Five Early Signs of Pregnancy
A positive reading on a home pregnancy test is extremely accurate, but you have to be a certain amount of time into the pregnancy to get that positive reading – otherwise, you may get a “false negative,” which is an expensive and unhelpful test result. Think you might be pregnant, but it’s too soon to get accurate results from a home pregnancy test? Here are the five earliest signs of pregnancy.
1. Fatigue. One of the earliest signs of pregnancy is usually extreme fatigue or sleepiness. If you’re finding it harder than usual to burn the midnight oil or to get up and go for that morning run, it may be a sign that you’re pregnant. Whether you’re pregnant or not, the best thing you can do when you’re feeling inexplicably and suddenly fatigued is to rest and take it easy, not push through it with caffeine and other potentially harmful substances.
2. Loss of appetite. Whether it’s from specific food aversions or just a lack of feeling hungry, loss of appetite is another early sign of pregnancy. If you find yourself going for hours and hours without thinking of food or if the smell of something (like chicken or seafood) repulses you, you may be dealing with a food aversion, and that is an extremely common early symptom of pregnancy.
3. Morning (all day) sickness. Calling it “morning sickness” can be a bit of a misnomer, because morning sickness can hit any time of day, or last the whole day. It tends to be most intense in the mornings, however. If you wake up feeling slightly nauseated or light-headed, you may have a case of morning sickness! And if you are violently ill or so nauseated you can hardly brush your teeth without gagging, it may be even more likely.
4. Breast swelling and soreness. If “the girls” are looking particularly awesome in your cute lingerie or are filling out your top a little more perfectly than usual, it may be a sign of pregnancy. Soreness or sensitivity can also be another clue. Whether they are sore just standing there or if you find it painful to touch them, dealing with any soreness is definitely an early sign of pregnancy, especially if that is not a common symptom at some point during your regular cycle.
5. Internal physical changes. If you really think you could be pregnant and you can get in to see a doctor before the point that a home pregnancy test would be accurate, you may want to schedule an appointment. There are physical changes in and around the cervix that experienced doctors would be able to recognize.
If you’re experiencing any or all of these early symptoms of pregnancy, you may want to go ahead and schedule an appointment with your doctor or gynecologist for a few weeks out. It may also be a good idea to pick up a home pregnancy test so that you’ll be able to know with more certainty in the coming days. Best of luck to you!
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