“The two times I have been pregnant, in a week’s time I knew I was expecting, and pretty early on’, said, my cousin. I was baffled. “How did you figure it out, did you have an intuition?” I asked stupidly. She stared at me as if I’d asked her a silly question! And then, she announced, “It’s no rocket science. You have to be just aware of your body and notice the tiniest signs that your body gives you.” And believe me, it’s very easy to identify early pregnancy signs.
I had missed understanding the signs during my first pregnancy. But when I conceived the second time, I was alert to the signals my body was giving me. The signals that your body gives you in the early stages of pregnancy are not very easy to understand. Based on my experiences here are 5 early pregnancy signs a woman witnesses within a week or ten days after conception.
Here are 5 Super Early Pregnancy Signs:
1. Low Blood Sugar
That sudden bout of light-headedness, maybe it is not a heatstroke, the stork is on its way! First-timers, this is amongst several early pregnancy signs that can be easily seen as the onset of a beautiful journey that lies ahead of a woman. Dizziness is really experienced early on, say within two weeks of conception. It can be just a sudden spell of dizziness for a couple of seconds, once in a day or maybe just once a week. The reason is scientific. Low blood sugar can trigger dizziness. And blood pressure drops when the blood vessels dilate during pregnancy that makes one feel light-headed.
2. The Feeling of Wanting to Throw-up!
Most women start experiencing it around their third month, but morning sickness can be felt in a more subtle form in the early stage of pregnancy. Despite its name, morning sickness can happen at any time of the day. It is the most classic early pregnancy sign – a clichéd symbol that is shown as the pregnancy symptoms in Hindi cinema (aka Bollywood) has been done to death! Throwing up or feeling nauseated because of certain food smell, perfumes or just anything, even at the sight of any particular food – this is what morning sickness is all about. Gynecologists attribute this to high levels of progesterone and HCG ( Human Chorionic Gonadotropin). These hormones are detected in early pregnancy. HCG is produced by the placenta after implantation. Progesterone is associated with fertility health. An increase in the levels of both these hormones makes one feel nauseated and sick.
3. Cramps and Backaches – a PMS Symptom or Pregnancy Sign?
This was a constant problem during both my pregnancies from the start. But during the first time, since I wasn’t aware this could be one of the signs, I constantly worried about a miscarriage till the fifth month. But that’s not the case. Cramps and backaches are caused by hormonal changes during early pregnancy. It is also because of the growing uterus. Cramps are triggered by implantation when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall.
4. Unusually Tired?
If you are not the type to tire out easily and feel sleepy suddenly during the day, then, knock, knock, it could be some good news.
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The rise in the progesterone levels leads to a rise in basal body temperature. Basal body temperature is the lowest body temperature attained while resting. A rise in this causes tiredness and fatigue. Gynecologists also attribute this to a rise in the heart rate, as it has to supply extra oxygen to the expanding uterus.
5. Implantation bleeding
Implantation bleeding is different from menstrual bleeding. And since I didn’t know the difference, I mistook it for miscarriage during my second pregnancy. A rushed and extremely emotional visit to the radiologist quelled my fear. It was just an implantation bleeding. I was told when the fertilized egg implants into the lining of the uterus about 6-12 days after conception, some bleeding is possible. So if you experience some kind of bleeding during early pregnancy, do not panic. But it is also a good idea to visit your gynecologist to rule out any other problem.
The signs during early pregnancy can vary from person to person. The best way is to understand your body and go with what it tells you. And once you confirm the good news that you have been waiting for, using an online pregnancy due to date calculator will keep you updated.
by Tasneem Dhinojwala