You’re still getting a period, but something is different. Could it be early signs of pregnancy?
Before some women know for sure that they’re pregnant, they may experience changes in their mood, energy level, or breasts, which is similar to PMS. There are also other less common signs of pregnancy such as urinating more frequently, changes in how things smell, and even fainting. Not surprisingly, your hormones have already started to change, even before you get the confirmation you’re going to have a baby.
Here are some early signs that you may indeed be pregnant.
Those key hormonal changes that often make you feel emotional during your period can happen during the early stages of pregnancy as well. Hunger and fatigue can make mood swings even worse. Therefore, try to eat smaller meals throughout the day and take the time to rest quietly.
One of the very first signs of pregnancy is typically tender, sore breasts. They can feel heavier and fuller. Also, you may notice that the area that surrounds your nipple is getting darker and bigger as well. Most symptoms of early pregnancy, including achy breasts, are linked to increasing levels of the hormone progesterone.
Women who have never needed or wanted to nap before find themselves snoozing in the afternoon, thanks to all the additional progesterone making them feel exhausted throughout the day.
Cramping and Spotting
Cramping or spotting a bit earlier than your normal period could be a clue that your fertilized egg is attaching itself to your uterus. Even continuing to spot or bleed into your sixth week is considered normal in many cases.
Some women experience dizziness or lightheadedness in the initial stages of pregnancy. In fact, some have fainting spells. This could be due to either low blood pressure, hormonal changes or both. If you have low blood sugar, it’s best to eat small snacks more often all through the day.
Your kidneys have to work harder when you’re pregnant. Also, your bladder is feeling extra pressure due to your uterus increasing in size. Together, this means more and more trips to the powder room. Many women who aren’t yet aware that they’re pregnant may think they’re urinating more due to a bladder infection. Regardless, it’s not wise to decrease the amount you’re drinking, especially water. You need those extra fluids to stay hydrated.
Disgusted by Some Foods
Do some foods now make you cringe when you smell them or eat them? Another early sign of pregnancy is an acute sense of smell. What smelled okay before may now may you sick. For other women, they may develop an odd taste in their mouth. Also, be sure to take a good prenatal vitamin to ensure you’re getting all the vital nutrients your body needs.
Even though nausea and vomiting typically doesn’t start until 7 or 8 weeks after conception, queasiness can begin very early on. Try eating small, protein-rich meals more frequently to help manage your queasy stomach. Usually, nausea goes away after 12 weeks, although some women can experience it up to 16 weeks, and for some it unfortunately never disappears
The only way to know for absolute certainty that you’re pregnant is by taking a pregnancy test to confirm it. At South Lake OB/GYN and Advanced Surgery, we can help determine if you are pregnant and offer support throughout every stage of your pregnancy. Contact South Lake OB/GYN to schedule your consultation.