Pregnancy is a welcoming phase of a woman’s life, bringing in various physical and emotional changes. While those who have planned this phase well in advance are better-prepared than those who are caught unawares, a basic understanding of early signs can help make a more informed decision.
There are innumerable ways to tell if one is expecting or not. The most important one being missed periods however other symptoms like Tender swollen breasts, stomach bloating, nausea or vomiting sensation are common symptoms which may also be triggered during menstruation and hence, cannot be completely relied upon to detect an early pregnancy. Few symptoms can indicate pregnancy, while some might not be that accurate. Nevertheless, these symptoms or ‘first signs’ may be quite helpful in detecting pregnancy, starting from missed periods to morning sickness and nausea. However, there are quite a few potential signs of pregnancy that not many are aware of and may help in early identification.
Symptoms of Early Pregnancy
Metallic Taste in the Mouth
The increase in estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy results in a condition known as dysgeusia and can make an expecting mother’s mouth feel sour or metallic. The metallic taste may persist even when the individual is not eating anything or, at times, cause aversion towards certain favorite foods too.
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Spotting and Cramping
Many expecting women experience spotting or ‘false periods’ during the initial stages of pregnancy. Also known as implantation bleeding, it may occur after the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine lining. A threatening miscarriage, or an ectopic pregnancy, can also cause bleeding caused by cervical irritation. If spotting persists or one notices an increase in bleeding, seek medical help.
The body prepares for new changes during pregnancy by softening the cervix or vaginal wall and increasing vaginal discharge to keep infections at bay. However, foul-smelling discharge or burning sensation/itching in the genital area may suggest a yeast infection and requires immediate medical intervention.
Extreme fatigue, Sleepiness & bowel disturbance. The sudden changes in the Estrogen & Progesterone levels in the body make most of the women very drowsy, a marginal increase in body temperature (0.5o F) and also feel very tired.
Most of the time, the symptoms of early pregnancy and the onset of a monthly cycle can be pretty similar, leading to confusion. Hence, it is essential to take note of all bodily changes one is experiencing, individually and collectively, and consult a doctor or gynecologist for expert assistance.
However the most important symptom is Missed Period.
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