Pregnancy symptoms; the first signs of your pregnancy
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The first symptoms of pregnancy are not always immediately recognizable. Pregnancy symptoms vary from woman to woman and even per pregnancy. However, there are early signs that occur in many women and may indicate that you are pregnant. The absence of menstruation is the main one. But there are also a number of other symptoms that may appear at the beginning of your pregnancy.
Pregnancy symptoms – first pregnancy symptoms
The first symptoms that may indicate a pregnancy
First symptoms of pregnancy
During your pregnancy, you are likely to experience a number of pregnancy symptoms. One suffers more than the other, but there are some symptoms that everyone gets on their plate. At the very beginning of your pregnancy, when you don’t know you’re pregnant yet, these symptoms can be the first signs of the miracle growing in your abdomen.
The most common first pregnancy symptoms:
Sensitive or swollen breasts
Pee more often
Aversion to food and smell
If your menstrual cycle is normally quite regular and you are now overtime, this may be a good reason to take a pregnancy test. Many women use this as an indication, even if they have not yet suffered from other pregnancy symptoms.
However, it may also be that you have a less regular cycle. In that case, it is more difficult to determine if you are dealing with a possible pregnancy. The other symptoms may inse inject you; if you often take trips to the toilet, have sensitive breasts and are nauseous, it is wise to get a pregnancy test at the drugstore.
2. Innesteing hemorrhage
You don’t want to hear the words blood and pregnancy together in a sentence. But if you have a slight bleed a few days after your ovulation, this could be big news. About six to twelve days after conception, the egg cell settles in the uterine wall (the implantation), which can lead to a pink or brown innesteste hemorrhage. This is sometimes accompanied by a slight abdominal cramp.
One of the most annoying, but also one of the best known pregnancy symptoms: nausea. Unjustly, this symptom is also known as morning sickness. You can suffer from it at any time of the day.
The cause of this pregnancy phenomenon is not yet entirely clear. Presumably your pregnancy hormones have something to do with it. Especially the increased amount of hCG would be the culprit.
The (morning) nausea usually occurs two to eight weeks after conception. For example, there are lucky birds who escape the dance and others who can dream the inside of the toilet. Do you have a lot of bar? Try these tips against nausea.
Are you suddenly tired? Or in fact… so exhausted that you’d like to stay in your bed for days? Maybe you’ll be pregnant by then. Many women suffer from (extreme) fatigue at the beginning of their pregnancy.
And that’s not so crazy when you consider that a new person is growing in your belly. This requires a lot of your body: the hormones rush through your body, the placenta has to be made you have to cope with all those (tiring) pregnancy ailments.
You may experience fatigue as early as a week after conception. This makes it one of the first pregnancy symptoms.
Woman suffers from pregnancy symptoms
(Extreme) fatigue is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms
What can cause fatigue and nausea? Indeed: headache! Often it is a stinging or pressing pain on the sides of your head, which is caused by an accumulation of pregnancy ailments (such as nausea and fatigue) or by the changes in your endocrine system.
About 40% of women suffer from it. The headache usually arises from the 4th week of pregnancy and can occur throughout the pregnancy.
Do you know you’re pregnant? Then the headache can also come from tension and stress. Because there’s a lot coming at you when you’re pregnant. Quitting smoking or drinking coffee can also cause withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches.
6. Sensitive or swollen breasts
Do your breasts feel different than usual? Are they very painful and swollen? This can be an early pregnancy symptom. About one or two weeks after conception, your breasts can become more sensitive. This is because the change in your endocrine system ensures better blood flow. This usually makes the veins in your breasts more visible.
Once your body has become more accustomed to the hormone fluctuations, the pain will decrease.
7. Changing canolas
During your pregnancy, your nipples will probably prepare for breastfeeding. The hormone hCG ensures that your nipples will soon be better found for your baby and also firmer. This is done by an increase in pigment. From a week after fertilization you can already see this, because your areola become darker.
Also, the bumps on your areola (the glands of Montgomery) can increase and grow larger. The glands secrete an oily substance, which keeps your nipples supple and protects against infection.
8. Pee more often
Has it been hard to read up here without peeing? And before you went to read this article, did you go to the bathroom? Maybe you should use one of your puddles for a pregnancy test.
From your 6th week of pregnancy it can be that you have to make many trips to the toilet. As your endocrine system changes, more blood is pumped through your kidneys, which means that your bladder fills up faster. As a result, you need to pee more often. Of course, the fact that your growing uterus is pressing on your bladder doesn’t help either.
Maybe you know this feeling from your periods. Your belly is a little set up and your pants don’t close as well. But, what if your period hasn’t stopped or isn’t coming at all?
Around your 4th and 5th swan week you can already have a slightly swollen belly. Not because your baby grows so fast, but because you hold more fluid and your intestines work slower. As a result, you suffer more from gas formation and therefore from a dilated abdomen.
Do you suddenly have very special cravings (come on with that mayonnaise with smarties)? Or do you need more sweets and snacks than usual? Then this could mean you’re expecting.
If you are pregnant, you may feel an extra urge to eat certain foods. The most famous (and clichéd) example is the huge appetite for pickles. Of course, this can also be very good other food or maybe even eat that you were not so fond of before your pregnancy.
This type of binge can occur as early as your 2nd week of pregnancy. While they may be tempting, it’s wise not to give in too much to these food cravings. Keep making wise choices, because over-weight gain is not healthy for you and your baby.
Tip for your partner: point your partner to the paternity calendar. This way he keeps up to date with all the developments surrounding your pregnancy and knows when to expect what ailments you can expect. And how he can support you.
11. Aversion to food and smell
However, the other way around is also possible. Your pregnancy may make you disgusted with the food you normally enjoyed. Also, your sense of smell often becomes sharper, which can suddenly make you very nauseous from certain smells, such as coffee, cigarette smoke or fried meat. You can start to notice this from the 1st week after fertilization.
12. Mood swings
Can’t you stop crying at an advertisement for cat food (that kitten is so cute)? Do you alternate your depressive tempers with euphoric moments? Maybe pregnancy hormones are causing these mood swings. They can affect your neurotransmitters (chemical messengers in your brain), sometimes causing you to lose control of your emotions.
Mood swings usually occur from the 3rd week of pregnancy and is one of the pregnancy symptoms that can occur throughout pregnancy.