Nausea. Missed period. Food aversions. These can all be signs of early pregnancy, or they can be signs that your period is just late.
So how can you tell the difference? In this post, we’ll cover the most common early signs of pregnancy. If you have several of them, it could be a sign you’re pregnant and you’ll want to take a pregnancy test to confirm.
Early Signs of Pregnancy:
Late or missed period
The first and most common sign of pregnancy is a late or missed period. This by itself doesn’t necessarily mean you’re pregnant, though. High stress and other emotional factors can cause your period to be late or missed entirely. If you miss your period and experience any of the following symptoms, though, you might be pregnant.
When you’re pregnant, your body produces more estrogen than usual, which can cause you to feel nauseous and sick. You may or may not vomit as well. Morning sickness starts early in pregnancy and can last a few months or throughout the entire pregnancy.
Food aversions or cravings
The hormones surging through your body during the early days of pregnancy can cause you to have strong aversions to foods you previously loved. They can also make you crave foods you previously hated. If you’re experiencing food aversions or cravings, that could be a sign you’re pregnant.
Tender or swollen breasts
One of the changes your body goes through early in pregnancy is an increase in hormones. This change can cause your breasts to feel heavier or fuller, causing tenderness or discomfort. Swollen breasts are often one of the earliest signs of pregnancy.
If you feel more tired than usual and are experiencing any of these other symptoms, it could be because you’re pregnant. Your body works overtime during pregnancy, causing exhaustion and fatigue.
Mood swings are a common early sign of pregnancy because the extra estrogen and other hormones can make you feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster. This can feel similar to PMS but will last longer if you’re pregnant.
Other common early signs of pregnancy include dizziness, constipation, headaches, and a raised basal body temperature.
Why you should take a pregnancy test…
Unfortunately, none of these symptoms are unique to pregnancy. If you’re experiencing any of them for an extended period of time and have missed your period, it’s important to take a pregnancy test to confirm.
A pregnancy test is conclusive because it detects the hCG hormone in your blood. This hormone is only present if you’re pregnant, so the test will be a definitive answer for you. Pregnancy tests work best when you wait at least a few days after your missed period.
If you think you’re pregnant and want to be sure, schedule an appointment with us today for a free pregnancy test. Our staff will administer the test and can consult with you about the results if you’d like. All appointments are always confidential.