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Planning to have a baby? Are you in a soon-to-be-mom stage?
Whatever stage you are into, every woman should know the natural signs of being pregnant.
The first indicating sign of pregnancy
Are you curious about the first sign to indicate that you are pregnant? Below is the primary indicating sign to confirm that you are indeed pregnant.
The first indicating sign that you are pregnant is the appearance of your breasts.
You will notice that your breasts become tender and bigger in size during a week or two of conception. However in some cases, women might experience having sore breasts 4 weeks after conception.
The bra you are currently using will start to feel tight and irritating than usual. Instances are, you will feel a tingling sensation in your breasts and around the areolas.
Early 2 weeks pregnancy symptoms
Yes you have read it right, in as early as 2 weeks… some women feel the indicating signs of pregnancy already. Below are the following signs of pregnancy at two weeks.
According to the survey conducted by American Pregnancy Association, below are the reported signs of pregnancy at 2 weeks:
- Missed and/or delayed periods (29%)
- Nauseating (25%)
Also take note that you may be 2 weeks pregnant but your doctor will state otherwise. Once you visit the doctor for check-up he/she counts it that you are 4 weeks pregnant. Remember to not be confused, he/she counts the start of your pregnancy base on the last day of your period.
In some cases, women consider implantation bleeding to be the first sign of pregnancy but the survey conducted by APA states otherwise. The survey reveals that only 3% of women experience implantation bleeding as their first indicating sign of pregnancy.
Common pregnancy symptoms
Knowing the most common signs of pregnancy is very important. Because each symptom you feel during conception may have causes asides pregnancy alone.
Most common pregnancy signs among women
Is it your first time to be pregnant and/or conceive a baby? Then get ready for the following symptoms you will undergo during the process.
Below are the most common signs of pregnancy:
Delayed and/or skipped periods
A delayed and/or skipped period is considered as the most common sign to indicate pregnancy. When you become pregnant, expect that your next period will not arrive.
Women, especially those who have regular menstrual cycle instantly confirm that they are pregnant when they skipped a cycle of periods. However, women with irregular periods instantly confirm that they are pregnant when their menstrual cycle is does not arrive after a long period of time.
Cause: Your egg cells are fertilized already!
What you need to do: Try to take a pregnancy test. And whether you are regular or not, if you have skipped a couple of periods already, you need to consult a doctor for confirmation.
Some women experience bleeding during pregnancy, however it is only light and the bleeding only occurs for a very short span of time.
This bleeding is not menstruation, it is called vaginal spotting also known as implantation bleeding, and this begins 5-12 days after conception.
Vaginal spotting is an indicating sign that the embryo is already implanted in the uterine wall (baby’s home inside your tummy!). This only means that your baby already has a place to grow.
On the contrary, some women are lucky enough to not experience light bleeding during pregnancy. But that does not mean you should be alarmed because you will still be pregnant whether you go through it or not.
Cause: The fertilized eggs are digging into the uterus walls. Do not worry, this will not give you pain whatsoever.
What you need to do: Light bleeding during pregnancy is normal, but you still need to consult a doctor for a pregnancy test.
However, if you are bleeding for more than 10 days now, you need to call a doctor for check-up.
Cramping is experienced during the first entire trimester of pregnancy. Where a woman’s abdomen experience aching.
Although cramping is not an indicating sign of pregnancy, most pregnant women are accompanied by this.
Cause: The expansion of uterus, where its ligaments and muscles stretches. Cramping becomes more noticeable when you cough, sneeze, and change lying and/or sitting positions.
When you reach the second part of trimester, the cause of cramping is the round ligament pain. The round ligament is a muscle which support the uterus. When that muscle stretches, you may experience excruciating pain or slight aching in your lower abdomen.
In addition to that, below are the other causes of cramping during pregnancy:
- Bloating and gas build-up
- Sex during pregnancy
What you need to do: There are various home and self-treatments for cramping such as…
- Change positions, go sit and lie down slowly if it is extremely painful.
- Do relaxation exercises
- Take a warm bath and/or shower.
- Wrap a water bottle using a clean face towel and place it on the aching area.
- Drink a lot of water
Yes, nosebleed is also a common sign of pregnancy especially if it occurs more than usual and this is just normal.
Cause: Increased levels of blood flow. The veins inside the nasal area get dilated and the mucus membranes become more vulnerable to nose bleeding.
