Whether you’re trying to get pregnant or not, it’s important to know the early signs of pregnancy, both for your peace of mind and to ensure that you don’t inadvertently put you and your baby at risk for health problems. Your body can actually be the best indicator of whether or not you are pregnant. Since store-bought pregnancy tests aren’t very accurate until after your period is due, you may experience some of these symptoms before you can get an accurate read on a test. Pay attention to your body and watch for any of these early signs of pregnancy.
One of the earliest signs of pregnancy is spotting, or light vaginal bleeding. You may notice spotting after only 6-12 days following conception. Additionally, you may notice a white milky discharge, which begins almost immediately after conception.
2. Sore Breasts
Many women notice changes in their breasts a week or two following conception. It’s common for your breasts to become tender or swollen due to changing hormone levels. You also may notice that the area around the nipple, called the areola turns a darker shade.
3. Sensitive to Smells
Your changing hormone levels may also cause you to be sensitive to certain smells. Even smells that you once found pleasant or normally wouldn’t mind, you could now find repulsive and might make you nauseous.
Starting a week after conception, you may start to feel abnormally tired. Increased fatigue can be caused by a number of factors, including increased levels of the hormone progesterone, low blood sugar, low blood pressure and increased blood production.
5. Missed Period
Many of the signs of early pregnancy are strikingly similar to premenstrual symptoms, so until you miss your period, it’s hard to tell if these signs are related to pregnancy or your period. If you typically experience a very regular menstrual cycle, a missed period is a very telling sign that you could be pregnant. At this time, you should be able to get a good read on a pregnancy test or make an appointment with your doctor to obtain confirmation about whether or not your are in fact pregnant.
Although many of these symptoms can be brought about for other reasons besides pregnancy, it’s still good to be aware of the symptoms and acknowledge that pregnancy could be a possibility. It’s also important to note that not all women experience all or any of these symptoms. If you do suspect that you might be pregnant, don’t hesitate to visit your doctor. If you are pregnant, the sooner you know for sure the better you can start preparing for the baby.