At the minute of conception, a woman’s body embarks on the most amazing journey to create, develop and nurture a new life. To cultivate this journey a woman’s body undergoes some vivid changes and it is little wonder that newly pregnant women can feel a little ‘strange’ to say the least.
There are many different signs of a pregnancy and symptoms can vary a great deal from woman to woman. Below are five signs that you may be pregnant:
Some women experience some spotting and slight bleeding normally at the same time that their period is due. This is usually caused by the egg implanting itself on the wall of the uterus.
Breast tenderness typically begins between weeks four – six of pregnancy. Many women notice that their breasts are sore to touch or are tender when they run, walk up the stairs or sleep on their stomachs.
Tender breasts in early pregnancy are caused by the rising level of estrogen and progesterone hormones, which increase as the body prepares for the baby. As the pregnancy develops the milk ducts and the cells that produce milk in the breasts will form, resulting, for many women, in the breasts becoming larger and changing shape.
Whilst some women sail through the initial stage of pregnancy without so much of a murmur, many are plagued by dreadful fatigue. As a woman’s body works hard to accommodate for all the changes and fluctuations in hormones, it uses a lot of energy and can leave expectant mums feeling shattered!
The good news is that early pregnancy fatigue usually surpasses at the end of the first trimester, although it often returns in the latter stages of pregnancy.
Sickness is one of the most common signs of pregnancy and according to Baby World ‘morning sickness’ affects approximately 70% of pregnant women. Whilst it is referred to as ‘morning sickness’, as some women only feel sick in the morning, many women find that the nausea lasts the whole day.
‘Morning sickness’ can occur as early as when a woman’s period is missed and is believed to be caused by hormonal imbalances and changes.
Fortunately, for most women, ‘morning sickness’ subsides after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Perhaps the most ‘solid’ sign that a woman is pregnant is when she misses her period, particularly if she has regular periods. It is when a period is missed that it is recommended to do a pregnancy test.