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7 early pregnancy symptoms that you should know

“Am I pregnant?”. Oftentimes, women who are trying to conceive will be asking themselves these questions a lot. Especially when the date for the next period cycle is nearing and you may start to suspect (or hope) that you are pregnant. You will start noticing some symptoms or changes in your body and there is a chance that you could actually be pregnant. There is only one way to determine whether you are pregnant or not, and it is through the pregnancy test.
But, guess what? Other than a late period, there are some other early pregnancy symptoms that you can look out for. Let’s have a look at some of them!

4 Common early signs:

1. Missed period
A missed period is one of the most well-known signs of early pregnancy. If your period is late by one or more weeks, there is a high chance that you could be pregnant. But do also keep in mind that the symptom can be misleading if you normally have irregular menses.

2. Swollen breasts
Hormonal changes during the early stage of pregnancy can make your breasts feel tender and slightly painful. As your body adapts to the hormonal changes, the pain and discomfort will subside after a few weeks.

3. Urinating more
You may also find yourself urinating more than usual. This is because when you’re pregnant, there is an increase in the amount of blood in the body, so more blood flows to the pelvic region and kidneys causing your kidneys to process more fluid which will end up in your bladder.

4. Feeling nauseae
You may have heard of morning sickness among pregnant women. It can occur at any time throughout the day but more often in the morning around one to two months after conceiving. Nonetheless, some women experience nausea at an earlier stage.

3 less common pregnancy signs:
1.Uterine cramp
Some women reported to feel minor cramps in the lower abdomen and this cramp is commonly associated with implantation.

2.Bloating
Similar to when you are at the start of a menstrual period, you may also experience bloating as a result of hormonal changes.

3. Feeling moody
Due to the rapid increase of hormones in your body at the early stage of pregnancy, some women may feel unusually emotional and weepy.
Do take note that these signs and symptoms may not always be unique to pregnancy. It can be quite confusing as the signs are also similar to when your period is about to start.
Should you experience a delayed period with some of these symptoms, you can either start taking a home pregnancy test or visit your healthcare provider.

Article source: 1. Symptoms of pregnancy: What happens first. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/getting-pregnant/in-depth/symptoms-of-pregnancy/art-20043853. Accessed May 2, 2022.
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