Not all women experience the classic signs and symptoms of early pregnancy. Some women may not even know that they’re expecting until they’re well into their pregnancies. Look out for these signs if you suspect you may be pregnant.
The only way to be 100% positive that you’re pregnant, especially when it’s still very early in your pregnancy, is a positive pregnancy test. While many women never experience any early pregnancy symptoms, other moms-to-be have plenty of signs that there’s a bun in the oven.
Look out for these 6 pregnancy symptoms:
Tender breasts and nipples
According to What to Expect When You’re Expecting by authors Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel, tender, full, swollen, tingly, sensitive, and even painful-to-the-touch breasts are some of the first pregnancy symptoms you should look out for. You’ll start noticing this change in your body a couple of weeks after conception.
Another early pregnancy symptom to look out for is the darkening of your areolas (the areas around your nipples). This occurs due to the increase of hormones in your body during pregnancy. The colour of your areolas may already begin to change as early as the first or second week after conception.
Goose bumps on your areolas
You may notice an increase and enlargement in the tiny bumps on the areola (called Montgomery’s tubercles) – bumps you may have never noticed before. While they resemble goose bumps, they’re actually glands that produce oils to lubricate your nipples and areolas for when you start breastfeeding your little one.
Frequent trips to the toilet
Now that you’re expecting, you’ll notice that you need to go to the loo more often. This is due to hormones that trigger both an increase in blood flow as well as urine flow. According to What to expect When You’re Expecting, the efficiency of your kidneys improve during pregnancy, speeding up the expulsion waste products. Another reason for frequenting the little girls’ room is the fact that your growing uterus is pressing on your bladder now, leaving less space in your bladder.
Morning sickness is probably one of the first tell-tale signs that you’re expecting (apart from missing your period – especially if you have a very regular cycle). Morning sickness can strike a newly pregnant mom fairly soon after conception, but it usually only starts when you’re about 6 weeks pregnant.
If certain smells that you had no problem with previously suddenly upset you, it might be a sign that you’re expecting.
Many pregnant women report getting nauseated by the smell of everyday things like meat and fish while they were pregnant.
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.