Top 5 Early Pregnancy Signs
Cramping and spotting
The fertilized egg attaches to the uterus wall a few days after conception. The attachment can cause the earliest signs of pregnancy; cramping and spotting. The spotting is referred to as implantation bleeding and occurs 6 to 12 days after fertilization. Cramping is similar to menstrual cramps, and when combined with spotting, it can be mistaken for periods.
Apart from bleeding, a white, milky discharge is a common early pregnancy symptom. Immediately after conception, the growth cells lining the vagina increase rapidly to thicken the walls. This rapid increase in growth cells results to the discharge of a white, milky substance. Depending on a woman’s body, the discharge can occur throughout the pregnancy.
Change in breasts is another common early sign of pregnancy. Hormone levels change immediately after conception. The change in hormone levels cause breasts to swell, feel tinly or sore one week or two after conception. They may also feel fuller, tender and heavier. The area around the nipples may also start to darken.
Nausea or morning sickness is a well-known sign of pregnancy because it is experienced by most women. Its exact cause is unknown, but it is attributed to the rapid change in hormones. It occurs any time of the day.
The high levels of progesterone during pregnancy are the main cause of fatigue. A woman can feel tired as soon as a week after fertilization. Fatigue can be alleviated by eating foods rich in iron and protein as well as getting enough rest.
Every woman is created differently. Therefore, early pregnancy signs may vary among women and from one pregnancy to another. However, it is hard not to experience one or two of the above pregnancy signs.