A lot of people think they know how to tell when a woman is pregnant or not. Guys would brag that they can tell when a woman is pregnant by just touching her arms – they’re supposed to be softer than usual. Some would say when a woman is always pale and thin; she might be pregnant. But then again, she might just have poor nutrition!
Early Signs And Symptoms Of Pregnancy
Each woman experiences different signs of pregnancy. One may be plagued with nausea and vomiting in her first trimester, while another is lucky enough not to feel dizzy at all throughout her term. Also, some women may think their leg cramps are just their usual warning sign that their menstruation is coming but will later realize that they’re pregnant.
Below is a list of the most common pregnancy symptoms. Keep in mind, though, that these symptoms are not exclusively due to pregnancy and may be because of other conditions. Therefore, if you feel some of these things listed below, it doesn’t necessarily point out immediately that you are pregnant. A pregnancy test would be the most appropriate way to determine that.
1. Swollen, Painful Or Bigger Breasts. This is a very early symptom of pregnancy, as the breasts are affected by the increase in hormonal levels when a woman gets pregnant. She may feel that her breasts have become fuller and are more sensitive and painful. The areola or the area surrounding the nipples become darker in most women.
Swollen breasts can also mean other things, but if it is an early sign of pregnancy, then the breast changes you experience will continue for weeks.
2. Muscle Cramping. During the first three months, a woman usually experiences cramping in her feet and legs. Dr. M.D. Mazumbar, SM Polyclinic Senior Consultant, explains that cramps develop due to a change in how a woman’s body processes calcium. Instead of the pregnant mom receiving all the calcium, most of it is passed on to her unborn baby to help build its teeth, bones, and other vital organs. The decreased share of calcium that the mother is receiving causes muscle weakness, owing to the cramps.
3. Generalized Fatigue. This is a normal manifestation in pregnancy, particularly during the first trimester. Hormonal change, such as an increase in the hormone progesterone, is still the most accurate reason for this feeling of tiredness and laziness. Other reasons may also include increased blood production, reduced blood pressure, and reduced blood sugar levels. To counteract this symptom, pregnant women are advised to get enough sleep and eat foods that are rich in protein.
4. Nausea And Vomiting. These are famous symptoms that are almost always associated with pregnancy, although it may mean other things like gastrointestinal conditions. One in 100 women is found to experience these symptoms throughout their pregnancy, although they may lessen in frequency over time. If vomiting becomes worse, consulting your doctor is necessary.
5. Fluctuating Mood. Also caused by the increased estrogen and progesterone levels, this symptom is commonly seen in the first trimester and becomes less prominent eventually. Expectant mothers are emotionally unstable. They can be very happy now but will burst into tears later after watching a certain movie. Her moods may be erratic because of these hormone changes, or simply because conceiving a baby and bringing her into the world can be overwhelming, and one type of emotion is not enough to express how she truly feels.
6. Missed Period. One of the most obvious and alarming symptoms that drive women to think they are pregnant is missing their period. This is particularly true for women who have regular monthly menstruations. Some may not have their period for the month because of sudden weight gain, or over-fatigue, while others complain of missing their period when they abruptly stop taking their birth control tablets. But if you are doubtful of the reason, the best move is to take a pregnancy test.
7. Exaggerated Cravings. NHS reports that when a woman is pregnant, her senses are magnified, especially that of taste and smell. She might be looking for green mangoes more frequently than usual. On the contrary, her love for her husband’s perfume has turned into loathing, and she may never want even to have the slightest smell of it near her ever – or just until she delivers her baby.
Pregnancy definitely changes a woman – physically, physiologically, and emotionally. She may experience all the symptoms described above or maybe just two or three. What is crucial to remember is that if these symptoms become bothersome, it should not be taken lightly. The doctor’s intervention should be of paramount importance. Besides, you might not be pregnant after all!
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