The ten signs you might be pregnant
14 10 2013 • Mama Mio
A line on a pregnancy test is always a good indicator… but as anyone who has tried to conceive will know, it’s not that simple. For a start, pregnancy tests are really expensive, and secondly, it’s easier to look for symptoms first before you head off to the loo wee on a stick. So what are the signs to look out for? Here are our top ten.
Your body has its work cut out making a baby – it’s a pretty complicated project! So if you’re feeling suddenly worn out, this can be why. Don’t worry – it will ease off in the second trimester of pregnancy once your foetus is fully formed, and just growing bigger.
A lot of women cite sore boobs as the way they knew they were pregnant. It can feel like pre-menstrual tenderness, then not go away – or get worse. Also, hormones can cause the areolas, the circles around nipples, to widen and darken, which is a good clue you might have conceived.
It’s one of the most common side effects of pregnancy – and one of the least popular… nausea affects 80% of women, and can range from a slightly ‘car sick’ feeling in the morning to all day long vomiting. On the bright side, it’s a healthy sign your hormones are working properly.
Also known as an ‘implantation bleed’, you might notice spotting around five to 10 days after conception. It’s often confused with a period, because of when it happens in the month.
Later in pregnancy, your baby will press directly on the bladder meaning you’ll need to go to the loo more often. But early in pregnancy, you might find you have to dash more often due to hormone changes.
Have you noticed that you can’t bear certain smells, or that flavours you used to like seem really strong? This is one of the most common early signs that you might be pregnant, and could be your body’s way of keeping you safe from rotten food or disease. Clever eh?
Do you ever get hormonal headaches around the time of your period? Then you’re more likely to get them in pregnancy too. If you’re popping to the chemist for painkillers, pick up a test instead…
Your heart is working overtime getting more blood around your busy body, which can result in a drop in blood pressure. If you’re feeling lightheaded, it might be worth taking a test.
Ask a hundred women and a fair chunk of them will say this: “I just knew”. Sure, pregnancy can take you by surprise, but we are more in tune with our bodies than we might think and if you have another person growing inside you, quite often, it will just feel that way. And it’s a good feeling…
You go to the loo…
…and a baby just appears. Yup, this happens to some people – and we have no clue how! How do you not know until then?
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