When some women fall pregnant, they swear that they ‘knew’ right from the very start. Others have no idea whatsoever until their pregnancy test comes back positive! If you’ve got a bit of an inkling that you could be pregnant (or just want to know the signs to look out for), then this article is for you…
1. Sore Breasts
Yep, tender and sore breasts are one of the most common early pregnancy signs. So if you’re cringing when you put on your bra, notice pronounced veins across your chest, your areolas appear darker, or your breasts feel heavier than usual, you just may be pregnant!
2. Needing to wee… all the time!
When you’re pregnant your body produces extra fluids that of course, make you need to wee more. Add to that your uterus pressing up against your bladder and pregnancy really can turn you into a weeing machine!
While many women don’t experience any nausea until around the 6 week mark, many unlucky ladies feel sick right from the start. And who on earth knows why this yucky symptom is called ‘morning sickness’, when we know that it can last morning, noon and night! You can thank your increase in hormones for that one!
Feeling like you’ve run a marathon when all you’ve really done is sit on the couch watching re-runs of Real Housewives? Fatigue is super common during pregnancy, particular during the first trimester. Don’t worry though, you’ll hopefully get your energy back during the second trimester!
5. Missed Period
A missed period is often the first sign that you may be pregnant. Unfortunately many other factors, such as diet, stress or an irregular cycle can also cause a missed period… so have a pregnancy test to be on the safe side.
Urgh! If your head is pounding then it may be a sign that a little bubba is on the way. Many women experience headaches and migraines during early pregnancy due to the increased levels of hormones.
7. Feeling peckish?
If you find yourself at the shops buying a second croissant on the way to work, or craving something you don’t usually eat, then you just may be pregnant (or hungry!). Hunger and cravings are an early sign of pregnancy, and while the body needs an extra 300 calories a day (approximately) during pregnancy, you might want to think twice about that second croissant… still want it? Go for it!
8. Spotting and Cramping
It’s very normal to get a bit of spotting and cramping during early pregnancy which could be due to implantation bleeding or a change in hormones. So, if you’re hoping for a bubba but you get a little bit of spotting, don’t worry! You could still be pregnant!
9. Super Sensitive Sense of Smell
If your work colleagues perfume makes you want to vomit, or the local farmers market leaves you gagging, there’s a good chance you may be pregnant. An increased sense of smell is a common sign of early pregnancy.
When you’re pregnant your body needs to pump more blood through the body. This combined with a change in hormones can lead to lower blood pressure and dizziness. If you already have low blood pressure, then unfortunately, you may experience more serious periods of dizziness. Keep up your fluid intake and rest when you need to.
Do you think that you could be pregnant? Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?