It’s always a good idea to make sure you know your cycle, are aware when you’re due to ovulate and when your period is due, so that you can pick up straight away if it’s late.
the early stages of falling pregnant, there are a number of little signs and
symptoms that you might just miss or dismiss as something else - a busy week,
your menstrual cycle, or other life events.
probably more the case if you’ve only just started trying to get pregnant, and
weren’t expecting it to happen so quickly, or if you’re not actively trying.
if you have been trying to get pregnant for a little while, you might not pick
up on those early symptoms right away.
What do you mean by early signs?
you’re trying to get pregnant, the most common indication that you’ve been
successful is a missed period.
always a good idea to make sure you know your cycle, are aware when you’re due
to ovulate and when your period is due, so that you can pick up straight away
if it’s late. Some women are not entirely sure, or experience differing cycle
lengths, so knowing what the early signs to look out for are can really help.
signs simply means other changes in your body that could indicate your pregnant
before you notice a missed period.
What are the early signs to look out for?
can differ from woman to woman, and you might experience, some, all of them or
it’s good to know what to look out. Here are some of the early indications that
you might be pregnant:
#1 Nausea / Vomiting
Commonly referred to as ‘morning sickness’, nausea - or vomiting - is the most common
early sign of pregnancy. Many women who haven’t really been trying for a baby
who experience morning sickness put it down to food poisoning, or a stomach
bug. If you’ve been trying for a baby and you suddenly find yourself being sick
with no real explanation, this could be a good indication that you are in fact
pregnant! Remember, just because it’s called ‘morning’ sickness doesn’t mean it
always occurs in the morning. Some women get nausea throughout the day or in
the evening too.
#2 Increased urinary frequency
Due to increased pressure on the bladder, pregnant
women tend to urinate more frequently. Even in the early signs you might notice
this more as your uterus holds onto your baby and starts to ‘pad out’ with blood
vessels to prepare for your baby’s growth.
refers to light vaginal bleeding that can occur in some pregnant women during
the implantation stage of falling pregnant.This happens during the very early stages of pregnancy when the embryo
attaches itself to the lining of the uterine wall.
#4 Lower abdominal pain
could be a dull ache, or full on cramping. This pain, which occurs due to the
implantation of the embryo, is usually right-sided and can be easily confused
with normal menstrual pain in the early stages.
#5 Breast tenderness
the hormones in your body change and your body acknowledges that it needs to
get ready for the arrival of a baby, you will notice your breasts may start to
feel more tender. Many women experience this any way during their monthly
cycle, so it’s a symptom you might not associate with the early stages of
pregnancy - but it’s one to look out for!
tend to be less common symptoms, but could still be an indication of early pregnancy.
They may occur due to increasing levels of different pregnancy hormones, such
as ?-hCG (?-Human Chorionic Gonadotropin).
your body gets busy putting all its internal energy in building a suitable home
for your new growing baby, issuing hormone changes and adapting to being an
expectant mother you may notice that you start feel much more lethargic. In the
early stages before you know you’re pregnancy this can seem confusing, so if
you’ve been trying for a baby keep this one in mind.
#8 Changes in appetite
people are familiar with the stereotype of the pregnant woman having crazy food
cravings! While a lot of women won’t experience weird and wacky food cravings,
you may notice that your appetite for certain foods increases or decreases. In
the early stages of being pregnant this can be due to your body steering you
towards different nutrients it needs and the foods it can get them from, or
steering you away from foods that could be potentially harmful to the baby. If
you start to notice changes in your appetite, this could be a sign of early
#9 Sensitive to smells
It’s another uncommon
symptom, but many pregnant women report suddenly finding their sense of smell
becoming much sharper and becoming more sensitive to different smells. If you
find you suddenly have a new strong sense of smell, it could be a sign of early
What should I do if I notice any of these
mentioned, if you’ve been trying to fall pregnant and you start to notice some
of these symptoms it could be a positive indication.
should really wait for the most clear sign - a missed period - before jumping
to any conclusions however. After a missed period, you can carry out a home pregnancy test (which can give you a quick indication of
your status). Home pregnancy tests are available from many pharmacies and
supermarkets, and come with clear instructions.
all tests are conclusive, so you might want to do a couple to see if you get
the same result. If it’s definitely positive then it’s time to make an
appointment to see your doctor who can set in motion the support you’ll need
for a happy, healthy pregnancy.
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