Every woman experiences pregnancy in her own way. Waiting to take that pregnancy test can be excruciating and drive even the most patient person crazy! If you think you could be expecting, here is a list of some early symptoms. Some of these may surprise you!
1: Breast Changes
Your breasts could feel swollen, tender, heavy, or you could experience changes to your nipples. The areola may even seem darker and your nipples could be extra sensitive.
2: Frequent Urination
Are you constantly having to pee? Are you rushing to the bathroom during the day or waking up in the middle of the night to find relief? You could be pregnant! That pesky hCG hormone is the culprit even at the beginning stages of pregnancy. Later on, your baby will take up all the room and sit on your bladder.
Creating a human is exhausting! The increase in progesterone production may leave you feeling worn out and press you for an afternoon nap!
4: Puffy or Sore Gums
Keep an eye out for bleeding gums when you brush your teeth. The increase in fluid and blood production for your growing baby may leave other areas of your body puffy.
The infamous “Morning Sickness.” Nausea can hit at any time of the day. If you are experiencing it, nibbling on something bland like soda crackers or bread may be beneficial. Take heed though because this wonderful symptom of pregnancy usually subsides by the start of the second trimester.
6: Change in Cervical Mucus
This may be one of the earliest symptoms of pregnancy. Some women swear by this to confirm to themselves they are indeed expecting. Usually after ovulation, the cervical mucus changes from stretchy and sticky to dry. Once fertilization has occurred, the mucus will stay stretchy and sticky for a few days. For some women it stays this way the entire pregnancy.
7: Cramping or Bloating
For many women, they experience some cramping during implantation of the fertilized egg just like when their body is preparing for menstruation to begin. These symptoms can be normal and may even be felt in the lower back.
About 25-30% of women will experience some light spotting in the first few days of pregnancy. The spotting will usually be brown to light pink in color and be very light.
9: Cold Symptoms
You may experience cold like symptoms. If your nose is feeling stuffy, you can give progesterone a big high five! While you are pregnant, your immune system is working hard to keep everyone happy and healthy. Sometimes a virus that wouldn’t be a big deal before pregnancy, will knock you off your feet! Make sure to wash those hands and double check any cold medicine for safeness while pregnant.
10: Food Aversion or Sensitivity
Thanks to those pregnancy hormones you may crave foods that have never sounded good before. Your favorite food and drinks may make you queasy by just smelling them!
11: Temperature Sensitivity
With the increase of blood flow and hormone production, an unstable body thermostat may become obvious. Whether you are freezing cold or burning up, this pregnancy symptom can fade away over time. Some women, however, experience this the entire time.
12: Metallic Taste
In the first trimester estrogen levels are high. Many women report a constant metallic taste even after eating or drinking. Usually once the second trimester starts, this pesky symptom subsides.
13: Mood Changes
Has watching that commercial on TV made you cry? Did something small make you lose your temper? Well it’s no surprise that with all the fluctuations in hormones you would be experiencing more intense ups and downs. This is pregnancy so grab that box of tissues before turning on the TV!
14: Extra Saliva
That progesterone is at it again! By relaxing your esophagus, the production of stomach acid can become a bigger pain to you. Try sipping a bit of apple cider vinegar before meals to combat this unwelcome guest. It may even help you stop drooling!
The increase in progesterone can slow down your digestive system and bowels resulting in constipation. Making small adjustments to your diet and adding more fiber rich foods may provide ease to your bowels during pregnancy.
If you are experiencing many of these symptoms it might be a good idea to take a home pregnancy test around the 14th day after your period should have started. By taking it within that time frame, you are giving your body enough time to produce the hCG hormone home pregnancy tests are looking for. Even if you receive a negative result on an at home pregnancy test, you could still be pregnant so make sure to test again in a few days and contact your care provider. They are able to do blood tests that may provide a more accurate picture of pregnancy. Some women will see a false positive on a home pregnancy test up to eight weeks after a missed period so it is always a good idea to stay in touch with your care provider, especially if pregnancy is suspected.