Pregnancy: 4 Early signs

A missed period is usually the earliest symptom of pregnancy that most women notice. However, there are some subtle signs of pregnancy that most first-time moms-to-be miss.

Early signs: Symptoms of pregnancy starting before missed period
1. Light spotting and cramping

If you notice slight vaginal bleeding around the time your period is due, it could be a sign that the fertilized egg has attached itself to the uterus lining. Mild cramps, similar to menstrual cramps, sometimes accompany the implantation bleeding.

When: 6 - 12 days after conception

2. Swollen or tender breasts

Breast changes are the most common and one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. The changing hormonal levels during pregnancy can make the breasts fuller and sensitive, tingly, or sore.

When: 1 - 2 weeks after conception

Tip:  If your period is late and you observe breast changes, get a home pregnancy kit (over-the-counter pregnancy test kit) to take a pregnancy test at home.

3. Fatigue and dizziness

If you find yourself feeling tired or light-headed and needing naps more than you’re used to, there’s a chance you might have a little one on the way. The boost in blood production and changes in hormone levels can cause you to feel exhausted during early pregnancy.

When: 1 - 2 weeks after conception

Tip: Eat foods rich in protein and iron to help offset pregnancy fatigue.

4. High basal body temperature

Feeling feverish? If you’ve had a low-grade fever for more than a few days, you might be pregnant. The basal body temperature (BBT) typically increases (0.4 to 1°F) soon after ovulation and decreases after completion of the period. However, BBT remains elevated during pregnancy (except for a sudden dip during implantation).

When: 1 - 2 weeks after conception

Tip: Trying to get pregnant? Track your BBT!

Early signs: Symptoms of pregnancy starting after missed period

1. Mood swings

2. A backache and headache

3. Bloating, constipation, and heartburn

4. Increased thirst and frequent urination

- When: 2 - 3 weeks after conception

5. Morning sickness or nausea

- When: 2 - 8 weeks after conception

6. Heightened sense of smell

7. Food aversions and cravings

- When: 3 - 4 weeks after conception

Still wondering if you’re about to be a mom?

Every woman is unique and so is her pregnancy experience. Some moms-to-be may not suffer any pregnancy symptoms at all! What’s more, early symptoms of pregnancy often mimic the symptoms experienced before and during menstruation. Therefore, a pregnancy test is the only sure way to know whether you’ve got a baby on the way.

Tip: If you’re wondering when to take a pregnancy test, it is advisable to use Pregakem pregnancy detection kit after one week of missed periods for best results.


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