Symptoms of pregnancy before you even miss your periods

by Vaishali Sudan Sharma updated on February 17, 2015

TCT brings to you 4 symptoms of pregnancy even before you miss your periods. So, take a look at these sure-shot signs right away for a healthy pregnancy.

A missed period is the most obvious pregnancy symptom that majority of women look for before going for a pregnancy test. But this phase can come after several weeks (and often goes unnoticed for a couple of months if you have a history of PCOD or irregular periods) of actually conceiving a baby. Knowing early is always better for a number of reasons but for that you should be able to spot the first symptoms of pregnancy. As you conceive, your body undergoes some subtle changes due to release of pregnancy hormones such as hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). Some women are able to sense their pregnancy from the very moment they conceive a baby, but majority women can identify these symptoms and be prepared. Note that taking a pregnancy test at this early stage may not yield accurate results. Moreover, all these subtle signs are not pregnancy specific and might be due to an underlining health issue. Therefore, we recommend that you speak to your health care provider to confirm the news.

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Since every pregnancy is different and symptoms can vary from woman to woman, you might have all the following symptoms or only some of them:

1. Tiredness: Feeling more drained out at the end of the day is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy that you will experience. For women who already lead a hectic lifestyle it will be a little difficult to identify this symptom since they are often tired. Due to sudden metabolic changes the energy level drops and the body will feel quite fatigued even by doing little work. You will find yourself falling asleep earlier than your usual time.Symptoms of Pregnancy Before You Even Miss Your Periods 02

2. Breast Changes: It is one of those changes that you will be able to see and experience. As soon as you conceive, the blood supply in the breast area increases significantly as part of your body’s preparation for the baby. As a result, you will observe that your breasts have become bigger and the veins around your breasts will become more pronounced. The areolas will be darker and you may also feel soreness in the breasts.

3. Menstrual like cramps and bloating: Experiencing cramps and bloating is most likely to be misunderstood by many women as an approaching period as such symptoms are commonly associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Upon conceiving, many women experience cramps and bloating due to many hormonal changes in their body. Around 20-25% women may also experience spotting or implantation bleeding just a few days before their menstrual date.Symptoms of Pregnancy Before You Even Miss Your Periods 03

4. Nausea: Some women will start feeling nauseated from the very beginning of their pregnancy. Irrespective of the time, you may suddenly feel like vomiting. It can even start as early as from the week you conceive.Symptoms of Pregnancy Before You Even Miss Your Periods 01

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