month after you become pregnant.
However, some women feel nausea earlier and some may never experience it.
While the cause of nausea during pregnancy isn't clear, pregnancy hormones likely play a role.
2. Increased Urination
You might find yourself urinating more often than usual.
The amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy, causing your kidneys to process extra fluid that ends up in your bladder.
Along with that, the uterus increases its size to accommodate the fetus and pushes onto the bladder, causing you to urinate more.
3. Light Spotting
Sometimes a small amount of light spotting (bleeding) is one of the first signs of pregnancy, known as implantation bleeding.
It happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus, about 10 to 14 days after conception, however, not all women have it.
Implantation bleeding occurs around the time of a menstrual period which may get you thinking that your periods have started while in fact, you are pregnant.
4. Food Aversions
When you're pregnant, you might become more sensitive to certain odours and your sense of taste might change.
Like most other symptoms of pregnancy, these food preferences can be chalked up to hormonal changes.
5. Nasal Congestion
Increasing hormone levels and blood production can cause the mucous membranes in your nose to swell, dry out and bleed easily. It is popularly called "Pregnancy rhinitis"
This might cause you to have a stuffy or runny nose. It usually starts in the first trimester and may affect only some of the women.
6. Tender, Swollen Breasts
Early in pregnancy hormonal changes might make your breasts sensitive and sore. The discomfort will likely decrease after a few weeks as your body adjusts to hormonal changes.
7. Missed Periods
Once implantation is complete, your body will begin producing human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
This hormone helps the body maintain pregnancy. It also tells the ovaries to stop releasing mature eggs each month. And therefore period stops when you are pregnant.
8. Increased Heart Rate
Around weeks 8 to 10, your heart may begin pumping faster and harder. Palpitations and arrhythmias are common in pregnancy. This is normally due to hormones.
Increased blood flow due to the fetus happens later in pregnancy. Ideally, management starts before conception.
These were some of the common early signs of pregnancy. Although there are times when these symptoms occur due to other reasons. Therefore it is advisable not to assume that these signs are 100% accurate.
Get a proper pregnancy test done if you happen to experience any of these signs or symptoms especially if you have engaged in sexual intercourse in the past few weeks.
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