When you are trying for a baby, waiting those extra few days for a result can be really hard. There are some signs you can watch for before your period is due, although not any of them can confirm or deny pregnancy. They can give you something to watch for until you can test.
While you are waiting for that missed period, you may notice a small amount of spotting a few days before your period is due. This type of bleeding is known as implantation bleeding, which happens because of fertilization of the egg. If it is indeed implantation bleeding then it will be much lighter than a normal period and also may be lighter or just spotting. Along with spotting you may also get cramping, which also may be a sign of pregnancy or your period coming on. You get this cramping because your uterus is contracting and shifting its position.
It may be dreaded but these headaches may show up as a sign of pregnancy. The increase blood circulation which is caused by hormonal changes might cause mild headaches.
One of the first signs of pregnancy may be swollen or tender breasts. This will happen normally when your period is a week late. You might also experience darkening of the areolas, which is believed to help your newborn find the nipple for breastfeeding. Along with the darkening of the areolas you may also notice that the veins in the breasts are much more visible
During early pregnancy, your progesterone levels will be through the roof. If the levels are really high then it could in fact put you too sleep. This is also teamed with significant metabolic changes and low blood sugar can make you really tired. Take it easy and nap when you can, you should begin to get your energy back around week twelve.
The dreaded morning sickness will begin at anytime. And it will come about morning or night, usually it hits around week two after conception. It is not known why exactly you get sick, but it seems to come from the rising levels of estrogen. You might also notice that because of your heightened sense of smell that some odors may make you sick. Try munching on some soda crackers before getting out of bed or drinking ginger ale.
Constipation is another wonderful symptom of pregnancy. The increase of progesterone causes food to pass slowly through the intestines. It also causes the intestines to relax and is less efficient. Drink plenty of water if you experience constipation.
Food cravings are very common during pregnancy, Can we say pickles and ice cream? It is not exactly known how these cravings come about but it is all pointed at the hormonal changes in your body. They may decrease as you get into your second trimester.
Another wonderful side effect of the hormones is to have mood swings. You can expect it during the first trimester, but it should decrease as you progress through pregnancy.
Basal Body temperature
Your basal body temperature is your oral temperature when you first wake up in the morning. This temperature increases slightly soon after ovulation and remains at that level until your next period. If you’ve been charting your basal body temperature to determine when you ovulate, its continued elevation for more than two weeks may mean that you’re pregnant
These signs are just a few that you might experience, don’t be upset if you get these signs and turns out you are not pregnant. The first thing you should watch for is a missed period and a positive pregnancy test. Try not to test too early, it will only give you false results.