Life is full of surprises and turns. Some are pretty exciting, while others are just that SURPRISES!!!
Being pregnant is a beautiful experience, which leaves behind a lot of questions, especially to the first time to-be moms. How exactly did you start suspecting that you could be pregnant?
Below is a list of early signs that show you could be pregnant.
However, it is good to note that each person is unique, and the signs may differ from one woman to the other.
Early Signs of Pregnancy
Even before you miss your Menses, which is the most common green light that you could be expectant, your body may start sending signals to you even before one month is over.
You may have noticed changes in your sleeping patterns. Sometimes you find yourself napping during the day, something uncommon to you.
1. Longer hours of sleep
Changes in hormonal levels, particularly progesterone, which rise in its level mostly during the First Trimester, bring about these changes in your sleep habits.
While increased sleep is a hint that you could be pregnant, it is not a 100% percent guarantee that you are.
You may consider these other signs too
2. Bigger tits and sore nipples
Most women experience an increase in the size of their breasts once a month during ovulation. However, the breasts usually return to their usual size after some time.
In your early days into the pregnancy, you may realize that your breasts are getting bigger, and the nipples may seem swollen with slight pain for some women.
Soreness and tenderness of breasts happen due to an increase in the levels of progesterone. And the formation of the milk duct.
Veins in the breasts may also become more visible as the pregnancy progresses.
3. Easily Fatigued
During the first trimester, you may get tired faster after performing simple-light tasks.
You may experience tiredness as early as the first week of conception.
Remember, during this period, lots of changes are happening insides your body, from hormonal changes to an increase in blood circulation, meaning that your body is busy hence the fatigue. However, not all women experience fatigue or tiredness during their pregnancy period.
4. Increased appetite and lack of it in some and Cravings
As stated above, everybody is unique, and our bodies react differently to changes in them.
You may have noticed an increase in the frequency of your meal intake with an increased portion of each serving.
It is because of the growing fetus in your uterus; your blood circulation is increasing as transportation of the nutrients to the fetus takes place. Craving for sweet foods and certain foods triggers your appetite.
Many women’s appetites in their early pregnancy deteriorate.
This is due to the feeling of nausea and vomiting accompanied by the early stages of pregnancy.
5. Easily irritable and Mood swings
Most women become easily angered during the first days of their pregnancy. It is mostly due to the psychological changes in you. One moment you may be excited, the next minute may be angry. You may also be stressed and overwhelmed (this mostly happens after learning that you are pregnant.)
Don’t worry about it as it is pretty okay to be anxious because a new life is growing inside you, and a new phase of motherhood and parenting awaits you.
6. Frequent bathroom visits (urination)
You have probably noticed an increase in the number of times you urinate. It may be an early indicator that you could be pregnant.
Frequent urination is mainly due to the extra blood flow to the kidneys that leads to the production of up to 25% more urine soon after conception.
It may also be as a result of pressure on your bladder by the now growing uterus.
7. Missed Menses
Your menstrual calendar is finally over, and you haven’t received your menstruation yet. While some women miss their periods due to psychological changes and changes in their usual environment, missing your menses when they are supposed to appear is a sure way to show that you may be pregnant.
There you have it! If you have been experiencing the above signs, there are high chances that you could be pregnant. However, it is always good to take a pregnancy test to clear all your doubts.