Think you may be pregnant, but haven’t had a chance to take a test? Check out these signs and symptoms of early pregnancy that indicate your future definitely holds a trip to the drugstore (and maybe baby bliss!).
OK—so, this is an obvious one, but a late period is the first sign you may be expecting. If your cycle is typically regular and you have reason to believe you could be knocked up, get a pregnancy test pronto!
Spotting and Cramping
Days after you conceive, a fertilized egg attaches to the uterus. In some cases this causes implantation bleeding, which is spotting and cramping as a result of this process. Spotting and cramping may occur anytime between six to 12 days after implantation, and the cramps will likely be mild.
This pregnancy symptom can be very tricky, because the sensation of implantation bleeding resembles menstrual cramps and spotting, so some women mistake conception for the start of a period.
Changes in Breasts: Texture, Sensitivity, and Color
Are you breasts feeling swollen or sore? Are they heavier and fuller than usual? Hormonal changes that occur at the start of pregnancy cause physical changes that may make your boobs feel differently than they do typically.
Take a close look at your breasts in a mirror; are your areolas (the colored area that surrounds your nipple) darker than usual? Hormonal changes during typically cause darkening (and enlarging) nipples and areolas. Medical experts aren’t exactly sure why this happens, although some speculate it’s to help babies (who are poor-sighted at the start of life) locate yoru nipples them for better feeding.
Feeling particularly pooped? When pregnant, your body redirects a lot of energy and resources to your new developing wee one. The start of pregnancy and the entire first trimester may be especially tiring, because during this period your body is busy is building the placenta, which serves as your child’s life-support system. No wonder you’re weary!
Super Sense of Smell
Feel like you’ve got olfactory superpowers? If you’re able to smell what’s cooking in the house next door, or feeling a strong aversion to a coworker’s perfume, you maybe meeting your baby in nine short months! Rising hormone levels at the start of pregnancy give you a noteworthy nose.
Thick, White Discharge
A sudden surge in estrogen causes vaginal walls thicken almost immediately after conception. This means new cells are created to line the vagina which may trigger a noticeable change in your discharge that lasts throughout the duration of your pregnancy. If your discharge has increased, become thicker, and turned milky white in color this could mean that there’s baby on the way!
Pregnancy triggers a surge in progesterone, which may cause constipation. If you’re stopped up, try drinking water, exercising, and take a pregnancy test!
This bathroom problem is not the only one you will experience over the next nine months! By the sixth week of pregnancy, you will be running to the restroom every hour or so to pee!
If your favorite foods are making your feel ill, or you have a string aversion to smells and tastes that didn’t bother you before, this is a significant indicator you may be pregnant. It's those wacky hormone levels at work again!