If you are hoping to hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet in the near future, you may be wondering what symptoms of pregnancy you can expect.
Many women report some subtle and some not-so-subtle changes that give them an idea that they are pregnant. You may think some are tall tales but what changes can you expect in early pregnancy other than a positive test?
From the moment your egg is fertilised by sperm, it sets off a chain reaction of hormones in your body. Some are noticeable immediately, but others take a while to kick in. Many women reported that they noticed food tasted differently or that they could no longer face eating a certain food. If you notice your morning cuppa is tasting different or your favourite coffee has a metallic taste to it, it may be a sign of pregnancy!
This is perfectly normal and caused by a sudden surge in pregnancy hormones. So, it might be that you not only feel a little nauseous, but you are off some of your food too.
Pregnancy hormones interfere with neurotransmitters in the brain – the small ‘aerials’ if you like that are connected with our emotions – and so one minute you feel on top of the world, but the next you can be tearful over the smallest things.
Needing the Bathroom More Often
You may have noticed that you are urinating more or, embarrassingly you may think, you can seem to hold your bladder long enough to get to the toilet. Hormones affect not only the bladder but the pelvic floor muscle too. This is the muscle that controls when you urinate and so, irritated by pregnancy hormones, it is not so good at its job.
The good news is that once your baby is born and your hormones settle down again, it goes away. In the meantime, manage involuntary escapes of urine with incontinence pads.
If in the days before a period you feel bloated and uncomfortable, you may be surprised to find that in early pregnancy you feel exactly the same way. So no, you are not imagining that your clothes already feel a little tighter around your waistline…
Let’s be honest, it is more like sheer exhaustion. No one knows why in the early weeks of pregnancy a woman can become so tired and exhausted but again, it is probably down to a massive surge in pregnancy hormones. Progesterone is high in early pregnancy and can lead to feeling more tired than usual. Of course, if you are making several trips to the bathroom each night, you will also be feeling more sluggish than usual.
The good news is that this can settle down too with many women reporting that in their second trimester – the middle bit of pregnancy – they felt much more energetic and physically well.
Many women report that they knew they were pregnant by the sudden change in their breasts. It is not uncommon for your breasts to become uber-sensitive and swollen. Rising levels of pregnancy hormones can leave your breasts in a hyper-state of sensitivity, far more than during your period.
Again, as pregnancy progresses and hormones settle, your breasts will improve. Until that is, you give birth and your milk starts to come in. But even then, some new mums say that their breasts are by no means as sensitive and sore at this point than back in those early weeks of pregnancy.
Light Bleeding or Spotting
We have long been taught that any sign of blood during pregnancy is not a good thing and indeed, sadly, in many cases, it is not.
But in early pregnancy, sometimes before a woman knows she is pregnant, she can have what is known as an implantation bleed. This is like a mini-period for some women. No one knows why it happens but it could be because the fertilised egg is settling into the lining of the uterus.
If you bleed during pregnancy, feel pain or light-headed, or are concerned in any way, see your GP or midwife without delay. There are cases of women having ‘periods’ during pregnancy, which masked their pregnancy for several months.
And finally, as well as being off your food you may also wake up feeling sick, go to bed feeling sick, suddenly feel sick in the middle of the day or go a whole day without feeling sick at all!
Nausea is caused by pregnancy hormones building quickly in your body to make sure the fertilised egg is doing what it should be. But again, there is good news – it usually passes around the 14-week mark…
There is no denying the excitement of pregnancy but HARTMANN Direct understand the need for high-quality pregnancy incontinence products.
*This is a collaborative post*