It can sometimes be difficult to tell if you’re pregnant, particularly in the first trimester. The first thing you’ll notice is a missed or late menstrual cycle, but there are lots of things that can cause that. You’ll want to be on the lookout for other symptoms.
Here’s a look at the ten most common early pregnancy signs:
- Morning Sickness. If you experience morning sickness, don’t worry. It’s a positive sign that the fetus is healthy. Although it’s called morning sickness, nausea and vomiting due to pregnancy could happen any time of day.
- Enlarged Breasts and Waistline. Your waistline increases because it’s building extra fat stores in order to provide nutrition before birth. At the same time, your breasts are preparing to produce milk for breastfeeding.
- Stretch Marks. Pregnancy causes your body to increase your size quickly. This rapid change causes stretch marks to appear, most often in the abdomen.
- Urination Frequency. The womb is located close to your bladder. As the fetus grows, it puts pressure on the bladder and increases how often you urinate.
- Varicose Veins. Your uterus places pressure on the large vein on the right side of your body as it grows. In turn, this increases pressure in the leg veins. This results in those veins showing more prominently.
- Fatigue. Your body is going through a number of modifications at once. This causes a feeling of fatigue and can sometimes lead to minor bouts of depression.
- Depression. Between the effects of fatigue, decreased energy and increased hormone levels, your emotional state may become slightly unstable.
- Constipation. You produce progesterone during the first trimester. This hormone tends to relax the digestive tract. In effect, your food digests slower and causes constipation.
- Excessive Gas. Another effect of progesterone, bloating is caused by a buildup of excess gas. Your body needs to release the gas through various bodily functions.
- Vaginal Discharge. Increased blood flow to the vagina and a rise in estrogen levels are part of the cause of this symptom, also known as leucorrhea. The other reason for this discharge is your body cleaning the birthing canal.
You may feel that your body isn’t quite right and may write it off as food poisoning or a cold. However, paying attention to early pregnancy symptoms can give you enough time to get your body ready to give birth to a healthy baby.