6 Signs of Early Pregnancy

In my previous post, I wrote about several signs of early pregnancy that we often don’t know. This is a continuation of the checklist that I put together. Below, I have several more symptoms that may signal pregnancy. Keep in mind, If you are indeed pregnant, I have created an Ultimate guide to Parenting list that will help you navigate through your pregnancy with ease.

Cravings

Pregnancy can make you turn up your nose at certain foods, such as greasy foods or fried foods. Food cravings can happen too.  Once again, the likely culprit is those pregnancy hormones.  In the first trimester, hormonal changes are the more dramatic and likely to occur more often.

Once again, the likely culprit is those pregnancy hormones.  In the first trimester, hormonal changes are the more dramatic and likely to occur more often.

Headaches

Are you having more headaches than usual? do you feel a slight headache every time you bend or turn? You may be experiencing signs of early pregnancy. During the first few weeks of pregnancy, the increased blood circulation can cause frequent and mild headaches.

Constipation

Another sign of early pregnancy is constipation. Throughout pregnancy, one common symptom you will likely experience is constipation is another.

The scientific explanation for this is that the increase of progesterone in the body causes food to remain in the colon for too long.

In turn, the colon absorbs all the liquid from your stools and causes them to be dry.

Mood swings

Mood swings are a common sign of early pregnancy.  You have to remember that your body is going through changes at the point. The overflow of hormones in your body during early pregnancy can make you quite emotional and weepy.

These changes during pregnancy can be caused by the combination of pregnancy hormones ( estrogen and progesterone), stress, changes in your metabolism or fatigue.

Note: You may experience mood swings again around the third trimester as your body gets ready for the birth of your baby. To combat these symptoms, you can start early with taking the right type of supplements. I used Pink Stork Immune Booster during 2 of my pregnancies with great results. 

Dizziness/Lightheadedness

As early as eight weeks into your first trimester, your blood vessels start to dilate and your blood pressure drops; causing you to be dizzy and nauseous.  The increase in the pregnancy hormone, progesterone, will relax the walls of your blood vessels and this will drop your blood pressure.

Raised basal body temperature

If you take your oral temperature in the morning after waking up,  this is called your basal body temperature. Typically, your temperature increases slightly after ovulation and remains at that level until your menstruation.  If you have been checking for ovulation, a continued increase in elevation for more than two weeks is an indication that you may be pregnant.

Typically, your temperature increases slightly after ovulation and remains at that level until your menstruation.  If you have been checking for ovulation, a continued increase in elevation for more than two weeks is an indication that you may be pregnant.

If you have been checking for ovulation, a continued increase in elevation for more than two weeks is an indication that you may be pregnant.

Do you need to see more early pregnancy symptoms? Want to get started with parenting?  See my previous post on early pregnancy symptoms, it also has a due date calculator. Lastly, you should read Parenting Styles In The Modern Era.