There are a lot of people that are scared of pregnancy which is are young girls. Although, being pregnant is not a crime but there are certain ages that will not even make it a crime but rather a disgrace to society. In this article, you will get to know the early symptoms and signs of pregnancy.
While pregnancy tests and ultrasounds are the only ways to determine if you’re pregnant, there are other signs and symptoms you can look out for. The earliest signs of pregnancy are more than a missed period. They may also include morning sickness, smell sensitivity, and fatigue.
When Do The Symptoms Start?
Though it may sound odd, your first week of pregnancy is based on the date of your last menstrual period. Your last menstrual period is considered week 1 of pregnancy, even if you weren’t actually pregnant yet.
The expected delivery date is calculated using the first day of your last period. For that reason, the first few weeks where you may not have symptoms also count toward your 40-week pregnancy.
|Signs and symptoms||Timeline (from missed period)|
|mild cramping and spotting||week 1 to 4|
|missed period||week 4|
|fatigue||week 4 or 5|
|nausea||week 4 to 6|
|tingling or aching breasts||week 4 to 6|
|frequent urination||week 4 to 6|
|bloating||week 4 to 6|
|motion sickness||week 5 to 6|
|mood swings||week 6|
|temperature changes||week 6|
|high blood pressure||week 8|
|extreme fatigue and heartburn||week 9|
|faster heartbeat||week 8 to 10|
|breast and nipple changes||week 11|
|noticeable weight gain||week 11|
|pregnancy glow||week 12|
1. Cramping And Spotting During Early Pregnancy
From week 1 to week 4, everything is still happening on a cellular level. The fertilized egg creates a blastocyst (a fluid-filled group of cells) that will develop into the baby’s organs and body parts.
About 10 to 14 days (week 4) after conception, the blastocyst will implant in the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. This can cause implantation bleeding, which may be mistaken for a light period.
Here Are Some Signs Of Implantation Bleeding:
- Color: The color of each episode may be pink, red, or brown.
- Bleeding: Bleeding is usually compared to your regular menstrual period. Spotting is defined by blood present only when wiping.
- Pain: Pain may be mild, moderate, or severe. According to a study of 4,539 women, 28 percent of women associated with their spotting and light bleeding with pain.
- Episodes: Implantation bleeding is likely to last less than three days and doesn’t require treatment.
Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, or using illicit drugs, which are associated with heavy bleeding.
2. Missed Period During Early Pregnancy
Once implantation is complete, your body will begin producing human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This hormone helps the body maintain the pregnancy. It also tells the ovaries to stop releasing mature eggs each month.
You will likely miss your next period four weeks after conception. If you have an irregular period, you’ll want to take a pregnancy test to confirm.
Most home tests can detect hCG as soon as eight days after a missed period. A pregnancy test will be able to detect hCG levels in your urine and show if you are pregnant.
- Take a pregnancy test to see if you’re pregnant.
- If it’s positive, call your doctor or midwife to schedule your first prenatal appointment.
- If you’re on any medications, ask your doctor whether they pose any risk to your growing baby.
3. Raised Body Temperature During Early Pregnancy
A higher basal body temperature may also be a sign of pregnancy. Your body’s core temperature may also increase more easily during exercise or in hot weather. During this time, you’ll need to make sure to drink more water and exercise cautiously.
4. Fatigue During Early Pregnancy
Fatigue can develop any time during pregnancy. This symptom is common in early pregnancy. Your progesterone levels will soar, which can make you feel sleepy.
- The early weeks of pregnancy can make you feel exhausted. Make an effort to get enough sleep.
- Keeping your bedroom cool can also help. Your body temperature may be higher during the early stages of pregnancy.
5. Increased Heart Rate During Early Pregnancy
Around weeks 8 to 10, your heart may begin pumping faster and harder. Palpitations and arrhythmias are common in pregnancy. This is normally due to hormones.
