5 Early Signs Of Pregnancy

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Pregnancy can be a whirlwind, a shock and such an amazing time. But it can be hard too if, like me, you suffer with hyperemesis gravidarum. Those first few weeks of pregnancy can be gone in a flash, with many people not actually knowing they are pregnant till they are around 6 weeks gone, or even further. 

As a mother of 3 children, and having begin pregnancy 5 times, I know the signs of early pregnancy all too well. In fact, with my forth pregnancy, I knew I was pregnant just by the fact that I felt nauseous when walking down a certain aisle in the supermarket. There are many early signs though, and I thought I'd write about a few that are most common.

Tender and swollen breasts
Your breasts may provide one of the first symptoms of pregnancy because from as early as two weeks after conception, hormonal changes in your body can make your breasts feel tender, tingly or sore. You also might find that your breasts may feel fuller and heavier too.

Fatigue in pregnancy is sometimes not thought about too much. Tiredness ranks high among early symptoms of pregnancy, and long into the end stages also. During early pregnancy, levels of the hormone progesterone soar, and high doses of this can put you to sleep. At the same time, your body is falling foul to lower blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and increased blood production which all work together to sap your energy levels.

Slight bleeding or cramping
Bleeding during pregnancy isn't always a bad sign. In fact, sometimes a small amount of spotting or bleeding is one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. This is known as implantation bleeding, and is what happens when the fertilised egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. It's usually earlier, spottier and lighter in colour than a normal period and doesn't last that long. Some women also experience abdominal cramping early in pregnancy but these are usually pushed aside as menstrual cramps.

Nausea and dizziness 
Morning sickness. I know, it's an awful thing to have to go through. I don't know why it's called morning sickness as it can strike at any time of the day or night. And it is one of the classic symptoms of pregnancy. The queasiness from morning sickness can begin as early as two weeks after conception. It seems that this sign comes from the rapidly rising levels of oestrogen, and the fact that pregnant women also have a heightened sense of smell can be a factor in morning sickness too. 

And what usually comes with morning sickness is the dizziness too. As blood vessels dilate and blood pressure drops, the lightheaded feeling and dizziness can start to come over in waves. Early in pregnancy, this is probably down to low blood sugar. Just remember to be kind to yourself and try to take it easy in these first few weeks of pregnancy.

Just feeling pregnant
You know, once you've been pregnant a few times, and felt the feeling of being pregnant, early pregnancy symptoms just come natural to you to be able to sense. Many women believe they have an intuition about pregnancy signs and, to be honest, their intuition is often correct.

I don't know what it is either. Maybe you just feel different. Tired, moody, queasy, lightheaded. You might have symptoms that you never usually suffer from - heartburn, or find yourself making more frequent trips to the loo. Or maybe its just the feeling of not feeling like your usual self. I'm not sure. But what I do know, is that if you feel like you're pregnant, you usually are.


  1. I had all of those signs with mine!

  2. I had all these signs

  3. I knew I was pregnant by the foods I was wanting (wasn't a craving tough)

  4. I'm still trying to concieve,but looks like i may have to go down the ivf route x

  5. Oh, yes, the nausea and smells were early signs for me.