Early Signs of Pregnancy: What to Expect


Pregnant Woman's Belly

Are you pregnant? Or is it just a false alarm? 

All women have their suspicions and sometimes it can be very difficult to tell if you are pregnant without taking a home pregnancy test or ultrasound. Knowing your body isn’t always so easy and you may not know what to expect -- especially if it’s your first pregnancy. Early signs of pregnancy go beyond the typical missed period, and there are beginning signs of pregnancy that will signify the start of your beautiful journey! 

Here are 5 early signs that you can expect!

Missed Menstrual Period: 

This is a pregnancy symptom that we've all heard throughout the years. Oddly enough, your first week of pregnancy is the date of your last period. You will most likely miss your period four weeks after conception. Even though many women take this as a beginning sign of pregnancy, it isn't always accurate -- especially if you often have an irregular menstrual cycle. A couple weeks after conception, there will be implantation bleeding, which can often be mistaken as a light period. 

Tip: Try to keep track of your period dates, so it’s easier to monitor. If you’re unsure if your missed period is because of your irregular cycle or because of pregnancy, take a pregnancy test or contact your doctor. 

Woman on her Menstrual Cycle

Fatigue

Fatigue is something that pregnant women will have to battle during pregnancy, however it is also an early pregnancy symptom that you may experience. This is mainly because your progesterone levels will soar, which will make you feel tired. 

Tip: Stay hydrated so that you get a boost of energy throughout the day. Also be sure to get plenty of beauty sleep during the nighttime… don't take those undisrupted nights for granted! To find more ways to combat this symptom, make sure to check out our blog on ways to cope with pregnancy fatigue. 

Tired Pregnant Woman

Breast Pain

This is something that most women are already familiar with from past experiences during their period. Your breasts will begin to swell and be tender due to the hormone changes. However, this is something that will develop a few weeks into your pregnancy, and will be an ongoing symptom for the whole duration of your pregnancy. 

Tip: A comfy bra is the key to avoiding breast pains. Choose soft and fluffy cotton materials when shopping for your delicates for a comfortable and supportive fit.  

Pregnant Woman Feeling Breast Pain

Mood Changes

Sometimes, your physical appearance and body changes won’t be the first sign of your pregnancy-- it may be your emotional behaviour. During pregnancy, your estrogen and progesterone levels will be high, which leads to intense emotions which may include irritability, anxiety, or euphoria. Now you’ll know what to blame for the mood swings ;). 

Tip: Try to regulate your feelings by focusing on the positive things in life. It’s always important to count your blessings and radiate positive affirmations daily to improve your mood. Also remember that we all have our bad days, and you’re not alone when you’re feeling blue.

Woman experiencing Mood Swings

Morning Sickness: 

This is a common early sign that usually signals a woman’s pregnancy. Nausea and morning sickness usually begins to spark very early in a pregnancy (usually after 4 weeks). This can take place during different times of the day or night, and the seasick feelings are all because of those changing hormones!!  Deep breaths... take it one day at a time and stay strong. 

Tip: Just like any other time you’re feeling sick, nothing does the job like some soup and crackers! Fluids are really good for your body, so remember to stay hydrated. Also, try to avoid strong odors because some scents may trigger your nausea into effect. 

Woman Experiencing Morning Sickness and Nausea

Are you really pregnant?

Although these are key indicators of pregnancy, it can still be challenging to know for sure. Every woman is unique in their own way, and therefore has unique signs of pregnancy as well. As you may have noticed, many of these early signs are similar to what women feel leading up to their period. At the same time, you may be pregnant without feeling any of these symptoms at all! 

If your lady instincts are telling you that you may be pregnant, you should always check to be sure! We always recommend beginning with a home pregnancy test. If you test positive, make an appointment with your doctor or health care provider to get an ultrasound so things can be confirmed at last. 

Remember, life as a mother is unpredictable and you can’t always tell the future. So sit back and relax and wait for a miracle to be born in that belly of yours!