Check out these top 10 pregnancy signs & symptoms
Women are gifted with instincts that are seldom wrong. So, if you’re feeling of late that there’s a chance you’re pregnant, chances are you are! However, sometimes a panicky mind can always result in a convoluted conclusion. It thus becomes imperative to look into all signs and symptoms you’re experiencing, with an open mind.
So, here are the top 10 signs and symptoms of pregnancy to help you understand if you’re or are not pregnant—
Top 10 signs and symptoms of pregnancy
Pregnancy hormones are known to increase the blood supply to your breasts, resulting in a tingling sensation that you might experience in your breasts. This is one of the most common and early symptoms of pregnancy that you will face.
Generally, this symptom shows up within one week of conception and subsides once your body gets acclimatized with all the hormone surges.
Spotting and cramping
At around 6 weeks since conception, it is quite common to experience some spotting. In most cases, you may notice a slight brown or pink stain on your panties.
Currently, there’s no definite reason to this spotting, however, some experts believe it is due to the developing placenta. In case you see any kind of unusual vaginal bleeding, do check with your doctor immediately.
This is one of the most common symptoms of early pregnancy and only a lucky few get to never experience it. This is a feeling of nausea that mainly hits at 6 weeks pregnancy but can show up as early as 4 weeks.
This includes a feeling of sickness, queasiness, and even vomiting. Though it is called morning sickness, it can hit you during any time of the day or night.
Swollen breasts that are tender
This is a symptom that mainly shows up during the 6th week of pregnancy. The breasts tend to become too tender and you can see the veins showing up below the skin.
The breasts also appear to be larger and swollen. The tenderness however slowly subsides as the pregnancy progresses.
The surge of pregnancy hormones can make you feel worn out even if you feel like you haven’t moved much during the whole day.
Most of the time during the first trimester, all you would want to do is crawl inside your blanket and never leave the bed. Fatigue is one of the most common early pregnancy symptoms alongside morning sickness that majority of the women face.
The need to pee frequently
Close to six weeks of your pregnancy, you may discover that you’re peeing way more than usual. The reason for this is a combination of pregnancy hormones surge, too much blood in your system, and also your kidneys working extra hard than before.
In case you feel a burning sensation during peeing, chances are rife that you have a urinary tract infection. In that case, see your doctor immediately.
Food cravings and aversions
This is one of the most obvious and early symptoms of pregnancy. You may start eating more one fine day and crave foods you never even liked before.
Similarly, foods that were once your favorite might suddenly feel obnoxious, and you may often feel a certain metallic taste in your mouth. You may also develop aversions towards certain smells and feel instantly nauseated by them.
It is during the 8th week of pregnancy that you may notice the areolas (the skin surrounding your nipples) are getting darker in color.
The bumps near your nipples too become more pronounced and your nipples too become erect during this time. Skin changes are very common during pregnancy, and thus, one of the most prominent signs of pregnancy as well.
A missed period!
This is one of the surest signs of pregnancy, especially if you have always had regular periods. However, if you’re someone with irregular periods, then your missed period combined with the other symptoms aforementioned can validate it for you if you are pregnant or not. It’s always a good idea to take a pregnancy test as soon as you find out you have missed your period.
A home pregnancy test
This will give you most certainly a reliable result if you wait until the first day of your missed period. If it shows a positive, chances are rife that it’s a sure-shot sign you’re pregnant and must visit your doctor pronto.