The most obvious and ultimate sign of early pregnancy is a missed period. However, in some cases, we can be too worried to wait until we miss our period for us to verify that we are pregnant. On the other hand, maybe you have been trying for a baby for too long, and now you are just too excited to wait for a missed period to confirm your pregnancy. Either way, what are the tell-tale signs of an early pregnancy before a missed period? If you thought that a missed menstrual period is the only sign of pregnancy, then here are 8 more early pregnancy symptoms before missed period:
1. Sore and heavy breasts that are also tender
The body starts preparing for a baby from the time of conception up to the arrival of the newborn. Since the newborn child will have to be breastfed, there must be changes in your breasts that indicate the pregnancy.
Two weeks after conception, your breasts will become heavier and more tender than normal. They will also be very sore and sensitive to touch. Most of your bras will also feel tighter to indicate an increase in your breast size.
Once you notice this symptom, it is time for you to take the pregnancy test.
2. Unexplained fatigue
During pregnancy, the levels of progesterone (a hormone that functions to support pregnancy) spike up. This results in high levels of tiredness throughout the day.
Pregnancy also comes with increased blood production to support the zygote, and this may take a toll on you, leaving you fatigued and sleepy. However, fatigue can also be a symptom of anemia or other conditions.
Therefore, it shouldn’t be used as a solo indication of early pregnancy.
One to two weeks after conception, the levels of HCG start increasing in the blood. The rapid increase of this pregnancy hormone is the reason behind morning sickness during the early stages of pregnancy.
It is true that nausea can occur at any time of the day, but it is most prevalent in the morning hours. The intensity of the nausea is also different depending on the woman and the number of pregnancy (where nausea is more intense during the first pregnancy as compared to other consecutive pregnancies).
Nausea may not necessarily lead to vomiting, but in some instances, it might be accompanied by vomiting. If you experience nausea a few weeks after unprotected sex, it is time to take the pregnancy test.
The body has a funny way of showing you that you’re pregnant. Sometimes, you may experience bloating and tightness in your tummy even before your missed period.
In other words, you may feel and look pregnant within your first few weeks of pregnancy! The bloating may have resulted from the high levels of progesterone which interfere with our digestion.
It might be accompanied by farts and burps. A nice remedy for this would be eating small portions throughout the day so as to aid in your digestion. It is also advisable to avoid too much junk food such as fatty foods and stick to healthier options instead.
5. Food distaste
Food aversion is a very common early symptom of pregnancy. It involves a feeling of rejection towards certain foods which would otherwise be considered to be your favorite.
In some cases, this aversion might cease after the first trimester while in others it might last throughout the pregnancy period. The taste or simply the smell of certain foods make you nauseous, and this mostly applies to fatty foods or other junk foods.
For example, there was a time that I couldn’t go anywhere close to my kitchen because the smell of cooked food repulsed me and it triggered nausea and sometimes even vomiting.
6. Mood swings
Our moods are fully controlled by our hormones. However, during pregnancy, we experience too many hormonal changes as the body tries to adjust and to prepare for a new baby.
These hormonal changes often lead to hormonal imbalance, and as a result, we experience several mood swings. This means that we can be happy one moment, and the next second we are bursting with anger and feel irritated by every small detail.
A remedy to this situation is to maintain calm and to rest frequently to avoid putting yourself under too much pressure and causing unnecessary stress to your body.
7. Frequent headaches and lower backaches
During pregnancy, you are most likely to be a victim of low blood sugar. This will cause frequent headaches. Implantation cramping may cause the ligaments to loosen so as to create enough room for the baby.
This is the major reason for the lower backaches experienced during early pregnancy. As a remedy, it is advisable that you adjust your sleeping position to a more comfortable position so as to relieve the backache.
As for the headache, you can seek medical advice since it is very risky to self-medicate during pregnancy. The first trimester is a very sensitive period of the pregnancy and therefore it should be handled with much care. If you are doubtful about anything, ask your doctor before attempting it.
8. Excessive thirst and loss of appetite
The low blood volume that comes during the first few weeks of pregnancy will result in the constant need to drink fluids and this leads to excessive thirst. On the other hand, the feeling of nausea and food aversions will also lead to the loss of appetite. This may subside after then first trimester.
Other women might have a metallic taste in their mouths and this might discourage eating. However, smelling or eating foods with lavender scents might help in encouraging your appetite. It is also good for you to drink lots of water to curb the excessive thirst.
A missed period is among the sure signs of pregnancy, especially if you have been having regular periods. However, a missed period only comes a month after your previous period; meaning that you will have to wait for about 30 days to find out if you are pregnant.
However, even before the missed period, there are other signs which can be good indicators of an early pregnancy. Therefore, if you have noticed a combination of the symptoms discussed in the list above, you are most likely to be pregnant. However, the only sure way to confirm you suspicion is by taking a pregnancy test.
It is also important to note that these symptoms are not only exclusive to pregnancy. Some of them might indicate other diseases or conditions, and if you notice any abnormal symptoms, you should ask for medical advice as soon as possible. I hope you enjoyed our list of early pregnancy symptoms before missed period.