The first trimester of your pregnancy is always the trickiest one. It is hard to guess if you are pregnant, unless, of course, you have taken a test or missed a period. The first month is particular confusing, because some women have no symptoms at all. In this post, we will talk about tell-a-tale early signs of pregnancy.
- Tender breasts. Right after conception, your body goes through a number of hormonal changes, and you will find your breasts to be bigger, swollen and more tender. That’s absolutely normal, and you don’t have to do anything.
- Morning sickness. This is what women traditionally associate with pregnancy, and it can happen at any time of the day. You may have dizziness and nausea, with or without vomiting, and these signs can surface within a fortnight of conception.
- Sense of smell. As the estrogen level rises in the body, you will find yourself being more sensitive to smell. You may loathe a few scents that might otherwise seem very common. It will pass, so nothing to worry about.
- Tiredness and fatigue. Besides estrogen, the level of progesterone also increases rapidly after conception, and it can cause fatigue and unexplained tiredness. A reduction in energy level is often considered to be normal.
- You may have some bleeding. When the embryo attaches itself to the uterus, it can cause bleeding called the implantation bleeding. This happens usually within ten to fourteen days after the egg is fertilized. You may have mild cramps, and the bleeding is usually light and doesn’t last for more than a day or two.
- Food craving. A lot of women have a thing for certain foods during early pregnancy and that’s completely okay. You may also find that you cannot withstand some of the foods that you otherwise liked, and that’s caused by hormonal changes.
- It is known that the rise in progesterone level can cause constipation in expecting mothers. This is because progesterone doesn’t allow the food to pass through the intestine at the same rate.
Finally, many women also have frequent headaches and mood swings as the hormones in the body go for a complete toss. Don’t be frightened by these early signs, and you have been waiting for the ‘good news’, it is time to take a test. Knowing that you are pregnant is important as soon as possible, so that you can focus on your diet better.