What Are The Earliest Symptoms Of Pregnancy?
Having to deal with early signs of pregnancy before a missed period definitely comes with some anxiety. Some are dead scared of pregnancy. Others can’t wait to get pregnant fast.
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Earliest signs of pregnancy.
How soon can I get early signs of pregnancy missing my period?
How to differentiate between pregnancy symptoms and premenstrual syndrome.
Is it possible to see my period and yet be pregnant?
A poll conducted among pregnant women regarding signs of early pregnancy gave the following results.
29% said a missed period was their first sign of pregnancy
25% said nausea was their first sign of pregnancy
17% said a change in their breasts was their first sign of pregnancy.
Of course, of all early signs of pregnancy before a missed period, a positive pregnancy test is most reliable. Pregnancy comes with loads of hormonal changes. This triggers different reactions in a woman’s body.
First and foremost, early signs of pregnancy before a missed period are similar to your premenstrual syndrome (PMS) such as tender breasts, bloating, feeling tired, irritability, and mood changes.
But I’m gonna share quite some other very early signs of pregnancy that shows that this isn’t just the monthly PMS. Experiencing these early pregnancy symptoms I’ll be revealing here could mean you’ve taken in/conceived.
Earliest signs of pregnancy
- One of the early signs of pregnancy is the white creamy cervical mucus
What some may refer to a vaginal discharge. If it becomes creamy and remains that way after ovulation. That is a pointer that you may be pregnant. Same goes with a brownish discharge. It may be caused by old blood mixing with your discharge. The blood could emanate during the implantation of a fertilized egg on the womb.
- Another very early sign of pregnancy is “tender breasts”.
Breasts are often the first body part to report fertilization. This sign may be confused with what you feel when expecting your period. Your breasts may feel sore, tingly, full and even painful to the touch within days of taking in.
Like I said earlier, this may not feel too different from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) breasts. Just that the changes remain even after your missed period.
- Darkening of the circle around your nipples.
That circle around the nipple is referred to as your areolas. Your areolas darken and increase in diameter weeks after you get pregnant. There may be tiny bumps on your areolas. However, just like other pregnancy signs, not all women will notice them.
Days after taking in, you might start to get nauseous. Of course, not everyone gets this symptom this early. Some get it after the missed period. Some women may never get it at all.
- Frequent Urination
If you suddenly need to pee, a lot more, it could be an early sign of pregnancy before a missed period. This frequent urination tends to continue all through the period of pregnancy.
In fact this early symptom of pregnancy continues for the first four months. Fatigue is very typical in early pregnancy, but does ease of during late pregnancy.
- Spotting and Cramping
Spotting refers to light virginal bleeding. Cramping is just like your menstrual pains. These symptoms occur 6 to 12 days into your pregnancy. The bleeding happens as your fertilized egg gets implanted in your womb. It is also known as implantation bleeding.
The color of the implantation bleeding is usually medium pink or light brown. It is hardly ever red like your normal period. It’s also much lighter than your period and lasts only a few hours to a few days. The cramping is similar to what some women feel during menstruation.
- Sensitivity to smell
Some women become unusually sensitive to smell. Sensitivity to smell, just like some other symptoms, could also be a side effect of PMS and not early pregnancy.
You may be feeling full. This is similar to PMS feelings though. Bloating, when combined with several other symptoms mentioned on this page can be a sign of early pregnancy before a missed period.
- Higher basal body temperature (BBT).
This is your lowest body temperature attained when you are at rest. If you’ve been tracking your basal body temperature, you know that it normally increases during ovulation. But if you get pregnant, your body temperature will remain increased and remain elevated throughout your pregnancy.
A woman’s BBT averages between 97°F (36.1°C) and 97.5°F (36.4°C) before ovulation. After ovulation, it rises to between 97.6°F (36.4°C) and 98.6°F (37°C). If for 18 or more consecutive days your temperature remain elevated post-ovulation, you’re most likely pregnant.
There is a caveat. You could also have none of these signs of early pregnancy and still be pregnant. Every pregnancy is different.
Differences between pregnancy symptoms and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Unlike premenstrual syndrome, pregnancy is often accompanied by the following:
- Changes in your areolas (the circle around your nipples): they become darker, wider and bumpy if you conceive.
- A consistently elevated Basal body temperature for up to 18 consecutive days.
- A creamy vaginal discharge. Or a brown discharge.
Frequently asked questions regarding signs of early pregnancy
Can you notice pregnancy after 2 days?
If you mean after 2 days of having intercourse, while it isn’t impossible, this is unlikely. (Note that you get pregnant only after the sperm fertilizes your egg during ovulation and not necessarily immediately after an intercourse).
If ovulation doesn’t occur 2 days after having intercourse, there is no way you’ll be pregnant. But 1 week after ovulation, if your egg gets fertilized by the sperm, you may begin to feel pregnancy related changes.
Can I notice that I am pregnant after 1 week?
If you mean after 1 week of an intercourse, You may or may not begin to experience some changes. Again, it all depends on when ovulation occurred. But 1 week after you ovulate and your egg gets fertilized by the sperm, you are more likely begin to feel breast soreness or tenderness, nausea, fatigue, and frequent urge to urinate.
Can I have pregnancy symptoms at 2 weeks?
Yes. This is very likely because the fertilized egg may have been implanted in the womb also depending on when ovulation occurred.
How does the first few weeks of pregnancy feel?
1 week after your egg gets fertilized by the sperm, you are more likely begin to feel breast soreness or tenderness, nausea, fatigue, and frequent urge to urinate. It is similar to what you feel during ovulation plus what you feel during your period.
How is the vaginal discharge during early pregnancy?
You may notice a white, milky discharge from your vagina. This is as a result of the thickening of the vagina’s walls.
When can i notice early signs of pregnancy before a missed period?
You may get early signs of pregnancy like tender breasts, nausea, fatigue, sensitivity to smell or bloating few days after getting pregnant. Other early signs of pregnancy, like urinating frequency, may not show up around the time you normally see your period.
Other very early pregnancy symptoms as changes in your areolas, a consistently creamy vaginal discharge, and an elevated body temperature for a few weeks. Yet, a good number of women don’t experience any of these symptoms.
Is it possible to see my period and yet be pregnant?
If you conceive, what you may think is your period could actually be spotting otherwise known as implantation bleeding. This occurs 6 to 12 days after conception. The color of the implantation bleeding is usually medium pink or light brown. It is hardly ever red like your normal period. It’s also much lighter than your period and lasts only a few hours to a few days.
You can purchase a pregnancy test kit to better ascertain whether you are pregnant or not. Better still see your doctor.
For further reading: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/signs-and-symptoms-pregnancy/