What are the Early Signs of Pregnancy?

SIGNS OF PREGNANCY

Unusual symptoms will show up when a woman is pregnant. Morning sickness is one of the clear signs of pregnancy. Other telling signs may be cold-like symptoms, urinary frequency, and more. Take note of all the small signs of pregnancy.

Ceasing of Menstruation

early signs of pregnancy

When the usual menstruation cycle cease to occur, one may start to assume that she is pregnant. Once fertilization and embryonic cell implantation in the uterine wall are successful, menstrual period will be discontinued. During this period, which is approximately one week before and after the predetermined period, there will be slight bleeding known as implantation bleeding.

Rise in Basal Body Temperature

If the basal body temperature rises after the expected menstrual date, it is a sign of pregnancy. The body will experience a temperature of 36.7 - 37.2 degree Celsius up to 13-14 weeks of pregnancy. Avoid brushing off the temperature rise as a fever and consume medication.

Breasts getting Harder

Breasts will start to harden and nipples will gain extra sensitivity. The color around the nipple will also darken.

Brown Spots and Freckles Development

Besides the darkening of pigmentation on the breasts, other areas such as the face, abdomen, genitals, armpits will also be subjected to pigment darkening.

This phenomenon is caused by the development of lutein. Take note of signs such as brown spots, freckles, and darker eye circles as they are symptoms of pregnancy.

Increased Urinary Frequency

An increased urinary frequency or urges are signs as well. This constant sensation of residual urine begins to occur around 11-15 weeks of pregnancy, due to increased pressure to the bladder from the uterus to the upper pelvis chamber. However, these urges will disappear completely after mid-pregnancy.

Increased Vaginal Secretions

There will be an increase in vaginal secretions during pregnancy due to the rise in uterine activity after implantation. The appearance of milky white discharge and slight odor is normal. However, if discharge is a lot more than usual, sticky, darker in color, and accompanied by itching and stench, it could be a sign of vaginal inflammation, candida vaginitis or trichomonas vaginitis.

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness normally begins after two months of pregnancy, accompanied with a loss of appetite and faster heart rate. It is advised not to consume medication for these symptoms, as they may be detrimental to the fetus’ development. If these symptoms get uncomfortable, you are advised to undergo a pregnancy reaction examination.

Fatigue and Restlessness

Feeling an overall weakness and depressive mood are other symptoms of pregnancy. These are caused by an unbalance of hormone levels, which normally cause fatigue, depression and anger.

Sudden Constipation

The active secretion of progesterone, which leads to the weakening of intestinal peristalsis, causes the constipated feeling during pregnancy. The larger uterus pressing against the intestines may also trigger this constipated feeling.

Bloating of Lower Abdomen

The lower abdomen may feel enlarged and harder due to the expanding of the uterus.

TIP BOX

Points to note during a pregnancy check

During pregnancy, hormones will be discharged from the urine. The standard pregnancy test kit uses reagents that react to this hormone in order to determine if a woman is pregnant. Due to the small concentration of this hormone, test results will be more accurate when it is tested with the first discharge of urine in the morning. Other pregnancy tests such as ultrasound may be tested around 5 weeks after the first day from the last menstrual period.

Those are the signs of pregnancy that a woman may experience. However, not all women will experience all the above mentioned signs since each body differs from one another.

Sandra Henderson
 

Editor-in-chief at Babiology and a proud mother of four passionate about sharing pregnancy and baby growth knowledges

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