Signs of Pregnancy

Pregnancy has a very important role in the women’s life. Some women are so in tune with their bodies that they can tell within days that they are pregnant but some may be unaware of any changes for weeks, only wondering if they’re pregnant when they miss a period. The only way to know for sure you’re pregnant is with a pregnancy test. However, there are early signs of pregnancy that can alert you to the fact that you may be pregnant and should have a test.

pregnancyMissed period

For a woman who has always been regular, a missed menstrual period is often the first indication of pregnancy. However, women also miss periods for other reasons such as emotional upset, illness, severe weight loss, over-exercising, anxiety about getting pregnant, onset of menopause and sometimes coming off the pill. Therefore, we cannot base on this signs alone to sure that we are pregnancy. We must look for the other signs.

Fatigue and sleepiness

When you first become pregnant, your metabolism steps up a few gears in order to support your developing baby as well as your own body, which creates one big workload! You may become so immensely tired that you feel that you need to sleep more than usual. For many women, fatigue is the first symptom of pregnancy. If you are pregnant, chances are you’ll start to feel less tired around week 12, when the placenta is fully formed.

Swollen and tender breasts

Soreness or tingling in breasts is one of pregnancy’s most common symptoms. A woman’s breasts may feel different immediately she falls pregnant. Early in pregnancy breasts will fill out and change shape as they prepare to produce milk.  You may notice that your breasts are larger and swollen, with blue veins visible just below the skin. Tenderness tends to be most common in the first trimester, easing as pregnancy progresses.

Feeling sick

Morning sickness is a common symptom of early pregnancy. It often starts when you’re four to six weeks pregnant. You may feel nauseated and queasy, or even vomit. Despite its name, morning sickness can affect you morning, noon or night. Commonly, this signs often appears after you wake up and brush your teeth.

Urinary frequency

From about six weeks pregnant, you may notice this sign. When you’re pregnant, your uterus presses directly on the bladder leading to more frequent urination. As your pregnancy progresses the baby will actually grow large enough to put pressure on your bladder, causing you to feel the need to go more often. This is usually a whole pregnancy symptom.

Sense of Smell

Pregnancy can heighten your sense of smell! Smells which never bothered you before may become intolerable, causing nausea. This symptom is one of the most common early signs that you could be pregnant. Many women report an intense dislike of the smell of cooking fat or are repulsed by a food they previously enjoyed.

Darkening areolas

For many women, hormones can cause the areolas, the circles around nipples, to widen and darken during pregnancy. This occurs as the body prepares itself for breastfeeding.

Skin changes

Changes in the skin are common in early pregnancy. Skin can become drier, but also can be prone to an outbreak of spots. These sometimes persist for several months.

Unusual hunger or cravings

Pregnant bodies are working hard to grow that baby, and need about 300 extra calories a day. Some women find themselves craving food they would never normally dream of eating, while others simply feel hungry all day long. Some woman will crave some special foods that they even don’t like before.

These are some common signs of pregnancy, we can base on this to detect the pregnancy soon but we recommend that you take pregnancy test to have an exact result. Most home tests will give you a reliable result if you wait until at least the first day of a missed period.


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