If you have been trying to conceive for quite some time now, it would not be surprising to get extra excited when you experience a missed period. However, did you know that there are early signs before the missed period that you could check? Yes, more than the usual ways of discovering pregnancies, there are subtle signs that you could experience.
Before heading out and buying your own home pregnancy test kit, you would know if you are already pregnant or not even during the early days. These symptoms can signify that your body is about to go through some massive changes essential for your future baby’s development. Let’s get to know these signs so you can better prepare for your journey ahead.
Check these 11 Signs that Could Tell You Are Pregnant
Cramping and Light Bleeding Due to Implantation
Experiencing cramping and light bleeding called spots are of the first signs of pregnancy. This is particularly possible if you had unprotected sexual intercourse during your fertility window. Although not everyone experiences these two symptoms, you are likely to be pregnant if you experience them.
The term ‘implantation‘ refers to when the fertilized egg starts to attach itself to the uterine lining. The blastocysts or the cell mass now have two parts— the inner cell, which transforms into the embryo and the outer cell, eventually becoming the placenta. As this process occurs, it is normal for women to experience pain, cramping, and slight bleeding.
This process happens between 6 and 10 days post-ovulation. The bleeding and cramping are typically experienced around one week before the missed period. However, if the cramping lasts for days, it is best to check by a doctor immediately.
The Beginning of Morning Sickness
If before your missed period, you could already experience morning sickness or feeling nauseated. This could strike at the earliest part of the pregnancy. The majority of pregnant women tend to experience dizziness and constant throwing up.
Although it is called the ‘morning sickness,’ know that this unpleasant feeling can happen at any time of the day. Some mommies-to-be goes through morning sickness’s pains and discomfort during the first quarter, while others may continue to experience it throughout the entire pregnancy.
Although many experts still cannot pinpoint the morning sickness’s main cause, it has been linked to the surge of the hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin or hCG. If you have been vomiting almost all the time and starting to feel weary, go to the ER right away to avoid dehydration.
An Increase in Basal Body Temperature
If you have been planning to get pregnant for some time now, you probably know how to do the Basal Body Temperature Charting or Method. This is typically used to predict the ovulation and fertility period of those who are aiming at pregnancy.
Furthermore, this method can also detect whether you are pregnant or not even before missing your period. After the ovulation, if your basal body temperature continues to demonstrate an increase for 18 days or longer, then it is highly likely that you are pregnant.
Even on the first day of pregnancy, your body will experience a surge in progesterone. This can make you feel sleepy and tired almost all the time. These can all be experienced before a missed period is observed.
Another reason that could make you feel extra tired and exhaust your energy is increased blood flow to support your developing fetus eventually. The exhaustion can be aggravated when you have insufficient vitamins, irons, minerals, and fluids in your daily diet.
If you have been feeling unusually tired, then a quick check with your doctor can be helpful. Expect that when your pregnancy is confirmed, you will be advised by your doctor to take prenatal vitamins to keep you and your baby healthy.
However, if you are not pregnant and have been experiencing chronic fatigue, then your doctor may further evaluate your health to determine the underlying conditions such as anemia and hypothyroidism.
Your Breasts Get Tender, Sore, and Heavy
Even at the onset of pregnancy, you can already expect changes in your breasts to take unfold. The changes can be seen in early as two weeks after conceiving. These changes are your body responding to pregnancy and getting itself ready for the next 40 weeks.
The growth in breast size happens as the blood vessels begin to dilate. Changes in the breast include the growth and change color in the areolas. You would also feel comfortable just touching them. Your brassieres will start to become tighter as the pregnancy progresses.
Note that heavy and tender breasts are also signs of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). However, the discomfort is far worse during pregnancy. So once the missed period happens, and you are starting to see changes in your breasts, then it is likely that you are pregnant.
Sudden and Frequent Mood Swings
This is one sign that the people around you can tell. They may find that you have become quite cranky or sensitive. These mood swings are caused by hormonal changes that affect the neurotransmitters in your brain.
As a result, you tend to get excited at one point than experiencing a sudden burst of anger at another. When this happens, you can expect people to point it out. However, once they eventually learn that you are confirmed to be pregnant, then they would understand the situation better.
When you feel distressed and overwhelmed by the enhanced emotion, learn to give yourself a break. Talking to your partner would immensely help you with the situation. Moreover, you will realize that the roller coaster of emotion is normal for any pregnant woman.
