10 Common Signs of Pregnancy

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Have you been feeling strange, like you might be pregnant? Before you go for a proper pregnancy test, we’ve compiled some common signs of pregnancy.

The first three months (i.e first trimester) of pregnancy usually starts without any signs that you’re pregnant. By the end of your first trimester, your body would have adjusted to carrying a child. Most times, you won’t start to see the symptoms until around the fourth week (maybe when you miss your period or experience blood spotting).

  1. Missed period: This is the most obvious indicator of pregnancy, but a missed period doesn’t always mean a baby is on the way. Stress, diet or an irregular schedule can also cause your period to skip, so it’s best to get tested before making the big announcement.

2.Morning Sickness: This may begin around week five or six. Despite the name, Morning Sickness/nausea (feeling like you want to vomit) and vomiting can happen any time of the day.

  1. Changes in the Breast: Your breasts will become tender and sensitive during the first few weeks of pregnancy. According to Babycenter, “ The soreness and swelling may feel like an exaggerated version of how your breasts feel before your period. “ This feeling will reduce gradually after the first trimester as your body adjusts to being pregnant.

  2. Dark Nipples: You may start to notice that the circle of skin around your nipples (usually called Areolas) are getting darker. The bumps around your nipples will also be more pronounced. This could mean you are pregnant.

  3. Food aversions or cravings: As strange as this may sound, when you’re pregnant, certain foods can make you feel uncomfortable; you’ll feel like throwing up. At the same time, you’ll have an intense desire to consume specific foods, and this feeling is different from hunger.

  4. Fatigue: If you’re suddenly exhausted, it might be a response to the increasing hormones in your body. For many women, tiredness continues through the first trimester, but then subsides in the second trimester.

  5. Frequent Urination: You might find yourself urinating more often than usual. This could be a sign that a baby is on the way. During pregnancy, your body produces extra fluid which will cause your bladder to function excessively. Sometimes, your brain passes the wrong signal to your bladder. So, you feel you want to pee, go to the toilet, and nothing (0r sometimes, just a few drops). Don’t fret about this. It is a normal pregnancy sign.

  6. Mood Swings: A mood swing is a rapid change of mood. Many women experience emotional mood swings throughout pregnancy. One minute you are happy, the other you are sad. It’s natural to go through a variety of emotions as hormones are adjusting and the body is changing.

  7. Feeling dizzy– Many women experience periods of dizziness. When you start to feel dizzy, find somewhere to site for some minutes to avoid fainting.

  8. Backaches:Lower backaches may be a symptom that occurs early in pregnancy; however, it is common to experience a dull backache throughout pregnancy. This is because the weight of the growing baby and uterus puts pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in the pelvis and back.

 

 

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