10 Pregnancy Symptoms You'Ll Have Before A Positive Pregnancy Test
Of course, nothing's definite until it's confirmed, but here are some of the early signs that suggest some exciting news may be on the horizon.
The two week wait can be brutal for even the most resilient people. Those two weeks often result in a somewhat obsessive analysing of every little symptom, which let's face it, can also be a sign that your period is coming.
So what signs might you experience in the early days before a pregnancy test is likely to show an accurate result? We've put together 10 of the most common early signs of pregnancy.
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1. Sensitive nipples
Many women report experiencing sensitive nipples due to the increase in the hormones, estrogen and progesterone. In early pregnancy, your breasts will begin to gain more fat and milk ducts increase in size, which can also add to the sensitivity. Your nipples will also become darker, but this generally occurs further in than the first few weeks.
One mum described the sensation akin to "razor blades against the nipples" so if this sounds familiar, you may just be about to find out you're pregnant.
2. Implantation bleeding
When the blastocyst (ball of cells) implants into the wall of the uterus, some women will experience light bleeding. This is often described as 'spotting' and it's not something every expectant mother will experience. It can sometimes be mistaken for an early period, but is generally nothing to be concerned about.
This is a difficult one, as it can also mean your period is on its way too, but some women experience light cramping in the first weeks or even months of conception. This can be as a result of a number of things such as implantation, the uterus expanding, or a corpus luteum cyst which releases progesterone until the placenta takes over at around 12 weeks.
4. Extreme tiredness
Many a woman has tweaked that they are pregnant after falling asleep sitting up at 3pm. If you've had a few too many late nights then disregard this one, but if you're otherwise well rested yet still find yourself battling the nods before dinner time, this may be an early sign that you're pregnant.
This wouldn't be a symptom list without morning sickness. Some experience nausea in the very early days of pregnancy, either in the form of subtle weakness and unease in the stomach, or in the more extreme cases, actual vomiting. This is often worse in the morning on an empty stomach, so if you experience pregnancy nausea, try snacking on a few crackers to help settle the tummy.
6. Night time bathroom visits
When you're in the final stages of pregnancy, your unborn baby will most likely put pressure on your bladder, causing the urge to pee to become more frequent. But did you know this could also be an early symptom of pregnancy too? Right from conception, your body will begin to expand to accommodate the tiny human it's about to start growing, and this, along with the pregnancy hormones creating more blood flow, can often result in those 2am wake-ups to empty the bladder.
The hormone progesterone has been known to slow down the bowels, and can become a problem for pregnant women as their body produces more of the hormone. If you're taking a preconception vitamin that contains iron, this can also compound the problem. If this is you, keep up your water intake!
8. Change in taste
Some women report their tastes altering from very early on during pregnancy. Some report having a metallic taste in their mouths, while others experience a change in tastes or even an increase in saliva. Some even report bleeding gums when brushing their teeth, which is also related to changes in the mouth.
So if you notice you're suddenly adverse to your usual late night chocolate binge, or no longer appreciate the smell of a fresh coffee in the morning, then perhaps you might be about to come into some exciting news.
9. Feeling light-headed or dizzy
Dizziness and/or headaches can also be a result of morning sickness, but even if you're not feeling nauseous, feeling light-headed or dizzy could be a sign that you're pregnant. This is thought to be related to the increased blood supply and changes in the circulatory system, or even possibly low blood sugar in the early stages of pregnancy.
Eating small but more frequent meals and dressing in non-restrictive clothing is a good idea if you're prone to dizzy spells, and if you feel faint, lie down or sit with your head between your legs then seek medical attention.
10. Mood swings
Many women experience mood swings in early pregnancy. Again, the change in hormone levels is to blame for the fact that you're crying over Friday night football or getting angry over a TV cooking show.
Of course, many of these symptoms are considered 'normal' for many women, but if you're experiencing multiple, you might want to do a test when you can.