A simple over-the-counter pregnancy test is about the most accurate indicator of pregnancy available. There are also some common physical changes and indicators that may (or may not) indicate the early stages of pregnancy. Not all women have these early changes, nor does having one or more symptoms do not necessarily mean you are pregnant. But knowing common indications can help you understand the changes you may experience in the dawn of a pregnancy.
1) Notice when you’ve missed your period
Some females track their cycles, and some don’t, so you may not notice that you haven’t had your period until a little while after you’ve missed it.
Think back to the last time that you had your period. Attach the timing of your period to an event. For example, were you menstruating when you went on a vacation or when you went to a concert? If you haven’t had a period in more than 30 days, and you’re sexually active, then you could be pregnant.
If you have an irregular period, then you should test for pregnancy often if you’re sexually active. This is especially important if you drink alcohol regularly, smoke or use recreational drugs so that you don’t harm the fetus during the first trimester.
2) Sore Boobs
When you’re pregnant, especially for the first time, breast changes are typically the first sign. Your breasts may feel sore and tender. They will definitely get larger, and your nipples may grow and darken.
3) Darkening Areolas
Darkening areolas (the area around the nipples) can appear as early as a week or two after conception, like so many early pregnancy symptoms, this one is also a result of hormonal surges. The darkening of the area around your nipples happens because of your surging pregnancy hormones. Your body is preparing your breasts to feed your baby.
4) Spotting and Cramping
A few days after conception, the fertilized egg attaches itself to wall of the uterus. This can cause one of the earliest signs of pregnancy — spotting and, sometimes, cramping. That’s called implantation bleeding. It occurs anywhere from six to 12 days after the egg is fertilized.
The cramps resemble menstrual cramps, so some women mistake them and the bleeding for the start of their period. The bleeding and cramps, however, are slight.
Besides bleeding, a woman may notice a white, milky discharge from her vagina. That’s related to the thickening of the vagina’s walls, which starts almost immediately after conception. The increased growth of cells lining the vagina causes the discharge.
This discharge, which can continue throughout pregnancy, is typically harmless and doesn’t require treatment. But if there is a bad smell related to the discharge or a burning and itching sensation, tell your doctor so they can check on whether you have a yeast or bacterial infection.
5) Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is a famous symptom of pregnancy. Many females, but not all, experience “morning sickness” when they are in their first trimesters. Often, the sickness is accompanied by a strong aversion to certain smells, like the smell of coffee. Some women start to feel dizzy often. Some women also get constipation. There’s no clear answer as to why nausea occurs during pregnancy, although it’s believed that it’s due to hormonal changes.
6) Sensitive to Smell
Your newly increased powers of smell can make your favorite dish smell like dead fish. Find out what causes a heightened sense of smell and get tips for coping with it. There’s no scientific research to back it up, but many women report increased powers of smell when they become pregnant. It won’t happen to everyone, but that doesn’t mean something’s wrong if you’re getting wiffs of everything from cheese to your cubicle-mate’s lunch.
For more accurate result you should try simple over-the-counter pregnancy test kit.
Take a home pregnancy test. You can find these tests at your local drugstore or at a supermarket.
Take the test first thing in the morning as soon as you realize your period is overdue. Most people urinate when they first get out of bed in the morning. The test will be most accurate at this time.
Follow the directions on the package. Most pregnancy tests are pen-like devices with a test strip that extends out of one end. Place the test strip in your urine stream when you go to the bathroom.
Wait for the results. The package directions will be clear about how to tell if the test is positive or negative. Usually, you’ll get the results within moments of urinating on the test strip.
If you test negative but your period still doesn’t come, then take the test again in a few days. You’ll have more pregnancy hormones in your system, which can be better detected by the test.