Pregnancy is so different for each woman, and early pregnancy is no different. There are lists of early pregnancy signs- symptoms that may indicate a pregnancy. It is important to remember that some may feel all of these, and some women may feel none and still be pregnant. The most accurate way to confirm a pregnancy is taking a quality pregnancy test and then seeing your health care provider. Here is a list of our top 5 most common pregnancy symptoms.
You didn’t get your period
This is the easiest if you have a regular period. If you don’t, this can be more of a challenge! Most pregnancy tests can detect the pregnancy hormone with 99% accuracy after your period has been missed. If you aren’t sure, or don’t have regular periods, it is best to see your health care provider as they can order “serial beta HCG’s” (your pregnancy hormone) and watch it rise appropriately (it should double every 48 hours in the beginning in pregnancy).
Your breasts are sore
The hormone progesterone increases in pregnancy and one of the side effects is very tender breasts. You may also notice breast growth, veins darkening in your breasts, and nipple darkening.
You are pooped
That same hormone, progesterone is causing this. As your uterine lining thickens to house your baby for the next 9 months, your progesterone rises. The result is exhaustion. Tasks that have previously felt easy, leave you feeling tired and needing a nap.
You feel sick
Someone coined this “morning sickness”, but in pregnancy, it can occur day or night or both. Some women experience this before their pregnancy test is positive, but for others, it starts around week 5 to 8.
You hate pickles, but all of a sudden can’t get enough of them. This could be a sign of pregnancy. Same with aversions.. you may be a 3 cup of coffee a day girl, but the very thought of java makes you want to vomit.
Remember, these symptoms may or may not be present in your pregnancy. If you are unsure if you are pregnant, see your health care provider who can confirm and follow your pregnancy!