When you’re trying to conceive, the two week wait between ovulation and your period feels like a total (frustrating) lifetime. You’re looking out for every single early pregnancy sign or symptom – or any anything that is even slightly out of the norm that may indicate that you might be pregnant! Or maybe you’re, not trying to conceive, but you have an inkling you might be pregnant anyway. Here are some of the top early pregnancy signs and symptoms.
There’s blood… but it isn’t your period. Implantation bleeding is a small amount of blood that goes for a much shorter time than your period does: think a day or so, and it’s a different colour. It really looks like light spotting. It happens 10-12 days after you do the deed, when the fertilised egg attaches to the uterus lining. Pop on a pad to try determine how much blood there is.
Changes to your breasts might be one of the first things you’ll notice when you fall pregnant, and is ranked as one of the first early pregnancy signs you’ll notice. As hormones start to change in your body, you’ll note that your areolas may darken and little bumps – Montgomery’s Tubercules – may pop up, your breasts may grow, and your breasts may feel super sore and tender. This is all good news – your body is preparing so you can breastfeed your baby. A comfy bra will really help here.
Your Mood is All Over the Place
You’re so overjoyed, and then the next minute you’re crying because you’ve seen a cute dog on your Facebook feed. When you’re pregnant, your hormones are changing… and mood swings are common. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. My moms group on Facebook regularly had posts asking “Why did you cry today?” when we were all pregnant (interestingly, being pregnant, craving food, and a husband bringing home the wrong sort of food was the most common cause of tears).
Although a super common concern for pregnant women, it’s not as common in the two week wait, with nausea typically kicking in at about six weeks. However, many women report feeling nauseous early on. It’s a gross, sick feeling, and is often triggered by smells – such as cigarette smoke, or heavy perfumes. For me, the smell of ground beef was no go. If you’re starting to feel nausea, check on my top tips on surviving morning sickness here.
This is another top early pregnancy sign. Yeah, toilet talk is gross (better get used to it mom – when your sweet baby turns into a toddler, everything poo, wee and fart will be up for discussion) , but being constipated is a big early pregnancy sign. Again – it’s those pesky hormones slowing things down. Easing constipation isn’t hard: keep drinking lots of water, walking, and eating things with fibre in it. If you can’t go, speak to your care provider about getting something to help.
You’re exhausted. Not just tired, like, oh my goodness, I need a nap right now sort of level of exhausted that isn’t the norm for you. Many women find this is one of the first early pregnancy signs they feel. FYI, a small amount of coffee is okay in early pregnancy, so go ahead and wake yourself up with a cup. No judgement from me.
Your Basal Body Temperature is Raised
If you’ve been tracking your temp, you’ll noticed that it is raised. When your period is about to start, you Basal Body Temp will drop. If it stays high – there is a good change you’re pregnant. Win!
You keep getting headaches
They won’t be intense, but they might be annoying. You guessed it – it’s hormones again, and your body giving you another early pregnancy sign. Try resting in a dark room and lying still – if that doesn’t work and you’re getting desperate, consult your doc: Tylenol is safe to take while pregnant (the FDA recommends you chat to your doctor before you take any pain meds while pregnant).
You’re noticing spots pop up on your face. Fun? Not really, but pregnancy acne is a definite thing due to your hormones. By the way, if you are pregnant you do need to be mindful of skincare products. Some are safe, some aren’t, so take the time to research and check with your care provider if you get a positive test.
You ‘feel’ pregnant
Exactly that. Deep down, you have this weird feeling where you just know you’re pregnant. This happened to me – I had a gut feeling, even though I hadn’t been late or had any other symptoms. Sometimes you just know! Jot down how you’re feeling in a journal and revisit in a few days.
And the obvious one – you get a positive test!
When those two lines pop up – you know for sure! You’re pregnant! And it’s pretty rare to get a false positive. It’s best to wait a week after your missed period, but lots of tests can pick it up before. Congratulations Mama! Book into your doctor to arrange a HCG blood test, and start dreaming of pink and blue.
Did any of those things stand out to you? What were your first early pregnancy signs? Good luck Mama – here’s hoping you get your big fat positive soon!