How do I know if I am pregnant? – 5 Early Warning Signs
If you’re desperate to know whether you are in the early stages of pregnancy, here are 5 tell-tale signs you should be on the lookout for:
1. Feelings of Nausea
One of the earliest signs of pregnancy is experiencing nausea and vomiting. This is most commonly known as morning sickness and will usually occur around 6 weeks into the pregnancy.
Although it is most frequently associated with mornings only, it can in fact take effect at any time of the day.
Unfortunately, severe nausea may have significant impacts on your work and social life for a short while, therefore you may be in need of treatment to keep it under control. Mild sickness can be treated with self-help methods; monitored by your GP.
2. Needing to Urinate Frequently
When you become pregnant, you may find that you need to urinate more often.
This is all down to a combination of hormones and a large amount of blood in your system. Your kidneys are working extra hard to keep up with the amount of blood flowing through, which can increase by 50%.
The need to urinate constantly is usually experienced from 6 weeks onwards, however, this will most likely last throughout your entire pregnancy due to the impending pressure on your bladder.
If you are feeling tired more regularly, this may be an early sign that you are pregnant. Your body is now home to a new being, therefore your body is working twice as hard as usual.
Pregnancy hormones can also add to feelings of fatigue during the first 12 weeks.
Luckily this should fade off in the 13th or 14th week, but it is important to get plenty of rest to keep your energy levels up.
4. Strange Tastes and Smells
If you have a metallic taste in your mouth or believe you are creating excess saliva, this may also be a symptom of early pregnancy.
You may crave certain foods that you have never usually considered eating, or feel sick at the thought of foods you have always loved.
The most common foods which pregnant women cannot stand the sight or smell of include tea, coffee and fatty foods. Strangely, the new cravings or the feeling of repulsion towards food is a coping mechanism your body experiences when experiencing hormonal changes.
You may have a more sensitive sense of smell also, especially towards food or cooking.
5. Missed Period
Possibly the most common tell-tale sign of pregnancy is through a missed period. If you are always on time and believe you have always had regular periods, it may be best to take a pregnancy test immediately to determine whether or not you are pregnant.
Having a late period is certainly one of the signs you should be looking out for above all others and is the quickest way of sussing it out. Yet, late periods can also be associated with stress or weight issues.
You may experience spotting throughout your early pregnancy. This is called plantation bleeding and shouldn’t be confused with a period.
Do you have any other signs you may have experienced in the past? Or a few good old wives tales? Comment below…