If you are trying to conceive, waiting to get a missed period could feel like waiting for ages, while a missed period is one solid indicator that you may be pregnant, there are other early symptoms of pregnancy that can happen earlier than missing your period due to hormonal changes in your body. If you pay close attention to what your body is telling you, you will be able to detect pregnancy easier and before you even get a positive home pregnancy test.
Here are some early pregnancy symptoms to look out for.
1- Tender Breasts.
The first sign you may notice is swollen, heavier than normal tender breasts, these changes happen to your breasts as a result to the changes in estrogen and progesterone levels in your body and can be felt as early as one week after your ovulation, other changes that happen to the breasts also include darkening to the areola and the appearance of tiny spots on it.
The best way to relieve this discomfort is by wearing a proper size supportive bra.
Dizziness or light headedness can be experienced about five days before the date you expect your period to flow, it happens as a result to the increase in progesterone that causes the blood vessels to dilate which in return lowers the blood pressure leading to less blood being delivered to the brain causing temporary dizziness.
To avoid this, don’t get up too quickly from your seat and make sure to not miss a meal or get hungry which can lowers your blood pressure even more.
It is easy to miss this early symptom as you may relate it to normal tiredness, however during the first stages of your pregnancy, your body goes through several hormonal changes that leave you tired and lacking energy, the rise of progesterone causes your muscles to relax which makes you sleepy and it also lowers your blood pressure making you lacking energy.
Nausea is maybe the most popular early pregnancy symptom, it also happens as a result to the change in your hormonal levels, this squeakiness in your stomach can strike at just anytime of the day not only morning and according to studies, nausea affects up to 85% of pregnant women, you can start feeling nauseated as little as two weeks after conception.
5- Frequent Urination.
As your body starts reacting to the new hormonal changes during early stages of pregnancy, your blood volume increases which causes your kidneys to work faster and harder to filter the extra blood in your body, causing your bladder to get full more frequent, you may also notice your increased thirst. Frequent urination is common through all stages of pregnancy and it will even increase as your pregnancy progress.