Early Signs of Pregnancy
Feeling nauseous? Feeling like you always need to pee? Or missed your period? Chances are, you might be pregnant.
*happy/sad/scared/shocked internal scream*
Okay, okay, don't freak out and hear us out before you go telling your partner that your increased bowel movements mean you're expecting a baby. Here are some of the top 5 early signs of pregnancy:
1. Missed Period
This is a pretty obvious one and one of the earliest and most reliable signs of pregnancy. If your period doesn't arrive as expected, you may be pregnant, but this isn't always the case as period irregularities can be caused by illness, stress and strenuous activity. In the early stages of pregnancy, some women also have a very light period, losing only a small amount of blood. So, if you usually have a regular or heavy period - this could be a sign!
2. Feeling Sick and Ugh
Another sign of pregnancy is feeling consistently sick, nauseous or even vomiting. In other terms, you may have morning sickness. But beware morning sickness can happen at any point during the day, not just at night!
3. Feeling Tired AF
Most of us live the hustle and bustle lifestyle, so it's common to feel tired sometimes, but if you're feeling extra tired or even exhausted - this may also be a sign of pregnancy. This symptom is common in early pregnancy (especially in the first 12 weeks or so) as there are lots of hormonal changes happening in your body - because growing life is bloody hard work!
4. Sore Boobs
You may have experienced this before your period, but sometimes, sore breasts can be an indicator of pregnancy. They may get bigger, feel tender, tingle, your veins may be more visible, or your nipples may darken and stand out.
5. Changes to your Bladder
Finding yourself running to the toilet more than usual? Yup, you guessed it, this is another sign of pregnancy! Similar to feeling tired, hormonal changes in your body can increase the need to pee during the day and at night.
While these are some of the more common symptoms of the top 5 symptoms of pregnancy, we can't not mention the other weird and wonderful things you may experience before you see that little pregnancy line confirming what you've been thinking all along:
You may get constipation or feel extra gassy (cute)
You may feel moody AF
Have increased vaginal discharge without soreness or irritation
Get a strange metallic like taste in your mouth
Changes in the way you eat (e.g. food cravings or feeling yuck towards other types)
Losing interest in tobacco if you're a smoker (which is a GREAT thing)
Having a more sensitive sense of smell - especially to cooking foods
Feeling a sensation of gagging when doing everyday tasks like brushing your teeth
Or just feeling pregnant!
Do you tick one, two or maybe even three of these symptoms? Then you may be pregnant! So to confirm everything we recommend taking a pregnancy test as soon as possible - this will either help you to confirm or deny if you've got a bun in the oven.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and are not pregnant, chat to your GP to see if there is anything you should be worried about!