Pregnancy

Pregnancy Symptoms - Early Signs of Pregnancy

If you have been sexually active and are experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms, it is important to take a pregnancy test.  Call to schedule an appointment or come in at your convenience.

SHORTNESS OF BREATH:  Feeling winded suddenly as you go up stairs could mean you're pregnant. As the baby grows, so does its need for oxygen which may leave you feeling short of breath.  

SORE BREASTS:  Heavy-feeling and tender breasts, darkening of the skin around your nipples (areolas), and even more obvious veins can be early signs of pregnancy.  Sore breasts can also occur due to using birth control pills, early symptoms of your menstrual cycle, and hormonal imbalances.

FATIQUE OR TIREDNESS:   Your body's response to the increase in hormones can cause you to feel suddenly exhausted, it might be an early sign of pregnancy in response to the increasing hormones in your body.  Fatiqued can also be caused by exhaustion, depression, stress, the flu or other illness. 

NAUSEA:  As early as two weeks after conception, some women will experience 'morning sickness'. Most pregnant women start feeling nauseous between two and eight weeks, however, some women never get morning sickness, while others may experience it throughout the duration of their pregnancy.  Nausea can occur for other reasons, such as a stomach virus, food poisoning, pr stress.

FREQUENT URINATION:  Because your body produces extra fluids during pregnancy, between weeks six and eight, you might notice you are using the bathroom more frequently or during the night.  This can also occur due to increased liquid intake, UTI (urinary tract infection), diabetes, or taking diuretics.  

HEADACHES:  Headaches can be an early sign in pregnancy as a sudden change in or rise of hormones occurs in your body. Headaches are common and can be related to other things like early symptoms of your menstrual cycle, caffeine withdrawal, dehydration, or eye strain.  

BACKACHES:  If you don't normally have lower back pain, it could be an early sign or pregnancy due to loosening ligaments.  Low back pain can occur for other reasons, such as physical strain, early symptoms of your regular menstrual cycle, or other back problems. 

CRAMPING:   Cramping may be an early sign of pregnancy as the uterus stretches but is usually less intense than the usual cramps you may get with your menstrual cycle.  Cramping can also occur due to early symptoms of your regular menstrual cycle. 

FOOD CRAVINGS: If you notice sudden cravings for certain foods or other foods you once enjoyed now turn your stomach, it could be an early sign of pregnancy.  Other reasons this can occur are early symptoms to your regular menstrual cycle, stress or depression, poor diet, or lack of certain nutrients. 

CONSTIPATION AND BLOATING:  If you've noticed your clothes are a little snug, bloated or constipated, it could be an early sign of pregnancy as your body will produce extra progesterone which slows your digestive system down. Other reasons this could occur are weight gain, poor diet, not enough fluid intake or dehydration, or other digestive issues.

MOOD SWINGS:  If you're feeling moody, it might be an early sign of pregnancy as your body adjusts to new hormones.  Other reasons this could occur is early symptoms of your regular menstrual cycle or hormone imbalances.

ELEVATED BASAL BODY TEMPERATURE:  If your basal body temperature remains elevated for more than 2 weeks after ovulation, it could be an early sign of pregnancy.  You may only be aware of this if you have been charting your body temperature to determine when you are ovulating.

HYPER-SMELL:  If you have a sudden increased sensitivity to odors or are suddenly repulsed by certain smells, it could be an early sign of pregnancy. 

DIZZINESS OR FAINTING:  Low blood sugar or low blood pressure can cause you to feel dizzy or faint.

SPOTTING:   Between 6 to 12 days after conception,  you may experience implantation bleeding; you may see light bleeding and mistake this for your regular menstrual cycle.  This could actually be an early sign of pregnancy caused by implantation of the embryo into the uterine lining.  Bleeding from implantation remains light and does not contain blood clots, is more pink/brown than bright red, the flow can come and go for one or two days and not complete the duration of your cycle, and cramping may be less intense.  Light bleeding can occur for other reasons, such as switching brands brands in birth control, infection, irritation following intercourse, or you could be having your actual period.

DELAY/DIFFERENCE IN MENSTRUATION:  Delayed or missed menstruation is the most common pregnancy symptom leading a woman to test for pregnancy. When you become pregnant your next period should be missed. Many women can bleed while they are pregnant, but typically the bleeding will be shorter or lighter than a normal period. Other Explanations: Excessive weight gain/loss, fatigue, hormonal problems, tension, stress, ceasing to take the birth control pill or breast-feeding.