Pregnant or Not?

Jamie Dunkleberger By Jamie Dunkleberger, 23rd May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Early pregnancy signs are commonly mistaken for premenstrual symptoms. Knowing how to differentiate between pregnancy signs and signs of that your period is coming can be challenging. Aside from missing your period or a positive HPT or blood test, there are definitive symptoms that you could possibly be pregnant.

Early Pregnancy Signs Before a Missed Period

Many early pregnancy signs can be easily confused with the symptoms relating to PMS and hormone increased during ovulation. Whether your pregnancy is planned or a surprise, it is important to know the changes your body will go through at different stages in your pregnancy. Women who have never been pregnant before may mistake signs of pregnancy with the symptoms of PMS. Early signs of pregnancy give you those first clues to possibly being pregnant. Some are very similar to those symptoms of your period but there are also some very definitive signs that differentiate between pregnancy and your period.

There are several common signs and symptoms you may feel early on in your pregnancy. The most common include nausea and vomiting, changes in appetite, breast and nipple tenderness, changes in discharge, food aversions, and bloating.

Food Aversions

One of the most common early signs of pregnancy is food aversions. Many women experience aversions to certain foods either by taste or smell. Foods that she may have once loved eating on a regular basis start to become repulsive. Some food that may have stimulated her palate just by the smell may make her feel nauseous and possibly trigger vomiting. Since this isn't a normal sign of ovulation or a symptom experienced right before a period is expected, it is usually one of the first signs that women feel something is not right or off and may prompt her to take a pregnancy test. If you experience this symptom, chances of being pregnancy are high and it is possible to take a home pregnancy test and get a positive result at this point in your cycle.

Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are one of the indicators that a woman could possibly be pregnant and is most commonly seen in the first trimester. While some women experience some slight nausea when expecting her period, vomiting is not usually present unless she has more severe conditions. Nausea itself, unless it is not commonly seen when expecting a period or during ovulation, isn't usually a "tell all" symptom of pregnancy. During the days leading up to ovulation or expecting a period, women can tend to feel slightly nauseous. The severity of the nausea coupled with vomiting are typical early signs of pregnancy. Some ways to ease morning sickness include drinking hot herbal tea with ginger, sucking on sour lemon candies, eating crystallized ginger candies, using anti-nausea acupuncture bands or anti-nausea over the counter medicine, and if severe, a prescription from your doctor.

Breast and Nipple Tenderness/Swollen Breasts

Another symptom that is commonly seen both in early pregnancy and when expecting a period is tender breasts and/or nipples or swollen breasts. Breast tenderness is common with any hormonal change whether it be pregnancy or during a menstrual cycle. While breast tenderness is in fact an early sign of pregnancy, many women also notice some swelling in their breasts as well. Swollen breasts is usually indicative of preparing for the birth of a baby by producing milk hence, making them sore and feel tender to the touch.

Appetite Changes

During the first trimester, noticeable changes in appetite may begin to rear. For many women, appetite may increase as she is eating for two, not one. The pregnancy hormones present in a woman's body upon conception cause the need to continuously eat to feed both her and her unborn baby. While this is considered an early sign of pregnancy, it usually doesn't show up until later in the first trimester or very early in the second trimester as morning sickness usually sets in early on due to the rapid changes in hormone levels within the woman's body. Very early on, a pregnant woman may not eat nearly as much because she feels nauseous. Having nausea before missing a period or getting a positive pregnancy test is a sign of pregnancy although, many women begin to experience that symptom before she finds out she is pregnant and may show a decrease in appetite due to not feeling well or not being able to keep food down.

Changes in Vaginal Discharge and Bloating

Early on in pregnancy, there are noticeable changes in vaginal discharge. Discharge that happens right before the onset of a period is barely present. During pregnancy, vaginal discharge increases due to hormonal changes which is responsible for changes in chemical reactions within the body. Discharge may become thicker, white or brownish in color, and may even have a mild to moderate odor to it. Since this is an early sign of pregnancy as well as a sign of a urinary tract infection, many women disregard this discharge and chalk it up to an infection rather than pregnancy especially if no other symptoms are present. While this symptom does occur, it is not 100% indicative of pregnancy. If discharge becomes heavy and no other pregnancy symptoms are being experienced, the only way to either confirm or rule out pregnancy is by taking a home pregnancy test or a blood test.

Bloating is another common symptom of both pregnancy and the onset of a period. This symptom should not be used as a way to determine whether or not a woman is pregnant unless she experiences very little bloating or no bloating during her period. If the bloating becomes worse or more noticeable, pregnancy is possible. However, waiting until you miss a period is the secondary indicator that pregnancy is possible when bloating is present.


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I am a married mom to 3 handsome boys who decided to leave the workforce and do what I am passionate about: writing.

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