20 Early Signs of Pregnancy Before Missed Period
Wondering if you have a baby on board?
Pregnancy is the part of life that every woman looks forward to. While it is important to test for pregnancy in order to be sure about it, there are some tell-tale signs which can do the job for you till you go to hospital. When you are pregnant, there occur some hormonal changes in your body which causes some changes which can be acknowledged if you pay close attention.
Missing a period can be alarming sign for pregnancy. It is obvious that when you are pregnant, there is no purpose for your periods to visit you. So, if your periods are mostly regular, a missed period can be taken as not so subtle sign for pregnancy. If this happens, the best thing to do next is to test for pregnancy at home, wait till it turns pink and then visiting your doctor.
However, there are a lot of early signs of pregnancy before a missed period in women. These changes in the body can also acknowledge the fact that you are going to be a mother. Read through the list of these 20 early symptoms of pregnancy that you might possibly experience before a missed period.
Sore and swollen breasts
You can experience sore and swollen breasts as one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. Just after the egg is fertilized, progesterone and hCG hormones start flooding in your body, which helps increase in blood volume.
As the breast tissues are highly hormone-sensitive, this makes your breasts swell, become heavy and sometimes sore. So, this can be one of the very first sings of pregnancy which you can encounter within a week of becoming pregnant.
When you become pregnant, you tend to tire very soon. It may not always be because you had less sleep or you worked hard as you can find yourself tired at any unnecessary point of day when you get pregnant. Fatigue while you are pregnant does not limit itself to being tired but it exhausts you and you can’t gather yourself to do anything at the time.
Morning sickness or vomiting is also very common among pregnant ladies. Unlike its name, morning sickness can occur at any point of the day and it makes you feel dizzy and nausea which often results in vomiting. So, it’s better if you can pay attention to your body and understand the signs which may be very subtle to grab hold of.
Short of air
When you are going on your daily run and you find yourself short of breath unexpectedly, this may be a sign of pregnancy. This may seem too vague but if you have no other related problems, short of breathe can always sign you towards your pregnancy. Being unable to breathe while walking, climbing stairs and dancing in a very short period of time should be noticed attentively.
It is very common for pregnant women to find them gassy from an early period of their pregnancy. It happens due to the overwhelming hormonal flows in the body which affect metabolism. Even though anyone can be gassy for any other reason, gas is also a sign of pregnancy which shows at its early phase.
Sometimes, the pregnant ladies experience tenderness in their gums. More than often, the gums bleed which is nothing far from normal while pregnant. The reason behind the bleeding is also quite similar to your breasts becoming tender and hard.
Due to the hormones and rise in blood volume, you may see blood while brushing. If your dentist says there is nothing to worry about, you can take it as a happy sign of pregnancy.
While the egg fertilizes, the pregnant body starts to feel crampy. You may feel as if you are going to have your periods or as if you are having your periods and the cramps may get painful too. This happens because when the egg is fertilized, the uterus starts to stretch so that it can prepare for its expansion in the future to hold a baby explaining your cramps.
Spotting is light bleeding which sometimes can be confused with periods by women. While spotting the bleeding is way less than that of period as it only happens during the implantation of fertilized egg to the lining of your uterus. So, before you mistake spotting with abnormal periods, be sure to take a hint.
Bloating can also be taken as one of the early signs of pregnancy. It often occurs at around four weeks of pregnancy, which is after fertilization of egg. While bloating also occurs before you get your periods and disappears afterwards, this is not the case while you get pregnant. If you are bloated and also miss your periods, be prepared for a baby around the corner.
If you find yourself knocking toilet doors more than before, you may be pregnant. It is normal that you want to urinate in increased number of times than before and is also a sign that nears you to pregnancy.
Food aversions during pregnancy can go to a pretty unexpected level as to cravings for inedible substances. You might start to like some food that you loathed before. And once you start craving the food, you can’t let it go till you actually eat it. This happens in many pregnancy cases so, it is also one of the profound sings of pregnancy.
