Early Signs of Pregnancy
Are you driving yourself – your partner, friends, family, and just about everyone around you – crazy wondering whether or not you’re carrying a life force in your womb? Think you, and you’re partner are now on your way to become parents? Wish we could tell you for sure that you are pregnant, but as with everything else in this world, confirming your symptoms to be early signs of pregnancy isn’t that easy.
See, every pregnancy is different for every woman. In a way, we can say that each pregnancy is unique, and even symptoms of a successful fertilization vary from case to case. The order in which early signs of pregnancy appear also differ; some women may experience a symptom very early in the pregnancy, while others experience the same symptom only later on.
Furthermore, most early signs of pregnancy are similar to pre-menstrual symptoms.
The first sign of a possible pregnancy and the one that alarms women and prompts them to find out about other early signs of pregnancy is a missed menstrual cycle. Some women take this for granted, though, especially when they have irregular periods or are still adjusting to the effects of a hormonal pill.
After a missed period, most women (who are already experiencing the early signs of pregnancy but just don’t know for sure yet) tend to rely on their instincts to gauge the possibilities. It is probably the time when these women’s self-awareness heightens, and they feel more than ever the changes in their bodies, such as the swelling of breasts – including a difference in their color and added tenderness – frequent headaches, and tiredness even while performing the most mundane of tasks. Some pregnant women also suffer from dizziness and fainting spells. It is due, in part, to the dilation of the blood vessels when the blood volume hasn’t yet expanded.
What mostly accompanies headaches and fatigue is nausea. These three early signs of pregnancy usually go together and are caused by the abrupt and progressing changes your body is going through. Pregnant women have unstable levels of hormones – and these hormones increase throughout the pregnancy.
Nausea is often triggered by the slightest scent or aroma, and this may lead to vomiting. Most women experience this in the morning – hence the term “morning sickness.” Because of these, most pregnant women practice aversion to certain foods – or develop unusual cravings. Most mothers have amusing stories to share when it comes to the food they shamelessly gorged on when they were expecting. Consequently, food cravings lead to gaining weight and feeling bloated, both of which are also considered early signs of pregnancy. Bloating is caused not only by heavier food intake, but also by higher levels of progesterone, water, red blood cells, and the development of folic acid.
By now you should have a stronger, more informed guess as to whether or not you’re on the road to motherhood. But if you’re still not sure, there is an easy way to know if you are experiencing early signs of pregnancy or just feeling some pre-menstrual discomfort: take a pregnancy test. A plus sign (+) means you’ll get a visit from the stork in nine months’ time, while a minus sign (-) means it’s your bloody monthly visitor you’ll be seeing. And just to be extra sure, visit your gynecologist – this is perhaps the safest way to know for certain whether or not you’re a mom in the making.