Trying for a baby? Or don’t want one for certain? Then here are the signs you should look for. They mean you’re pregnant – symptoms that appear even before you miss your first period. Or sometimes, you can be pregnant and still have your period. So how can you know that it’s time to take a pregnancy test? From these:
For some women (not all), this symptom is noticed in the first days of pregnancy. “Some women experience pregnancy symptoms from the moment of conception,” Karen Nordahl, an obstetrician in Vancouver and co-author of Fit for Childbirth, said to Today Parents. “Usually, this is second- or third-time moms who remember a particular sensation, such as increased gas.”
This symptom may begin in the first few days after conception, and unfortunately, may extend to the end of pregnancy.
This symptom is one of the most common and one of the first to appear when hormones begin to increase.
The confusing thing about this symptom is that it can also occur just before your period comes.
Nordahl explains that one of the earliest changes in the body of a pregnant woman occurs in the digestive system. Acid reflux is common during pregnancy. If certain foods that were fine before suddenly cause acid, you could be pregnant.
Decrease acidity by avoiding caffeinated and citrus drinks.
If your wedding ring gets stuck on your finger and your pants get tighter, it may be a symptom of pregnancy. But, similar to the soreness in your breasts, this symptom is also common a few days before your period comes. If you are anxious to conceive, this can cause false expectations (and disappointment).
Once again, your hormone friends can wreak havoc everywhere, including on your skin. If you are experiencing sudden acne (when it’s not common for you), it is very likely there is a baby on the way.
If you suddenly begin to remember all the details of your dreams, or you seem unable to escape nightmares, you may be experiencing a symptom of pregnancy. Of course, if this is something that happens to you regularly, it’s not a sign of pregnancy.
If you aren’t aware that this is an early symptom of a pregnancy, you’ll likely miss it and not notice your pregnancy until you miss a period.
“If it’s your first baby, you probably will not notice it, but in the second or third you’ll notice it immediately,” Nordahl explains.
Usually a few days before your period, your appetite increases and you eat everything. If you are pregnant, the opposite will happen to you.
Whether you get hotter or colder, you will notice that what used to be comfortable now is not. You either need more coats or less clothes.
Lack of energy and sometimes insomnia are one of the earliest symptoms that your body is using the energy you have for something different (creating a life).
One of the most unusual symptoms that can hardly be ignored by women, is a different taste in your mouth, which most women describe as “metallic”.
Lastly, one of the clearest symptoms is the absence of your period, especially if you are normally regular. A gentle period, or just a few drops, may also be a symptom that an embryo has implant, meaning you’re pregnant.