Pregnancy is a blessing for women and it is only natural to want to know that you are pregnant as early as possible. The modern era has seen the invention of pregnancy test kits and other medical advancements that can accurately predict motherhood status, but for centuries women have been looking out for simple signs and changes to her body to predict a pregnancy long before these inventions and medical advancements came about. Even today looking for pregnancy signs and changes to the female body can be of use to predict a pregnancy even before you can have it confirmed by a pregnancy kit or at your doctor’s office.
How To Know With Simple Signs That You Are Pregnant?
Listed below are ten and more simple signs which indicate that you are pregnant.
A Halt in Your Menstruation Cycle
Missing your periods is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. Pregnancy is not the sole cause for a missed period; however, missing a period is quite a good indicator that you could be pregnant. Most women generally visit a doctor as and when they miss a period to get to bottom of it and if you are trying to conceive; a missed period is generally a good sign for successful conception that needs to be confirmed by your doctor.
Implantation bleeding, which is commonly known as spotting, is also a reliable sign of pregnancy to look out for. Implantation bleeding generally happens one or two weeks after your last period and is the result of the embryo latching on to the wall of the uterus. Spotting is generally a good indicator that you should head to your doctor’s office to confirm your pregnancy.
Nausea Accompanied By Vomiting
Nausea presents itself as early as three weeks after conception and has long been a simple indicator or a sign for pregnancy. Widely referred to as morning sickness; nausea can occur at any time of the day and is usually brought on by certain smells and flavors that were not at all nauseating to the mother prior to pregnancy. Nausea often accompanied by vomiting is an indicator of elevated hormone levels which is one of the earliest invisible changes to the body after conception.
Gas and Bloating
Gaseousness and bloating are also reliable early signs of pregnancy as almost all women experience the symptoms of gas and bloating, such as belching, flatulence and abdominal cramps. The primary cause of flatulence and bloating in the early stages of pregnancy is elevated progesterone levels, which have a relaxing effect on muscle tissue within the gastrointestinal tract leading to indigestion. Bloating can often cause your clothes to feel tighter and make you full on small meals and can be a sign that you are pregnant.
Breast Soreness and Tingling Sensation in the Nipples
Pimple like lumps on the areola, sore breasts and a tingling sensation on the nipples are some of the earliest signs of pregnancy concentrated around the breast area. Darkening of the nipples and areola is also quite common and increase in the breast size is also a sign that you may be pregnant.
Increased urination is one of the most common signs of pregnancy and generally continues for 9+ months of gestation. Hormonal changes resulting in increased blood flow and retention of fluids combined with a growing embryo puts pressure on the urinary bladder and result in an urge to use the toilet every 20 to 30 minutes. Increased urination is another sign that you may be pregnant.
Low Back Pain
Lower back pain, which is quite similar to the pain you experience during periods, is often a good indicator of pregnancy. Almost all pregnant women experience lower back pains which is caused by change of posture, weight gain, hormonal changes and even stress which occurs with pregnancy.
Many women experience frequent headaches during the first and second trimester of pregnancy. Many factors and changes to the body during pregnancy bring on headaches quite early on after conception and can be a sign that you are pregnant.
Moodiness and Irritability
Pregnancy also brings with it psychological changes, which is a natural byproduct of increased hormone levels and the aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Moodiness and irritability is quite common in pregnant women. Neurotransmitters are subject to influence by hormonal changes during pregnancy and can often cause varied chemical reactions in the brain leading to feeling varied emotions and become another important sign of pregnancy.
Aversions and Cravings Related to Food
Many women experience heightened cravings for certain foods and simultaneously develop an aversion to certain foods during pregnancy. Cravings and aversion towards certain types of foods is another simple sign that you are pregnant.
In conclusion; listed above are just the top ten commonly experienced signs and bodily changes during pregnancy; however, there are other signs too which means that you are pregnant and have been briefly mentioned below. Read further to know more.
- Some degree of sleeplessness and fatigue is often experienced during pregnancy.
- Bleeding gums can also occur during pregnancy.
- Red palms due to increased estrogen levels and blood volume can occur during pregnancy.
- A runny or stuffy nose is quite common during pregnancy.
- High basal body temperature for more than two weeks after ovulation can indicate pregnancy.
- Acne, itchy and dry skin, the appearance of spider veins and pigmentation are common dermatological changes to the body after conception and is a sign of pregnancy.
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Mayo Clinic. (2021). Pregnancy: Symptoms, Early Signs of Pregnancy, and More. Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/getting-pregnant/in-depth/symptoms-of-pregnancy/art-20043853
Cleveland Clinic. (2020). Pregnancy: Signs and Symptoms. Retrieved from: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/7240-pregnancy-signs-and-symptoms
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