Carrying a child is not just a task. When you think about it, it is actually quite special for your body to prepare itself in such a short time to allow a baby to grow in your belly. That cannot happen unnoticed; the processes that play a role here naturally also affect your body in other ways. Conceptual image of pregnant belly with painted clock Conceptual image of pregnant belly with painted clock These are exactly the signs by which you can recognize a pregnancy. Getting pregnant is mainly due to changes in your hormone balance and energy levels. You will of course not only notice these changes in pregnancy, but also in other ways. They can be different for every woman; that is why we list here the most common symptoms of pregnancy. I would like to give you a short ‘warning’: you must have several of these signs to possibly be able to say that you are pregnant. In addition, they give no guarantee of pregnancy; it may just be that you recognize 4 of these symptoms because you just have the flu. Therefore, check first if you have these symptoms and do than just to be sure a pregnancy. Only then will you know for sure if you are pregnant! cervical mucus early pregnancy pictures
This is one of the most common signs of pregnancy. Most women notice it mainly in the morning, but it can also happen at a different time during the day: nausea . This nausea is most likely caused by certain hormones that work during your pregnancy. Why are many women nauseous, especially in the morning? Simple: then you still have an empty stomach. On an empty stomach you are more nauseous than on a full stomach. If you suffer from (morning) nausea, it is therefore important to keep eating and drinking, even though you may not feel like it. Start in the morning with a light breakfast, such as a cracker with tea. Do not skip your breakfast, because then the nausea may get worse. Preferably eat smaller meals spread throughout the day. Try to avoid acid, spicy, fatty and heavy food – these actually promote nausea. Also keep drinking enough!
Larger and / or sensitive breasts
When you give birth, your body must be ready to breastfeed. It prepares for that during your pregnancy and you notice it: your breasts are a lot more sensitive and usually also larger . Your breasts can feel very tense and it is not pleasant to touch them, even if you do it yourself. You can also see it on your nipples: they are often a bit darker. This is of course annoying, because it not only hurts, but you also have to buy larger bras! By the way, there are also women who have larger breasts before every period, so this is not a decisive symptom for them. Women who normally do not have larger breasts for a menstrual period will also notice it faster when they are pregnant.
Slight blood loss after implantation
The implantation implies that the fertilized egg is taken up in the womb wall, where it will grow into an embryo. Slight bleeding sometimes occurs during implantation, about eleven to thirteen days after conception. This blood is usually pink in color, mixed with some mucus. However, the blood loss can also consist of a few drops of bright red blood, or just a little browner blood. Some women do not even experience blood loss after implantation! You already understand that this symptom for pregnancy is somewhat vague and is not the same for every woman. In addition, you naturally also lose blood if you are menstruating; however, that is a lot more than with implantation. You can clearly notice the difference between them.
symptoms4Growing a baby in your belly takes a lot of energy, you can understand that. It is therefore not surprising that you can suffer from fatigue during your pregnancy. Especially the start of pregnancy takes a heavy toll on your body. You may notice that you are going to eat more to meet the energy needs of your body, and that you are rather tired. Fatigue is of course a very common symptom. It may mean that you are not getting enough energy, that you have just had a hard day – or that you are pregnant. Keep an eye on it; if you are tired for several weeks in a row, especially at the end of the afternoon, you may be pregnant. This fatigue mainly occurs during the first three months of pregnancy. After that it usually goes away again. Make sure that you continue to take it easy, because a pregnancy remains demanding of your body and you should not force it too much. Take care of yourself!
A pregnancy not only costs energy, but more nutrients must also be supplied. You actually eat and drink literally for two! Okay, one of those two might be an unborn baby, but still. There is more blood going through your body, because your baby also needs to keep its blood circulation, and nutrients in liquid form go through the umbilical cord to the baby. Those nutrients go somewhere, but some of them have to get out again. In short: your kidneys have more fluids to process. That means that you have to go to the bathroom more often, because your bladder is full faster. You notice this, again, especially in the beginning of pregnancy. Do you often have the feeling that you have to go to the bathroom, but once you are in the bathroom you don’t actually have to pee? Then it can also be very good that you are pregnant! Because the baby grows in your womb, the womb sometimes presses against the bladder . You can get the feeling that you have to pee while this is actually not the case.
