During the early phases of pregnancy, most women easily dismiss these symptoms as stomach aches or overeating to compensate for a ‘hard day’s work’. But could it be that you’re also pregnant?
As soon as you conceive, your body secretes a hormone causing a subtle change in your body even prior to taking a home pregnancy test. Here are some changes that occur in your body:
Breast tissue is very sensitive to hormonal changes. Once Progesterone and hCG are released in the body, the circulating blood volume in your breasts increases which makes your breasts swell and feel heavier.
Often dismissed as a menstrual cramp, this condition also happens during the early phases of pregnancy. Once the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall, your uterus stretches thus giving you the cramps. These cramps indicate that your body is preparing the uterus to expand in the coming months.
It’s a common occurrence for women going through a period. In the case of pregnancy, as many as 25% of women experience this during implantation. If your period is somewhat ‘shortened’, this may indicate pregnancy.
If you’re a real gym buff but have been ‘too tired’ to workout lately, then this may also indicate pregnancy. Two weeks after conception, your body is storing for two people: you and the baby. However, most of your energy will be used for the baby’s development making you too fatigued to get into other activities.
Pregnancy hormones cause the release of melanocytes, a type of cell, to darken your nipple’s colour. For women with a darker skin shade, this won’t be very noticeable until around 10 weeks into pregnancy.
This phenomenon doesn’t usually happen in the first few days of pregnancy. 85% of the time women will experience this after a few weeks. This is usually characterised by feelings like motion sickness whilst traveling in the car or during flights.
High levels of progesterone in the body slows down your digestive function, thus making you feel bloated. Though this happens with PMS, bloating ceases once your period arrives. If bloating doesn’t go away or your period doesn’t come, it’s time to take a home pregnancy test.
Your kidneys go into overdrive once your preggo. During this time, kidneys need to flush out fluid more efficiently.
This is usually triggered because your body needs to compensate to store more energy. You may crave for carbohydrate-rich foods during this time instead of your regular Rocky Road.
Due to the increased blood flow in your body, the blood vessels tend to open more. The increased blood flow in the head causes this pressure resulting in a mild tension headache.
Since hormonal changes in your body cause your digestive tract to slow down, food may not be digested at a normal pace. This usually results in a hold up of all that food (or waste) during pregnancy.
The final wrap up
Early preparation helps to optimize your body for your baby. Consulting your doctor for pregnancy confirmation and specific action plans will help you with the process.
If you would like to find out more information about your pregnancy, don’t hesitate to contact our expert team on 02 49593883. We love to talk about these things.