Many of the early signs of pregnancy are also symptoms of PMS. The most telling clue that it is pregnancy is a missed period. If your cycle is fairly regular and you are late, you should do a pregnancy test.
Positive pregnancy test
This is the easiest way to determine whether you are pregnant or not. Performed correctly they offer a high level of accuracy. If you get a negative result it might be that you are just too early for the test to detect. Wait a few days and try again.
If you bleed and it is much lighter than usual, and a few days earlier than expected, you may be experiencing implantation bleeding. This is where the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall and causes a little bloodshed.
If you are suddenly exhausted, it might be the increasing response to the hormones in your body. For many women, tiredness continues through the first trimester, but ebbs in the second.
Tender and heavy feeling breasts, darkening of the areolas and even more pronounced veins on your chest can be a first sign that you are pregnant. Well fitting and supportive bras are a great help at this time.
Most pregnant women start to feel nauseous at about 6 week’s gestation and so this isn’t always a sign of early pregnancy, some women can experience it earlier. Although usually known as morning sickness, it can occur at any time of the day or night. Try to eat foods that will settle your stomach like crackers.
If you suddenly find yourself needing to go to the toilet frequently, even through the night, it might be a sign of pregnancy. During pregnancy your body produces extra fluids which cause the need to pass water often.
As a result of changing hormones you may experience headaches. Try to drink plenty of fluids and always ensure any analgesics are safe to take during pregnancy.
Lower back pain is common throughout pregnancy. The supportive ligaments are loosened by the effects of the hormones and your weight gain distorts your centre of gravity causing strain and pain. Warm relaxing baths can be soothing and exercise such as swimming and yoga can help with flexibility.
Cravings and food aversions
If you are suddenly revolted by a once favourite food or drink or if you notice food issues that were not there before, it could be your body telling you that you are pregnant.
Constipation and bloating
The hormone progesterone slows the digestive system and can cause symtoms of bloating and constipation. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables with plenty of fluids coupled with gentle exercise will help maintain a healthy bowel.
The hormones of pregnancy can cause mood swings. Encourage your partner to read up on the whole subject so that they might understand the changes your body is experiencing. Your mood generally settles down into the second trimester.
Dizziness or fainting
Low blood sugar or blood pressure can cause dizziness. Ensure you eat enough and are well hydrated.
Heightened sense of smell
Pregnancy can promote a hypersensitive sense of smell, even once lover perfumes can cause revulsion. This too passes.
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