Discoloration of the areola
We already mentioned it briefly with the symptom of sensitive breasts: the nipples can also discolor. They become darker during your pregnancy . You may wonder, why is that? There is a fairly simple explanation for that: they are easier to find for your baby. Babies cannot see very well at all, and the dark nipples are more in contrast to your breasts. In addition, there may also be some more bumps on your nipples. These are glands that produce a type of fat. This way your nipples stay flexible and are protected against bacteria. Moreover, they release a certain odor, so your baby can quickly recognize the nipples.
Sensitive lower abdomen
I’ve already talked about your uterus growing, which puts more pressure on your bladder. However, this is not the only consequence of the growing uterus . You also get a sensitive lower abdomen. Touching your lower abdomen is more sensitive than before and it also hurts faster if something stings your stomach. Again, only a sensitive lower abdomen does not mean anything. Only if you recognize this symptom in combination with other symptoms from the list, there is a chance that you are pregnant. There are of course many other possibilities for the development of a sensitive belly without involving a pregnancy.
You are overdue
This is probably the first symptom that causes the alarm bells to ring at you: you are overtime ! In other words, your period will not come on. It is logical that this happens, because during pregnancy a egg is fertilized and starts implanting in the womb. The womb lining will then be maintained and will not be shed, as is normally the case with a menstrual period. Watch out! Being a few days late does not mean that you are pregnant right away. Even if you have a regular cycle (every time after almost the same number of days of menstruating) it is possible that your period will not be available for a few days. Then don’t panic right away, just wait a while. If you are more than 2 weeks late, take a look at the other symptoms. Some women have an irregular menstrual cycle ; they never know exactly when they will start menstruating again. It is therefore difficult for them to indicate whether they are overdue. If you have an irregular cycle, this pregnancy symptom means relatively little. See if you recognize other symptoms from the list if you think you are pregnant.
More vaginal discharge
Do you recognize it, discharge from the vagina? We do not mean urine, but fluid and mucus from the wall of the vagina and cervix. You can feel this discharge yourself by putting your fingers in your vagina. Normally the mucus is liquid, slightly slimy and translucent white in color. A small bleeding may occur just after implantation, as we discussed in the third symptom. Your vaginal discharge may then increase somewhat and be temporarily pink to brown in color. During pregnancy you may suffer from more vaginal excretion. The mucus is thinner and waterier, this continues to increase during your pregnancy. As your birth gets closer, you can also suffer from a lot of vaginal discharge. You must then be careful that it is not amniotic fluid that you lose. How do you recognize the difference? Amniotic fluid is clear, colorless (like water) and smells a little sweet. Separation always remains a bit whitish, slimy and does not smell strong.
Constipation or bloating
symptomatic hormones that are produced during pregnancy have an effect everywhere in your body. This also applies to your digestive system . The large amount of hormones in your body can cause the intestines to expand and upset your stomach. This is one of the reasons that you can feel nauseous, but also that you may suffer from blockage or bloating. You guessed it: this too is not such a unique symptom as being overtime or having larger breasts. Constipation can have all kinds of causes, including stress . It has happened more than once that women very much wanted to become pregnant and therefore experience stress. This allowed their intestines to play up, which the women recognized as a symptom of pregnancy, while they were not at all pregnant! You can mainly reduce blockage and bloating during pregnancy through your diet. Eat healthy and varied anyway, that is the basis of a healthy body. In addition, start each day with breakfast, eat a lot of fiber, drink at least 2 liters of water a day and eat well spread throughout the day. That way you keep your digestive system happiest!
As your uterus grows, not only your bladder and abdomen come under pressure, but also your stomach . The consequence of this is that you may suffer from rising or burning heartburn. You can experience this as a burning sensation in the esophagus, nausea, many farmers or chest pains. Very annoying symptoms, but what can you do about it? The same rules apply as for constipation and nausea. Most of it is in your diet , which, as stated, must be varied and spread throughout the day. Choose more small meals during the day than one or two large ones. Also, do not take a nap after eating, because lying horizontally makes it easier for the stomach acid to enter the esophagus. What else should you avoid? Fat and spicy food can irritate the stomach, just like too much dairy. Drinking a lot is good, but take it easy with coffee and alcohol. Caffeine and alcohol can also have an irritating effect. The sour citrus fruits are also not a good friend of your heartburn.