It’s possible to experience pregnancy symptoms before you’ve even taken a pregnancy test. Here are 9 early pregnancy symptoms that will help you confirm that a baby is on its way:
1. Missed Period (Amenorrhoea)
Although it’s possible to miss a period due to stress, medication, and/or weight fluctuations, missing your period is the surest sign of pregnancy. However, keep in mind that during the first trimester of pregnancy, it is possible to have a light ‘period’ or spotting while your hormones rise to pregnancy levels.
2. Morning Sickness
Thanks to a combination of elevated estrogen levels and low blood sugar within the first 6 to 9 weeks of pregnancy, you may lose your lunch (and breakfast and dinner) more than you ever thought possible. The good news is that morning sickness usually subsides by the 14-week mark.
3. Tender, Swollen Breasts
The hormonal changes associated with pregnancy can cause your breasts to become extremely swollen and sore. Luckily, this brand of tenderness doesn’t last forever: breast soreness usually dissipates by the end of the first trimester when hormone levels stabilize.
4. Extreme Fatigue
Intense tiredness during the early weeks of pregnancy can have you feeling like you’ve been on a month-long bender. This fatigue is caused by the lowering of your blood sugar and blood pressure. The good news is that by the second trimester things should stabilize, and you’ll have more energy again.
5. Frequent Urination
The change in pregnancy hormone levels, along with increased body fluids, will have you feeling like you’re in a “gotta go right now” commercial. Unfortunately, this is one of those pregnancy symptoms that’ll last you through the third trimester, but don’t be tempted to decrease your fluid intake. It’s super important to make sure you and your baby are hydrated.
6. Food Cravings
After morning sickness subsides, your desire for sweet and/or salty foods may increase — and in bizarre ways. Pickles and ice-cream anyone?
Thanks to an increase in hormone levels during the first trimester, constipation and hemorrhoids are fairly common.
Again, your hormones (and changes to your blood circulation) are to blame for the pounding in your head. However, for most women, this eases up by the second trimester.
9. Mood Swings
Early pregnancy is often marked by mood swings that can have you laughing one minute and crying the next. Considering the extreme fatigue and shifting hormone levels you’re experiencing, it’s no wonder why your mood, well, swings.