12 Typical Early Signs Of Pregnancy

by Khadija MAWHOUB

from the 4th week of pregnancy and directly after the implantation, the body produces the pregnancy hormone HCG. From then on the earliest signs of pregnancy can occur. The symptoms in early pregnancy vary depending on the woman and pregnancy. 

If you are pregnant, you will likely notice one or more of these signs. But don’t worry: it’s unlikely that everyone will appear at once. It is also possible that you are pregnant but do not experience any of the signs of pregnancy.

Remember, all of these subjective symptoms may have causes other than pregnancy and can easily be confused with normal symptoms of the second half of the cycle (PMS). They are also very individual and every woman experiences them differently. Some strong, some not at all! 

Strong hunger is not uncommon in early pregnancy. Many women report that during the first weeks of pregnancy, they literally had “cabbage steam” and would have liked to have eaten uninterruptedly, sometimes in the middle of the night.  craving for unusual dishes and combinations, especially for sweets and treats, can also indicate early pregnancy. As a trigger for the unusual appetite, the pregnancy hormone HCG is suspected.

2. Nausea

Some are hungry, the others could throw themselves over. The morning sickness is one of the most common (and annoying) pregnancy symptoms, under the two out of three women suffer. Especially in the morning, it occurs, but it can also last the entire day and lead to vomiting.

Fortunately, nausea usually improves from the second trimester. Incidentally, even the sense of smell changes frequently in the course. What recently tasted delicious and pleasant, can suddenly be unbearable for pregnant women.

3. Chest Pain

Is breast pain a clear sign of pregnancy? At least unusual breast pain causes many women to take a pregnancy test. And rightly so, because in the case of pregnancy the breasts change noticeably due to the hormone increase in the body: they are becoming increasingly sensitive to touch. In addition, the nipples turn darker in pregnancy – a common external sign of pregnancy in the course of hormonal change.

4. Fatigue

Fatigue is among the most common signs of pregnancy. it occurs mainly in the first four months. The reason: The body is busy at the beginning to build the placenta.

This physical performance with all its hormonal and organic changes is extremely exhausting. No wonder that pregnant women are often very tired, especially in the first few weeks. At the beginning of the second trimester of pregnancy, it should then get better again.

5. Increased Urge to Urinate

Already in the early pregnancy (from the 6th week of pregnancy ), almost all pregnant women notice that they have to go to the bathroom more often. The bubble, which can hold 300 to 500 milliliters, is usually not filled properly. This is mainly due to the increased production of progesterone in the body, which has a relaxing effect on the bladder muscles.

In addition, the growing uterus presses more and more on the bladder. So if you suddenly need to go to the bathroom more often, this can be a sign of pregnancy. Nevertheless, you should have a urine test at the doctor for safety and exclude a bladder infection.

6. Abdominal Pain

Some pregnant women experience drawing pain in the lower abdomen during early pregnancy, which may be due to implantation or the onset of stretching of the uterine bands. Pulling in the abdomen is not a sure sign of pregnancy, because there can be many other causes such as an onset bladder infection. So do not interpret too much in abdominal pain as a pregnancy symptom. If the pain lasts longer, you should go to the doctor.

7. Period is Off

The absence of the period is probably the clearest sign of pregnancy. If you usually get your period regularly and she suddenly stays away, you should take a pregnancy test. But there are other factors that can affect the period.

8. High Body Temperature

One of the safest signs of pregnancy is the increase in body temperature. As a rule, it is between 36.5 and 37 degrees. Just before ovulation, it rises by about 0.5 degrees. This is because the egg causes the body to release more of the hormone progesterone. This, in turn, raises the body temperature. If the egg is not fertilized, the temperature drops again ten to twelve days after ovulation.

However, if there is fertilization of the egg, it will continue to release progesterone – logically, then the temperature remains at the elevated level. Progesterone is one of the most important hormones in pregnancy, it increases about ten times its normal value.

9. Dizziness

The adaptation of the body to the pregnancy can also be dizziness. Especially long-standing in warm rooms can promote such a circulatory weakness. Physical activities such as taking a walk in the fresh air, changing showers and brush massage can be helpful.

10. Acne and Pigment Spots

Hormonal changes also affect the skin: In addition to increased pigmentation in the chest and pubic area, there may also be increased pigmentation on the face or a dark vertical line on the abdomen. Also, a sudden onset of acne can also be an indication of the hormonal change caused by pregnancy.

11. Outflow

The outflow is a typical first pregnancy signal of the body. This is due to hormonal changes and increased circulation in the vaginal area. The increased secretion production ensures that germs are rinsed out of the vagina and can not penetrate into the uterus and the embryo. A stronger discharge than normal is therefore harmless, as long as it is transparent to milky and odorless.

However, if it is yellowish to brownish in color, has a crumbly consistency or smells unpleasant, you should have that checked by the gynecologist. The same applies if there is itching or burning pain in the vaginal area. These are more likely to be an infection than a pregnancy.

12. Flatulence or Constipation

The hormonal balance altered by pregnancy has effects on the whole body, including the gastrointestinal tract. For example, the progestogen dilates the hollow organs, including the stomach and intestines. Progesterone can have an inhibitory effect on intestinal activity. And the growing and therefore more and more space-demanding uterus needs more space. Constipation and flatulence can be a consequence.

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