A missed period isn’t always the first sign that you’re pregnant. These six symptoms can also confirm that you might be expecting.
Are you anxiously waiting for that typical sign of a missed period to confirm the fact that you’re pregnant? There are some other early pregnancy symptoms to look out for even before you’ve missed a period.
Look out for these early pregnancy symptoms
Most women only start experiencing morning sickness around the sixth week of pregnancy, but some start feeling queasy days before they’ve even missed their period. Blame it on the hormones again.
2. Tender and swollen breasts
If you are becoming increasingly sensitive to any kind of touch to your breasts, you could be pregnant. The hormonal changes in early pregnancy cause increased blood flow to your breasts and can make the breast tissue feel more sensitive and swollen.
3. Tiredness and fatigue
As your body starts prepping itself for pregnancy and the changes that will occur over the months to come, you’ll get tired and feel fatigued very often. This is because increased progesterone levels can make you feel exhausted.
4. Your food habits will change
The changing levels of oestrogen in your body will enhance your sensory organs and can trigger a change in your perception of certain foods. It can also cause an aversion to some foods. You’ll feel hungry more often and crave certain foods that you perhaps didn’t enjoy before.
5. Spotting or a little bleeding
Sometimes, as the ovum gets fertilised and attaches itself to the uterus, it leads to ‘implantation bleeding’, which is normal. This usually happens 6 – 7 days after fertilisation and can be confused with your period. In this instance, the blood colour is usually pink or light brown and lighter than your usual period.
Many women think cramping is a sign that their menstrual period is due soon, but it’s actually one of the very early signs of pregnancy. As the embryo implants into your uterus you might notice some cramping.
Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day. Learn more about Xanet Scheepers.