Am I Pregnant?

Every woman will have different symptoms prior to discovering for sure that she is pregnant. She will even experience different symptoms from one pregnancy to the next. Certain women swear that they have symptoms within days of conceiving and other wait patiently to feel pregnant far into the first trimester.

There are some common early pregnancy symptoms that can be used to guide the woman who is trying to conceive or who may be not trying and anxiously awaiting the reason for certain symptoms.

Hormonal Changes

Symptoms will be triggered by the hormonal changes that occur from the moment of ovulation. These first symptoms are normally felt by every ovulating woman and can sometimes be confused for pregnancy symptoms. The real pregnancy occurs with implantation as chemical changes signal to the body that a new life has begun.

The shift in luteal temperatures and a longer than usual length of the luteal phase of the cycle both are involved in the first symptoms of pregnancy which are the higher than normal basal body temperatures used when women are charting the cycle and when women notice that they have pasted the expected first day of the next period.

Nausea and vomiting are symptoms that can be experienced as early as the first week of pregnancy. This pregnancy combo is typically referred to as “morning sickness‘, although some women experience at other times of the day such as in the afternoon or evening. Some lucky women experience it all day.

Regular Complaints

Breast tenderness is one of those symptoms that can occur as part of the normal premenstrual condition or it can also signal pregnancy especially if other breast changes are noted such as breast swelling, engorged breast veins, and darker than normal areolas and nipples that are more erect and tender.

Frequent urination is a common complaint of women in all three trimesters but a symptom of pregnancy in the first trimester. Frequent urination can first occur as early as the first week or two of pregnancy.

Extreme fatigue is a very common early pregnancy symptom as the body goes through many physical changes for the newly developing life. The hormonal changes such as the increasing progesterone can make your blood volume increase and this can result in a feeling of sluggishness.

Spotting and Dizzyness

Women have also reported light bleeding, referred to as “spotting”, as a pregnancy symptom. Typically this corresponds to the time when the woman would normally experience her period and may even be confused for her period. Spotting may be the result of implantation, which is the burrowing into the endometrial lining, of the fertilized product of conception.

Two other early pregnancy symptoms are dizziness and fainting. These can occur due to the growing uterus compressing on the newly pregnant woman’s major arteries on her legs. This causes the blood pressure to drop, which results in becoming light headed. If the woman skips meals, or goes too long in-between meals her blood sugar level can drop resulting in fainting.

Those pregnancy hormones are also responsible for the symptom of constipation, which results from the pregnancy hormones slowing down the function of the bowels. This slow down gives vitamins and other nutrients more time to be absorbed which gives the baby more nourishment. Unfortunately the slow down also results in constipation.

The raging hormones and the physical changes are enough to make any woman irritable. Irritability is another early pregnancy symptom. When the woman concentrates on eating a healthy diet, and getting plenty of moderate exercise as well as plenty of sleep, the irritability should subside.