Couples who have been trying to conceive often look for the different signs and symptoms. Some of these are associated with very different illnesses or physiological changes, but when taken together, they can make a strong case for pregnancy. Before you read into your symptoms too closely, here are some of the first clues your body will give you to let you know that a baby is on the way.
Fatigue. If you are feeling excessively tired without any explainable reason (e.g. stress, work, exercise, sleeplessness) know that this is one of the most common signs of early pregnancy. As soon as you confirm that you’re pregnant, don’t try to fight the fatigue, instead, get some rest.
Food Aversions. All of a sudden, your favorite foods make you gag. This phenomenon can be caused by rising levels of the hormone hCG, which is responsible for morning sickness. Just keep away from anything that would trigger the gag reflex.
Nausea and Vomiting. This is one of the more widely known signs of early pregnancy and often manifests itself in the morning. Eat small, frequent meals during the day, and have some mint or lemon candy nearby to help alleviate the nausea. However, if vomiting occurs so often that it becomes debilitating, check with your ob-gyn for some advice.
Breast tenderness and swelling. This symptom is due to rising estrogen levels, something that happens throughout pregnancy. To cope with the discomfort, get a better bra that has more support.
Missed menstrual cycle. This is one of the most reliable signs of early pregnancy, especially in the context of other clues. You should definitely consult with your doctor to find out why you missed your period if you have previously had regular periods.
Frequent Urination. The uterus lies right above the bladder, so as the fetus grows within, it exerts some pressure down upon it. This is an unavoidable symptom, so the best way to deal with it is to urinate as often as you need to, and make sure that you go before you sleep.
Spotting and cramping. This occurs within the first week of conception, when the fertilized egg implants to the uterine wall. Cramps occur, and they mimic menstrual cramps, however the bleeding is unlike your regular period.
Vaginal discharge. Some women may experience a whitish discharge, which is related to the thickening of the uterine walls. The proliferation of these cells is what causes the discharge. As long as this discharge is odorless and not accompanied by pain, or an itching, burning sensation, then you don’t require treatment.
Dealing with the trials of getting pregnant and the questions of early pregnancy doesn’t have to be difficult, as a qualified OB-GYN can help you along the nine-month long journey.