Trying to get pregnant can be an exciting, albeit nerve-wracking time, but knowing some common early pregnancy symptoms can help.
Are you wondering if you’re pregnant? While the easiest way to tell if you’re pregnant is a pregnancy test, there also are some early pregnancy symptoms you can be mindful of. These early pregnancy symptoms are signs from your body that it’s preparing for a little one. These helpful signals can indicate that it’s time to take steps to have the healthiest pregnancy possible.
What are the symptoms of early pregnancy?
Your body is very intuitive. Many women may sense that they might be pregnant well before they get a positive pregnancy test result. If lately you’ve been feeling a little different and think you’re expecting, it’s probably been hard to focus on anything else!
Here’s 9 early pregnancy symptoms, straight from Mother Nature that happen prior to a missed period. Before you head out to buy a test, check out these common signs of early pregnancy.
1. Bigger boobs
While breast size and tenderness typically vary throughout a woman’s cycle, changes in your chest size and sensation can often be one of the first indications that you may have a little one on the way! Are you spilling out of your bra, or is your chest more tender or does it have a noticeably heavy feeling? You may notice an increased sensitivity as well. The changes in hormone levels that begin very early on in pregnancy often cause your breasts to grow, causing these side effects.
Feeling queasy or uneasy? Does the thought of your morning coffee make you feel sick or have you running for the bathroom? Nausea and vomiting can start any time from two to eight weeks after conception. Blame the pregnancy hormones (specifically, a rise in estrogen) for this not-very-nice–but very common–symptom of early pregnancy called morning sickness. However, the term morning sickness is actually a bit of a misnomer, as these feelings of nausea can happen at any time of the day or night. While these symptoms are unpleasant, you may take solace in the fact that you’re in good company, as morning sickness during pregnancy is quite common. As many as 70-80% of women experience it at some point during pregnancy.
3. Extreme tiredness
If usual work tasks or exercise leave you feeling dog-tired, then you’re experiencing one of the most common symptoms of early pregnancy. Increased levels of progesterone are the cause of tiredness when you’re expecting. Taking it easy and resting whenever possible is key, so don’t be afraid to put your feet up. But, as with most things in life, there’s an important balance to strike. Even though you may be feeling more like snoozing instead of getting up and active, moderate exercise can also help with fatigue. It’s always best to consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise regime or making a pregnancy fitness plan. However, it’s generally good to remember to ease into prenatal fitness–so no signing up for marathons if your running shoes have been collecting dust, ok? Additionally, choose low-impact activities, and always listen to your body’s cues on what works and what is causing pain or discomfort. And as always, be sure to hydrate! Here’s some expert workout videos and other tips about exercising during pregnancy within our prenatal workout tips.