Pregnancy is the most important time period in a woman’s life. The stages she goes through these nine months and the pain she endures is unimaginable.
Many of you might be reading this article to gain some knowledge or clarify your doubts. This might be your first pregnancy, or you may be experiencing some new symptoms and must be confused whether you are really pregnant or not.
We are definitely going to help you out with this discussion. We hope to answer all your queries with full zest and accuracy. Read on.
What are the early signs of pregnancy?
The early signs of pregnancy are those signs which occur in pregnancy in the initial period of time. To frame it in more precise way, the signs which are observed in the initial weeks or which arrive first are termed as early signs of pregnancy.
Pregnancy is said to occur when there is successful mating of the female gamete, egg and the male gamete, sperm. The fusion of these gametes occur which is called fertilisation. This major event occurs in the fallopian tube of the woman.
The fertilised egg then travels to the uterus to get implanted there. What is implantation? It is the attachment of the fertilised egg to the uterus wall, so that it can develop and grow there.
The early signs start to show up as soon as the fertilisation occurs. And, note that the fertilisation occurs in the very first week of the conception or sexual intercourse.
The early signs hence will not show up in the first week. The symptoms will gradually be noticed as the second week progresses. However, it is not necessary that every woman will experience the early signs as early as the second week.
It is said that each pregnancy differs and hence the symptoms as well. You may see the signs a little late or if you are lucky enough, then in the second week only.
Very early signs of pregnancy
The very early sign is nothing but the first sign of pregnancy. A missed period is often considered the first sign of pregnancy. But, in many cases, symptoms occur before the missed period only.
This does not mean that a missed period is no more the early sign. It will always remain an important milestone of pregnancy, which signifies, that the journey begins now.
The very early signs if I had to list down, then they would be the following:
- The rise in hormones like HCG and estrogens
- The vaginal discharge
- The missed period
- Beginning of the feeling of nausea and dizziness
- Minor abdominal cramping
The other signs occur at the later stages. For example, the gradual enlargement of breasts and the morning sickness, all these occur in the 4th week and slowly peak in the further weeks. Hence, they cannot be considered as the very early signs of pregnancy.
Early signs of pregnancy before missed period
The missed period is not always the sign of pregnancy. Even some messengers come a little before even the missed period to tell you that you are pregnant. You just have to notice these messengers.
- Mood swings
You may be happy at once and sad at the other moment. Such kinds of mood swings are usually linked with pregnancy. However, not every time you feel happy or sad means that you are pregnant. This may also be the outcome of your stress and fatigue. Do not get mistaken.
- Tenderness in breasts
The breasts swell in later weeks, but the tenderness can be observed. This can be the consequence of the events taking place inside the uterus. The hormonal levels are changing. Breasts become sensitive to touch and develop tenderness.
- Tiredness and fatigue
You feel tired by doing even a minor work. Why? Because the internal processes going on are taking your whole energy with nothing left with you as a residue. We recommend you to eat healthy at this time.
- Frequency to urinate increases.
- Constipation and other stomach issues may be observed.
Early signs of pregnancy first 2 weeks
The first two weeks are full of curiosity and anticipation. Are you pregnant? What if you are pregnant? And what if you are not pregnant? Hold on. Take a deep breath and read. You are going to get all your answers.
The first two weeks are the most important. Fertilisation doesn’t take place instantaneously. It takes the first two weeks to be successfully done.
In the first week, the egg releases itself from the ovary and travels to the fallopian tube. It spends some time there waiting for the correct sperm to come and get fused with. A single male ejaculation contains millions of sperms.
Not every sperm gets fused with the egg. It is just that one knight in the shining armour, which comes and gets fused with the egg. The fusion is called the fertilisation. The next step is to reach the uterus to get implanted. These events occupy the full first week of pregnancy.
The second week shows the implantation process and as soon as it gets done, the symptoms start to show up. The beginning may be with the missed period, accompanied with the nausea feeling and the mood swings.
There may be minor abdominal cramping as well, as the uterus muscles are undergoing a continuous process of regular contraction and relaxation. You may also have some vaginal discharge along with light bleeding or spotting as a consequence of implantation.
Don’t be scared, all of these are not going to occur all at once in the second week. These are different symptoms experienced by different women. You may just experience one or two of these.
However, if you meet your doctor, you will get to know that you are already 4 weeks pregnant. Amused? Well, she is just calculating your pregnancy from your ovulation cycle.
Early signs of pregnancy discharge
One of the earliest signs of pregnancy is having a vaginal discharge. This vaginal discharge is thick white in colour. It gives a creamy appearance. This is initially the mucus secreted by the uterus walls in order to keep the baby from any sort of infections.
This pregnancy discharge acts as the protecting shield against the infections which are vulnerable.
The discharge in the initial period of time may be low, but its density increases as the pregnancy progresses. However, if the intensity of vaginal discharge increases, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible. This may be a sign of some complication or infectious disease.
Also, in the initial time period, you may also notice some light bleeding or spotting. This is a pretty common sign, so you need not be too afraid of this.
Early signs of pregnancy cramping
Cramping can be taken as an early sign of pregnancy. What causes cramping, have you ever wondered? The constant movement of muscles is the cause of cramping. The muscles produce lactic acid. Let’s not get too deep.
You are aware of the fact that uterus is a muscle. In the time of pregnancy, it undergoes constant relaxation and contraction, which causes cramping in abdomen. Hence, many women experience abdominal cramps in early pregnancy.
Note that these cramps won’t last long. So, a little more time and you will be alright.
But, if the cramping is of high intensity, then consult a doctor. This may direct you towards the ectopic pregnancy or other complications. (P.S. ectopic pregnancies are usually undetectable in early time period.)
If there is a severe pain during early weeks, especially 3rd week and 5 week of pregnancy then don’t neglect the chances of Ectopic pregnancy as this severe pain may be one of the signs of ectopic pregnancy. It is always better to get your check-up done for that matter.
Early signs of pregnancy quiz
With the advancing era, everything has come on an online basis. You can find a solution to any of your problem on the internet. Similarly, many online quizzes are available on the internet which may help you inch closer to your guess of being pregnant.
These quizzes are based on normal symptoms one may experience in the early pregnancy.
Go, try to take one. Does it work? Did you get satisfied with the results?
Early warning signs of pregnancy
After going through the warning signs of pregnancy, you would definitely like to read further about week by week pregnancy symptoms, including everything from 1st to 36 week of pregnany.
A warning is given when something negative is awaited to come. Pregnancy despite bringing happiness and positivity can also greet you with some bad news. Confused with what could be the bad news?
You might have heard of miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies. TV shows are fond of showing the pregnancy complications. So, the warning signs may be signalling towards these only.
- Heavy and liquefied vaginal discharge
- Constant bleeding after the missed period.
- Heavy abdominal cramps
- Shoulder and back pain
- Nausea and very high morning sickness
All these signs direct you to consult a doctor.
How early can you have signs of pregnancy?
The signs of pregnancy occur at different times in different pregnancies. However, the signs can be visible in the second week. No signs show up at the first week, so no point in going for the first week detection of pregnancy.
Signs and symptoms of early pregnancy first week
As we earlier mentioned, the first week of pregnancy goes in fertilisation process accompanied with implantation. There will be no significant signs and symptoms, but you may feel uneasy. You may not be able to make out what exactly is going wrong with you. Do not worry. We are with you!
We really hope you find our discussion informative! You can always share your experiences with us, and make us improve a little more!