The only way to know for sure if you are pregnant or not is by taking a pregnancy test or checking with a doctor. But, there are still some signs that might predict your pregnancy
1. Vaginal bleeding and changes in vaginal discharge
Vaginal bleeding could be seen as one of the earliest signs of pregnancy but also is often ignored the most. Many women mistakenly believe that their cycle suddenly comes early. You may be experiencing the pregnancy bleeding due to the embryo implantation in the uterus. Approximately 20% of women experience this symptom. Vaginal bleeding during the early stage of pregnancy does not come with as much blood as menstruation. It is only a couple of small blood streaks, with a paler color than normal and only appears in 1 or 2 days.
Some women also find out that there are changes in their vaginal discharge. Fluid with milky white and opaque colors will also appear regularly in your pregnancy and are completely harmless. However, if there is a bad smell related to the discharge or a burning and itching sensation, tell your doctor immediately so they can check on whether you have a yeast or bacterial infection.
Cramps can be a sign of a new menstrual cycle, but it can also be a sign of pregnancy. Experts believe that this is the way your body prepares for the development of the fetus in the next 9 months. Cramps occur because your uterus is stretching, which pinches the blood vessels of your lower body. Do not be surprised if you get cramps a lot throughout your pregnancy as your belly will grow larger every day and that put even more pressure on your lower half.
3. Breast changes
Breast changes are another typical early sign of pregnancy. Because of the rapid changes in the woman’s hormone levels, her breasts will become sore, swollen, tingly, and sensitive. You may also notice that the area around the nipples, called the areola, may also get darker. Your breasts are softer and heavier. Your body will take a few weeks to get used to the hormone changes, and once you adapt to it, the feeling of discomfort in your breasts will also disappear.
In the first few weeks, your body will feel totally exhausted because it has to work continuously to supply enough nutrients to the fetus. Your heart beats faster to increase the amount of oxygen pumped into your womb. In addition, the circulatory system has to work under tremendous pressure to increase the blood flow to the uterus. With that amount of work, your body’s temperature will rise up, causing you to lose even more energy. Moreover, with a high level of a hormone called progesterone, a woman can start feeling unusually fatigued as soon as one week after conceiving. This constant fatigue is a typical sign of pregnancy.
5. Nausea (with or without vomiting)
Morning sickness, which is the nightmare of every pregnant woman, often begins one month after you become pregnant. You may feel nauseous at any given time of the day, even when you do not eat anything. While the cause of nausea during pregnancy isn’t clear, pregnancy hormones likely play a role.
6. Missed periods
After the egg is fertilized, your menstrual cycle will be absent for at least 9 months. However, this symptom can be misleading if you have an irregular menstrual cycle.
7. Mood swings
During pregnancy, hormone changes in your body also make you easily irritated. Everyone responds differently to these changes. Some feel depressed, uncomfortable or anxious. Typically, in the first few weeks of pregnancy, you will not be in a good mood quite often.
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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
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