Did you know that you can’t confirm a pregnancy until four weeks in? It’s usually in the first four to seven weeks that the majority of expectant moms learn the good news, usually after they’ve experienced a couple of tell-tale symptoms.
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So, what do you do if you simply have to know if there’s a bun in the oven, but it’s too soon to test and know for certain? Here are a few symptoms which may signal that a visit from the stork is in store!
Pregnancy should be suspected if you experience vomiting and/or nausea daily, without fever or diarrhea. Commonly referred to as “morning sickness,” pregnancy-related nausea can occur at any time during the day.
Are you feeling extra gassy, but know you’re not eating any of the notoriously offending foods? Well, congrats, you could be pregnant! Sherry Ross, OB-GYN, notes that, “Very early in pregnancy, complete chaos with bowel function occurs.” Later, hormonal changes combined with prenatal vitamins result in “bloating, gas and constipation.”
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause the breasts to swell and feel tender to the touch. Darkening of the areola is another pregnancy-related symptom, and both changes may be early signs of pregnancy.
SENSITIVITY TO SMELL OR TASTE
For many pregnant women, heightened sensitivity to food or scents occur with or right after symptoms of nausea. You might want to consider the possibility of the pitter patter of little feet in your future if you suddenly develop an aversion to your favorite foods!
CHANGES IN URINATION
Increased urination (without burning or difficulty urinating, which are common signs of bladder infection) is a hallmark among early symptoms. More than half of pregnant women experience a heightened need to “go” because as the uterus grows, it competes with the bladder for space, thus decreasing its capacity.
Increased vaginal secretions, especially those that are watery and chalk-white, are a common early sign of pregnancy.
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A rise in progesterone at the time of a missed period can result in dizzy spells because the hormone causes blood vessels to dilate, resulting in decreased blood pressure. If you experience dizziness, lie down immediately and elevate your feet. You’ll make it easier for the blood to move throughout the body which can prevent fainting.
Of course all of these symptoms can point to other health conditions, so it’s always best to have an official blood test done by your doctor. Early prenatal care is one of the best gifts you can give to your baby!