Pregnancy Symptoms: Are You Pregnant?
Some women do experience the symptoms of pregnancy very early
on - some may even start to notice changes in their body as early
as the first few days after conception. For others, however, it
may take weeks before any symptom becomes apparent.
Most pregnancy symptoms start to surface around the time of implantation
(when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the endometrial lining
in the womb). Implantation typically occurs anywhere from 8 to
10 days after ovulation.
Some of the more typical symptoms of pregnancy include:
- Missed Period
Not starting a period or menstruation is the most common sign
of pregnancy. However, other factors can influence your period,
so just because your period is late does not necessarily mean
that you are pregnant.
- Breasts and Nipples
Breasts and especially the nipples may feel very sensitive.
Some may find that their breasts swell or become larger in size.
The pain typically lessens as your body gets more used to the
hormone changes. In a large number of cases the veins in the
breasts will also become more visible. Nipples can also darken
in color. These symptoms are typically due to the presence of
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) hormone, which is produced
- Have to Urinate More Often
Having to go to the bathroom more often is a common early symptom
of pregnancy. Often pregnant women wake up during the night
with the urge to urinate. In the early stages of pregnancy this
is caused by the presence of the HCG hormone.
- Change in Appetite
Pregnant women can experience increased appetite and cravings
for nutritious foods. The change in appetite can last all throughout
Extreme tiredness is a early symptom of pregnancy. This is typically
the result of increased levels of progesterone in the system.
Some women describe the sensation as fatigue that you experience
when you are sick with the flu, but without the other flu symptoms.
The body temperature of a woman also increases during pregnancy
and can affect her energy level.
- Morning Sickness
Actually, it's not just morning, so it should really be called
morning, noon or night sickness. This is nausea that is sometime
accompanied by vomiting. About half of women with morning sickness
As the uterus develops it can press against major arteries and
- Increase in Saliva
The increase in saliva that some pregnant women experience typically
dissipates by the end of the first trimester.
- Change in Body Temperature
A woman’s body temperature increases during the first
three months of pregnancy. This is partially due to an increase
in progesterone in the system.
- Weird Taste in the Mouth
Some women describe having a weird metallic taste in the mouth.
Some women experience an increase in their sense of smell when
they are pregnant. Moreover, certain smells that didn’t
mind before may now become offensive.
Pregnant women often develop heartburn. The causes of increased
heartburn are two fold. The uterus is swelling and growing and
pushing up and the increase in the HCG hormone slows digestion.
Slower digestion normally means an increase in the stomachs
acid production to help compensate.
Some pregnant women describe having minor cramping similar but
less severe than menstrual cramping early in the pregnancy.
- Implantation Bleeding
Some women notice a small amount of bleeding around the time
their period is due to start. Implantation bleeding is believed
to be caused but the fertilized egg burying itself in the lining
of the uterus. The bleeding is very light and usually shows
up as red spotting or reddish brown stains. It typically only
lasts a day or two. It is important to note that a woman should
contact her doctor if she notices bleeding and pain as the could
be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy.
- Mood Swings
The large increase in hormones can cause pregnant women to experience
sudden and dramatic mood swings.
Pregnancy hormones slow down your digestion to help increase
your body’s intake of nutrients and vitamins from the
food you are eating. Constipation is something that typically
lasts all throughout pregnancy.
- Vaginal discharge
Many women notice an increase in vaginal discharge during pregnancy.
Normal increased vaginal discharge during pregnancy is called
leucorrhea and is a white, thin, milky discharge that has a
- Changes in skin
The change in hormones can cause pregnant women to experience
an increase in the number of pimples. Some women also claim
that pregnancy makes their skin dryer and the get chapped lips
Having some of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that
you are pregnant. A home pregnancy test or a physician conducted
blood test can help confirm pregnancy. It is important to test
for pregnancy early on so that adequate prenatal care can be sought.