What Are The Early Signs Of Pregnancy?

What Are The Early Signs Of Pregnancy?

Are you and your husband trying to have a baby? Surely, you and your husband must be eager to hear the good news. You must be wondering how to find out if you’re pregnant or not. It is now time for you to look out for the little changes in your body.

It is very easy to spot some of the signs of pregnancy. You will start noticing some changes within a few weeks of getting pregnant. In this blog, we talk about some of the common signs of pregnancy that you might be experiencing right now and also how you can confirm your pregnancy by taking a pregnancy test at home.

All newly pregnant women may not show the same signs. So keep in mind that another woman’s early signs of pregnancy may not be the same as yours.

When will you start seeing the signs of pregnancy?

signs of pregnancy

The first week of your pregnancy is decided based on the date of the last day of your last menstrual period (LMP). You may start seeing the first signs of pregnancy in the first week after your period ends, or you may see the signs 2-3 weeks later.

Below are some commons signs of pregnancy that you might notice:

1. Signs of pregnancy: Your period is late

late period

Delay in period is the most common sign of pregnancy. But it is not necessary that a delayed period is because of pregnancy. You can consult a doctor to know more.

2. Signs of pregnancy: You might notice a vaginal discharge or have stomach cramping

vaginal discharge

When the fertilised egg attaches to the wall of the uterus, a little bleeding is expected. It is quite common to confuse this bleeding with period. This is actually called spotting and usually happens 2-4 weeks after fertilisation. During this time, you could also get stomach pain or cramps which might feel similar to menstrual cramps.

It is OK if this has not happened to you, as it may not happen to all women.

3. Signs of pregnancy: You might be having morning sickness or vomiting

morning sickness

Vomiting is a common sign of pregnancy. Even though this is called “Morning Sickness”, it can happen to you at any time during the day. This usually ends after the first trimester of pregnancy, but can sometimes continue throughout the 9 months.

4. Signs of pregnancy: You might feel breast pain or soreness in the breasts

breast pain

4-6 weeks into your pregnancy, you might feel pain, soreness or heaviness in your breasts. These changes happen due to the changing levels of progesterone and estrogen hormones in your body. You can wear a comfortable bra for some relief.

5. Signs of pregnancy: You might notice a change in breast colour

The colour of your nipples and breasts may darken. This happens because of the change in estrogen hormone in your body. This change is usually noticeable in the 11th - 12th week of your pregnancy. It may not happen to all women, so don’t worry if it does not happen to you.

6. Signs of pregnancy: You might be having mood swings

mood swings

It is normal to have times when you feel too sad or too happy. But sometimes, your emotions might get unpredictable. You might be happy at one minute and then start crying in the next minute. This happens because of the changes in hormones in your body. This may not mean that you are pregnant, so it is advisable to take a pregnancy test for confirmation.

7. Signs of pregnancy: You might have a headache

headache

A frequent headache is a common sign of pregnancy. Again, a headache can be caused due to other reasons. So it is advisable to consult a doctor or take a pregnancy test for confirmation.

8. Signs of pregnancy: You might feel tired throughout the day

feel tired

In the early stages of pregnancy, there is an increase in the level of progesterone hormones. Along with this, your body prepares itself for the growing baby. These changes might increase your blood pressure, which can make you feel tired. You might feel more tired in the beginning and towards the end of your pregnancy.

9. Signs of pregnancy: You might notice that your stomach has become bigger

stomach become bigger

Because of the increase in progesterone levels, your digestive system becomes slow. The food you eat stays in your stomach for a longer time, which can lead to stomach growth and weight gain. This usually starts 4-6 weeks after you get pregnant.

Many women confuse this growth in the stomach with the baby growing bigger, which is not correct.

10. Signs of pregnancy: You might have a fever or high body temperature

fever or high body temperature

Body temperature usually increases around the time of your period. But if the high temperature continues for 10-18 days after your delayed period date, it can be a sign of pregnancy. Your body temperature generally rises in the 6th week of pregnancy.

