When you are pregnant, your body goes through a lot of changes. Even just a few days or weeks after conception, you might already experience several symptoms that could indicate the pregnancy and that will last throughout the pregnancy for some.
This article discusses the most common and unique pregnancy indicators usually experienced very early that most people may overlook.
Your youngest child suddenly becomes clingy or acting up (If You Already Have Children)
If you already have children, you might notice that your youngest child would suddenly act up. He or she could suddenly cry or whine a lot, or become extra sweet or clingy.
Many cultures, particularly the Navajo, believe that the youngest child is able to sense pregnancy. Thus, he or she could act up.
Of course, this has not been scientifically proven.
You might have noticed that the veins in your legs are bulging, becoming swollen, purplish in color, and more noticeable.
The appearance of varicose veins is one of the early indicators of pregnancy.
Need to pass gas and changes in bowel movements
If you suddenly find yourself passing gas more often than normal, it could be a sign that you are pregnant. The same goes if you are experiencing changes in bowel movements, such as becoming constipated.
If you also constantly need to pee, it could also be a sign of pregnancy.
When you are pregnant, your body produces a lot more hormones such as estrogen.
As a result of this, you may experience some vaginal discharge.
If you suddenly find yourself craving for certain foods and drinks, it could be a sign that you are pregnant. These cravings are usually strong and you would usually feel the need to have that certain food or drink NOW.
These cravings are also very variable. One minute you could be craving for something sweet.
Then the next minute, you could be looking for something salty.
Less hair fall
If you notice less hair on the bathroom floor after you shower, it might be a sign that you are pregnant. The same goes if you suddenly notice not needing to clean your hairbrush for the past several weeks.
This is because when you get pregnant, the amount of hair fall is decreased substantially.
Indigestion is another early indicator of pregnancy. However, it should be noted that it can be experienced at any point in the nine-month period of pregnancy.
Do you feel sleepy throughout the day? Do you suddenly find yourself drifting off to sleep while at the office?
Are you finding it hard to complete an exercise routine that used to be very easy for you? When you become pregnant, your body works double time.
This is particularly true during the first trimester. Because of this, you will usually feel sleepy and tired for no apparent reason.
Changes in sleeping patterns
Some women won’t be able to sleep for weeks, then on other weeks, sleep 14 hours at a time. In addition, some women who never snore in their life suddenly experience snoring when sleeping when they are pregnant.
Changes in sleeping patterns are very common for pregnant women.
Increase or decrease in body temperature
If you usually like your A/C turned off at night but are finding yourself turning it on recently because you feel warm, it is possible that you’re pregnant.
On the contrary, some pregnant women exhibit the opposite of this. That is, some women find themselves feeling too cold.
Immediate bladder changes happen when a woman becomes pregnant. As a result, you might find yourself urinating a lot more often than usual.
It should be noted though that for some pregnant women, more frequent urination is experienced more evidently during the later trimesters of pregnancy.
When you become pregnant, you suddenly become so sensitive. Your sense of smell becomes so sharp that you would be able to smell all the trash even if it’s two rooms away.
Some foods and drinks with a strong smell can also nauseate you. In addition, your gums would also develop sensitivities.
You might find your gums bleeding or swelling when your brush or floss your teeth. Your teeth would also feel some numbing sensation when you eat or drink something hot or cold.
All of these sensitivities can indicate that you are pregnant.
Vomiting and nausea
Morning sickness is one of the earliest indicators that you are pregnant. On average, it begins roughly six to eight weeks after successful implantation.
However, for some women, it happens earlier. For some, it happens later.
There are also a few who are extremely fortunate not to go through any morning sickness at all!
Intense thirst and hunger pains
When you are pregnant, you are no longer the only one getting hungry.
The nutrition you normally get from your daily consumption becomes insufficient because now, your developing baby also needs the nutrients.
This is why you will most likely experience intense thirst and hunger pains when you are pregnant.
Cramps and pains
If you suddenly experience pains in your joints, back, and ligaments for no apparent reason, it is possible that you are pregnant.
A lot of pregnant women also experience cramps and migraines.
Missed menstrual period
Missing your period is the most common indicator that you are pregnant. However, it should be noted that some pregnant women can still experience spotting or implantation bleeding.
Thus, the best way to know for sure is to undergo a pregnancy test.
Tender breasts and darkening of areolas
If you notice your breasts becoming larger or feeling tender, chances are that you might be pregnant. The areolas would also become darker.
Increased mucus secretion
Similar to vaginal discharge, the production of mucus is also increased substantially when you are pregnant.
Thus, if you are finding yourself blowing your nose more frequently than usual, it is possible that you are pregnant.
Do you find yourself becoming unpredictable and moody recently? You might feel so irritable now, and suddenly emotional the next minute.
You suddenly find yourself bawling your eyes out over a sad movie that never affected you in the past. Mood swings are very common when you are pregnant.
Did your complexion suddenly get worse? Are you having breakouts for no apparent reason?
The reason behind these could be that you are pregnant.
Complexion changes and acne breakouts can result from hormonal changes.
One of the instances wherein hormonal changes take place is during pregnancy.
Nightmares or vivid dreams
Have you been experiencing bad dreams? Do you suddenly find it very easy to recall these dreams down to the last detail throughout the day?
If the answer is yes, it is possible that you are expecting. Vivid dreams are common in pregnancy.
Are your pants becoming a little tight? Do your shoes no longer fit?
What about your wedding ring? Is it suddenly too tight?
For the majority of pregnant women, bloating and swelling comes later in the pregnancy. However, for some women, bloating and swelling can happen right away.
If you are experiencing the symptoms listed above, you could be pregnant. The most accurate way to confirm is to undergo a pregnancy test.
Consult a doctor if you need further advice.
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