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Early Pregnancy Signs

Perhaps you are feeling a bit strange and you are suspecting pregnancy because you had sexual intercourse recently. It could be challenging, trying to figure out what early pregnancy signs appear as. Let us break it down.

Being pregnant is a term every young adult is familiar with. In biological terms, pregnancy is a condition when the sperm from a male is released into the females reproductive system and in the process fertilizes an egg during ovulation. This fertilized egg will then develop into a baby.

Suspecting pregnancy? The first thing you should do is to check the signs and symptoms you are experiencing. This article will help you identify signs and symptoms experienced during the early stage of pregnancy even in surrogacy.

Early pregnancy signs and symptoms

It takes more than just a missed menstrual period to indicate that one is pregnant, there are several other signs and symptoms that can help one know if she is indeed pregnant. Although, pregnancy tests and ultrasounds are confirmed ways of detecting pregnancy.

Signs and symptoms of pregnancy vary in women. While one woman may experience a range of signs and symptoms, another woman may experience none. What one woman will experience may be totally different from what another woman will experience. The signs and symptoms of early pregnancy include:

          • weight gain,
          • mood swing,
          • smell sensitivity,
          • frequent urination,
          • headaches,
          • lower back pain.
          • sore breasts,
          • fatigue,
          • morning sickness,
          • cravings,
          • ptyalism gravidarum (excess saliva),
          • bloating,
          • indigestion/heartburn,
          • shortness of breath,
          • change in cervical mucus


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i. Missed Menstruation Period– This is a key indicator of pregnancy due to the fertilized egg. Bleeding ceases during the pregnancy period although, there may be an occurrence of spotting or mild cramping when the fertilized egg is being implanted into the uterus. Some women have menstrual cycles that are irregular and may not take note of their pregnancy until much later.

ii. Fatigue – It is not new for women in their early stages of pregnancy to feel tired, this is as a result of the hormone progesterone which is at a rise at this point of the pregnancy. The good news about this fatigue is that it gets better with the second trimester.

iii. Cravings or food aversion– Cravings is an intense uncontrollable desire for a particular food while food aversion is when one has a strong dislike for a particular food. This symptom may begin in the first trimester of pregnancy and last till the very end of the pregnancy.

iv. Mood swings– The female folks are not strangers to mood swings as this is caused by high hormonal levels. During the early stages of pregnancy, it is common for women to experience mood swings due to changes in hormonal levels.

v. Frequent urination– Generally, there is usually an increased level of fluid in the bladder during pregnancy. This is as a result of the increased quantity of blood pumped by the body which makes the kidney process more fluid.

vi. Morning sickness – This can occur at anytime of the day or night and not necessarily in the morning. Nausea and vomiting are associated with morning sickness which begins in the first trimester of pregnancy. Some women experience intense morning sickness towards the end of the first trimester and a relief at the beginning of the second trimester.


Early pregnancy signs for twins

The signs and symptoms experienced by a woman may be the same as another expectant mother of one. However, the severity would differ as the mother-to-be of twins will experience severe signs and symptoms. Ultrasound is a definitive method to confirm being pregnant with twins.

Just like normal singleton pregnancy, some expectant mothers of twins may not experience these signs and symptoms or they may be mild and not severe. The signs and symptoms experienced at early pregnancy for twins include:

          • extreme fatigue,
          • severe morning sickness,
          • increased soreness of breasts,
          • rapidly increased weight gain,
          • increased appetite,
          • high human chorionic gonadotropin,
          • early fetal movement,
          • detecting two heartbeats.


Early pregnancy signs before missed period

It is a well-known fact that the implantation of the fertilized egg on the uterine walls occurs before a woman misses a period. Before taking note of a missed menstruation period, there are very early signs and symptoms which indicate pregnancy. Signs and symptoms that may occur before a missed period include the following:

          • morning sickness,
          • fatigue,
          • Breast changes,
          • spotting,
          • cramping,
          • increased basal body temperature,
          • smell sensitivity,
          • frequent urination


Early pregnancy signs after a missed period

A missed menstruation period is a common sign that a fertilized egg has been implanted in the uterine wall indicating pregnancy. There are several other signs and symptoms that a woman can observe in her body to detect pregnancy. They include:

          • morning sickness,
          • tender breasts,
          • frequent urination,
          • mood swings,
          • food cravings and/or food aversions,
          • fatigue,
          • increased body temperature,
          • lower back pain,
          • implantation bleeding.

Early pregnancy discharge

During pregnancy, there will be an increased occurrence of a thin clear or milky-white vaginal discharge called leukorrhea. This is caused by increased hormones and vaginal blood flow which help to prevent infections in the cervix and vaginal walls.

Is diarrhea a sign of early pregnancy?

Diarrhea is not a sign of early pregnancy. However, due to the changes occurring in the body during the first trimester, the bowel may be affected. This as well as a diet/nutrition change during the early pregnancy stage could affect the bowels resulting in stooling.


The information provided in this blog is for educational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. It is not intended to replace professional medical consultation, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with a qualified healthcare provider before making any decisions regarding your health. Read more