Finding out that you are pregnant can be an amazing feeling or a terrified revelation. Your partner may be on a rollercoaster ride as it is the most delightful and merry feeling for the parent to be. You want to share the euphoric news with the world. But many people play it safe and share the news only when it is confirmed. They wait until the first scan at around 12 weeks before sharing the fantastic news. Make sure you avoid alcohol as it impairs the development of baby and may also lead to miscarriage.
Early signs of pregnancy
Nausea or sickness
The most common symptom of pregnancy is morning sickness. It might be nausea or vomiting and can happen at any time of the day or night. This will start when you are around six weeks pregnant.
You may experience headaches in the early stages of pregnancy. This is due to sudden spurt in hormones as it adjusts to being pregnant.
Food cravings or aversions
You may develop cravings for certain foods or might be put off by certain foods from a very early stage of pregnancy.
One of the most common sign of pregnancy is that you may feel tired or drained out. You may feel too exhausted to keep up with the everyday activities. Even at this early stage of pregnancy- within two weeks of conception- your baby starts using your calories which can eliminate your energy stores.
It may be common that you may be more constipated during early stages of pregnancy. It is due to chemical progesterone acting on your bowel making you sluggish and relaxed. It is of paramount importance to have a healthy diet throughout pregnancy.
Mood swings during pregnancy is caused by physical stresses, fatigue, changes in your metabolism or by the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Significant changes in your hormones levels can affect your level of neurotransmitters which are brain chemicals that regulate mood.
If you find yourself unable to sleep through the night without a trip to the loo, and then it may be a sign. During pregnancy body produces extra fluids, which leads to your bladder working overtime and you may be taking frequent pee breaks.
Dizziness or fainting
This is the most pronounced symptom. Low blood sugar or blood pressure can cause fainting or dizziness. It is the most common cause of woozy episodes. Make sure you eat enough and stay hydrated.
The most common clue is missed periods. If your cycle is fairly regular and you are late, you should head to the drugstore.