Every pregnancy is unique, affecting mothers in different ways. That’s why the list of symptoms that could indicate you’re pregnant is quite long. The earliest you might start seeing some of those symptoms will be around 7-10 days after conception.
Any of the following symptoms may be an early sign of pregnancy. It you do suspect you might be pregnant, take a pregnancy test. These are more accurate when taken later in your cycle – ideally the day before your period is due.
Missing your Period
Although this is a common sign of pregnancy, there are other reasons for a missed period and some women even continue to experience bleeding during pregnancy.
Another well-known (and dreaded) sign of pregnancy, morning sickness can affect women very differently. Nausea most commonly occurs in the morning, but it can arrive at any time of day, so it’s important that you look after yourself by eating healthily.
There are a few reasons why pregnant women become tired, including increased metabolism and hormonal factors like increased progesterone which makes you want to sleep. It’s a good idea to listen to your body and get the rest you need.
More Bathroom Visits
After conception, an increased blood supply to your pelvic area can cause your bladder to become irritated, meaning you need to go to the toilet more often – day and night – even if you don’t actually urinate very much each time.
Being pregnant dramatically affects your hormone balance, and many women become more emotional over the course of their pregnancy. It’s normal to experience mood swings, but if you’re feeling it’s difficult to cope please talk to your doctor or midwife.
Many women find their sense of taste changes during pregnancy. This may be caused by your body being deficient in certain vitamins and minerals, so it can be a good idea to listen to your body (as long as you’re craving healthy foods). It’s also a good idea to start taking a pregnancy multivitamin at least one month before you start trying, to prepare your body for pregnancy and ensure both you and baby get the nutrients you need.
Like your changing tastes, your sense of smell may also change when you’re pregnant, and smells that might not have bothered you in the past may even trigger nausea
Your basal body temperature rises slightly when you ovulate and, if you’re pregnant, will stay a little higher than normal.
Your nipples may be tender and sensitive, change in colour and grow in diameter while pregnant. Overall your breasts may feel sore or a little lumpy, and you may notice the veins in your breasts becoming more visible.
Cramping can be a little alarming early on in a pregnancy, but it’s very normal, and is simply caused by the uterus contracting. If you’re worried, or you notice bleeding at the same time, see your GP.
Spotting during pregnancy is also very common, particularly early on, but you should always keep your GP aware of it so they can track your progress.
Many women experience constipation when pregnant as the changing hormones can cause your intestines to relax, fortunately this can usually be alleviated quite easily. Drink plenty of water and eat lots of fruit and vegetables. If you still need relief, ask your pharmacist about products that are suitable to take during pregnancy.
Catching a Cold
Pregnancy causes your immune system to be suppressed to avoid rejecting the foetus, so you’re more susceptible to cold and flu viruses. Help prevent getting sick by washing your hands frequently, and avoid touching your face. You might also feel stuffy as changing hormones can affect your nasal passages. Ask your pharmacist which medicines are safe for symptom relief.
Pimples / Acne
Your changing hormone balance may cause you to break out in the early stages of pregnancy, but this should clear up as your pregnancy progresses. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting acne treatment while you’re pregnant.
Increased blood supply to your pelvic area may make your vagina appear darker in colour.Some women experience a change in their vaginal discharge during early pregnancy. This is due to hormonal changes and increased blood supply.
Change in Colour of Your Vagina and Increased Cervical Mucus
Increased blood supply to your pelvic area may make your vagina appear darker in colour. Many women also experience a change in their vaginal discharge during early pregnancy. This is due to hormonal changes and increased blood supply.