Due to flooding of hormones in the body while you are just pregnant can make you become very emotional and moody. You may sometimes find yourself happy and seconds later sad, all for nothing. Teeny tiny emotional thoughts can make you cry and you can’t stop laughing at a lousy joke. Even though you may find hard time controlling yourself, these mood swings can also come to be very helpful to know if you are on the way to becoming a mother.
Dizziness and clumsy feeling
Pregnancy shows you a time of your life when you can also expect yourself to be very clumsy and light headed. While dizziness and nausea may be a part of your morning sickness, due to the overwhelming changes that your body goes through, being clumsy can also be expected.
So, don’t worry if you have been missing steps or if you are having problems remembering where you put your clothes because, the good news is you may be pregnant and thus, air headed.
As your body starts flooding with hormones while you are pregnant, there can be some irregularities in your metabolism. Often times, your metabolism slows down which results in bloating. It is also equally expected that you may suffer from constipation in the process of becoming a mommy. So, if you can’t figure out your bowel movement, and don’t have any other related diseases, you may as well be pregnant.
Increased body temperature
If you feel that your body temperature has been remaining high for some time, this may also sign that you are pregnant. Basically when you are pregnant, your basal body temperature stays high during the whole time. This falls again after you give birth to your baby.
Headache and back-pain
Even though it may seem fair that headaches and backaches are pretty normal for anyone, these also sign for pregnancy. Mostly, the pregnant ladies feel lower backaches which are similar to backaches during and before periods.
But if the backache persists and periods never come, this can be a sign of pregnancy. Headaches can also visit pregnant ladies time and again during the early phase of pregnancy.
Darkening of areolas
Due to your surging pregnancy hormones, the area around your nipples tends to darken. It is also common that the area expands and some bumps similar to goosebumps can be found in the areolas which come to be of use in your nursing time. Not to mention the stiffness of nipple, all these signs occur very early which directly sign towards pregnancy.
Sensitive to smell
If all of a sudden you find yourself being super-sensitive to smell, this can sign to your pregnancy. Sometimes when you are pregnant, you may seem to like smelling something that you disliked earlier.
This heightened sense of smell can also enable you to smell things strongly. This sign may not be as common as food aversions but it’s always good to know that it’s normal when you are pregnant.
Change in color of your vagina
As an early sign of your pregnancy, there can be some color changes in your vagina. Usually the vulva and vagina are pink in color and while you are pregnant, this color may seem to change and become purplish-red. Most of the time, there occurs darkening of the skin in vagina which can be taken as one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. So keep checking for the color if you want to become a mom.
Higher level of vaginal discharge
When you are pregnant, it is normal that you have vaginal discharge in a higher level than you did before being pregnant. It is a very natural process and is not harmful. Yet, if the discharge smells and is in very high amount, you need to consult your doctor. If not, this is only another early sign to tell you that you may be pregnant.
Other Causes of Missed Periods
Though missed periods are common when babies are on the agenda, there are several other potential reasons your period is late.
- Excessive weight loss or heavy exercise: With the decrease in BMI below 18 or 19, women start to miss periods. Though the problem is strictly not based on BMI, heavy exercise and training more than usual can also be a factor. That’s because when you already have gone through a lot of stress, nature tends to protect you from getting more pain.
- Stress: Stress has a lot to do with period. Hypothalamus, a part of the brain that regulates hormones for periods is easily affected under stress and it can lead to hypothalamic amenorrhea. It also can be a possible cause.
- Thyroid problems: One of the major functions of thyroid gland is to regulate metabolism of the body. It also helps to maintain balance by co-ordinating with other parts of the body. If you have problems related to thyroid, either hypo- or hyperthyroidism, you might see implications for your period.
- Premature menopause: This is one of the rare issues that can occur in women and contribute to missed periods. A premature ovarian failure caused by misfiring of hormones in the body is what causes the problem. Along with missed periods, this complication is also accompanied by night sweats, vaginal dryness and hot flashes.
Even though most of the above mentioned signs can point towards PMS, these are also the very signs which appear at the earliest phase of pregnancy. And even when you must have a pregnancy test at a hospital to know for sure if you are pregnant, all these signs can prepare you for the better. Well, it’s better to prepare for your pregnancy rather than to freak out when the truth comes out, so keep looking for the signs!