Some signs and symptoms of
Monthly periods are missed, which is the most common sign. But, it can be due to hormonal imbalances as well. It needs to be validated with other indications.
It is one of the early signs. Breasts begin to swell in the first or second week, following conception. There may be enlargement in size, tenderness and soreness.
This is another common sign that occurs between two to eight weeks of the first trimester. In some women, it eventually goes away after a few months. Others may suffer throughout the term. It can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
Constipation or heartburn
One or both the problems may occur at an earlier level and stay till the baby is delivered. Since, there is an increased hormonal level, digestion and bowel function slows down. It allows blood to absorb as much vitamins and minerals as it possibly can. This slow process causes the secretion of more gastric acid, which gives a burning sensation.
Pain in head and back
Headache can be the result of a sudden rise of hormonal level in the body. Lower backache can also persist during all three stages.
A feeling of increased tiredness will start in the first week of stage one. But remember, fatigue is also felt during stress, depression, illness, cold or flu. So be clear about the actual cause behind it.
Changes in food preferences
Many women unexpectedly start having a craving for certain foods, such as ice cream or pickled veggies. They don’t like having these in normal days. But, during this phase, they develop liking for some foods. Similarly, they may be averted towards those edibles, which they previously used to enjoy.
Intolerance to aromas
A pleasant aroma can cause nausea and irritation. Even the fragrance of a favorite perfume can be annoying. This is caused by estrogen, the hormone actively working in pregnant women.
Fetal heart beat
Mood swings, irritability, stretch marks, bloated abdomen, weight gain and changes in the skin are some other signs.