Becoming a mother is the most precious moment for a woman, as pregnancy brings out the feeling of motherhood in her especially when she is becoming pregnant for the first time. Not only that, pregnancy brings members of a family closer to each other.
But there is another side to it. Pregnancy brings immense pain, mood swings, and hormonal transformation, which makes you feel miserable. And the worst of these is anticipation.
The status of pregnancy is quite uncertain, and it takes days - if not weeks, to be sure about it. Are you tired of waiting for a pregnancy test to announce the arrival of your bundle of joy? Don't worry.
There are plenty of signs that can confirm your pregnancy even before you take a pregnancy test or miss your periods.
Check 'em out.
Your belly may project outwards, your pants may be tight, and you might feel the need to unbutton to breathe comfortably. You may look like pregnant even if your fetus is tiny, or just a ball of cells. To get relief from bloating, eat small portions through the day for easy digestion. It's time to shift to a healthy diet.
Cramps in pelvic areas are not the same as the cramps during periods. This may last for a couple of days. This is because the fertilized egg gets attached to uterus lining.
One of the earliest signs of pregnancy, BBT is more accurate than the others. A couple of weeks before ovulation, it may be around 97.2 to 97.7°F. It is the average BBT in the pre-ovulation state. One to two days after ovulation, it'll increase from 0.4 to 1°. It decreases after you complete your period. But in pregnancy, the BBT remains elevated.
You may not feel like having your favourite foods, and their smell or taste might make you nauseous. It is believed that it could be due to the elevated levels of progesterone. Just try to maintain your regular diet.
Your vagina might swell up, and there might be a milky white discharge. Due to increased progesterone levels, your body produces cervical mucus, resulting in a sensitive vagina.
Dizziness and lightheaded-ness are also early symptoms of pregnancy, caused by low blood pressure. During your first trimester, it is normal to experience dizziness as the blood vessels dilate, reducing the blood pressure.
Several women misinterpret it as a sign of food poisoning and indigestion. In fact, some might even think that it is caused due to the morning sickness. But there is a possibility that you're pregnant and your hormone levels are slowing down your metabolism. With pregnancy comes slower digestion.
Your breasts might grow because of the hormone levels and will become softer. If your breasts feel tender with a slight touch, it means tenderness has increased.
The body supports more blood to support you and the baby and this forces the kidneys to filter more.
It is not a common symptom but affects some women in their early pregnancy. Some women may produce excessive saliva before they conceive. The excess saliva production is related to heartburn and morning sickness.
Due to fluctuating hormones, you feel tired and fatigued easily. The body spends energy throughout day and night to keep the baby secure. It's only natural that the tiredness will follow.
Some women suffer from constipation during pregnancy. The decelerated metabolism also leads to irregular bowel movements.
You will have cravings to eat sweet and sour foods during pregnancy. Your cravings for treats and sweets will increase significantly. But try to keep your diet healthy.
Mood swings are also due to hormonal changes. The variations in the hormone levels affect neurotransmitters of the brain, which cause enhanced emotions, from spells of weeping to sudden anger outbursts.
You may begin having shortness of breath in the first few weeks of pregnancy since your body requires more oxygen and blood to share with the growing fetus. It continues throughout pregnancy as the baby grows and the need for oxygen and nutrients.
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