In the first few days and weeks of pregnancy, you might not know if you’re pregnant, but your body does! Pay attention for these early pregnancy indicators, even before you head to the doctor or the pharmacy for a pregnancy test!
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1. Missed menstrual period. Stress and other things can cause you to miss a period, but this is usually a main indication that you may be pregnant!
2. Slight spotting. It is possible that instead of a full-on period, you’re just spotting a bit. Bleeding at the time of implantation or in the early months of pregnancy can be confused with menstruation.
3. Fatigue – Suddenly feeling tired even though you had a full night’s sleep? Dozing off at work? When you become pregnant, your body needs huge amounts of energy to adapt and nourish this new life.
4. Nausea – It might be the flu– or it might be morning sickness! If you’re feeling queasy or horribly nauseous, vomiting or have dry heaves you may be experiencing Morning Sickness!
5. Aversions to strong smells. Anything at all might make you nauseous, even your own cooking! You could call it a baby-protective mechanism, since things like coffee, alcohol, and cigarette smoke, all things that you should avoid during pregnancy, seem to make you ill.
6. Food cravings. The pickles-and-ice cream jokes are getting old, but once you become pregnant you may crave foods that you hardly ate before. Your tastes may change from sweet to salty or vice versa.
7. Breast changes. Similar to premenstrual sensations, but often more dramatic: tingling, tenderness, fullness; the areola begins to darken, and tiny glands on the areola enlarge.
8. Cramps. Also similar to the pelvic cramps you feel during menstruation. (Note that a sharp one-sided pain is not normal and your doctor should be notified.)
9. Frequent urination. In the beginning of pregnancy, it’s the hormones that cause you to urinate more often. Later on, there’s the additional pressure on the bladder from your enlarging uterus!
10. Constipation. Pregnancy hormones slow the action of your intestines. The slowing of your intestines plus their competition with the expanding uterus for room to work may leave you feeling constipated.
Get more information on what to expect during the FIRST MONTH at Dr. Sears.com!