When you are very in tune with your body, you can usually tell that something is occurring within before any medical test can confirm your suspicions. You know the rhythm at which your body functions and what symptoms are normal and which ones are cause for alarm. Because your brain is so in sync with your body, it may be easy for you to tell when you are pregnant even before you miss your period. Early pregnancy symptoms, particularly those that occur before you miss a cycle, are very subtle and so mild that many other women would dismiss them as minor glitches with their health. However, you being in tune with your body allows you to pick up on the tiny clues that signal that you are pregnant and on your way to missing your next scheduled period.
Typically, implantation of a pregnancy takes place about 11 days after you conceive. Immediately upon implanting itself, a growing pregnancy and its placenta begin emitting hormones that tell your body that you are expecting. Your hCG levels will double every day for the next few weeks, and your cervix will close to protect your growing baby. These initial changes in your body arguably are not noticeable without you taking an early pregnancy testing kit. However, other subtle symptoms begin to appear in your rhythm that indicate that something is going on inside your uterus. For example, you may start to feel bloated. Your stomach may also take a more rounded appearance, although it will not protrude for another few months. You also may notice that you are going to the bathroom a bit more often than usual. It is easy for some women to pass off these signs as conditions like gas or a urinary tract infection. Someone like you who is astute to your body’s functioning may have good reason to suspect that you are pregnant, however.
Other mild signs that indicate very early pregnancy include congestion and fatigue. Congestion occurs because of the influx of hormones in your body. They cause your body’s tissues to thicken, including those found in your nasal passage. Many women complain of congestion all nine months of their pregnancies. You also may feel more tired than usual. This again occurs because of hormonal changes and because of the amount of energy your body uses to help your baby grow.
Early Signs Of Pregnancy 1st Week
Your first week of your pregnancy overlaps what should be the time of month your body should be getting ready for your period. Instead of experiencing cramps, headaches, and moodiness, you may feel amazingly well, as if you are not about to start a period at all. It is when you realize that you are not having any signs of an impending period that you may begin suspecting that you are actually pregnant. As you await for other signs of pregnancy, you may scrutinize other symptoms you are having that could actually be signals of the first week of pregnancy.
As noted, nasal congestion is one of the earliest hallmarks of pregnancy. No amount of blowing your nose or taking allergy medicines or decongestants will ease this symptom. Your nose’s lining is so thickened that you may even find it difficult to breathe when you are lying down and trying to rest. Unfortunately, you must wait until after you deliver for your congestion to ease. You could find a bit of relief by using saline nasal spray. Saline spray is simply diluted salt water and will not cause harm to you or your unborn baby. Another sign of the first week of pregnancy is the amount of fatigue you may experience. Your body will begin focusing much of its energy on your growing baby instead of you. This diversion of your energy could leave you feeling wiped out and in need of a nap regularly throughout the day. In fact, you could benefit your health and that of your growing baby by trying to nap at least once a day. This rest will allow your body to focus its energy on your baby and allow you to reserve what energy your body has set aside for you.
Another quirky sign that should tell you that something is amiss in your body is the development of blue lines on your abdomen and breasts. The veins in your breasts and abdomen expand during early pregnancy to allow for more blood flow to your upper body. These veins will remain darkened and obvious throughout the whole nine months of pregnancy. If you see these lines develop before you miss your period, you should assume that you are pregnant. More importantly, these signs are telling you that you need to safeguard your health and that of your baby. You should adjust your routine and diet accordingly.
Very Early Signs Of Pregnancy Discharge
Another one of the ways that your body tells you that you are very early in your pregnancy is by discharge. Your cervix creates different kinds of discharge regularly throughout the month. However, pregnancy discharge can be noticeably different than other kinds your body produces. When you are in early pregnancy, your cervix closes and begins producing mucus-like discharge. This same mucus discharge will appear again as you near delivery. For now, however, it acts a defense mechanism to keep germs and bacteria away from your uterus and away from your developing baby. The discharge should be either clear or grayish in appearance. It should not have any noticeable odor, nor should it cause pain or discomfort like itching.
If you have any pain, burning, or itching, or if your discharge is yellow or green or frothy, you should be checked out immediately by your gynecologist. You may have an infection for which antibiotics are needed. Otherwise, your mucus-like discharge may be thick at first and then wane in frequency and thickness later as you approach your second trimester. For now, however, it is protecting your uterus, cervix, and pregnancy from agents that could cause you harm.
Some women find this increased discharge in early pregnancy to be bothersome. They do not like the sensation of it appearing in their bodies. If you find yours bothersome, you may try wearing panty liners. The liners will keep moisture away from your body and help you feel better. Likewise, you may try a cornstarch-based powder. Powders or feminine products that have scents or dyes can cause a urinary tract infection. Bathing frequently also helps you feel better while this discharge is occurring. After bathing, you should make sure your genital area is completely dry. Any moisture left from your bath or shower could cause a yeast infection. A few weeks after you notice thicker, mucus-like discharge this symptom should ease. By the time you are approaching your second trimester, your discharge should be relatively unnoticeable. Even so, these changes in your body during the first few weeks after you conceive should alert you that you are pregnant. You can know this information even before you miss a period if you are very in tune with your body. These signs tell you that you should prepare for the remaining nine months before delivery.