Have you been planning on having a baby for a long time and are now waiting for that typical sign of a missed period to confirm the fact that you are pregnant?
Well, maybe you don’t really need to wait so long. Sometimes, the answer is just right there and it is believed that certain signs of pregnancy are more eminent than others. Often, we tend to undermine these ‘other signs’, as we lack the ability to understand and interpret such signs our body might be sending us to signify a successful fertilization.
Motherhood is an experience that gets you feeling complete and is undoubtedly one of the most enriching and important experiences of being a woman. It is that unique cord that connects the mother with her little baby. The bond tends to stay quite strong all our lives, despite the children growing up and develop as independent individuals. If you are planning to have a baby, you may need to pay attention to the changes that your body will now undergo. It is important for a woman to understand her body and acknowledge the changes she will go through, as and when she gets pregnant.
Pregnancy Symptoms before Missed Period:
As your body prepares itself for the little spurt of life inside, it may present a few minor pregnancy symptoms before your ‘missed period’ to help you understand and know whether you are actually expecting or not.
1. Changes in Daily Life:
There are small, indiscriminate changes that you may feel, as your body and mind readies for what is to come your way. It is important to understand some basic human anatomy here. Your body goes through the menstruation cycle and is guided by the fluctuating levels of hormones estrogen and progesterone. Once you get pregnant, your progesterone level rises and stops the normal process of menstrual bleeding. This helps the body start preparing for the baby and as time passes it signals that an embryo is in existence.
While many women would undermine having that nauseated feeling was may be due to a wrong meal or misplaced sleep, but it is one of the first indicators that you may have conceived. It is mostly referred to as morning sickness that many women experience during their pregnancy. Nausea is triggered due to increase in the levels of estrogen and progesterone. These two hormones slow down digestion and lead to inability to hold food inside. So, it is advisable not to ignore that early morning-throw ups and do a quick pregnancy test if you are planning to have a baby.
3. Breasts are Tender and Feel Swollen:
A female body is designed naturally to ensure wellbeing of the baby growing inside. Your mammary glands or breasts are designed to feed your baby with all the possible nutrition. If you are becoming increasingly sensitive to any kind of touch to your breasts, you could be very much pregnant. In some cases, the hormones will work to make your breasts very sensitive, sore, tender and highly ticklish. Also, you might feel them getting bigger, heavier and fuller as time passes and you progress into motherhood.
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4. Tiredness and Fatigue:
As your body starts to prep itself for the pregnancy and the upcoming changes that are going to happen over a period of time; you will get tired and feel fatigued and exhausted very often. The rising levels of progesterone hormone are indicators that signify that the body is starting to prepare itself for pregnancy, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.
Medical practitioners at Mayo Clinic advice to take rest during the first few weeks of pregnancy since they are crucial. Take it a little easy on your work during pregnancy and give priority to your health. The chances of miscarriages are high during the first week of pregnancy so you have to be extra careful. Plan your maternity leave and talk with your doctor regarding the nature of your occupation, if the doctor advices you to take an early leave don’t hesitate to take one. He might also ask you take leaves according to the nature of your pregnancy, if he detects any complications then he will ask you to take an early leave during pregnancy.
5. Your Food Habits get Surprising:
Anxious to know how food habits get included in the list of early symptoms of pregnancy before missed period? Then here is your answer. If you are pregnant, changing levels of estrogen will enhance your sensory organs and it can trigger a change in your perception of certain foods. Also it could cause an aversion to some foods as well. You will feel hungry more than usual and find yourself craving a lot. If this is the case, it’s good to go for a pregnancy strip test at home, as it could not just be an odd unusual day that you feel heightened sense of smell.
6. Spotting or Little Bleeding:
Sometimes, as the ova gets fertilized and attaches itself to the uterus it leads to a medical bleed called the implantation bleeding which is very normal and no cause of concern. This usual happens in 6-7 days of fertilization and many confuse it with their usual period. There is an easy way to know if you are pregnant or not, since the blood color is lighter usually pink or light brown, than the period.
While you may not experience menstrual bleeding during pregnancy, there is a good chance that you may experience cramping in the pelvic area during the days you usually experience your ‘periods.’ Sometimes, as the body undergoes changes and the embryo attaches itself in the uterus, it may cause bleeding and may also cause cramping as the uterus adjusts itself and the endometrium lining makes place for the baby. Medications may help you ease the pain in such cases, and you can also visit a doctor or get a pregnancy test done to check if you are pregnant.
8. Mood Swings:
Women often experience their tempers soaring for no reason, this is counted normal. It happens due to the hormonal changes going through them each month. Usually it is a common symptom for pregnancy as well. So, if you are experiencing more than your usual amount of mood swings and been feeling really emotional lately, you could have experienced a successful fertilization.
