Am I pregnant?
While the common symptoms are a missed period, about 60% women have early pregnancy symptoms by the time they’re 6 weeks along, and roughly 90 percent have them by the time they’re 8 weeks.
If you haven’t been keeping track of your menstrual cycle or have irregular period, these and other pregnancy signs could mean you’re pregnant – even before your missed period!
You find certain foods you loved are suddenly completely repulsive to you. Even a distant aroma triggers a gag reflex. Though no one knows the real reason, medical partners believe this could be a side effect of rapidly increasing levels of estrogen in your system.
Every discussion with the better half leads to a cranky sulky you? Say hello to ‘mood swings’ (they promise to stand by you through thick and thin during your complete tenure). This is partly because of the hormonal changes in your body. Some expecting mother experience heightened emotions while others feel low,depressed, hopeless and anxious.
Your favourite pair of jeans will suddenly feel a bit uncomfortable. Similar to what you feel before your usual periods, there is slight stomach bloating that tends to occur,even early on when your uterus is still quite small.
Hormonal changes prompt a chain of system changes, including the rate of blood flow through your kidneys. This causes your bladder to fill more quickly, so you need more bathroom breaks than usual.This along with mood swings will continue through your pregnancy.
The 3 p.m. slump at work seems to be hitting you hard. All you can think about is packing your bags and heading straight to bed? Feeling unusually sleepy through the day is natural due to the increasing levels of progesterone in your body.
Your recently bought Victoria Secret bra just doesn’t fit well enough – blame the swollen breasts. The soreness and swelling feel like an exaggerated version of how your breasts feel before your period. Don’t panic, this will diminish as your enter the second trimester.
Light bleeding or spotting
If you’ve been trying to conceive, the last thing you want to see is any spotting or vaginal bleeding. But if you notice just light spotting around the time your period is due, it could be implantation bleeding ( the fertilized egg is try to settle into your uterus lining). Some women tend to experience spotting if they have been taking certain blood thinner injections too.
It’s often nothing, but sometimes it’s a sign of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. If your bleeding is severe or accompanied by pain or light headedness, or if you’re at all concerned, call your doctor immediately.
For some women, morning sickness sounds greek, though for others it may start early as two weeks. Pregnancy related nausea can last through the day.
A missed period
The most obvious one, if your periods are regular, any sign of a missed period should have you take the home pregnancy test even before you notice any of the above symptoms.
Positive home pregnancy test
Despite what the home pregnancy test kit reads, it’s not always accurate. Many tests are not sensitive enough to detect pregnancy until about a week after a missed period. Once you’ve gotten a positive result, meet with your gynecologist.
Don’t forget to checkout our pregnancy month by month to check out amazing pictures of how your baby develops.