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You Might Be Pregnant If You Have Any Of These Early Symptoms

Your body will be the first to alert you to the early signs of pregnancy.

Quick Notes:

  • Early pregnancy signs are subtle

  • They’re easily confused with other conditions

  • Having more than a few of these symptoms is a telltale sign of pregnancy

If you’re sexually active, there’s always a minuscule chance that you could get pregnant regardless of the birth control methods you religiously use. The early pregnancy signs tend to be mild, and most women hardly notice them until they miss a period or are throwing up every second of the day.

If you pay close enough attention to your body, these early pregnancy symptoms will be a lot more noticeable and could end up telling you that it’s time for you to pee on a stick or take a trip to your doctor.

Extreme Fatigue

It’s hard to connect feeling overly tired to early pregnancy because in today’s day and age, everyone’s a little tired from life’s demands, but it’s one of the biggest telltale signs. The tired feeling you experience will be heightened because of the work that’s going on inside your body. This pregnancy fatigue can start as soon as one week after conception because of the spike in the hormone progesterone.

Spotting and/or Cramping

A ‘fake period’ may show up around the same time as your expected period and trick you into thinking that you’re not pregnant. This bleeding tends to be a lot lighter than a regular period and is caused by the fertilized egg implanting into the uterus about two weeks after conception. Cramping can also deter you from thinking you’re pregnant, but it’s also a sign that something is going on in your uterus that should be checked out.

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Frequent visits to the bathroom

If you notice that you have to urinate more than usual, that’s another big sign that you might be experiencing the common sign of early pregnancy. This symptom is especially significant if you haven’t changed your liquid intake and can usually go hours without having to take a trip to the girl’s room. This can also be a sign of a UTI, though, so it’s best to get it checked out just in case.

Unpredictable mood

The hormonal changes women have to endure are already tough enough, but when you’re pregnant, those hormones become a lot more active. When this happens, you could experience mood swings like never before. You could be mad at absolutely nothing one minute and crying at a TV commercial the next, all because of those pesky hormone changes that pregnancy causes.

Nausea or food aversions

Morning sickness is one of the most well-known early pregnancy signs. If you just can’t shake the feeling that you’re going to upchuck your breakfast, it’s a good indicator that your body is trying to tell you something. Morning sickness could also come with food aversions. If your favorite food is suddenly grossing you out, it’s time to try an at-home test.

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Changes in the girls

Your breasts change throughout your cycle because of changes in hormones, but when you’re pregnant, that change becomes more prevalent. A week after conception, your girls may become larger and your areolas may darken. You might experience pain or tingliness in the breasts as well as your body adjusts to the spike in hormone levels. Your breasts may also have a full or heavy feeling that isn’t normally experienced throughout the regular menstrual cycle.

Increased sense of smell

A weird early sign of pregnancy starts in your nose. You’ll be able to smell things that you wouldn’t have been able to before, and those smells might be a lot stronger and more nauseating than you remember them being. Though it is unclear why the newly superhuman sense of smell comes with pregnancy, many doctors attribute it to a change in hormones.

Feeling dizzy or lightheaded

Because of changes in blood flow and oxygen flow, you may feel like the room is whirling around you early on in pregnancy.

This sensation of having ‘the spins’ is due to a drop in blood pressure and the opening of blood vessels throughout the body.

Dizziness can be a sign of many medical conditions, so it’s best to get it checked out as early as possible.

A change in discharge

Women have discharge at all different points in their cycle, and it changes throughout. When you’re pregnant, though, that discharge changes drastically because of increased vaginal blood flow. It becomes more like a mucus than discharge and could be yellow in color and sticky to the touch. Changes in discharge accompanied with other symptoms such as burning or itching could be signs of something else, though, so a visit to the doctor could be in order.

Hot flashes or feeling like you have the flu

When your body gets ready to create a human, the immune system becomes compromised. This makes you more at risk of catching pesky colds, causing you to feel like you may have just come down with a bug. Along with feeling flu-like symptoms, your basal body temperature will rise, so you may also feel a lot hotter than usual during the early stages of your pregnancy.

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