It is great news and you want to share but before you make that announcement, you want to be sure that you are pregnant. There are few early signs of pregnancy that show up as early as six weeks and can help us confirm pregnancy. These come really handy especially when your periods have not been regular and you don’t maintain a menstrual cycle journal. Here are the five early signs of pregnancy:
- Mood Swings: It is very common to have fluctuating moods and few might experience heightened emotions. Mood swings both good and bad become routine and can be addressed to the hormonal changes that take place during this period. However, if the feeling of being sad persists for longer duration of time, it is advisable to make a quick visit to your physician to seek advice.
- Sore Breasts: Another common pregnancy symptom is increased levels of sensitivity of your breasts which is caused by rising levels of hormones. The soreness and swelling around breasts appear to be an exaggerated version of how your breasts feel before your period. The soreness weans off usually after the first trimester, as your body adjusts to the hormonal changes. Most of the changes happen due to increased blood flow happening due to changes in hormonal equilibrium of the body. You may also observe change in the colour of areolas which now appear darker.
- Nausea and Food Aversions: While few food items may leave you nauseated and you might throw up quite often, especially during mornings, other favourites might now be repelled by you. This again happens as a result of shift in the hormonal equilibrium and trying to balance the same. Certain aromas may trigger these responses as well.
- Frequent Urination: Soon after you become pregnant, the hormonal changes that take place in your body might lead to increased blood flow through your kidneys. As a result, the bladder fills up more quickly, making visit to the restroom more often. Frequent urination intensifies as your pregnancy progresses and there is nothing to worry about it except the discomfort and sometimes waking up during the wee hours to empty the bladder.
- Bloating: An increase in progesterone and estrogen causes many women to bloat. However, avoiding foods that lead to increased gas generation and eating and drinking slowly helps.
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