Are you nauseous? Feeling bloated? Have the urge to urinate frequently? These are some of the most common early pregnancy symptoms experienced by expecting mothers. While some do not suspect anything amiss until their missed period, here are more early pregnancy symptoms you can look out for during the early days of conception.
Some women experience light spotting 3-12 days after conceiving. Spotting is usually pinkish to brownish in color but not heavy. This happens while the zygote is trying to implant itself in the uterine lining.
The urge to urinate frequently can be caused by the hormone “human chorionic gonadotropin” or HCG. Elevated levels of HCG are one of the signs of pregnancy caused by the implantation of the embryo in the uterus.
Having elevated body temperature during ovulation is normal. Basal body temperature rises during ovulation and usually remains so even after ovulation. Taking the BBT is one of the most reliable ways of knowing that ovulation has occurred.
Women can also complain of tender breasts and darker aureoles after conceiving and is considered as one of the early pregnancy symptoms. This is usually due to the elevated hormonal levels and gradually wears off as the body gets used to it. The bumps in the aureoles also get more prominent one week after conceiving.
Nausea or morning sickness is quite common in women during the early phase of pregnancy. Although it is called morning sickness, feeling sick and nauseous can occur at any time of the day or night!
As the body gets used to its new occupant, women get tired easily. This is because the body which is used to fueling one individual now has to produce energy for two instead. This feeling of fatigue goes away after a few months as the body readjusts and re-computes energy demands for the new baby.
Cramping is not exclusive during the menstrual period. Some women can experience cramping during the first few days after conception. Other triggers that induce uterine cramping include frequent movement, exercise and orgasm.
Women complain of constipation during the first few days of pregnancy. This is because of the elevated hormone levels causes the intestines to relax. This change in bowel movement is usually temporary.
As hormone levels increase food cravings and mood swings can happen. Some women feel the urge to eat large quantities of chocolates while some crave exotic foods. Mood swings are also more frequent during the early stages.
A missing period may or may not be a sign of pregnancy but it is one of the most common. Once you have missed your period a pregnancy test kit can easily confirm or rule out a pregnancy.
All of these may or may not be experienced by women during the first few days after conception. Since all women are different, they respond to hormonal changes in the body in different ways. Some do not have symptoms other than the missed period while others experience several or all of these early pregnancy symptoms.