early signs of pregnancy

Before you pass that pregnancy test and know for sure, that you got a baby on board, you may experience some symptoms that indicate you are pregnant. Missed periods? Feeling of fatigue? Morning sickness?

Here is a list of early pregnancy symptoms to look out for:

1. Missed Period

It might be stating the obvious, but if your period is inconsistent and you’ve missed it, it’s a good chance you may be expecting.

Keep in mind, some women have an unusually light period after they’ve already gotten pregnant but it’s often implantation bleeding which is easily mistaken for their last menstrual period.

2. Fatigue

Being pregnant is hard work, which is why fatigue is an early pregnancy symptom for almost every mom-to-be. A huge amount of your energy goes into building a placenta, the life-support system for your baby.

Make sure to get all the rest in, while you still can!

3. Morning Sickness or Nausea

Early Symptoms of Pregnancy- nausea

That queasy unknown morning sickness that can hit you at any time of the day begins when you’re about 6 weeks pregnant, though it does vary and can strike even earlier.

This is due to your hormonal increase, levels of progesterone can cause the stomach to empty slower, resulting in early pregnancy sickness.


4. Sensitive Smell

Another early pregnancy symptom is a heightened sense of smell, making previous mild odors stronger and more unappealing.  This can definitely play a part in the morning sickness/nausea symptoms.


5. Food Aversions

Your extra-sensitive nose may be responsible for another early sign of pregnancy. This usually isn’t one of the very first symptoms, but it still occurs in the first trimester and often passes by the second.

This symptom can also contribute to your morning sickness and can be triggered by anything from fried chicken to something blander, like salad.


6. Mood Swings

Early Symptoms of Pregnancy- Mood swings

Late into the first trimester and most likely throughout the rest of the pregnancy, you’ll be experiencing mood swings that are yet again, hormonally related.

It’s completely natural for you to be happy one minute and down the next. Remember your body is going through so many changes. Do what you can to take care of yourself, rest up often, and pamper yourself!


7. Breast Changes

You can blame, or give credit, to the pregnancy hormones (estrogen and progesterone) for the swollen breasts you might be experiencing early in pregnancy. This is part of your body’s preparation for the milk-making to come. Your areolas may also get darker or increase in size, this is natural during pregnancy.


8. Frequent Urination

Early Symptoms of Pregnancy- urination

A couple of weeks into pregnancy you might notice an increased need to pee. This is due to the pregnancy hormone hCG, which increases blood flow to your kidneys.


9. Bloating

Soon after you conceive you will most likely experience bloating. This is caused by the hormone progesterone which slows down digestion, giving nutrients from foods you eat more time to enter the bloodstream and reach your baby.

Bloating can often be accompanied by constipation. Getting enough fiber in your diet can help prevent this!


10. Skin Changes

Pregnancy hormones can affect your skin’s appearance and sensitivity.  You may notice pigmentation, spots or acne on your face. Pigmentation changes mostly depend on your genes. So if your mother or sister had them during their pregnancies, you may be more likely to develop them too. Typically, pigmentation resolves after delivery, but it might persist for several years.