Increased blood flow due to the fetus happens later in pregnancy. Ideally, management starts before conception, but if you have an underlying heart problem, your doctor can help supervise low dosages of drugs.
6. Early Changes To Breasts: Tingling, Aching, Growing
Breast changes can occur between weeks 4 and 6. You’re likely to develop tender and swollen breasts due to hormone changes. This is likely to go away after a few weeks when your body has adjusted to the hormones.
Nipple and breast changes can also occur around week 11. Hormones continue to cause your breasts to grow. The areola the area around the nipple may change to a darker color and grow larger.
If you’ve had bouts with acne before your pregnancy, you may also experience breakouts again.
- Relieve breast tenderness by purchasing a comfortable, supportive maternity bra. A cotton, underwire-free bra is often the most comfortable.
- Choose one with varying clasps that gives you more room to “grow” in the coming months.
- Purchase breast pads that fit into your bra to reduce friction on your nipples and nipple pain.
7. Changes In Mood During Early Pregnancy
Your estrogen and progesterone levels will be high during pregnancy. This increase can affect your mood and make you more emotional or reactive than usual. Mood swings are common during pregnancy and may cause feelings of depression, irritability, anxiety, and euphoria.
8. Frequent Urination And Incontinence During Early Pregnancy
During pregnancy, your body increases the amount of blood it pumps. This causes the kidney to process more fluid than usual, which leads to more fluid in your bladder.
Hormones also play a large role in bladder health. You may find yourself running to the bathroom more frequently or accidentally leaking.
- Drink about 300 mL (a little more than a cup) of extra fluids each day.
- Plan out your bathroom trips ahead of time to avoid incontinence.
9. Bloating And Constipation During Early Pregnancy
Similar to symptoms of a menstrual period, bloating may occur during early pregnancy. This may be due to hormone changes, which can also slow your digestive system down. You may feel constipated and blocked as a result.
Constipation can also increase feelings of abdominal bloating.
10. Morning Sickness, Nausea, And Vomiting During Early Pregnancy
Nausea and morning sickness usually develops around weeks 4 to 6. Although it’s called morning sickness, it can occur any time during the day or night. It’s unclear exactly what causes nausea and morning sickness, but hormones may play a role.
During the first trimester of pregnancy, many women experience mild to severe morning sickness. It may become more intense toward the end of the first trimester, but often becomes less severe as you enter the second trimester.
- Keep a package of saltine crackers by your bed and eat a few before you get up in the morning to help settle morning sickness.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Call your doctor if you cannot keep fluids or food down.
11. Smell Sensitivity And Food Aversions During Early Pregnancy
Smell sensitivity is a symptom of early pregnancy that is mostly self-reported. There’s little scientific evidence about smell sensitivity during the first trimester. But it may be important, as smell sensitivity may trigger nausea and vomiting. It may also cause strong distaste for certain foods.
One review looked at reports from 1922 to 2014 about the relationship between smells and pregnancy. The researcher found a trend that pregnant women tended to rate odors as more intense during their first trimester.
12. Weight Gain During Early Pregnancy
Weight gain becomes more common toward the end of your first trimester. You may find yourself gaining about 1 to 4 pounds in the first few months. The calorie requirements for early pregnancy won’t change much from your usual diet, but they will increase as pregnancy progresses.
In the later stages, pregnancy weight often spreads out between the:
- Breasts (about 1 to 3 pounds)
- Uterus (about 2 pounds)
- Placenta (1 1/2 pounds)
- Amniotic fluid (about 2 pounds)
- Increased blood and fluid volume (about 5 to 7 pounds)
- Fat (6 to 8 pounds).
Symptoms Dwindle In The Second Trimester
Many of the body changes and symptoms of pregnancy you experience in the first trimester will start to fade once you reach the second trimester. Talk with your doctor about any symptoms that interfere with your daily life. Together, you can find relief and comfort for your pregnancy.