Most women feel different things at different stages of pregnancy. However, there are a few early symptoms that are quite common for all women and we have compiled a list of signs and symptoms.
Vomiting & Morning Sickness
Nauseousness is key. This is commonly known as morning sickness and it can happen at any time during the day.
Feeling tired and fatigued
You'll start to feel tired in the first trimester of your pregnancy. Lots of hormonal changes taking place which may cause you to feel emotional and upset. Always remember, this is only temporary and it will pass. You can find more pregnancy tips on how to combat fatigued here.
Women usually feel that their breasts are slightly swollen and tender to touch just before their period, hence it can be quite tricky to rely on this pregnancy symptom. If you are starting to feel a tingle sensation and if the nipples are starting to darken, there may be a possibility that you are pregnant.
Constant trips to the toilet
You find yourself passing urine more often than usual even during the night. Other early signs of pregnancy includes:
- Constipation and Bloating
- Sensitive to foods and smell
- Craving new foods
- Slight bleeding and cramping
- Body temperature fluctuations
- Vaginal discharge without irritation or soreness
Am I pregnant?
As soon as you think you could be pregnant, you should check to find out if you are. There are several ways to find out if you are pregnant:
- a blood or urine test examined by your local GP - the most reliable result
- urine test with a home pregnancy test - never rely on just one test, at least two tests just to make sure. Most home pregnancy tests come with two tests. It is advisable not to do a pregnancy test just after your missed period, try to wait out for 1 - 2 weeks for a re-test.
It can get pretty overwhelming once your pregnancy is confirmed. It is advisable to plan ahead and manage your finances, health, work and lifestyle. Here is a simple checklist to keep you grounded and ready for the next transitions!
You could also visit the doctor for an internal examination. Your GP will check the uterus to see if it has increased in size. However, there will still be a combination of blood/urine tests done by your doctor.
The exciting news...
The thrill of this amazing journey is to know the baby due date! The average pregnancy is calculated at 40 weeks (or 280 days) from the start of your last menstrual period (LMP).
Whatever it is, pregnancy is a gift and a journey. Treasure it. Enjoy the ride.