There are many signs and symptoms of pregnancy, other than a missed period. Many of these are minor so you may feel like you did not experience them at all. But majority of the women experience at least one of the following symptoms during pregnancy. In case you got none (which is also normal) consider yourself a lucky one.
Elevated Basal Body Temperature
This is a little difficult to tell as you will need to keep a track of your basal temperature for some time before you can tell the difference. It is best to rely on this symptom if your pregnancy is planned; that way you can measure your body’s temperature for a few months before your pregnancy; you will be able to tell the difference in the temperature change. The rise will not be a lot, it will only be by a few degrees.
Implantation Bleeding and Cramping
Many different women have mistaken this sign as the beginning of their period. Though this symptom and the feelings you get during your period is similar, the actual process happening inside you is worlds apart. One way to tell your periods and implantation apart is by the blood flow; during implantation there will be very less blood flow, many times you will only witness spotting. But during your period, the flow of blood is heavier and will last for a longer duration. The cramps that you feel during implantation will be located in your lower abdomen and will be mild. It will also occur for a short period. Keep in mind that there is a possibility that you do not witness this symptom at all; and if you do, there is no need to panic as it is a very common symptom. Fatigue
Your body begins to change as soon as a baby gets implanted in your womb. This will have a big impact on the amount of hormones released in your body; some of them will go into overdrive to make sure that you and the baby are healthy. As your body is not used to such changes you will start to feel tired and exhausted most of the time. At this time the best thing for you to do is to sleep or get as much rest as possible; you deserve it.
Sore, Tender and Heavy Breasts
I believe most mothers have already witnessed this symptom as it is one of the most common ones. Once implantation occurs, you will begin to witness a change in your breasts; they will become swollen, the color of the nipples will change, the will begin to feel sore, heavy and tender to touch. At this moment you will hate wearing a bra as it becomes a little uncomfortable, and touching will just be hard.
Bloating and Feeling of Tightness
You may feel that you period is about to start as this happens right before your period as well. But this time the cause is the implantation of the egg in your uterus. Even though it is only the start, you will start feeling a little pregnant and look it too (it will go away after a little while). You will feel like your clothes are getting tight and your stomach will seem to be rounder. The primary reason for this is that your digestion gets interfered which causes these issues.
Though this symptom starts in the first trimester of the pregnancy and is said to finish after that, there are some people who will witness this symptom for almost the entire duration. You will start to feel nauseous every day, and though it is called morning sickness, this symptom can occur at any time. Your hormones are the reason behind this symptom and it is likely that it may increase as you progress in your first trimester.
When you are pregnant your blood vessels dilate due to which your blood pressure lowers; due to this reason blood will not flow as smoothly as it was before. The main effect from lowered blood pressure will be dizziness, so make sure to sit down when every your feel light headed. Every time you witness this symptom, make sure to check your blood pressure; in case it gets too low go to your doctor immediately.
Since you are now pregnant, your nose will turn into that of a blood hound. You will start to smell everything accurately, which is one of the main reasons you will feel repulsed by certain foods. This repulsion will cause food aversions and a need to throw up when you are around that type of food. Though it may go away after some time, but there are possibilities that this symptom stays with you throughout your pregnancy.
Remember how people say that pregnant women are crazy. Well this is kind of true because they go through a bunch of emotions in one time. At one moment you will be happy and the next you will have tears running down your cheeks, and you will have no explanation for it. However, the scientific explanation is that your hormones are increasing and decreasing, causing you to go on an emotional roller coaster. It is okay as it is a very common symptom in pregnant women, you will be alright once the baby comes out.
Urge to Pee
Ah yes, the dreaded symptom of them all; running to the bathroom all the time. You will witness this symptom to occur usually at night, especially when you are asleep. During pregnancy, the production of blood increases as more oxygen is required to fulfill the baby and the mothers supply. Because of this, more blood gets filtered in the kidney which in turn makes more urine.
One thing that you need to take note of is that you experience none or all of these symptoms. And as every pregnancy is different as well, you may witness some of them during one, while a few others during the next. Make sure that you stay healthy and remain in touch with a good doctor to keep a tab on your progress. Remember, you may experience all or some of these signs and symptoms of pregnancy before missed period. At times you will even witness different signs and symptom during each of your pregnancies as all pregnancies are different. Just make sure to eat healthy, stay healthy and take care of yourself during this time especially since the first trimmest is crucial for you and the baby.