Am I Pregnant Or Just Not Bleeding?

EARLY SIGNS OF PREGNANCY

Stressed about your missed periods? Confused about whether it’s the pregnancy or just the hormonal imbalance? 

We’re here to provide you with insights into the early pregnancy signs.

The early signs of pregnancy may vary from person to person depending on the body type. Sometimes you may feel your body making the changes even before you know that you’re pregnant or you may not notice anything at all even when you know of the pregnancy.

TAKEAWAY

Your body will go through some changes during pregnancy, you may see some signs such as nausea, breast tenderness, and the hallmark symptom of having missed a period. However, there are some changes that you might need to pay attention to that are not very common but are significant enough like spotting,  food cravings, cramping, bloating, breast tenderness, pregnancy glow, and weight gain. 

If you think you might be pregnant, the best time to take a home pregnancy test is 1 week after the missed period.

Here are some common symptoms of pregnancy that everyone might know:

  • A missed period: The most common and obvious sign of pregnancy is a missed period. Once conception has happened, your body produces hormones that stop ovulation and the shedding of the lining of your uterus. This means that your menstrual cycle has stopped and you won’t have a period again until after your baby is born. But missing your period isn’t always a sign of pregnancy. You can also miss your period from stress, excessive exercise, dieting, hormonal disbalance, and other factors that might cause irregular periods. 

  • Frequent trips to the bathroom: Before you even miss a period you might notice that you have to pee more often. This usually happens because you now have more blood in your body as compared to before. During pregnancy, the blood supply in your body increases. Your kidneys filter your blood and remove extra waste, this waste leaves your body in the form of pee. The more the blood in your body the more you’ll have to pee.

  • Fatigue: Many people are extremely tired in early pregnancy. This happens due to high levels of the hormone progesterone. 

  • Morning sickness: Despite the name, this sickness can happen at any time of the day or night. Nausea can happen in the early days like in the first two weeks of pregnancy only. Again, not everyone has nausea, sometimes you might feel nauseous but still not vomit.

Let’s move on to some other not much common symptoms:

  • Sore breasts: Your breasts may become sore to touch during pregnancy. The soreness may feel similar to what your breasts feel during periods only, more so. The area around your nipples might also begin to darken and enlarge you might also feel the increase in your breasts size and your bra size getting tighter.

  • Spotting: Though it might seem like a bad sign, light bleeding (spotting) can be a sign that the embryo has been implanted in the lining of your uterus. Implantation takes place after 10 days of conception. Implantation bleeding looks like small drops of blood or a brownish discharge from your vagina. It can start around the time of your regular period and can last for days or even weeks. Spotting can make some people think that they just had a light period and are not pregnant.

  • Food cravings, constant hunger, and food aversions: Food can be complicated during early pregnancy. People start craving certain foods that they never really did earlier. While some food and flavors might start feeling delightful others might unexpectedly taste unpleasant.

  • Cramps: you can also feel minor period-like cramps that come and go over a few days or weeks.

  • Bloating and Constipation: bloating may occur during early pregnancy due to hormonal changes in the body, which can slow down your digestive system. You could feel constipated and blocked as a result.

  • Pregnancy glow and acne during pregnancy: People might start saying that you have a ‘pregnancy glow’. Increased blood volume and higher hormone levels push more blood through your vessels. This causes the body’s oil glands to work overtime. The increased activity of the oil glands of your body gives you a flushed and glossy appearance while on the other hand, you may also develop acne.

CONCLUSION

The early signs of pregnancy serve as subtle whispers from your body, gently nudging you to pay attention to its miraculous changes. Always remember, that tuning into your body’s signals is the first step in embracing a new life.

As you further navigate this journey it is essential to listen to your body’s wisdom and seek support when needed.

Embrace the excitement, cherish the uncertainty and admiration of the sheer creation unfolding within you. 

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