If only there were a magic crystal ball that could tell you whether a symptom meant either pregnant or not, during the agonizing two-week wait between your attempt to conceive and your period.
Just like every other mysterious thing that happens to a women’s body, many of the telltale early pregnancy symptoms can also just be associated with the confusing female anatomy and the potentially approaching period.
Beyond the initial and obvious signs of pregnancy, women experience a whole host of unusual and strange symptoms. These vary throughout your body and affect everything from your head to your toes, quite literally. From feeling congested to swelling feet, your body is going to have some uncomfortable stuff going on
Don’t Symptom Spot
From my own personal experience, the best advice I can give would be not to symptom spot – don’t spend the whole two weeks googling every little bodily change. It will drive you crazy!!!
Actually, I suggest you do the opposite, occupy your mind with hobbies, sports, crafts, trips – anything you can to stop yourself from going mad. Go have yourself a nice massage, that’s what I like to do.
The Big List
- Mood swings – As with your menstrual cycle you could find yourself on an emotional roller coaster. You maybe crying at everything.
- Backache – You could notice some aching in the lower back as the womb starts to gear up for some major growth.
- Extreme Fatigue – Your body is concentrating all of its energy on the newly growing ball of cells so you might feel tired when you normally wouldn’t.
- Sore Boobs – Your boobs might feel heavy, tender, sore, or your nipples might look different. The areolas (areas around your nipples) might look larger and darker.
- Nausea – The increase in hormones can make you feel sick. This could happen any time of the day, but mainly in the morning.
- Dizziness – This can happen due to changes in blood pressure. Growing a new human requires a larger supply of blood and diverts some of your supply to the fetus.
- Higher Temperature – Elevated basal body temperature is something all serious ovulation trackers use as a guide to when they are about to ovulate and should do the baby dance.
- Cramping – An important one to watch around the day of ovulation, as the ball of cells produced by the fertilized egg tries to burrow into the wall of your uterus. But do not mistake it for ovulation pains, which his common to have.
- Implantation Bleeding – When the cells burrow into the wall of the womb a small amount of spotting can occur, usually brown by the time you see it.
- Headaches – Again thanks to the increase in hormones and the changes to your blood pressure and supply – the smaller vessels around your head and sinuses are under more strain.
- Vaginal Discharge – This is important to know that clear “egg white” discharge is related to ovulation, thicker creamy white discharge closer to the time of your period can be a sign of conception.
Some Not So Common Signs
So after doing some research and asking around I have come up with a short list of some not so common early pregnancy signs. Remember these are not common but does happen to some ladies.
- Catching a cold – This one surprised me when it happened to me, but with a suppressed immune system is the first indication that your body is adapting well to your pregnancy. This indicates that your body’s antibodies and hormones secreted by the immune system aren’t attacking the fetus as a foreign body but helping in the process of fetal growth and development. Hence, a suppressed immune system makes you susceptible to colds and coughs during the initial stages of pregnancy.
- Vivid Dreams or Nightmares– Has suddenly every detail of your dream or nightmare seem so real? Often times these vivid dreams can mean you are pregnant. Some can be quite scary.
- Your hair stops falling out– Have you not needed to clean out your hair brush for the last couple weeks? You could be pregnant. Pregnancy usually drastically reduces the amount of hair that falls out.
- Varicose veins– Notice more enlarged or bulging purple blood veins on your legs? This could mean you are expecting as well.
- Change in libido– Often there is an immediate change in libido due to hormonal changes. Some women experience and increase, decrease, or change in their sex drive.
- Heartburn – Hormones change everything during pregnancy. This includes the valve between your stomach and esophagus. This area becomes relaxed during pregnancy, which can cause stomach acid to leak into your esophagus, causing heartburn. I know most women experience this one later in pregnancy but this one happened to me early.
- Tasting Metal – Due to the increase of estrogen and progesterone (hormones, again!), your sense of taste can change. That meal that used to taste delicious, may now taste like solid, cold, metal.
You Just Might Be Pregnant
Some of the symptoms listed above may make you think you’re just stressed and run down. But experienced together, they can point to pregnancy.
Pay attention to what your body is telling you. It might be time to see your doctor for a pregnancy test.
Some of these surprised me when they happened to me! What other unexpected things have you felt during pregnancy?
Let me know in the comments below.
And as always thank you for stopping by The Pregnancy Glow!!