When a woman tries to conceive a pregnancy, she is always desperate to know the earliest signs of being pregnant. Maybe it is too soon for her to take the pregnancy test or maybe her periods are just irregular and she is not pregnant. Therefore, knowing what the first signs of pregnancy is not only important for those women who try to stay pregnant, but also for those women who are afraid that they have conceived pregnancy since they had unprotected sex.
Pregnancy can be detected through various symptoms that occur since the body undergoes many changes while preparing itself for the growing baby. While some women may have almost all pregnancy symptoms, there are also those who experience only several symptoms or none at all.
Symptoms of pregnancy in the first month
When a woman stays pregnant, the levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen are increased and these two hormones influence all the other changes that occur in the body of a pregnant woman. One of the early signs of being pregnant in many women is aversion to some kinds of foods that were their favorite before, and sudden craving for the foods that they disliked earlier. When the basal body temperature, which is actually oral temperature in the morning when we wake up, is raised for more than 15 days, it may be the symptom of the conceived pregnancy. Furthermore, mild headaches and backache are also normal conditions for pregnancy.
Two weeks after the conception, the woman’s breast become heavy and tender and her aureoles begin to change the color, turning darker than before. In the first month of the pregnancy, even after two weeks, the woman may have morning sickness, nausea and vomiting, and these quite common pregnancy signs may last only during the first months or throughout the entire pregnancy. Morning sickness may not occur only in the morning, but throughout the whole day and is caused by the elevated levels of estrogen.
The increased levels of progesterone cause slow digestion of eaten foods and for that reason many pregnant woman are constipated during the whole pregnancy. Vaginal spotting is also one of the first signs of being pregnant and it occurs 10 to 15 days after the conception. This implantation bleeding refers to the implantation of the fertilized egg into the uterine wall and is usually accompanied by cramping. Other common signs of pregnancy in the first month, aside from missed period, are fatigue, mood swings and frequent urination.