Pregnancy causes your body to tire. Due to several reasons, such as the arteries and veins dilate to improve blood circulation within your body, drop in blood sugar level or plenty of nutrition-secretion by your baby. Dizziness in first trimester is common to expecting mothers, so if you are feeling light-headed or experiencing bouts of low pressure accompanied by palpitations, its high time you should at least have a pregnancy strip test at home, later you can go for a medical one.
While some women start to throw up, in other cases a missed period causes women to experience constipation as the food moves slowly in the body thanks to increased levels of progesterone. This may cause discomfort in many women. If you are experiencing constipation regularly, feel free to do that home kit pregnancy test to maybe get the good news you have been waiting for.
11. Increased Frequency of Urination:
An increase in the number of trips to the bathroom is a good and sure sign of conceiving, even though you may not have increased your water intake. You can blame this increased frequency of rushing to the bathroom on the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) which is produced in your body. The HCG hormone is produced when the embryo implants itself in the uterus and sets the production of this hormone. As the uterus wall hardens to let the baby develop and grow, it reduces space for the urinary bladder which creates pressure on the bladder and makes you rush. As the uterus adjusts, this becomes less of a problem and one can relax.
12. Backaches and Headaches:
Headaches and backaches are another signs of conception. The reduced blood sugar levels could cause you to have a headache as the brain cells try to cope up with the deficient level of sugar supply they are getting. Alternately, you could also experience a lot of lower back pain. This back pain can be attributed to the fact that your ligaments start to loosen up as your body prepares to carry the weight of a baby. Also, it is important to understand and pay attention to your sleeping position at night so that the pain is not induced due to bad posture instead of pregnancy.
While all the above mentioned symptoms are associated with being pregnant, one can also experience these symptoms due to other factors caused by a disease or an infection or sudden change in one’s surroundings and eating habits. Another symptom which may indicate pregnancy is sudden lack of appetite.
Lack of Appetite:
Due to nausea and vomiting, your appetite will be on the lowest ebb. The hormonal changes also influence your appetite. You will have hunger pangs and strong craving for few foods like pickles. However, your appetite is in the downward slope. It will improve in the advanced stage of pregnancy once the morning sickness stops.
You can smell lavender essential oil, since this helps to curb nausea. You can also have lavender shortbread biscuits to reduce nausea and increase appetite. Reducing stress also improves appetite to a great extent.
Some Easy Steps to Check Whether You Conceived:
All you need are pregnancy test kits, a thermometer, a basal body temperature chart to keep the records of your body temperature and your complete attention to the changes happening inside your body.
- Check whether you are feeling tired frequently, if this doesn’t normally happen then this could be a sign that you have conceived.
- Also notice whether you are having headaches, backaches and dizziness. If you are feeling dizzy then this can be a sign that you are pregnant.
- Are you short of breath easily and frequently? Then this can also be a sign that you have conceived successfully.
- Does your breasts look a little different in the mirror are they sensitive to touch? Try to spot the difference in the appearance in the breast and also if you get a tingling sensation you can be sure that you are pregnant.
- If you are suffering from cramps that were due on the day you were supposed to have your menstrual cycle, then you can be pregnant. If the cramps are accompanied by bloating and indigestion it is a sign of pregnancy.
- If you are having headaches more than often then it is a sign that female sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone are being secreted to prepare the uterus or womb for the baby. Would be mothers suffer from this common malady- headaches.
- Aching backs are also a sure sign of pregnancy. The loosening of ligaments to hold the baby’s weight for those nine months is a reason behind these excruciating back pains. You can ask your doctor for some medicines beforehand, never do self-medication during pregnancy.
- If you have already noticed light vaginal bleeding then you can be totally sure that you have conceived successfully. The colour of the vaginal discharge is light pink so don’t confuse it with your menstrual cycle. The bleeding is slight and you can see spots.
- If you are normally a moody person it might become a little tough to notice any subtle changes in your mood. However, if you are getting a bit too angry or depressed without reason and quiet frequently then you might be pregnant. Though this is not an effective way to judge pregnancy, but nevertheless keep a check on the sudden outbursts of emotion. Try to practice meditation and stay cheerful, for motherhood is a great experience!
- Generally nausea doesn’t happen before a month after conception. Well different bodies react differently and also depend on the hormones that the body is secreting. If you are having constant vomiting and retching then you are possibly pregnant. Most women skip this sign altogether or sometimes ignore it. Don’t pop pills thinking that you are having heartburn or acid reflux, have medicines prescribed by doctors. Steer clear from antibiotics, if you are facing any of the above mentioned symptoms.