That Feeling of Tightness Around Your Belly
Even before missing your period, you may feel bloated or just tight around your belly. You may also notice that you may sometimes need to unbutton your pants to get that instant relief. Even when what you have in your womb is a ball of cells, it could cause discomfort.
That bloated feeling in your tummy is one common pregnancy sign that you can check before your missed period. Burps and farts often accompany it. Due to the surge in progesterone, the digestion tends to slow down and may trigger flatulence.
One of the easiest ways to relieve yourself from constant bloating is by altering your diet. The most common offenders are beans and veggies such as broccoli, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, and cauliflower. The presence of sugar raffinose in these vegetables can make you even gassier.
While bloating may be perceived normal, see that it is not accompanied by abdominal pain, bloody stools, or bouts of diarrhea. If this happens, go and see your doctor right away as a more serious medical condition could cause it.
Sudden Dizziness and Lightheadedness
Another unpleasant early sign of pregnancy is lightheadedness or dizziness. It is known that during the first trimester, dizziness is quite reasonable. Some women even experience fainting before confirming that they are, in fact, pregnant. However, erratic blood pressure should always be noted and checked with your healthcare professional, whether pregnant.
Even at the onset of pregnancy, women tend to experience dizziness and lightheadedness due to the dilation of the blood pressure, consequently decreasing the blood pressure. This is typically the case during the first trimester, but blood pressure tends to improve by the second trimester.
You need to remember that if you experience low blood pressure and no other symptom, then there is no need to panic. However, if your blood pressure drops and you experience other symptoms such as abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding, these could be telltale signs of another serious complication called an ectopic pregnancy.
One of the most significant changes you would notice if you are pregnant even without missing your period yet is the excessive thirst. This is due to the sudden rise in the blood volume in your system. Consequently, this will make you drink more water and urinate more.
Another reason that could make you thirst at the early pregnancy stage is that pregnant women tend to feel hotter or sometimes sweat profusely. Another reason is that it could also be a symptom of gestational diabetes.
However, before you worry about such complications, you will have to be tested for it once it has been confirmed that you are pregnant. To alleviate thirst, just make sure that you drink at least about two water quarts every day.
Drinking up does not only quench the thirst or keep your body cooler. It will also keep your body hydrated, especially if you have been suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum or excessive vomiting during the early stage of pregnancy.
Lack of Appetite or Food Aversion
Even at the start of pregnancy or just days after conception, you can feel specific changes in your body and your appetite. Due to morning sickness, your appetite will inevitably be affected as well. The hormonal changes in the body will also heighten your sense of smell, which would lead to aversion.
While your appetite changes, you would also find other foods more appealing. It is common for pregnant women to have odd cravings, especially during the early part of pregnancy. If you are worried about your appetite getting affected by your vomiting and sense of smell, you may opt for the natural remedy such as morning drop s to curb nausea.
Moreover, there are also new gadgets you can use to alleviate the discomfort of morning sickness. Addressing your morning sickness can help your appetite to kick in again. When it comes to odd cravings, just make sure that you are not eating anything excessively sweet, salty, or heavily caffeinated.
Frequent Headaches and Backaches
A surge in progesterone is one of the adverse effects of pregnancy. This could cause frequent headaches even at the early stage of pregnancy. The hormone helps keep the blood vessels in your body, and the uterus relaxed. When this happens, blood supply pounds through the veins and causes headaches.
Another reason is the changes in blood pressure. These headaches are tension-like and are generally harmless. However, if your headaches are becoming a hindrance to your day-to-day task, make sure that you see your doctor.
Taking medication such as paracetamol is generally safe for pregnant. If you feel uneasy about the idea, check with your doctor as certain medicines are generally off-limits to pregnant women. Also, you may opt for natural remedies.
What Should You Do Next?
It is important to remember that all the conditions above are possible signs of pregnancy and should be not be used to CONFIRM that there is genuinely a bun in your oven. A missed period and pregnancy tests should still be performed to be 100% certain that you are pregnant.
If you experience any of these signs, then it is OK to assume you will be a mom. However, be open to the possibility that these could be indications of other possible health issues. For instance, PMS syndromes are similar to those of pregnancy.
If you have been trying to get pregnant, then keeping some pregnancy kits available at home would help you determine whether you can confirm it. On the other hand, you can try to follow some homemade pregnancy kits, which are easy to perform using simple ingredients you can find at home.
Allow me to wish you all the best if you are trying to get pregnant. Prepare yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally to help you cope with the sudden and long-term changes during your pregnancy. Most importantly, enjoy and embrace the pregnancy journey wholeheartedly.