Identifying the Signs of Pregnancy
Besides intuition or family members and friends noticing changes in your body and sense of being, there are physical signs of pregnancy that will let you know if you are indeed with child. During pregnancy, therein lies a myriad of hormonal changes taking place causing all sorts of changes, from physical, mental to emotional. Here, we will let you in on some of the most common signs after the first few weeks of conception.
As we know, every twenty days (for many of us) we expect a visit from our monthly friend or nemesis. Most often, women tend to go along for weeks taking no notice to the physical signs that are happening within the first few weeks of conception. Prior to a missed period, hormones have gone through many changes which show in physical changes within the body.
Nausea, also known as morning sickness can hit either day or night and can begin as early as three weeks after conception. Morning sickness can be experienced with or without vomiting while often associated with a high sensitivity to smells, some of which may not have been a bother to you.
You may find yourself using the restroom more often due to increased urination. While these same hormonal changes are causing your digestive system to slow down, this can lead to constipation.
Early on you may notice breasts are tender, swollen, sensitive or sore. Or, quite possibly your breasts may feel fuller and heavier.
Have you been turned off by foods you once loved? Sometimes the mere thought of eating certain foods makes you ill. Or perhaps, you may have a craving for certain foods, alterations of cravings and desire for foods may become apparent early on after conception.
Vaginal bleeding in small amounts might happen as a first sign of pregnancy; known as implantation being. When this happens, the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus which happens ten to fourteen days after conception. Typically, this lasts for a short time and occurs very close to the time of a menstrual period. Implantation bleeding is usually much lighter than normal menstrual bleeding.
Keep in mind, some women show no signs or symptoms of pregnancy. You can be pregnant without experiencing any of the most common signs mentioned. The truth in knowing if you’re pregnant is proven in a pregnancy test. You may want to start with an at home pregnancy and then follow up with an OB/GYN as soon as possible in order to begin obstetric care.
Learn more of the symptoms of pregnancy here or contact an OB/GYN for more information regarding in changes noticed with your body and health.