Pregnancy can be exciting and scary simultaneously.
When I was 24, I looked up early signs of pregnancy on Google because I was scared of being pregnant. I had just started a new relationship that was only five months old, and we were not ready to start a family!
At that point, I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, and I didn’t know if this guy was the one for me.
Every day, from the date we were intimate to when I expected my period, I checked for early pregnancy symptoms to ensure I wasn’t experiencing any of them!
Thankfully, my period came on time.
Fast forward three and a half years later, the same guy (Charlie) and I decided we were open to having a baby. This time, I was anxious to find out if I was pregnant before my missed period!
And guess what? I was!
Below, I’ve listed the five early signs of pregnancy I experienced, which let me know I was pregnant before my missed period or positive test.
I’ve also listed 11 additional early pregnancy symptoms you may experience.
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5 Early Signs Of Pregnancy (I experienced)
1.Fatigue “Extreme Tiredness”
Fatigue is one of the earliest noticeable signs of pregnancy. It was also the first sign that I experienced.
When a woman is pregnant, her body works relentlessly to maintain the pregnancy and develop milk-producing glands in the breast. This is why pregnant women feel exhausted and have no energy to do anything except rest.
How I Noticed? When I first realized I was pregnant, my energy levels were so low that I found it challenging to open coconut oil or peanut butter jars. Opening my single blender cups after making smoothies in the morning felt like a struggle.
I would get extremely frustrated and angry. I had to ask hubby for help, and he would open the jars like it was nothing. I remember thinking that it was strange!
(Let me know in the comments below if you experienced something similar)
Breast soreness, swelling, heaviness, and sensitivity to the touch are common early signs of pregnancy.
Many women have reported that their first sign of pregnancy was breast tenderness.
Initially, I assumed it was similar to the breast tenderness experienced during periods and that I could not tell them apart.
However, I was proven wrong!
How I noticed? The breast pain and soreness experienced during pregnancy can be distinguished from that experienced before periods. The level of discomfort is entirely different, making it painful to sleep on your tummy!
3.Darken Of The Areola (the area around the nipple)
I almost overlooked this early sign of pregnancy. I was about one week away from my expected period.
My areola was larger and darker than usual, which I initially thought was a product of my desire to be pregnant, but as it turns out, it was not. I was indeed pregnant!
Sometimes, you just know! You feel that something is different inside. I remember thinking, “I’m pregnant,” just a week after conception.
If you are someone who typically gets their period around the same time every month, it could be concerning if you suddenly miss it.
After missing my period, I waited for five days before taking a pregnancy test to give it some time.
However, I couldn’t ignore the symptoms I was experiencing and had a strong feeling that the test would be positive. As it turns out, my intuition was correct, and the test did confirm my pregnancy.
11 Additional Early Signs of Pregnancy
6.Nausea With Or Without Vomiting
Nausea, with or without vomiting, is commonly referred to as morning sickness, although it can occur at any time. It is caused by a rapid increase in hormone levels, usually between two to eight weeks after conception.
I experienced morning sickness during my pregnancy. However, mine began at seven weeks.
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During early pregnancy food aversion and food cravings are common signs of early pregnancy.
Food aversion is when you no longer feel like eating or being near the food that you used to enjoy. On the other hand, food cravings are when you feel an intense desire to eat something, and you won’t be satisfied until you have it!
Implantation bleeding refers to light bleeding or spotting between 7-14 days after fertilization. It can be easily mistaken for the beginning of a period, but it typically disappears after a brief moment.
This type of bleeding occurs when the embryo implants into the uterus lining, which can cause small blood vessels to rupture. Cramping may also be experienced as a result.
What does implantation bleeding look like? It usually appears as light bleeding, with a pinkish, red, or brown discharge. The amount of blood is generally not enough to fill up a pad or a tampon.
10.Increase Vaginal Discharge
During early pregnancy, your body produces more discharge to prevent infections while your cervix and vaginal wall soften.
This may cause you to notice increased discharge on your toilet paper or underwear after using the bathroom. The discharge typically appears as a sticky, white, or pale yellow mucus.
During early pregnancy, headaches and dizziness are common due to hormonal changes and increased blood volume.
12.Lower Back Pain
During pregnancy, your body releases hormones that cause your pelvis’s ligaments and joints to loosen and soften. This aims to prepare your body for labor later in the pregnancy. The hormones affect the pelvis and your entire body, including your back, which can cause lower back aches and pain.
Your sense of smell is very sharp during early pregnancy, almost like a dog or cat. You can detect even the slightest scents from a long distance away.
The increase in your hormone levels (again!) causes this heightened sense of smell. I experienced a similar change in smell when I started experiencing morning sickness at seven weeks.
14.Stuffy Nose/Cold-Like Symptoms
Pregnancy can lower your immunity, making you more susceptible to cough, colds, and the flu in early pregnancy. Cold-like symptoms were one of my mom’s early pregnancy symptoms.
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15.Increased Basal Body Temperature
Basal Body Temperature (BBT) is the temperature taken while your body is at rest, typically first thing in the morning upon waking up.
By taking your temperature at rest, you can establish your baseline temperature. A change in your BBT can indicate when you are ovulating and can also help determine pregnancy.
If your BBT increases and remains elevated for several days after ovulation, you are most likely pregnant.
16.Metallic Taste In The Mouth
Another change due to hormonal changes can cause dysgeusia, a condition in which some women experience a metallic taste.
It’s important to remember that every woman’s pregnancy experience is unique. While some may experience the five early signs of pregnancy like I did, others may have more or fewer symptoms. The only way to confirm pregnancy is through a test.
If you’re 24-year-old “me” and hoping to avoid pregnancy, take a deep breath and take things one step at a time. If you’re 27-year-old “me” and hoping to be pregnant, I wish you all the best and hope you get the positive result you’re hoping for!
In the comments below, let me know which are some of your early pregnancy symptoms?