A woman who has had a baby before can often tell right away – before a pregnancy test – that she is expecting again but spotting early pregnancy signs can be harder for a first time mom.
If you are hoping to become pregnant you want to know as soon as possible that you have succeeded and for many couples waiting for a pregnancy test to spot the condition just takes too long. Here then is a quick guide to spotting early pregnancy signs.
Tender or Swollen Breasts – One of the first indicators that they may indeed be pregnant are tender swollen breasts. This alone should not be taken as a positive though as many women experience a similar thing every month just before their period.
Fatigue – Being tired all the time – especially in the early afternoon – is very much a sign for those hoping to become pregnant may have just succeeded. Many women are very surprised by just how fatigue they get as it becomes almost impossible for them to even keep their eyes open when tiredness hits, which it often does very suddenly.
Food Aversions – Spotting very early signs of pregnancy can be as simple as realizing one morning that the smell of that fresh brewed coffee, which is normally a delight to wake up to, is actually making you feel rather nauseous and the idea of pouring yourself a cup as usual is no longer an appealing one. Such reactions are not always a bad thing though as many end up keeping you away from things considered bad for a mom to be like coffee, alcohol and very fatty foods.
Spotting – What many women who think they are good at spotting early pregnancy symptoms do not realize is that light spotting outside of the time they would normally expect their period can actually be an indication of pregnancy and a good sign rather than a bad one.
Some women also experience some rather nasty abdominal cramping in the first few weeks of pregnancy, very similar to their normal menstrual cramps. Only a small percentage of women experience implantation bleeding or cramping, however, so you can miss spotting this early sign of pregnancy and still be pregnant.
Increased Need to Urinate – Any woman who has already become a Mom can tell those trying to spot early pregnancy signs that the need to urinate more frequently (and often at very inconvenient times) is one of the biggest signs that they may indeed be pregnant. This new “gotta-go” sensation is due to the pregnancy hormone hCG, which increases blood flow to your kidneys, helping them to more efficiently rid your body (and eventually, your growing baby’s body) of waste.
Early Pregnancy Tests – The newer pregnancy tests available today mean that couple have to spend less time playing the spotting the early signs of pregnancy game and find out whether or not they are expecting up to a week before the prospective mom expects her normal period. Most doctors do recommend though that you follow up a positive home pregnancy test with one taken at the doctor’s office just to be sure.