A woman may know that she is pregnant soon after she has conceived when the fertilised egg attaches itself to the wall of your womb (uterus). This happens usually within about 10 days of conception. Many times a woman is unaware of any changes for weeks, only wondering if you are pregnant when you miss a period.
Kindly note you may experience some, all or none of these following signs of pregnancy –
- Missed Menstrual period – If you have a normal period or you are pretty regular and if your period doesn’t arrive on time, you may want to take a home pregnancy test to make sure if you are pregnant or not. If you are not regular on your periods then the following signs can tell you if you are pregnant or not.
- High Basal Body Temperature – Maintaining an elevated basal body temperature for 18 days in a row means you’re probably pregnant. Your temperature will stay elevated throughout your pregnancy.
- Feeling Sick – Nausea or feeling sick is one of the most common signs of pregnancy. Some women manage to escape it, they never feel nauseous throughout the pregnancy. But for some women, it starts from as early as two weeks to two months. Don’t go by the name morning sickness, you can feel sick any time of the day. Be it morning, noon or night. In most cases, mommy to feel better at the beginning of the second trimester.
- Frequent Urination – Due to pregnancy, hormonal changes in your body somehow raises the rate of blood flow through your kidneys. This makes things difficult for you as your bladder fills more quickly and you need to pee frequently. As the weeks pass by, this problem will intensify as your baby grows rapidly and puts a lot of pressure on your bladder.
- Fatigue – If start feeling exhausted all of the sudden blame it to the rise in the level of your hormone progesterone. Feeling nauseous or morning sickness and frequent urge to urinate will make things worse in the first trimester. As you head towards your second-trimester things get better as morning sickness and fatigue reduces. But at the end of your pregnancy Fatigue returns again as you carry a rapidly developing baby.
- Sore Breast – Sensitive or Swollen breasts are caused by rising levels of hormones. You may feel the same while you are about to get your periods. Mostly at the end of the first trimester, you feel better as your body tries to adjust to the hormonal changes.
- Spotting – Usually women experience bleeding or spotting around the time their period is due. But spotting is not the sign of your period always, many times it is implantation bleeding. When the fertilized egg settles into the lining of your uterus you may see little bleeding. Note – If you experience severe bleeding accompanied by pain or dizziness, please contact your doctor as it may be a sign of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
- Food Aversions or Inclinations – Some women feel inclined towards certain foods and some are repelled by the same. This is due to the rapidly increasing levels of estrogen in your body in the early pregnancy. You may also find yourself eating food that you never liked before or refusing to eat foods that you love. Many women are sensitive aromas and that triggers their morning sickness.
- Metallic Taste – In most cases, Metallic taste is complimentary with morning sickness during the first trimester. Like other sensory changes, this is going away at the start of the second trimester. Sometimes, women not only notice metallic taste but also, salty, burnt, rancid and foul taste.
- Bloating – Most women feel bloated before they are about to get their periods. This happens even during the early stages of pregnancy. Even though your pregnancy is not advanced and you have not increased in size, still your clothes might feel snugged at your waistline.