Updated: Jun 28, 2019
Most women don’t realise they’re pregnant until around 6 weeks but if you’ve got a feeling, maybe you’ve noticed regular mood swings or a missed period here are some early symptoms to look out for;
▫️Sensitive nipples/aching breasts
This is due to a change in hormones and growth, this was definitely one of my first signs and was almost like a tingling sensation.
▫️Morning sickness or nauseas
This is one of the most common and well known symptoms, ‘morning‘ sickness doesn’t necessarily mean you will be sick in the morning, it can happen anytime of the day or night. I was lucky enough to only have this once or twice! I did use sickness bands for the first 12 weeks, so either they worked or I was a lucky one. We will never know! 🤷♀️
In the early stages before your placenta has formed, the baby needs all the nutrients from you causing you to be a lot more tired than usual. Also your progesterone levels are higher which can also make you more tired.
This is another well known symptom and when most women are likely to take a pregnancy test.
▫️Mild cramping & spotting
Also known as ‘implantation bleeding’ which can be mistaken for a light period. This may cause some mild pains and usually happens around 10-14 days after conception when you would be due your period.
This is due to estrogen and progesterone levels being high. It will be the same throughout the pregnancy. You will find yourself being more emotional than usual and react to situations more. This was very noticeable in my pregnancy, I actually cried because my partner got my food order wrong! 🙈
And obviously the overwhelming feeling of being pregnant and what’s to come can also affect your mood.
▫️Frequent need for urination
There are a few reasons why you find yourself going to the toilet a lot more often, your blood flow to the kidneys increases up to 35-60% Which makes the kidneys produce 25% more urine. It could be the change in hormones again and also as your uterus is growing it will start to put pressure on your bladder especially towards the end of the pregnancy when there is no room left!🤰