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EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS

Not feeling yourself lately and wondering if you’re pregnant?

If you don’t have a test by hand to determine if you’re pregnant, here are some pretty obvious, and less obvious, pregnancy symptoms you should look out for.

If you experience most of these, you should probably head to the store to get a test or run to your doctor for an ultrasound mommy!

So let’s find out if your gut feeling is right or simply lying to you!

12 Pregnancy Symptoms To Look Out For

1. Missed Period

This one speaks to itself, right?

If you’re someone who’s usually on time with their monthly period and are now wondering why it hasn’t shown up yet, you should probably take a test!

But there can always be different reasons for a missed period, especially if you’re someone with a messed up menstrual cycle (like me). So keep going…

2. Tender & Swollen Breasts

This was one of my earliest pregnancy symptoms for sure! It can happen as early as 1-2 weeks after conception. Your body is now flooding with hormones. And these hormones are there for a reason: Preparing your body for a hungry, tiny little human!

During the very early stages of pregnancy, breast pain tends to be dull and achy. Your boobs will maybe start feeling heavy and swollen after a few weeks. And they are usually very sensitive to touch, especially the nipples.

3. Nausea (& vomiting)

Another very well known pregnancy symptom. Once you get pregnant, you will start producing the hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). It’s the hormone that triggers the second line on a pregnancy test.

Research shows that this hormone might be the reason for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

But don’t worry, morning sickness is a very good sign. That Nausea only shows that you are gaining the amount of hormones needed for a healthy pregnancy. Your baby is already in control of you! Great! (That’s only what I read.)

4. Food Aversions & Cravings

This one started happening the morning after I took my pregnancy test. I took a test 12 Days after conception, so very early in my pregnancy.

Food Aversions are probably caused by hormonal changes. So try to find things you enjoy and stick to these. It should pass with time, probably around your second trimester.

Cravings however are a whole different thing. While they probably also happen because of hormones, they can be caused because of a nutritional deficiency in your diet. Your body is basically telling you that something important (to make your baby grow) is missing.

So if you’re craving something, go for it. If it’s only unhealthy stuff, try to find the one ingredient in that unhealthy food that your body craves for and look for it in a healthier option.

Here’s an example:

If you are craving chips, your body may be looking for something salty. And whenever your body is craving something salty, it’s probably caused by dehydration. So instead of grabbing a bag of chips, go ahead and drink a glass (or more) of water!

Another example:

If you’re craving chocolate, your body is most likely craving magnesium. Since chocolate is very high in magnesium. Women tend to be deficient in it, especially during pregnancy. So go ahead and eat some nuts and seeds and see if it cures your craving.

That doesn’t mean you can’t have chips or chocolate, but try to have these after your successfully cured your nutritional deficits.

5. Increased Urination

Increased Urination can be a very early pregnancy symptom. Which is also caused by an increase of hormones, HCG and progesterone. The urge to take a loo will shrink in the second trimester, also because the uterus will be much higher then.

6. Fatigue

You are literally growing a human body inside you. So you’re obviously going to feel tired and exhausted. Plus, you have to deal with increased hormones and lots of physical and emotional changes, which will lower your energy levels as well.

Did you know that estrogen and progesterone (hormones that grow during pregnancy) act as natural sedatives? If fatigue isn’t a sign of pregnancy… what is?

7. Moodiness

We already talked a lot about hormones and the changes they cause in your body. Obviously hormones can also affect your mood. So if you’re struggling with mood swings, especially in a short period of time, this could be an early pregnancy symptom as well!

8. Bloating & Constipation

The hormone progesterone, which we talked about already, relaxes muscles in your body. Which also include your intestine. A slower moving intestine muscle means your digestion will slow down. So with time, gas will build up and you will feel (and look) bloated! 

Same reason that bloating happens, constipation does. Because of the hormone progesterone, you could be experiencing a slower digestion and therefor suffer from constipation.

Make sure to drink plenty of water and try to add some prune juice. Go for daily walks, stay active in general and eat foods high in fiber like vegetables and beans. Pregnant or not, this will help to relieve your constipation.

9. Cramping

The hormone progesterone, which we talked about already, relaxes muscles in your body. Which also include your intestine. A slower moving intestine muscle means your digestion will slow down. So with time, gas will build up and you will feel (and look) bloated! 

Same reason that bloating happens, constipation does. Because of the hormone progesterone, you could be experiencing a slower digestion and therefor suffer from constipation.

Make sure to drink plenty of water and try to add some prune juice. Go for daily walks, stay active in general and eat foods high in fiber like vegetables and beans. Pregnant or not, this will help to relieve your constipation.

10. Light Spotting

Since your body is going through a lot of changes, especially changes to your cervix, mild spotting can happen. Sometimes even hormones cause these.

11. Higher Basal Body Temperature

Again, the hormone progesterone is responsible for this very common pregnancy symptom. Once the egg is released, the BBT increases about half a degree.

12. Nasal Congestion

Honestly, this one started happening in my second trimester, but my two close friends, and a few moms on Instagram, had this happening shortly after conception. So if you usually don’t get nasal congestion and suddenly have one, this could be a sign!

That’s it Mommies! These were 12 of the most common, and no so common, Pregnancy Symptoms you should look out for!

Keeping my fingers crossed for you! 🙂

If you would like to know more about Pregnany and how to survive all three trimesters, check out my other Blog Posts on that topic:

Pregnancy Announcements
First Trimester Checklist
How To Deal With Morning Sickness
Surprising Pregnancy Facts
Must-Have Pregnancy Essentials

 

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