Do You Think You’re Pregnant? – 5 Early Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy
Not sure if you’re pregnant? Every woman is different, as are her experiences of pregnancy and symptoms throughout. There are early signs and symptoms of pregnancy that may point to the possibility of being pregnant.
Below are 5 specific symptoms to keep an eye out for if you believe you may be pregnant.
Around 5 to 10 days after conception, some women may notice light spotting when the embryo embeds in the uterus.
One of the most common early signs and symptoms of pregnancy is soreness or tingling in the breasts. Breasts will start to fill out and change shape as they prepare to produce milk early in pregnancy. Hormones can also cause the areolas to widen and darken during pregnancy.
Fatigue is often one of the first signs of pregnancy and is very normal. Just as soon as one week after conceiving, a woman can start feeling unusually fatigued. This can be related to a high level of a hormone called progesterone or lower levels of blood sugar. Lower blood pressure and a boost in blood production can also play a role.
Nausea—or morning sickness—is a common symptom of pregnancy but not every woman will experience it. When pregnant, hormone levels can slow down the emptying of a woman’s stomach which contributes to nausea. For many, nausea is not confined to just the mornings but can happen all day long.
One of the most obvious early signs and symptoms of pregnancy is a missed period. But understand that not all missed or delayed periods are caused by pregnancy. Missing a period could be caused by hormonal problems, fatigue or stress, for example, if it isn’t pregnancy. If you have missed periods, but know you are not pregnant, consult your doctor.
If you think you may be pregnant, the physicians at My OBGyne will provide you with an individualized approach to your care. They will work one on one with you so that you play an integral part in your birthing options and development of your birthing plan to make your experience the most natural for you as possible.