Early Pregnancy Symptoms During The First Trimester

There are several early pregnancy symptoms that can help ascertain the pregnancy status. However, a pregnancy test done in the privacy of your home can easily help you confirm your pregnancy. You can also get a test conducted in a doctor’s clinic. While a urine sample might be all you need to conduct a pregnancy test at home, your doctor might also want for a blood sample.

If you want to know some early pregnancy signs without having to conduct a pregnancy test, then read on.

Pregnancy Symptoms

  • Missed period: Missed period is often equated with conception. However, it is very important to note that this does not hold true for all women. A woman who is pregnant can also experience spotting and some bleeding even after she has conceived. Similarly those who have a past history or irregular periods must not take a missed period as an early pregnancy symptom. Emotional and physical conditions can also cause a woman to miss her period.
  • Swelling and tenderness in the breast: This condition is another one of the early pregnancy stages. However, many women also experience a similar condition before a menstrual period.
  • Vomiting and nausea: These are one of the most common symptoms of early pregnancy. Also referred to as ‘morning sickness’, a pregnant woman can experience this symptoms any time of the day. Most women would experience the symptoms anywhere between the 2nd and the 8th week of pregnancy.
  • Tiredness and fatigue: Fatigue during pregnancy is believed to be related to rising levels of hormone progesterone. Women experience tiredness only during the first few weeks after conception. This feeling subsides after the first trimester.
  • Bloating in the stomach: Weight gain during the first trimester leads to women experiencing abdominal enlargement. Some women might also experience mild abdominal cramps during the early pregnancy weeks.
  • Frequent urination: Women may feel the need to urinate much more than in normal circumstances. She might also leak urine with a mere laugh, cough or sneeze. Hormone human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) is the main reason behind the stimulation of frequent urination. Another cause associated with frequent urination is the pressure exerted by the growing uterus on the urinary bladder.
  • Increased basal body temperature: A regular increase in the basal body temperature is a common feature of early pregnancy. The increase in the temperature occurs after ovulation and continues until the next period.
  • Nipple color: Deepening of the color of the area surrounding the nipple is an early sign of pregnancy. One more indication is a dark line going down from the middle of the abdomen to the pubic area. While the darkening of the nipple might persist after delivery, the dark line (known as the linea nigra) disappears a couple of months, after birth.
  • Mood swings and stress: This is experienced by most pregnant women. The rapid changes in the hormone levels are the main cause behind the frequent mood changes.

If you have observed the above mentioned early pregnancy symptoms, it is time that you contacted your doctor.