What you need to do: Pinch your nose for 5-10 minutes.
However, if you experienced excessive bleeding… consult a doctor immediately.
As mentioned above, sore breasts are often the primary sign of pregnancy. It begins in as early as 1-2 weeks after conception. The change in size and appearance of your breasts will cause a major discomfort, so get ready. It is merely a preparation for baby feeding.
Cause: Urge of pregnancy hormones and increased levels of blood flow.
Also, keep in mind that your breasts are sensitive during pregnancy so avoid ‘them’ being touched especially to your partner.
Some women experience having swollen breasts in just a week while others go through it for the first entire trimester. However, your breasts will continually grow in size because milk ducts and milk-producing cells start to develop.
What you need to do: Wear a supportive bra. Take note to buy a bra which can be adjusted in case your breasts still increase in size.
Darkening of the nipples and areolas
The nipples and areolas (area surrounding the nipples) gets darker during pregnancy. Some bumps that look like goosebumps will also appear on the areolas which are called Montgomery tubercles. This appears during the first 2 weeks after conception.
Cause: Hormonal surges of pregnancy, the body’s preparation for breastfeeding.
Frequent urination lasts for 2-8 weeks after conception.
Cause: After the implantation of embryo, the body releases a hormone called hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) which causes urination. hCG produces estrogen and progesterone which aids in sustaining pregnancy.
Did you know that, increased hCG levels in the urine is the reason why you get positive result on your pregnancy test.
Around 50-90% of women experience morning sickness. This begins 2-8 weeks after conception. But for most cases, this occurs during week 6.
Cause: Hormonal changes
What you need to do: Eat plain crackers before getting out of bed. Eat small meals only and take vitamins such as B6, B12, ginger tablets/teas.
You will experience over fatigue during the first week after conception.
Cause: Your body is nurturing your baby that is why you lose energy.
What you need to do: Take a lot of rest and naps.
This occurs during the early weeks of pregnancy.
Cause: Sudden rising of hormones.
What you need to do: Take medicines or get some sleep.
Most women appear bloated during the early weeks of pregnancy. This includes swollen hands, fingertips, and nose.
Cause: The body increases 50% more blood and fluids to nurture the baby’s needs. The increased fluids fill up the body tissues which make the body bloat.
What you need to do: Eat small meals, especially foods that are high in potassium. Avoid food causing gas build-up and drink plenty of water.
In addition to that, start doing yoga and always wear comfy clothing.
Cause: Hormonal and blood pressure changes. The blood vessels are pressured by the uterus as the baby develops.
What you need to do: Eat healthy meals and snacks, drink lots of water, and wear comfy clothing. Avoid standing and getting exposed to heat for a long period of time.
Also, take note to lie on your left side because this increases the blood to stimulate throughout the heart and brain. You can also sit down and put your head between your knees, this aids in letting the blood flow.
About 90% of pregnant women experience food cravings. This begins during the first trimester. For some cases, cravings last for the entire duration of pregnancy.
Cause: Your body is simply telling you what it needs.
What you need to do: Always remember to eat regular meals only, avoid eating too much.
Pregnancy symptoms you should never ignore
Experiencing pain during your pregnancy is completely normal. However, you still need to be aware that some symptoms might be a cause of something else.
Serious pregnancy signs
It is very important for every pregnant woman to know whether the signs she is experiencing is not normal.
Below are the following serious signs:
This may be a normal sign of pregnancy but in some cases, cramping is a cause of something else such as…
- Urinary tract infection-lack of water intake.
Severe abdominal pain
When you start to feel severe abdominal pain on the upper or middle part, below are the following serious causes:
- Stomach bug
- Pre-eclampsia-excruciating upper abdominal pain accompanied by high blood pressure.
Pain on the lower abdomen may be a cause of the following serious signs:
- Miscarriage- this is indicated by severe cramping and excessive vaginal spotting.
- Premature baby/labor- cervix begins to widen before 37 weeks.
- Placental abruption-the placenta separates from the uterus even before the baby is conceived.
- Ectopic pregnancy- fertilized egg is implanted outside the uterus.
That is why during your pregnancy, you should always take care of your health for you and your baby.
Ectopic pregnancy symptoms
If you have some of these symptoms please seek medical help as soon as possible:
- abdominal pain together with vaginal bleeding
- pain in shoulders