Signs and symptoms of pregnancy

For women who have a regular monthly menstrual cycle, the earliest and most reliable sign of pregnancy is a missed period. Women who are pregnant sometimes have a very light period, losing only a little blood.
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Some of the other early signs and symptoms of pregnancy are listed below. Every woman is different and not all women will notice all of these symptoms.

Feeling sick during pregnancy 

You may feel sick and nauseous, and/or experience vomiting. Morning sickness is the most common sign of pregnancy but it can happen at any time of the day or night.

For most women who have morning sickness, the symptoms start around six weeks after their last period.

Feeling tired is common during pregnancy 

It’s common to feel tired, or even exhausted, during pregnancy, especially in the first 12 weeks or so. Hormonal changes taking place in your body at this time can make you feel tired, nauseous, emotional and overwhelmed.

Sore breasts in early pregnancy 

Your breasts may become larger and feel tender, just as they might do before your period. They may also tingle. The veins may become more visible, and the nipples may darken and stand out. 

Peeing more often suggests pregnancy 

You may feel the urge to pee (urinate) more often than usual, including during the night.

Other signs of pregnancy that you may notice are: constipation and/or an increase in vaginal discharge without any soreness or irritation

Strange tastes, smells and cravings 

During early pregnancy, you may find that your senses are heightened and that some foods or drinks you previously enjoyed become repellent. You might also notice:

  • a strange taste in your mouth, which many women describe as metallic;
  • an unusual appetite or a craving for specific foods;
  • a lost of interest in certain foods or drinks that you previously enjoyed, such as tea, coffee or fatty foods;
  • a lost of interest in smoking;
  • that you have a more sensitive sense of smell than usual, for example, to the smell of food or cooking. 

Should you feel any other signs and symptoms of pregnancy different from above, we’ll be happy to hear from you in the comments. Feel free also to share your experience.

If you found out you’re pregnant, congratulations! Don’t hesitate to consult our article about keeping well during pregnancy.

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