Most women are caught by surprise during their first pregnancy not knowing that they were pregnant until they actually had themselves tested. Knowing when you do start having pregnancy symptoms can be determined by close observation of the changes in your body. In some cases, the best way to determine if you are pregnant is to actually have yourself tested. Here are some often asked questions such as when do you start getting pregnancy symptoms, and other queries about knowing if you’re having your own bundle of joy soon.
When do pregnancy symptoms begin? Well, strictly speaking, it varies from person to person. One the earliest pregnancy symptoms is when you miss your period. This is usually the first symptom, although not the most conclusive. Some women who have irregularities in their menstrual cycle usually skip their period for months.
There are also times when a woman would miss her period because of stress. Stress can cause the hormones in your body go through drastic changes. These can cause you to miss your period even when you are not pregnant.
One of the most accurate ways to know if you are pregnant would be once your pregnancy test result comes out positive. Apart from that, getting yourself checked by your doctor and having an ultrasound is also a sure way of finding out if you are pregnant. Getting a negative result is not always conclusive though. There are some cases when the test comes out as a “false negative”, which could mean you are pregnant. The best way to know is to have yourself checked by the doctor.
Well, some do not have to miss their period for them to know if they are pregnant because they can feel symptoms of pregnancy two weeks after conception. From the time of intercourse, the sperm has around five days to make it to your egg cell for fertilization. Conception can happen anytime within that time frame. Once you conceive, the fertilized egg will then travel to “implant” itself to your uterine wall. During this time, it is possible to experience some bleeding or spotting. This is known as implantation bleeding, when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining and this can happen from six to eight days after conception. Pregnancy symptoms can then start to appear anytime within this time frame. Note however that should you experience spotting within this time, it is best to go to your doctor to have yourself checked just to be sure.
Well, some women who have irregular period can feel the symptoms just as soon as the women with regular period can. What’s more important is noting these symptoms and going to your doctor for some peace of mind, once you’ve noted them.
While rare, there are cases when some women report to have had their period and then they find out later that they are pregnant. Some women may have mistaken the implantation bleeding as their period. While normal menstrual period usually lasts from five to seven days, bleeding as a symptom of pregnancy might be shorter.
To be sure about whether you got your period or not, it is best to take note of your regular menstrual cycles and symptoms. If you are irregular, then you should ask to see your doctor once you get a period that is less than five days, especially when you are suspecting that you might be pregnant.
Apart from your missed period, you can also check for changes in the tenderness, and often times, size of your breasts. Pregnant women might feel increase in the tenderness of their breasts as their body starts to prepare for lactation once the baby comes out. Some women report that their areolas become larger and their nipples become more tender. These changes are normal. Some even report changes in the color of their nipples, usually, it involves them getting darker.
Some other pregnancy symptom that occurs in women is the famous morning sickness. This usually occurs during the first trimester ( 1 - 13 weeks) of the pregnancy, but the duration varies from person to person. Some women have longer periods of this, some go through it for a shorter period of time, while others don’t get it at all.
You can also feel tired most of the time. Some women report feeling fatigue even if they have not been doing a lot of physical activities. For some women, this symptom can manifest by dozing off or wanting to fall asleep more often that they normally would.
Some women have cravings for specific kinds of foods. This symptom though does not necessarily happen to most women, so if you end up not having cravings, there really is no need to worry.
Increased vaginal discharge is a common pregnancy symptom. Increased blood flow to your vaginal area can cause an increase in a white mucus discharge. There are different kinds of vaginal discharge though, so it’s best to discuss these with your doctor.
Frequent urination can be a symptom of several things. But yes, it is one of the early symptoms of pregnancy. Pregnant women tend to pee a lot and this symptom can come up as early as six weeks into the pregnancy. The frequency can range from wanting to go every five minutes to every fifteen minutes.
But just because you tend to have frequent urination, does not mean that you are automatically pregnant. Frequent urination is also symptom of urinary tract infection (UTI) and some other kidney or bladder problems. There are tests that can rule this out, such as urinalysis. Your doctor can request for this test if you want that ruled out.
