Although a missed period is the most common signs of pregnancy, symptoms can vary from woman to woman. Some women may begin noticing the first early signs during week one or two after conception, whereas others will start to feel symptoms in week four or five.
From implantation bleeding to dizziness, to food cravings, here are 10 early signs of pregnancy:
1. Implantation bleeding
Implantation bleeding is considered as one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. According to Health Line, the fertilized egg creates a blastocyst (a fluid-filled group of cells) that will develop into the baby’s organs and body parts. And about 10 to 14 days (week four) after conception, the blastocyst will implant in the endometrium, the lining of the uterus.
This can cause spotting or light bleeding which may be mistaken for a light period. Besides that, this symptom is sometimes accompanied by light cramping.
2. Swollen or tender breasts
If a woman is expecting, she might experiences changes in her breasts. These changes are usually indicated by swelling or tenderness, and can occur between week four and six. Moreover, the areola (the area around the nipple) may change to a darker color and grow larger.
3. Increased body temperature
During early pregnancy, your core temperature may also increase more easily during exercise or in hot weather. So it’s advisable to drink more water, exercise carefully, and keep your bedroom cool.
4. Fatigue and tiredness
Many women cite that feeling tired as a sign of pregnancy. This can occur any time during pregnancy. As your progesterone levels will soar, you’ll often feel sleepy.
5. Mood swings
Mood swings are very common during pregnancy. This is because your estrogen and progesterone levels will be higher than usual – which may cause feelings of depression, irritability, anxiety, and euphoria.
6. Nausea and morning sickness
While it’s called “morning sickness”, nausea can happen any time during the day or night. This symptom usually develops around week four to six and according to the American Pregnancy Association, many women experience decreased morning sickness during the first 12 weeks.
When you’re expecting, high or normal blood pressure will drop in the early stages of pregnancy – which may cause feelings of dizziness since your blood vessels are dilated. To prevent this, we suggest that you drink enough water and snack regularly. Furthermore, standing up slowly when getting up from a chair may also help.
8. Frequent urination
Experts also note that increase urination starts for most pregnant women between week six to eight. This symptom will continue throughout your pregnancy as the expanding baby and uterus place pressure on your bladder. So don’t worry if you find yourself accidentally leaking, it’s absolutely normal!
9. The pregnancy glow
During the early stages of pregnancy, your oil glands will produce more oil and you may find that your skin will begin to have a glow-y appearance . This is caused by the changes and increase of hormones and blood volume. Be careful though, this may also trigger acne!
10. Food cravings or food aversions
Food cravings has always been a common pregnancy symptom among women. Many of the cravings seem to come out of nowhere and you may even want to eat something you normally do not care for. While no one knows for sure why pregnant women experience cravings, some nutritionists and healthcare providers believe that certain cravings are meaningful. For example, a craving for red meat might mean that the expecting mother lacks protein.