Pregnancy affects different women in different ways. Because of this fact, you should not expect to notice or experience early pregnancy symptoms the same way your friend or colleague has experienced. You may or may not experience all the early symptoms. Note also that the early pregnancy symptoms you experience or notice with one pregnancy may not be the same that you will experience in your next pregnancy. Such can also be different in intensity, frequency and duration.
Early Symptoms of Pregnancy
Some of the very early symptoms of pregnancy include:
Missed menstrual flow
This is probably the first early pregnancy symptom you will have, especially if you normally have regular monthly cycles. In case yours is irregular, missing menses for two weeks in which it is due should be an indication of pregnancy.
You suddenly develop an unusual feeling. This is usually an intuition feeling, which in most cases turns out to be true.
You develop tender and swollen breasts, which can be sore. In addition, your breasts become very sensitive. This occurs because the level of responsible hormones start to increase.
You feel fatigued especially in the evenings and you may change your bedtime. You find yourself retiring to bed early than usual. If you normally exercise, you may find the same tiresome and break the exercise routine. Fatigue and feeling of exhaustion can also drive you to resort to napping during the day.
You are bound to frequent the restroom, something that will be noticed by your family members or colleagues. The increased frequency occurs because once implantation is successful, your kidneys and bladder increase the rate at which they process body fluids.
This is one early pregnancy symptom that can catch you by surprise. This occurs in the mornings and can be accompanied by vomiting.
You are bound to experience dizziness, which is caused by pressure exerted by your uterus on your arteries, in effect slightly lowering your blood pressure. When the uterus exerts increased pressure, you are likely to feel like fainting. This mostly occurs if when you have not eaten anything.
You suddenly develop craving for particular foods that you may not otherwise have been part of your regular diet. Along with this, you become averse to other foods, which may have been your favorite before.
Sensitivity to aromas
You become highly sensitive to aromas. While you may enjoy certain aromas, you may abhor others, which can make you feel nauseated and possibly vomit.
This occurs because of increase in your hormonal levels, which can slow down digestion and smooth bowel functions. You are also likely to experience constipation.
Because of increased hormonal levels, you are likely to be moody at times. In addition, you become highly irritable.
Increased body temperature
You experience increased body temperature, which you may not take note of and instead think that the climate is generally warm.
You are bound to experience mild pain at your back, especially on the lower region. This is mainly caused by the fact that your uterus begins to grow. The pain can increase as your pregnancy progresses.
You may notice vaginal discharge on your pant and if you were not planning to get pregnant, you can mistake the same to be an infection. The discharge usually occurs because of increased hormonal levels, which increases cervical secretions.
You may experience blood spotting on your pant (different from vaginal discharge). This is usually implantation bleeding that occurs immediately after implantation, when your egg moves from the fallopian tube into your uterus, where it implants.
This is usually connected to nausea. It is however different in that you do not feel yourself every morning son after implantation has occurred. You may wake up with a mild headache, which can be aggravated by feeling of nausea.
You may experience some swelling on your hands and feet. This occurs because of increase hormonal levels, which increases body fluids that can be retained in your body, especially if you have a health condition that encourages fluid retention.
Your skin is likely to change in texture. You suddenly notice that you wear smooth skin. This is attributed to increased hormonal levels.
Loss of appetite
You lose your appetite and do not feel like eating. There is a danger that this can extend into main pregnancy stage and develop into anorexia.
You are likely to experience constipation.
You are likely to experience most of these early pregnancy symptoms a week after fertilization. You are likely to experience some of them after two weeks. Whether you were planning for pregnancy or not, it is necessary that you obtain a pregnancy test to confirm the same. Note that blood pregnancy tests are most effective because they can reveal occurrence of pregnancy after 48 hours after implantation, something impossible with urine tests.