Pregnancy Signs - Are You Wondering What’s Coming Up Next?

If your pregnancy tests are positive then apart from feeling overjoyed you must also be wondering about the pregnancy signs that you would now experience. Here is a compilation of the common as well as less common pregnancy symptoms.

Common Pregnancy Signs

  • Missed period: A missed menstrual period is an excellent indicator of pregnancy. However, one must also note that women who have hormonal problems often miss their period.

  • Sleepiness and fatigue: One of the common pregnancy signs that most pregnant woman experience is fatigue. If you suddenly feel the need to sleep more then you might be pregnant.
  • Changes in the breast: Breast changes like tenderness, fullness, change in size, sensitivity to touch are some early pregnancy symptoms. One must be aware that these signs are a part of the menstrual cycle too. However, if you notice changes in the color of the areola (area around the nipple), then it is a sure sign of pregnancy.
  • Nausea and vomiting: Also known as morning sickness, this is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms. However, not all women experience morning sickness. Even the degree of nausea varies greatly in different pregnancy stages. You might not experience morning sickness for a week or two after you have missed your period. However, once you start experiencing morning sickness, it would improve only by the onset of the second trimester.
  • Frequent urination: Pregnancy causes the blood volume in the body to increase. The kidneys also increase in size. This leads to the need to urinate much more than you did before. You might also observe fullness, abdominal bloating and slight pain (like what you feel during your menstrual cycle).
  • A pregnant woman can get extremely irritable and experience frequent mood swings.
  • Diarrhea, constipation, vaginal secretions, weight gain, aversion to food and smells are all a part and parcel of pregnancy.

Pregnancy signs are quite similar to post menstrual symptoms. So if you are experiencing PMS, don’t rule out the possibility of a pregnancy.

Less Common Pregnancy Symptoms

The less common symptoms include:

  • Headaches: Women who experience frequent headaches would notice a marked decrease in their regularity. On the other hand, for some pregnancy might also mean more frequent headaches.

  • Implantation bleeding: Statistics reveal that around 20% pregnant women experience bleeding about six to ten days after ovulation. The bleeding is due to the fertilized egg getting implanted in the uterus. This bleeding is light in color and vanishes in a day or two.

The more the number of pregnancy signs you experience, the higher is the chance that you are pregnant. However, the safest bet is to use a pregnancy test kit from the privacy of your home. If the kit tests positive, confirm it, bt requesting your doctor to do a pregnancy test on you.

Remember, the earlier you confirm your pregnancy with the help of the pregnancy signs and tests, the sooner you can begin the prenatal care.