Most women know that the absence of menstruation is a key sign of pregnancy, but it's important to be aware of other indicators. Knowing you are pregnant sooner affords you an early start on a healthier pregnancy for both you and your baby.
Top Signs of Pregnancy:
- Morning sickness. Or afternoon sickness. Or evening sickness. Nausea – with or without vomiting – can occur any time of day starting as early as three weeks after conception. These bouts can be caused by rapidly rising hormone levels, which cause the stomcach to empty more slowly.
- Frequent urination. Many women find themselves taking more trips to the bathroom, especially at night. These frequent trips only add to fatigue (also a symptom).
- Fatigue. Early on, progesterone levels peak, making you feel sleepy. Combined with lower blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and increased blood production, you may feel drained. Take it easy and get that sleep in while you can.
- Tender, swollen breasts. Often one of the first signs women notice is that their breasts may feel tingly or sore as early as two to three weeks after conception. They may also feel fuller or heavier.
- Food cravings or aversions. Like most pregnancy symptoms, food preferences are typically thought to be the result of hormonal changes, especially during the dramatic shifts of the first trimester.
Less Obvious Signs:
- Slight bleeding or cramping. Sometimes women notice a small amount of bleeding, known as implantation bleeding, very early on in pregnancy. This happens when a fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus around 10-14 days after fertilization. Sometimes mistaken for a period, it's usually lighter, spottier and happens earlier.
- Mood swings. Another effect of those raging hormones in the first trimester, you may feel unusually emotional or weepy.
- Dizziness. Low blood pressure and dilating blood vessels early in pregnancy, along with low blood sugar can cause you to feel lightheaded. Take care to keep yourself safe.
- Constipation. Increased production of progesterone means food makes its way through your intestines slower, leading to constipation. The iron prenatal vitamins often exaggerates the problem.
All of these signs are a good guide to whether you may be pregnant, but cannot provide definitive results. If you are experiencing any of them, you may wish to take a pregnancy test.
The FIRST RESPONSE™ Early Result Pregnancy Test is the only one that can tell you 6 days* before your missed period. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to confirm the results, and always check with your physician regarding any issues concerning your health. Because knowing sooner makes a difference.