10 Early Pregnancy Symptoms Checklist

How do you know you're pregnant? For some new mom's, knowing whether or not you’re pregnant can be intimidating for the first weeks. Sometimes you’ll miss a period and start questioning if you’re pregnant or something else is wrong.

To eliminate the doubts in all skeptics, I will literally clarify how you’ll know if you are pregnant and what signs you’ll need to consider.

Note though that the symptoms may vary from one mother to the other, so don’t rely on what someone else experienced when they were pregnant. To some moms, the signs may manifest early while others will not know until a few weeks after conception.

1. Missed monthly periods

Obviously, this is the first sign that prompts a woman to visit a medical specialist to verify the possible cause of the missed period.

Sometimes you may experience a weaker period than usual to give you the signal. Essentially, you’ll not always notice the listed signs, but this one is the most obvious to give you a message on if you’re pregnant or not.

2. Headache

Because of hormonal changes, some women may experience mild headaches due to the increases in circulation of blood during the early stages of pregnancy. 

3. Mood swings

A lot of changes usually happens within the first trimester when the body is getting accustomed to something unusual within the mother’s body. During this period, a mom tends to be weepy and develops some unusual emotions to the people around.

4. Constipation

During pregnancy, a woman’s body is triggered to release progesterone hormones. These hormones cause the food contents to be slow when going to the intestines, and this may lead to constipation.

5. Craving of certain food types

Most women do not have appetite to certain types of foods when they’re pregnant. They tend to have cravings on certain diets while turning their nose on others. This behavior is attributed by hormonal changes that is dramatic typically in the first trimester.

6. Morning sickness (nausea) and vomiting

According to studies, almost more than a half of all pregnant moms will have morning sickness and vomiting during the early stages of pregnancy (first trimester). It can happen any time of the day and not necessarily in the morning.

Nausea is usually mild and is claimed to be caused by the drastic increase in hormones. In most cases, it goes away when a mother is between 4 and 5 months pregnant. Or between the 13th and the 14th week of pregnancy.

7. Fainting and dizziness

The two are usually connected with low blood pressure, low blood sugar levels or dilated blood vessels.

8. Spotting

Statistically, about 20 percent of women will experience spotting during the first 3 months of pregnancy (12 weeks). That should not be a cause of alarm or panic since there are no reports on unhealthy pregnancy to mothers who have had an experience in spotting.

In essence, spotting are slight noticeable blood drops found on the pant lining. Early on pregnancy, bleeding is light when compared to menstrual bleeding and the color may range from pink, red or blown.

Spotting usually occurs after implantation. That’s when the egg is fertilized and get attached to the uterus lining. This may cause spotting or light bleeding. Spotting may also be as a result of high levels of oestrogen.

9. Fatigue

The feel of tiredness can be caused by a combination of different factors that include tremendous production of progesterone, low blood sugar, low blood pressure or increased circulation of blood. It is usually common during the first trimester and about one week after conception.

During those moments, it is important you have a rest and incorporate diets that are rich in iron and protein to offset the symptoms.

10. Changes in the breast

A lot of things could cause the breasts to change, however, pregnancy hormones are the main factors during the nine months of pregnancy.

Along with this, your breasts may get sore, tingly or swollen a few weeks after conception. Other times they may feel tender to touch or fuller than usual.

These hormones may bring some mild pain on breasts. However, the pain should go away once you get accustomed to the newly introduced hormones.

If you notice any of the above symptoms, there are high chances that you’re pregnant. However, have a talk with your doctor if you feel the symptoms are unusual or you need guidance on how to cope with them.