When you are trying to get pregnant you will look for any sign you might be pregnant, even if the sign really has nothing to do with pregnancy. There are a lot of signs that you might be pregnant and knowing them will help you determine if you are pregnant and some of them may even show up before your missed period.
You know your body more than anyone and that is the most important thing when it comes to deciding if a symptom is an early pregnancy symptom or not. Some of these can also be normal things that happen during your menstrual cycle, so you will be looking for the changes in your normal cycle.
- Your breasts are sore. Breast tissue is sensitive to hormone changes. Also, hCG (the pregnancy hormone) causes your blood volume to increase, causing your breasts to enlarge and feel heavier. If this normally happens around your period anyway, you will notice an increase in the soreness if you are pregnant.
- You have more cramps. If you typically have cramps, you may notice that the cramps are different or worse. What causes the cramps is the implantation of the fetus and the expansion of your uterus.
- You are spotting. Spotting can be a sign of implantation. This can happen before your normal period or during the normal time you would have your period, but just a lot lighter.
- Fatigue. Very early in your pregnancy your baby is using up calories to grow, causing you to be more tired.
- Darkening nipples. Pregnancy hormones can cause the cells responsible for skin color to darken, especially around the nipple and areola.
- Nausea. Morning sickness is common in over 75% of pregnancies, and though for most people it doesn’t kick in until around 8 weeks or so, some women have mild motion sickness that is out of the normal for them.
- Bloating. Increased progesterone causes the digestive tract to slow down, which causes bloating.
- Increased urination. During pregnancy your kidneys have to kick into overdrive to filter through more fluid than before, causing you to have to use the bathroom more often.
- Cravings. Cravings are relatively common during pregnancy, and even though you may have cravings during your period, these may be different kinds of cravings, and ones that you can just simply ignore.
- Headaches. The increase in blood volume can trigger tension headaches, though these should go away as your body adjusts to the increased blood volume.
- Constipation. The progesterone slowing down your digestive tract doesn’t just cause bloating, it can cause constipation as well.
- Mood swings. The hormone changes and fatigue can cause you to have mild to moderate mood swings.
- Dizziness or fainting. Because of dilated blood vessels and lower blood sugar due to nausea you may experience dizziness and fainting early in pregnancy.
- Shortness of breath. If you notice that you are short of breath doing an activity that you normally have no problem doing, it could be an early pregnancy symptom. Because the fetus needs oxygen to grow, it can leave you a little short.
- Increased sense of smell. The hormones of pregnancy can increase your nose’s ability to smell certain odors, so if you find yourself suddenly repulsed by certain smells, you might be pregnant.
- Basal body temperature stays elevated. If you are charting your basal body temperature, you notice that your temperature increases by about half a degree around the time an egg is released and stays elevated until you get your period. If you notice that your temperature isn’t decreasing after about 2 weeks, you may be pregnant.
- Missed period. This is often the first sign for many women that they are pregnant.
Every woman is different and even every pregnancy is different. You may know you are pregnant days before your missed period with one pregnancy, while with another pregnancy you don’t know until you miss your period. Being in tune with your body is the easiest way to try to pick up on those early pregnancy signs. You might be pregnant if you have any of these signs, but at the same time you might not be pregnant either.
These are just the early signs that you might be pregnant, there are far more pregnancy symptoms, even pregnancy symptoms no one told you about.
Did you have early signs that you were pregnant? What were they and how early were they?