7 early pregnancy signs

7 early pregnancy signs


7 early pregnancy signs When you’re hoping to be pregnant and you
haven’t missed your period yet—or it’s a day or two late—it’s pretty easy to
interpret nearly any physical symptom as a sign of pregnancy. It’s not uncommon to feel symptoms in the
first week or two of your pregnancy—or even earlier. But many first-time moms miss these signs
because the very earliest symptoms of pregnancy aren’t necessarily the ones we associate
with having a baby on the way. So, yes, while some women experience nausea
or hypersensitivity to smells, these seven symptoms are among the most common during
the first few weeks of pregnancy. 1. Pregnancy sign: Heartburn
Digestive changes are one of the most common early symptoms of pregnancy, says Nordahl. If you feel a burning sensation in your chest
after scarfing down your usual black coffee and egg-salad sandwich from the deli near
your office, it might not be that the deli changed the recipe to include green onions
or switched coffee brands; it could actually be pregnancy-related heartburn. One telltale sign of heartburn is that the
burning sensation can feel worse when you bend over or lie down. It’s safe to reach for an antacid to relieve
the burning, but also try to avoid certain foods, such as citrus fruits. 2. Pregnancy sign: Sore breasts
Before you start cursing your bra for suddenly feeling more like a contraption from the hardware
store than the lacy lingerie that took a serious chunk out of your paycheque, consider that
your newly sore boobs could be a sign that you’re pregnant. Breast tenderness is another common first
pregnancy sign, according to Nordahl. For many women, what can make this symptom
particularly confusing is that breast soreness is also a very common sign of your period. But early on in your pregnancy, your breasts
may hurt because they’re expanding in preparation for producing milk. 3. Pregnancy sign: Increased gas
Being gassy—or, less eloquently, “farty”—is no problem when you’re chillaxing alone
in your threadbare sweatpants, but it’s next-level horrifying when you’re out and
about anywhere else. Unfortunately, it’s a common early pregnancy
sign. Expect flatulence during not only the first
few weeks of pregnancy but also the next nine months. Inevitably, your unruly gas will strike right
in the middle of a work meeting or during a cool-down in your silent yoga class. 4. Pregnancy sign: Bloating
Can’t zip up those light-wash jeans that fit like a glove a few weeks ago? It could be that extra-large soda and popcorn
you inhaled while transfixed on the onscreen hunk at the cinema last night, but it could
also be a sign that you’re expecting. Like breast tenderness, abdominal bloating
is a symptom that’s common before your period, making it hard to tell apart from monthly
premenstrual symptoms. The usual tactic to fight extra bloating and
constipation is to ease up on excess salt and stay hydrated with water, both of which
are good habits, whether you’re pregnant or not. But you might also want to buy a pregnancy
test. 5. Pregnancy sign: Lower pelvic cramping
Pelvic cramping as an early pregnancy sign? Yep, it can be, according to Nordahl. That might seem counterintuitive, as cramps
are super-typical symptoms of Aunt Flow. You were probably hoping that being pregnant
meant you could kiss cramps goodbye, but sadly that’s not the case. Light cramps can be caused by early pregnancy
hormonal shifts and implantation of the fertilized egg on your uterine lining. 6. Pregnancy sign: Fullness
The unusual sensation of feeling “full” is yet another early symptom of pregnancy. “Fullness can be experienced before a period
is missed, but a first-time mom may miss it,” says Nordahl. “A second- or third-time mom may pick up
on it right away, especially if she is actively trying to conceive.” If you’re getting a feeling of déjà vu
from previous pregnancies that you’re experiencing at the gut level (literally), congrats, you
could be preggo! 7. Pregnancy sign: A missed period
Well, duh, of course a missed period is an early sign of pregnancy. For many women who haven’t been pregnant
before, this is usually the first symptom they notice, explains Nordahl. But hindsight is often 20/20. “A first-time mom usually thinks back and
realizes that a few things were different but wasn’t sure what they meant,” she
says.

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