07 May - 2017

by mamasch

Pregnancy is a beautiful transitional period in a woman’s life. If you’re doubtful whether you are pregnant or not, then the only way to make sure is taking a pregnancy test.

Some of the early pregnancy symptoms may occur around the time you have missed a period- or a week or two later.

Do all women get early pregnancy symptoms?

Every woman’s pregnancy symptoms may be different. About 60 percent of women get the early pregnancy symptoms by the time they’re six weeks along. Roughly 80 percent of them have these symptoms by the time they’re eight weeks. Below we give you 13 early pregnancy symptoms which you may or may not experience. Have a look and be informed.

Food aversions

During pregnancy, hormonal changes may cause food aversions. The human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (or hCG), doubles every few days during your first trimester. The rapidly rising levels of this hormone may cause food aversions.

Your food aversions may also link up with morning sickness. According to research studies, food aversion begins at the same time during pregnancy for the majority of women.

Morning sickness

Morning sickness is a prominent symptom of gestation. It can pay you a visit at any time of the day. It usually begins with the sixth week of pregnancy. Most doctors think morning sickness is a good sign and that the placenta is developing well. However, if you experience severe vomiting, you may experience Hyperemesis gravidarum. In that case, it is essential that you get medical help.


Starting from the early stages, feeling tired is quite normal in pregnancy. A woman can start feeling fatigue as soon as one week after conceiving. Fatigue is the result of a hormone called as progesterone. Other things such as low levels of blood sugar and low blood pressure may also be the culprits.

Breast changes

The rising hormonal levels may cause sensitive swollen breasts. They may feel heavier and fuller. It may feel like an exaggerated version of how your breasts feel before your period. This discomfort may significantly reduce after the first trimester as your body adjusts to hormonal changes.

Missed or no period

One of the early signs of pregnancy is that your period does not arrive. Some women can experience bleeding during pregnancy. If you’re pregnant, ask your doctor what you should be aware of with bleeding. Fatigue, stress and hormonal problems may be other reasons for missing a period.

Spotting and cramping

After you conceive, the fertilized egg attaches itself to the wall of the uterus which may be lead to spotting and cramping. It is called implantation bleeding which occurs between 6 to 12 days after the egg is fertilized.

Frequent urination

A week after the conception you may want to use the restroom often only to find that you’re passing urine in small amounts. The reason for frequent urination is that your embryo starts to secrete the hormone hCG that signals the blood supply to increase in the pelvic area. Your bladder might become irritable and passes small amounts of urine often than usual.


Lower back pain is another complaint in early pregnancy. It could mean that your ligaments are loosening. It may be more common in the second and third trimesters because the growing fetus puts pressure on the nerves and blood vessels of the back and pelvis. Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees will take stress off your back.

Food cravings

“About half of the women in the US report at least one food craving during their pregnancy,” says Judith Brown, author of What to Eat Before, During, and After Pregnancy.

No one knows what causes food cravings. There’s no scientific explanation for food cravings. Experts believe that the body is craving vitamin and minerals that it is deficient in.

Most food cravings are interesting than anything serious so you can enjoy in moderation. However be sure to eat a nutritious and balanced diet that meets your nutritional and emotional needs.

Sense of smell

Women become more sensitive and reactive to the scents around them when they are pregnant. Estrogen makes every little smell that wafts your way feel like an all-out assault on your nostrils.

Scientists have hypothesized that this heightened sense of smell can lead to morning sickness in some women. A research study found that women who were born without the sense of smell – a condition called anosmia don’t suffer from morning sickness when they are pregnant.

Try to make yourself surround with those scents that will make you better. Lemon, mint, ginger and other herbs may soothe your nausea.

Constipation and the wind

The increased hormonal levels during the early pregnancy have an effect on your intestines and make them more relaxed. This process helps with making more space for your baby as your uterus expands. As a result, you may get constipated. Safe, natural remedies are helpful and give you quick relief.

Pimples/ acne

You may find that though normally you enjoy a clear and healthy skin, you get pimples in early pregnancy. Don’t be alarmed your skin will regain its lost glow after your hormonal levels stabilize. Make sure that you don’t squeeze or pick pimples which may leave scars or spread bacteria.


Mood swings during pregnancy are common. You may be excited about being pregnant. On the other hand, you may be overwhelmed with all those changes taking place in your body. Significant changes in your hormonal levels can affect your level of neurotransmitters which are brain chemicals that regulate mood. Get plenty of sleep, go out for a walk and practice meditation to manage your stress levels.

Testing for pregnancy

When you have a positive pregnancy test, your doctor will carry out urine and blood test. If you like to know something specific, ask your doctor. Be sure to check whether you are rhesus negative. Once your pregnancy is confirmed, it is wise to begin your prenatal care as soon as possible.

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