Early Signs Of Pregnancy Before Missed Period
A missed period with a positive pregnancy test is the most accurate way to tell if you are pregnant or not. But there are also some very early signs of pregnancy before missed period that let you know way ahead of time if you are anxious.
I'm sure you can't wait to know what these early pregnancy symptoms are and I can't wait to tell you as well.
Your body starts to go through a lot of changes immediately after conception. Depending on what changes and feelings you have, you can tell if you are pregnant as early as 1 or 2 weeks after ovulation.
Pregnancy Symptoms Before Missed Period
The tricky part is that some early pregnancy signs resembles a premenstrual syndrome. But if you have the first 3 symptoms you are most likely pregnant.
1. Implantation Bleeding
Implantation bleeding is one of the earliest pregnancy signs. It usually happens around a week before your expected period.
The light pinkish bleeding happens when the fertilised egg burrows or digs through the uterine lining to attach itself to the walls of the uterus.
The fertilised egg buries itself in the lining there to grow and develop.
Many women get discouraged and confused because implantation spotting happens around the time a woman is expecting her next period.
A way to differentiate is that the spotting or bleeding is lighter and scanty than a normal period and it usually last between 2hours to 48 hours.
2. Implantation Cramping
Lower abdominal cramps 8 to 10 days after ovulation may mean you are pregnant. Because this is around the time your would be expecting your next period, you can actually mistake it for pre period cramps.
But the cramp is mild and not all women even notice it.
Implantation cramps happen during implantation when the fertilised egg tries to bury itself in the lining of the uterus.
The cramping may or may not be accompanied by light spotting or bleeding.
3. Sore and Tender Breast
One of the early ways in which you can tell if you are pregnant is by observing the changes in your breast. Your breast may feel more tender and sore. You may also feel a tingling sensation around the nipples.
Some women complain about their nipple becoming more sensitive to touch. A darker areola is also common.
Changes in how your breast feels can start as early as one or two weeks after conception.
Once conception occurs, the level of your estrogen and progesterone hormone starts increasing rapidly.
This rapid increase in hormones causes the breast to feel bigger and fuller. The milk ducts are growing already in preparation for breastfeeding, which is still 36-39 weeks away.
4. Tiredness and Fatigue
As early as first week after conception, some women starts to feel more tired and fatigue than usual.
Tiredness or fatigue in pregnancy is caused by an increase in progesterone hormone.
You may start to feel so tired, you need to take a nap more frequently.
Tiredness in pregnancy has been linked to increasing level of progesterone hormone.
Also because of the huge changes taking place in your body, you can feel more tired.
Your heart is also pumping more blood to the uterus to support the growing baby.
Tiredness and low energy can also be a sign of anaemia. This is why women who are trying to conceive or who are pregnant are often advised to take prenatal supplements that contain iron, zinc and folic acid as a minimum.
Tiredness is common in the first trimester, it may reduce in the second trimester but it comes back in full in the third trimester.
It is not uncommon to feel gassy or bloated as early as a week after conception. An increasing level of progesterone hormone relaxes the entire muscles of the body and this includes the digestive tracts.
A relaxed muscle in the digestive tract is a leading causes of gassy or bloated feeling because it slows down the digestion process.
Also as your uterus grows it pushes against your stomach, also slowing down digestion and may make you feel bloated after eating.
6. Frequent Urination
Many women often find out that they need to visit the toilet very often in early pregnancy. The enlarge uterus pushes against the bladder causing you to feel like peeing more often.
Another cause of frequent urination is due to an increased flow of blood to the kidneys. This extra blood flow causes more urine to be produced. This charges starts happening as early as one week after conception.
7. Food Craving or Aversion
Some women notice, they start to crave for some certain types of food they have not eaten in a long while or that are very scarce to get.
No you're not weird, it is pregnancy.
Also foods that you normally love may also start to repel you to the point that just the smell and sight makes you feel like throwing up.
As many as 85% of women experience a form of food aversion or craving.
Some women crave for meat, eggs, milk. While some women cannot stand garlic, onions, spicy foods, tea or coffee.
Every woman is different so also will your craving and aversions be.
Craving and aversions have been linked to high levels of hormones. Also it is believed that this is a way of your body telling you what it needs and what it doesn't need.
Lightheadedness and feeling dizzy are common in early pregnancy. Hormonal changes and changes in volume of your blood are the culprits of behind this.
Dizziness in early pregnancy is also caused by, low blood sugar level, and not eating for a long time due to feeling nauseated (morning sicknesses).
9. Mood Swings
Mood swings is common in early pregnancy, due to hormonal changes that disrupts the neurotransmitters in the brain.
Having a drastic change in emotional state, is not fun. But if you understand that hormonal imbalance is the reason for this. It does help.
Mood swings are common during premenstrual syndrome, menopause, pregnancy and thyroid disorder.
As a woman progresses in pregnancy, mood swings often reduce.
Constipation is common in the early stages of pregnancy. Difficulty passing a poo is known to be caused by an increase in the level of progesterone hormone.
Progesterone hormone relaxes the muscles in the stomach. And slows down the movement and digestion of food in the gut.
The best way to cope with constipation in pregnancy is to add fibre, fruit and vegetables to your diet. Also increasing your intake of water does help.
Avoid consuming foods that are gassy or produce winds like beans, cabbage or onions during pregnancy.
11. Increased Basal body Temperature
Basal Body temperature is your body's temperature at rest When pregnant your basal body temperature increases.
If you normal chart your BBT during ovulation and through out your menstrual cycle you will already be familiar with what your temperature at rest is.
If you then notice that your temperature at rest, has been elevated for more that 2 weeks then you may be pregnant.
12. Metalic taste in mouth
Metallic taste in mouth is common in pregnancy due to the increased level of estrogen hormone.
Metallic taste in mouth is known as dysgeusia. High amounts of estrogen causes heightened sense of smell and taste.
Metallic taste in mouth is a sign that your pregnancy hormones are taking over.
As you progress into the pregnancy, the taste will gradually go away.
13. Shortness of Breath
It is possible to experience shortness of breath of breath in early pregnancy and in last trimester.
There is about 20% increase in the intake in oxygen in pregnancy. And about 15% increase in metabolic rate.
Immediately after conception, your need for oxygen increases, because your baby needs oxygen and blood to grow.
14. Milky white Vaginal Discharge
Apart from light bleeding, excessive milky white discharge before menstruation is also a sign of pregnancy.
This is due to the thickening of the vaginal walls immediately after conception.
How Soon before a missed Period can you take a pregnancy Test
You can take an early pregnancy test a week before your period is due if you suspect you are pregnant.
But generally, it is recommended you take a test a week after your period is late.
Taking a test too early may result in a negative result because of the low levels of the hcg hormone in the blood.
The best way to confirm if pregnant or not is to take a pregnancy test. A missed period and a positive test definitely means you are pregnant.
- Pregnancy Symptoms Before Missed Period
- 1. Implantation Bleeding
- 2. Implantation Cramping
- 3. Sore and Tender Breast
- 4. Tiredness and Fatigue
- 5. Bloating
- 6. Frequent Urination
- 7. Food Craving or Aversion
- 8. Dizziness
- 9. Mood Swings
- 10. Constipation
- 11. Increased Basal body Temperature
- 12. Metalic taste in mouth
- 13. Shortness of Breath
- 14. Milky white Vaginal Discharge
- How Soon before a missed Period can you take a pregnancy Test