If you are pregnant, however, frequent urination is normal because as your fertilized egg attaches to your uterine lining, your body will start to produce a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG. This hormone is responsible for your vital estrogen and progesterone levels, which are crucial to your pregnancy. This hormone is also responsible for making you want to go to the restroom.
Well, as mentioned earlier, fatigue is one of the symptoms of pregnancy. During this time, your body is adjusting to the needs and development of the baby. This means your “internal works” are working double time, and this can create exhaustion for you, especially during the first trimester. Some women take naps so they can come with the daily daytime work.
Others endure that and just go home really early so they can rest longer during the night. You can also arm yourself with the right diet so you can have the extra energy throughout the day. But if you have special conditions such as diabetes, then you have to ask your doctor as to what kind of meal will best suit your needs.
It could be, although not all women get this symptom. There have been several cases reported when pregnant women would be more sensitive to certain scents, and even tastes. Some also report an alteration in preference, where their former favorite food suddenly becomes unbearable. There is yet to be a solid science behind this, but some experts say it is part of the hormonal surges in a pregnant woman’s body.
If you get this symptom, there is not need to worry. Conversely, if you don’t get this symptom, there is no need to be anxious about it. As was said earlier, a woman’s pregnancy journey varies from one person to another.
Sore breasts is one of the symptoms, but you need to qualify what kind of chest pain are you experiencing. It’s best to see a doctor if you are experiencing some pain.
But if you are feeling some tenderness or soreness of your breasts, then that’s normal. The hormonal changes in your body are making blood flow to your breasts, making it swollen and more sensitive. This can be very uncomfortable so it’s best to prepare yourself by wearing the right underwear. There are plenty of special supportive bra for pregnant women in your local retail shops.
Hormonal changes will be responsible for a lot of changes in your body, so don’t panic. Unfortunately, one of those changes could be discoloration of your skin in some parts of your body. Some areas commonly reported to darken during pregnancy are the armpits, the nape, bikini area, and even your neck. Although this symptom does not happen to all women who get pregnant, if this happens to you, no need to worry. It will go away after your pregnancy, and it’s nothing you cannot fix with the help of a dermatologist. Be careful in taking whitening products during your pregnancy though. Make sure you consult your doctor first.
It is often tricky to tell when you are having pregnancy symptoms if you have thyroid problems because most women with thyroid problems (such as hypothyroidism), have a hard time ovulating. So in the first place, they have difficulty getting pregnant. But in the event that they do get pregnant, they might have so difficulty determining the symptoms since some of those may already occur given their condition. So if you are diagnosed with thyroid problems, it is best to consult your doctor.
Strictly speaking, you will gain weight during pregnancy because you are carrying one more person within you, but it is normal to be bloated during your pregnancy. This symptom usually occurs because of the increase in progesterone and estrogen in a pregnant woman’s body. Some women are advised to have small meals but in more frequencies throughout the day, so they space their meals in such a way that they do not eat a lot but they also do not starve. This allows their bodies to take in the nutrients better.
Some doctors advise pregnant women to lessen their salt intake as salt helps retain water and can make you bloat more. If you have weight problems, and even thyroid problems, you should consult your doctor on dietary restrictions and recommendations.
Women who have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can show symptoms as early as other women would, which is around two weeks after conception. What is tricky with women with PCOS is that they usually do not get their periods, so using the missed period as an indicator of pregnancy is not very reliable. These women usually have to go to the doctor to make sure that they are pregnant.
If you are diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, it is best to consult your doctor and get regular check-ups, especially if you are planning to have a baby.
Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy are tricky to spot because they are similar to symptoms of the stomach flu, or in some cases a lot like a miscarriage. There could be abdominal pain, which slightly resembles that of gastroenteritis. There can also be irregular or abnormal bleeding. These symptoms are not mutually exclusive to an ectopic pregnancy, so you cannot immediately attribute them to it. But if you are having these symptoms, it is best to go to the doctor to have yourself checked.
Your doctor can recommend the appropriate tests so the findings can be conclusive, and so you can be advised on the necessary and appropriate care.