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early signs and symptoms of pregnancy



recognising the early signs and symptoms of pregnancy recognising the early signs and symptoms of pregnancy

If you’re wondering when pregnancy symptoms start, it could be earlier than you think. Missing your period isn't always the first sign that you're expecting a baby. In fact, you can feel some pregnancy symptoms before you even realise your monthly visitor isn’t going to appear. The only way to know for sure is to take a home pregnancy test, but keep an eye out for a few of these tell-tale early signs of pregnancy too.[1]

1.
tender breasts

Your boobs feel heavy, putting on your bra is torture, and is it just your imagination or do your nipples look a lot darker?



2.
heightened senses

You can smell a tin of tuna opening from down the road and the thought of taking the rubbish out makes you dry-heave. Speaking of which...

nausea, a sign and symptom of pregnancy
nausea, a sign and symptom of pregnancy

nausea, a sign and symptom of pregnancy
3.
nausea

Morning sickness doesn't just hit you in the a.m: it can strike at any time of day. If you feel a bit queasy or find yourself throwing up for no reason, it could be due to pregnancy hormones flooding your system. This usually starts between 6 to 8 weeks[2] but you might experience this earlier if you are expecting twins – or more!

4.
headaches

Those same hormones can lead to sore heads. It's best to avoid painkillers, but if it gets unbearable take a small dose of paracetamol. Both ibuprofen and aspirin can lead to tummy problems in early pregnancy and nosebleeds.



5.
dizziness

Low blood sugar and low blood pressure are common at the start of a pregnancy, making you feel a tiny bit woozy. Drinking plenty of water and tucking into more snacks can help. See? You did need that biscuit after all!

6.
mood swings

You're crying over funny cats on Facebook one minute then screaming at your partner because they ate the last choccy biscuit the next. Those pesky hormones[3] are at it again!



7.
cramps

If you're reaching for a hot water bottle or feel the need for a soothing bath, it could just be PMS. However, it could also be your womb limbering up to make way for a new resident.


References


[1]. Signs and symptoms of pregnancy, NHS, October 2016

[2]. When does morning sickness start? Baby Centre, January 2018

[3]. Mood swings in pregnancy, Baby Centre, December 2015