Planning to get pregnant is one of the best decisions we can make in our lives. Arrival of a beautiful bundle of joy gives us so much happiness that is indescribable. If you are trying to have a baby, especially for the first time then you must be looking forward to know what are earliest possible signs of pregnancy as you miss your periods by few days, or even before missing your periods.
But before jumping onto the signs of pregnancy, the first thing to do is to buy a home pregnancy test and check it at home and from the first urine after waking up in the morning, as it gives more accurate reading, but you can certainly do at any time of the day. So, let’s check out, what are the first sings of pregnancy.
Missed periods: Missing period is an important indicator of being pregnant if you are trying for a baby. Do a home pregnancy test when you are 5-7 days overdue for accurate results. Home pregnancy test can give accurate results a couple of days before missing your period though. A positive home pregnancy test result is almost right but a negative test result is less reliable as if you are pregnant then test might come positive after a week or few days. So, if you missed your period and suspecting that you are pregnant then repeat the test after a week.
Morning sickness or sickness throughout the day: Human Gonadotropin Hormone released during pregnancy cause us feeling sick especially in the morning, that’s why most of the expectant mothers do feel sick in early pregnancy days. Some women feel sick in first trimester only and v rarely some throughout their pregnancy.
Feeling tired and lethargic: Feeling lethargic during these days is very normal. This is due to hormonal changes going on inside your body. Try to stay calm and have as much rest as u can.
Sore breast and nipples: Breast feel fuller and tender as milk ducts are starting to develop more and more to provide milk your little one. Areola and nipples get darker than earlier with more and more “Montgomery’s tubercles” i.e., the little bumps on the darker area around nipple. But fuller and tender breasts could be the sign of onset of periods in some women.
Peeing more often: This is due to increase blood flow to kidneys and increased uterine pressure on kidneys as it grows bigger and bigger.
Increased vaginal discharge: Vaginal discharge increases as you get pregnant, because it increase estrogen levels and blood flow in pelvic area. Normally this discharge is transparent to milky and very thick. If you have yellow/ green discharge, itch or odour or all of these three symptoms or even any one, please consult your health expert as it could be the sign of infection.
Strange tastes and smell: Hormonal changes and increased level of estrogen might be the reason for a pregnant woman to feel strange taste especially metallic taste and smell. But some women don’t feel any of these symptoms throughout their pregnancy at all.
Food cravings: This is also linked with blood flow and hormonal changes but I have also seen many women who don’t feel any craving throughout their pregnancy at all. So, it varies form woman to woman.
Constipation: This is due to increase in Progesterone levels which cause relaxation of smooth muscle of digestive tract, so, food in the intestines move slowly through the tract.
Slight cramping and backache: This is due to a lot of uterine changes, foetus implantation and its growth.
Implantation bleeding: Once fetus attached itself to the uterine wall, mother might experience slight spotting around the time when you expect your period. Sometimes it is mistaken but very light periods.
Once your found out about your pregnancy, then call your healthcare provider to get register and start getting regular check-ups and appointments as per your need and protocol. I wish you all the best for a healthy pregnancy and delivery of a healthy beautiful baby.