Pregnancy symptoms can vary from woman to woman. While one woman may experience nausea and vomiting, another may not. It is, however, good to know the symptoms because this can be how you know you are pregnant before you ever take a pregnancy test.
Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea and Vomiting is a symptom that typically appears around the eighth week of pregnancy, although it can appear earlier. The nausea and vomiting is usually not the result of an aching stomach. It comes about painlessly, yet is very aggravating. Severe nausea and vomiting may need to be treated with pregnancy safe anti-nausea medications, especially if it results in weight loss.
If you notice your appetite increasing, this is a sign. Although appetite can increase and decrease naturally, this is the type of appetite increase that makes you feel as if you cannot eat enough. You may eat a meal and then an hour later feel as if you did not eat at all. In other words, you eat everything in sight. This can be one of the earliest symptoms.
Fatigue is another one of the earliest pregnancy symptoms. Suddenly, you feel as if you can’t get enough sleep. When you’re usually energetic, you feel fatigued. It seems like sleep will never be enough and, in some cases, it isn’t. You wake up in the morning and you feel as if you need another eight hours of sleep in order to feel normal.
If you experience light bleeding when you shouldn’t be having your period, you may be having implantation bleeding. This is where the fertilized egg implants itself into the lining of the uterus. Some women experience implantation bleeding, while others don’t. Some women even mistake it for an early menstrual period with a light flow, especially since implantation bleeding can be accompanied by cramping.
Even though the baby will not be large enough to put pressure on your bladder, your body will undergo a lot of changes. Changes in hormones will make you urinate a lot. Some women even mistake this symptom as a possible urinary tract infection because urination is infrequent and very little is expelled each time. This symptom does improve only to worsen later when the baby becomes large enough to press against the bladder.
Breasts can become quite sensitive. Some women experience sensitive breasts prior to their menstrual period, so this can be mistaken for that. However, the sensitivity tends to be more extreme and lasts much longer. Hugging your husband may even be difficult because of the sensitivity. Some women are more sensitive than others. For instance, clothing can even be bothersome.
Missed Menstrual Period
Of course, the most common pregnancy symptom is the missed menstrual period. This is usually the telltale sign of pregnancy. This, in addition to any of the aforementioned symptoms, means that something is changing, so it is time to go buy a pregnancy test. The excitement can seem rather overwhelming, especially when the pregnancy test confirms your suspicions.