In the movies, it seems the first sign of pregnancy frequently comes in the form of morning sickness, often displaying itself at the most inopportune or embarrassing time. However, did you know that up to 15 percent of pregnant women experience no nausea at all? In fact, another 30 to 40 percent avoid vomiting while pregnant all together. This can mean that relying upon feeling sick to confirm whether you’re pregnant may leave you without solid answers.
If you’re wondering “could I be pregnant?”, read on to learn more about five signs of pregnancy, including what to do if you suspect you may be in the early stages.
If you find yourself collapsing on the couch after work or calling in sick because you simply can’t drag yourself out of bed, you may wonder whether you have a virus or bacterial infection. However, in many cases, fatigue, rather than nausea or vomiting, can be the first sign of a pregnancy.
This fatigue tends to hit hardest during the first trimester when the fetus is in its period of most rapid growth and cell division. Despite taking place in a very small part of your body, this process is incredibly physically taxing, and in combination with changes in your hormone levels, can leave you feeling exhausted.
Even women who don’t find themselves battling nausea or vomiting may have other digestive symptoms, most notably heartburn. Heartburn occurs when acid in the stomach backs up into the esophagus, resulting in an overly full feeling (even if you haven’t recently eaten) or causing a burning sensation deep within your chest.
If you’ve found yourself recently experiencing heartburn for the first time in your life, or the worst heartburn in your life, even waking you up in the middle of the night, it may be a good idea to take a pregnancy test to confirm your suspicions.
Unusual Mood Swings
The same mood swings that accompany PMS in many women can also show up during the early stages of pregnancy due to the frequent changes and shifts in hormone levels. If you find yourself cycling through strong feelings of rage, sorrow, or happiness without much prompting, it may be because your normal moods are being amplified by higher levels of estrogen and progesterone in your bloodstream.
Another common sign of PMS, sore breasts can often signify the beginning of pregnancy as well. If your breasts stay sore for more than a week, with no menstrual period in sight, it could be due to pregnancy.
Sensitivity to Scents and Tastes
Many women can identify the moment they knew they were pregnant by their sudden and unexpected disgust (or attractions) to certain scents and tastes. If you’re a lifelong steak lover but find yourself gagging at the sight of a rare filet, or notice that you can smell a cigarette smoker from yards away, you may be experiencing pregnancy-related food and scent sensitivity.
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