There are some typical symptoms of pregnancy that you may experience in the first few weeks of Pregnancy (and unfortunately in some cases beyond!) that may have you reaching for that Pregnancy test to confirm it is so!
Nausea / Vomiting
One of the darker sides of pregnancy is the dreaded nausea and vomiting. Commonly known as “Morning Sickness” but can strike at any time of the day. While a small number will escape this symptom all together, for most the symptom is mild to moderate – some nausea and feeling a bit off with some experiencing daily vomiting but for others, at the other end of the spectrum there is what the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine (Kate Middleton to you and me!) suffered from. Severe vomiting and nausea often resulting in hospitalisation for rest and re-hydration. This is known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Thankfully for most this symptom tends to ease as you enter the 2nd Trimester of Pregnancy – around week 13-14 but for the unfortunate few this can be an issue throughout the pregnancy.
Everyone experiences tiredness at some point – a bad nights sleep, a tough day at the office but pregnancy tiredness is like no other tiredness you will have ever experienced. Perhaps it’s mother nature’s wicked way of preparing you for your life ahead after weeks of sleep deprivation but the tiredness that hits, usually in the first few weeks of pregnancy, will have you in bed at 8pm. On my first I would pass out on couch after dinner. You will be fit for nothing. Unfortunately on subsequent pregnancies there is the minor issues of another child to take care of but you may just have to adjust your bedtime to the same as your other child’s and this is where partner support or other family support can help. You need the sleep!
Swollen / tender breasts
My mother always told me (after I announced each of my pregnancies) that she suspected I was pregnant because my cleavage had taken a sudden increase! For many their breasts become new beasts during pregnancy and either fortunately or unfortunately (depending on how you viewed your breasts before hand!) often never return to their previous state.
Many women get swollen or tender breasts before a period and so don’t think anything of it until our final symptom……
One of the key symptoms of pregnancy and the biggest tell tale sign that you might be pregnant is missing a period. If you haven’t taken a test at this point – do it! You will be period free for your whole pregnancy and likely a few months after too! One year period free! A definite positive side of pregnancy!
What were your tell tale signs that had you peeing on a stick? Comment below and let us know!