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Pregnancy Symptoms: 12 Early Signs That You Might Be Pregnant

Looking for early signs of pregnancy? Find out if you are pregnant checking on these symptoms.

Our body has the ability to communicate the changes that it is undergoing, so we have to learn to listen to it. If you think you might be pregnant, in this article there are some  early pregnancy symptoms to consider that may give you a hint. However, it is always better to take a pregnancy test and go to the doctor to make sure.

How to tell if you are pregnant: 12 early pregnancy signs

If you start to wonder if there is any clue that can confirm if you are pregnant before being able to take a pregnancy test or going to the doctor, pay attention to the following pregnancy symptoms.

1. Missed period

The classic pregnancy sign that could tell you if you're pregnant is a late period. This is especially important if you usually have a fairly regular period and suddenly don't get it when expected. Be aware of this sign, but also consider that it can be just late.

2. Dizziness and fainting

When a woman becomes pregnant, her cardiovascular system works at two hundred percent, so it is usually normal for there to be certain drops in blood pressure causing dizziness at any time of day. However, this is usually more frequent when standing or getting up abruptly or after standing for a long time.

3. Morning sickness, nausea and vomiting

This is another typical pregnancy symptom when you're wondering how to tell if you're pregnant: feelings of nausea and vomiting (especially in the morning) are often a pretty clear pregnancy sign. This is due to a hormonal imbalance (which we will discuss in more detail later) especially in the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG, the same as measured by pregnancy tests). Also, the increase in this same hormone can also lead to increased sweating and salivation.

4. Frequent urination

During pregnancy, the amount of fluid and blood circulating in a woman's body increases, which causes the kidneys to work harder and therefore visiting the toilet more often.

5. Breast tenderness

Another clear pregnancy symptom is if you feel more sensitivity than usual in your breasts. During pregnancy, the breasts are in a continuous transformation to prepare for future lactation and, therefore, it is only a few days after fertilization when the breasts begin to feel more sensitive and sore. Also, as the pregnancy develops, the areola of the nipples may darken, and the superficial veins may become more visible.

6. Food cravings

You've probably heard about the cravings that happen during pregnancy. Indeed, from the first moment, a clear pregnancy symptom is that your body may develop a certain craving for some foods. At the moment, this does not have a solid scientific basis, but in many cases, for example, sugar cravings are usually the most common.

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Food cravings is one of the most typical pregnancy symptoms. | Pexels


7. Smell or food aversion

Just as there may be a special craving for some foods, another of the pregnancy signs may be the feeling of repulsion to certain smells or foods. Between the second and eighth week of gestation is when this pregnancy symptom usually happens: the alteration of the perception of flavors and sensitivity to certain smells are two factors that contribute to that feeling of aversion.

8. Constipation

During pregnancy, progesterone levels increase in a woman's body and bowel activity may slow down, leading to periods of constipation. For this reason, if you notice that lately, it is more difficult to go to the bathroom, we can be talking about another pregnancy sign.

9. Hormonal imbalances

Hormonal imbalance is another classic when we talk about pregnancy symptoms. Gestation is a boom of hormones that run all over your body. This imbalance can have different consequences, both physically and psychologically. Among them, you can notice, for example, mood swings, nervousness, more irritability, tiredness and an increase in sweating and salivation, among others.

10. Fatigue and sleepiness

Especially in the first trimester of pregnancy, it is normal for women to have very hectic nights at bedtime. All the changes that are occurring in the body can affect the conciliation of a quality sleep, which will mean a feeling of tiredness and desire to sleep during the day. So, if you're feeling more restless at night and more tired during the day, it may be another of the pregnancy symptoms to keep in mind.

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You can check some of the most common pregnancy signs before taking a pregnancy test. | Getty Images


11. Vaginal bleeding

Another of the pregnancy signs is that, during the first month of gestation, there may be some vaginal blood loss. As it is related to the menstrual period, some women associate it with it (although the bleeding doesn't last that long). However, it is important to bear in mind that any type of vaginal bleeding outside of the days on which the period is expected can be a symptom of pregnancy or a physiological disorder that should be consulted with the doctor.

12. Bloating

Obviously, if we're talking about how to tell if you're pregnant, another clear symptom is if you notice abdominal distension. This is not only due to the advanced stages of pregnancy, but in the first weeks of pregnancy, you may feel bloated by the hormonal changes that are happening in your body.

As you can see, there are several pregnancy symptoms that can help you get an answer fastest, but we also want to convey the importance of consulting with a doctor or taking a pregnancy test before confirming the news; the body speaks, but we must also corroborate what it may be telling us.



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