Early Signs of Pregnancy

By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel

If you are wondering whether you have a baby in your tummy or not, the only way to be sure is probably a pregnancy test. However, there are still signs that can give you a headup before you take a test.

Vaginal spotting and abdominal cramps

If you have successfully conceived a baby, the fertilized egg need to implant into your uterus, which may cause light spotting and cramping – commonly known as implantation bleeding. In addition, you may also notice abnormal discharge caused by the thickening of the vagina’s walls. The discharge is often harmless, unless it smells too bad or causes you too much discomfort. Then, you may need to test for infection.

Breast soreness

Pregnancy results in fluctuations in the hormone levels. This may cause your breasts to become sensitive and swollen. Your breasts may feel like they are enlarged and tender. The areola may get darker as well. Fortunately, these discomforts often subside soon as you enter your second trimester when your body has adapted to the hormonal changes.

Tiredness

Pregnancy-related fatigue may be related to the increased level of progesterone. Nevertheless, low levels of blood pressure and blood sugar, as well as increased blood production may play a role. Fatigue is often relieved during the second trimester. But it will come back in your late pregnancy with the extra weight you have to carry around.

Nausea

While some women only experience the so-called morning sickness a couple of months after conception, others may suffer from it much sooner. And don’t let the name fool you. Morning sickness can strike any time in a day, not just mornings.

Food cravings or aversions

Many pregnant women experience a stage in which they unusually crave for or are afraid of certain foods. Even scientists do not know what causes this change in tastes. But it’s believed that hormones may be the ones to blame. How long food aversions last depends on individual cases. If you suddenly crave for a dish or cannot stand your favorites, there is a chance that you are pregnant.

Mood swings

Hormonal changes during pregnancy affect the neurotransmitters in a woman’s brain, resulting in mood swings. Each woman experiences this in a different way. Out-of-nowhere mood changes could be a sign of pregnancy. Some are more prone to tears, some are anxious, and some are even depressed. It’s important to seek professional help if your emotions interrupt with your daily life or if your start to have thoughts of suicide and self-harm.

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