First Signs of Pregnancy - Early Symptoms of your First Trimester

Posted: 2016-08-11T09:05:28Z Read: 3,602 times
First Signs of Pregnancy - Early Symptoms of your First Trimester

Getting pregnant is very worrying to people who aren’t yet ready to become parents. Could you be pregnant? Some early pregnancy symptoms may show up around the time you've missed a period – or a week or two later. In fact, 7 out of 10 women have early pregnancy symptoms by the time they're 6 weeks along.


Keep track of your menstrual cycle.


If your menstrual cycle varies widely from one month to the next, you may not be sure when to expect your period. But if you start to feel some of the early pregnancy symptoms below – (not all women get them) and you're wondering why you haven't gotten your period, you may very well be pregnant.


Take a home pregnancy test.


These strips range between three-four thousand shillings. Dip the strip in early morning urine and when it shows two red lines your pregnant, if a single blue line comes up the test is negative.


Mood swings


It's common to have mood swings during pregnancy, partly because of hormonal changes that affect neurotransmitters (chemical messengers in the brain). Everyone responds differently to these changes. Some moms-to-be experience heightened emotions, both good and bad; others feel more depressed or anxious


Frequent urination


Shortly after you become pregnant, hormonal changes prompt a chain of events that raise the rate of blood flow through your kidneys. This causes your bladder to fill more quickly, so you need to pee more often. This symptom may start as early as six weeks into your first trimester.


Frequent urination will continue or intensify as your pregnancy progresses. Your blood volume rises dramatically during pregnancy, which leads to extra fluid being processed and ending up in your bladder. The problem is compounded as your growing baby exerts more pressure on your bladder.


Abdominal bloating


Hormonal changes in early pregnancy may leave you feeling bloated, similar to the feeling some women have just before their period. That's why your clothes may feel more snug than usual at the waistline, even early on when your uterus is still quite small.


Light bleeding or spotting


It seems counterintuitive: If you're trying to get pregnant, the last thing you want to see is any spotting or vaginal bleeding. But if you notice just light spotting around the time your period is due, it could be implantation bleeding. No one knows for sure why it happens, but it might be caused by the fertilized egg settling into the lining of your uterus.


Sore breasts


One common pregnancy symptom is sensitive, swollen breasts caused by rising levels of hormones. The soreness and swelling may feel like an exaggerated version of how your breasts feel before your period. Your discomfort should diminish significantly after the first trimester, as your body adjusts to the hormonal changes.


Fatigue


Feeling tired all of a sudden? No, make that exhausted. No one knows for sure what causes early pregnancy fatigue, but it's possible that rapidly increasing levels of the hormone progesterone are contributing to your sleepiness. Of course, morning sickness and having to urinate frequently during the night can add to your sluggishness, too.