A delayed period or missed period does not always mean a woman is pregnant. Most women begin to notice some early signs of pregnancy about three weeks after conceiving. These early signs of pregnancy vary from woman to woman. A woman may experience all the signs, just a few of them, or none at all.
The following 10 early signs of pregnancy might suggest that you are pregnant when it is too early to take a test.
1. Tender, Swollen Breasts or Nipples
Yourbreasts may provide one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. You may notice this symptom as early as 1 to 2 weeks after conception. Hormonal changes can make the breasts fuller or heavier, sore, or even tingly.
2. Slight Bleeding Or Spotting
Sometimes pregnant women experience slight bleeding or spotting that is lighter in color than normal menstrual blood. This usually occurs about 6 to 12 days after conception. This is the time when fertilized egg implants. It is common in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
You may feel fatigued early in pregnancy because your bodyis producing more of a hormone called progesterone. This hormone helps maintain the pregnancy and helps the growth of milk-producing glands in the breasts. You may feel tired during pregnancy because your body pumps more blood to carry nutrients to the fetus. You may notice fatigue as early as 1 week after conception.
The sudden rise in the levels of hormones may trigger headaches early in pregnancy.
5. Dizziness Or Lightheadedness
You may feel dizzy or lightheaded because your blood vessels dilate and blood pressure drops. Early in pregnancy, low blood sugar may also trigger faintness.
6. Nausea With Or Without Vomiting
Nausea and/or vomitingcan start anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks after conception and can continue throughout pregnancy. This is commonly called as morning sickness, but it can occur at any time during the day.
7. Food Cravings Or Aversions
Sudden craving or aversion of certain foods are common throughout pregnancy. Food cravings or aversions can last the entire pregnancy or vary throughout this period.
8. Mood Swings
Mood swings are common during pregnancy. Hormonal changes during pregnancy cause these mood swings. These can occur a few weeks after conception.
9. Frequent Urination
The urge to urinate frequently is common throughout pregnancy. In the first few weeks of pregnancy, your body produces a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin, which increases blood flow to the pelvic region. This makes you to urinate more often.
Constipation is another common early symptom of pregnancy. Increased progesterone leads to food passing more slowly through the intestines. This can lead to constipation.
11. Shortness Of Breath
Pregnancy hormones relaxe some muscles and expand your lung capacity. This makes you breathe more air leading to breathing difficulties.
The cramping in the lower stomach along with with spotting is a sign that you may be pregnant. You may experience cramping as the egg implants itself into the uterine wall.
13. Metallic Taste In The Mouth
You may feel a metallic taste in the mouth at this stage. This is another common early sign of pregnancy.
14. Sensitivity To Smells
A heightened sense of smell is one of the signs of pregnancy. Your sense of smell becomes more acute, and as a result you may become averse to certain smells.
15. Excessive saliva
You may have excessive saliva in your mouth. This is medically referred to as ptyalism and this is another symptom caused by pregnancy hormonal changes.
Bloating and gas occur as the progesterone hormone relaxes the gastrointestinal tract, causing slowing of the digestion process.