If you have missed a period, your first inclination is you are pregnant. You may be right, but there are some additional symptoms to keep an eye out for. The following are some common and some less common signs of pregnancy you should watch for to know if you may be expecting:
You Missed a Period
One of the first tell-tale signs of pregnancy is a missed period. Keep in mind that just because you missed a period does not necessarily mean you are pregnant, but it is something you need to be mindful of, especially combined with other symptoms. If you have gone a week or more without your period during your menstrual cycle, you may want to think about getting a pregnancy test.
You Have Bouts of Extreme Fatigue
If you have sudden onset of fatigue, it could be an early symptom of pregnancy. The first trimester of pregnancy often causes extreme sleepiness. It is believed that the sudden increase in progesterone and other hormone levels play a role in fatigue. As you move along in pregnancy, you will experience less fatigue until you get toward the end.
Your Breast Are Very Tender
Some women will notice some tenderness in the breast tissue once they get pregnant. This discomfort is largely due to the surge of hormones. Over time, the soreness will begin to decrease.
You Feel a Sudden Need to Urinate
You might also notice a more frequent need to urinate in the earlier stages of pregnancy. The main reason for increased urination is the increased level of blood supply in your body. Your kidneys will have to process the additional fluid in the bladder from the increased blood supply.
You May Experience Nausea
Another common symptom of pregnancy is nausea. You may experience nausea with or without vomiting. Many women actually never experience any nausea. The nausea is due to the major hormonal shift as they change throughout the pregnancy.
You Might Notice Spotting
Spotting, known as implantation bleeding, can be a sign of pregnancy. Any type of bleeding can be alarming if you think you may be pregnant. However, small spotting of blood may just be the embryo implanting into the uterus. This is normal and not a problem with the pregnancy.
You Can Get Headaches
Headaches are another less common symptom of pregnancy. You may also experience dizziness alongside headaches. This is common for some women in the early part of pregnancy.
Consult with your OBGYN to find out more about the signs of pregnancy.