Common signs of pregnancy
Are you pregnant? If you want to be, you’ll be constantly watching out for changes in your body and mood, and that’s not bad, as some physiological and psychological symptoms usually indicate pregnancy. But the sign that usually doesn’t miss is definitely skipping a period. Still, you may also get morning sickness, sore breasts, or notice other signs.
How to find out if you’re pregnant without a test
First signs of pregnancy
– Morning sickness: if you’re in your third week of pregnancy without knowing, you may suffer from morning sickness. This is due to high levels of progesterone and estrogen in your body, as well as the concentration of the pregnancy hormone, HCG, in your blood.
– Frequent urge to urinate: your fetus may not be big enough to put any pressure on your bladder in the early stages of pregnancy, but you’ll still feel a frequent urge to urinate. As you undergo hormonal changes, the volume of your blood increases, along with the amount of residues your body needs to dispose of. The muscles of your urinary tract also become less able to endure the pressure of your bladder, no matter how light it is.
– Sensitivity towards smells: your sense of smell may change, causing you discomfort towards certain smells you used to love.
– Mood swings: it’s not uncommon to become more emotionally sensitive, and to go from calm to agitated out of nowhere.
– Constipation: you may suffer from it due to the effects of hormonal changes on your intestinal passage, which becomes very slow. This can be treated by eating foods rich in fibers, drinking enough water and avoid sitting for too long.
– Headache: this could be a sign of pregnancy due to hormonal changes in your body. The increase of the volume of your blood in this stage can increase your blood pressure and give you headaches.
– Changes in your breasts: they’re widely affected by hormonal disturbances; their size may increase and they may feel heavier. Your nipples may also become darker and their veins more protruding.
3 ways to confirm your pregnancy
- Pregnancy test: choose one of a good quality to avoid false results. It should give you 99% accurate results in confirming your pregnancy.
- Blood test: it shows the level of pregnancy hormone in your blood and determines whether you’re expecting or not.