12 Signs of Pregnancy
Have you been experiencing bodily changes and wondering, “Am I pregnant?” Below is a list of the early signs of pregnancy:
1. Missed Period: If your period is about one week late, this may be a possible indicator of pregnancy. However, this symptom may not be accurate if you’ve had irregular menstrual cycles.
2. Nausea/Vomiting: Known as morning sickness, nausea is quite common in the first trimester and may or may not be accompanied by vomiting. It can be experienced later in the day, as well. The severity can differ from person to person and is likely caused by hormonal changes.
3. Tender/Swollen Breasts: You may experience tingling, aching, and swelling/enlargement of the breast tissue. You may also notice darkening of the areas surrounding your nipples. Once your body adjusts to your new hormonal changes, these feelings should subside.
4. Light Spotting/Bleeding/Vaginal Discharge: This is known as implantation bleeding and occurs after the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall. Implantation bleeding could be mistaken for a menstrual period, but implantation bleeding is typically lighter in amount and color, shorter in time, and does not include clotting.
5. Cramping and Pain: Different from period cramps, pregnancy cramps would be present even after you’ve missed your period. Other pregnancy signs and symptoms include leg cramping and soreness in the lower back.
6. Headaches: These headaches feel like lightheadedness or dizziness and are caused by hormonal changes. You should consider them in conjunction with other pregnancy symptoms you’re experiencing.
7. Sensitivity to Smell: Although there is little scientific evidence for this one, it remains a commonly reported symptom and is probably a cause of nausea during this time.
8. Change of Appetite: Oftentimes the foods you normally desire won’t sound good to you at all if you are pregnant. This is due to hormonal changes and changes in your senses.
9. Frequent Urination: Unless you’re hydrating like crazy, this may also be a sign to look for. Also due to hormonal changes, it’s possible to experience this even before your missed period.
10. Constipation and Bloating: Speaking of hydration, that’s not a bad idea considering this symptom can be very uncomfortable! If you’ve had fewer than 3 bowel movements in a given week, you may be dealing with pregnancy constipation. Again, due to hormonal changes.
11. Mood Swings/Fatigue: As your body is producing more progesterone than normal, you will likely experience mood swings. Progesterone supports the pregnancy and is responsible for milk production in the breasts. As soon as one week after conception, you may experience fatigue, as well since your body is working harder to pump additional blood to support the life inside of you.
12. Heartburn or Indigestion: Stemming from an increase in progesterone, heartburn or indigestion affects more women in the second and third trimesters. However, do not rule it out if you feel either early on, especially if it is something you do not normally experience!
Community Pregnancy Clinics is here to guide you throughout your pregnancy. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with us today. Our free pregnancy clinics are located in Gainesville, Sarasota, Fort Myers, and Naples.