11. Signs of pregnancy: You might feel that some foods are tasteless

You might not feel any taste while eating or feel a bitter taste in the mouth. Also, you might find the smell of certain items like eggs, milk, chai etc. different. This is very common and happens in the first trimester of pregnancy.

12. You might have some unusual food cravings

unusual food cravings

One of the common signs of pregnancy is that you might want to eat certain special items like raw mangoes, tamarind, guavas or ice cream. This usually happens 3 months after the start of pregnancy.

Due to the decrease of iron and some other minerals in the body, some women even feel like eating mud or coal. This is commonly known as PICA syndrome. Do NOT eat things like mud, coal or anything else that can harm you or your baby. Contact your doctor if you have these urges. Take special care of your diet and eat foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals.

How to do a pregnancy test at home?

pregnancy test at home

Many women feel uncomfortable to share or talk about their pregnancy in the beginning. They might not want to go to the doctor for a pregnancy test and might feel it easier to do a pregnancy test at home. So if you think you might be pregnant and want to do a test by yourself, you can try some of these listed below.

1. Pregnancy test at home: With sugar

  • In a bowl, take one spoon of sugar.
  • Add a sample of the first urine that you passed in the morning.
  • If the sugar melts and dissolves in the urine, you are not pregnant. If the sugar does not dissolve, you might be pregnant. For confirmation, go to your doctor for a pregnancy test.

2. Pregnancy test at home: With toothpaste

  • In a bowl or a cup, take 2 spoons of white toothpaste.
  • Add a sample of the first urine that you passed in the morning.
  • If the toothpaste turns blue or becomes foamy, you might be pregnant. For confirmation, go to your doctor for a pregnancy test.

3. Pregnancy test at home: With vinegar

  • In a plastic bowl, pour a few spoons of white vinegar.
  • Add a sample of the first urine that you passed in the morning.
  • If the vinegar changes colour, you might be pregnant. For confirmation, go to your doctor for a pregnancy test.

4. Pregnancy test at home: With baking soda

  • In a bowl, take 2 spoons of baking soda.
  • Add a sample of the first urine that you passed in the morning.
  • If there is a lot of foam forming in the bowl, you might be pregnant. For confirmation, go to your doctor for a pregnancy test.

5. Pregnancy test at home: With pregnancy test kit

You can use a pregnancy test kit to do a pregnancy test at home. Keep the following things in mind to use this kit:

  • The pregnancy kit is easily available in any medical shop. If you cannot buy it yourself, ask a friend or relative to buy it for you.
  • The kit costs Rs. 50 to Rs. 100.
  • Read the instructions on the kit before using and follow the steps carefully.
  • Use a sample of the first urine that you passed in the morning.
  • Most home pregnancy test kits can show the result in 5-10 minutes. You can use a watch or your phone to keep track of time. The indicator line or colour might change after a while, so check it within 15 minutes.
  • After getting the result for the test, compare the indicator with the markings mentioned on the kit. For confirmation, go to your doctor for a pregnancy test.

Note:

  • For all the above tests, make sure you use the first urine that you passed in the morning. This will have the highest amount of hCG hormone (pregnancy hormone).
  • These tests may not give 100% correct results, so it is always better to consult a doctor.

A blood test is the best way to test for pregnancy. The doctor checks for the presence of hCG hormone in the blood which can confirm pregnancy. So, it is highly advisable to consult a doctor when you see any early signs of pregnancy.

Don’t forget that every pregnancy is different. What another pregnant woman is experiencing may or may not happen to you. Also, you may not have all of the signs of pregnancy that we have listed above. Sometimes, you may just feel pregnant, without noticing any of these symptoms. So, it is always a good idea to confirm using a pregnancy test.

If you do find out that you are pregnant, congratulations! Your bond with your baby is already forming. Enjoy these 9 months of your pregnancy and take good care of your health, lifestyle and diet.

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