- Are you running to the washroom frequently, then you can possibly be pregnant. If you don’t urinate frequently in normal situations and you are experiencing it recently then you can go for a pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy. The increased blood volume and other body fluids cause this frequent urination. This is a sign that your kidneys are really busy processing the body fluids and filling up your urinary bladder very quickly. As the pregnancy progresses, the expanding uterus or womb with the developing embryo exerts pressure on the urinary bladder, thus the process of urination worsens with passing time. It can be a little embarrassing as well!
- You are getting hunger pangs more often. Notice whether you are having a desire to have some food that you used to hate earlier, but liking it now.
- Are some odours repelling you? If yes, then this indicates a rise in the estrogen levels in the body. But this is not a sure sign of pregnancy.
- If you have missed your menstrual cycle then take your basal body temperature and keep a record in chart. If the body temperature is higher than normal during the time you were due to have your periods then you can possibly be pregnant.
How Can You Be Sure Then?
In order to really find out if you are pregnant or not, you can look out for a few of these above mentioned factors to happen at all same time or one after the other at a spaced interval. So, it is important to start taking care of your body and ensure you know your normal lifestyle and cycles to be able to spot and tell any changes that occur out of line.
- Many of us are not aware about our basal body temperature until our consulting doctor informs us about it. So, if you are working towards getting pregnant, obtain information but don’t fret over it.
- You may be trying to conceive and become a mother. An important point to remember is to pay attention to your body and stay alert for any sudden changes.
- However, before you get excited give yourself some time and keep an eye out for other symptoms as well. Sometimes, it could be a false alarm as well.
- Above all, ensure that you visit your doctor for the final verdict to get all necessary scans to find out if you are expecting or not.
Some Tips to Detect Pregnancy:
1. Wait for Increased Levels of HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Hormone):
If you have regular menstrual cycles and you find that suddenly you are having your menses late then take a pregnancy test at home. If the results are negative, then test again after a gap of few days. Sometimes, the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (HCG) levels are very low; as a result, you see negative results on the pregnancy test strip. You need to wait till the HCG hormone level comes to a steady rise and do the test again. If the results are positive then consult the doctor to confirm your status.
2. Wait for Your Missed Periods:
First of all it is important to understand the pattern of your menstrual cycle. You have to keep a track of your last menstrual cycle, because the doctor will definitely ask details about your last menstrual cycle. The first day of your last menstrual cycle is important since it helps the doctor to give you a fair idea about your expected due date.
So if you have missed your periods, don’t rush and take the test on the day the menstrual cycle was expected. Wait for two to three days and take the test. You can keep a separate desk calendar to keep a track of menstrual cycle. You should be well acquainted with the time of your menstrual cycle and the gaps between your monthly cycles. You should be able to provide all answers regarding your menstrual cycle the doctor can probably ask. So just listen to your body quickly.
3. False Alarms:
Many of the pregnancy symptoms can be pre-menstrual symptoms. So you have to know your body really well to differentiate between premenstrual and pregnancy symptoms. You have to judge the abnormal symptoms that never occurred before and it is occurring now. You can ask your doctor also to get a better idea.
False alarms can make you sad if you were expecting to become pregnant and the tests showed negative results. So look for signs your body is showing carefully. If the results are negative, don’t worry you have many more chances to become pregnant. If the results are positive, then that’s a great news, welcome to the journey of motherhood.
You really have to be careful about some signs that your body is showing. Report to your doctor about these unusual signs and follow his advice religiously.
- Few women continue to have their menstrual cycle even if they are pregnant. The menstrual cycle generally stops during pregnancy, if it doesn’t you need to consult your doctor. However, having your period doesn’t mean that you are not pregnant. Don’t confuse menstrual cycle during pregnancy as spotting or implantation bleeding, which is quite normal if you have conceived.
- If you experience unusual bleeding accompanied by painful cramps on one side of the abdomen report to your doctor immediately. This cramp and bleeding can be a sign of ectopic pregnancy and needs immediate medical attention. In normal pregnancy, the embryo implants on the wall of the uterus. In the case of ectopic pregnancy, the embryo implants in the fallopian tubes instead of the uterus. This can cause the fallopian tubes to burst; this can be life threatening for both mother and the baby.
Be calm and patient, as your body undergoes changes. Remember not to over think too much about being a parent or exert yourself over the thought. You would only exhaust yourself and create specific problems that do not exist. One the other hand, if you are confirmed about your pregnancy after a medical, then it’s time to start prepping for the arrival of the little one, if not then you can keep trying!!
Hope you will look out for these early pregnancy symptoms before missed period. Do share your experiences with us and if you have more known symptoms other than the ones listed above let us know about them.
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