Are you wondering if you could be unexpectedly pregnant? If so, you know all too well the incredibly stressful feelings that accompany the worry. Even so, you are also probably on high alert about every suspected pregnancy symptom. Take a deep breath and allow us to help you take it one step at a time.
Other Common Pregnancy Symptoms
Although every woman experiences different combinations of symptoms, you may notice one or several of these other common pregnancy symptoms.
- Physical or Visible Symptoms
Mild Cramping: It is normal to experience cramps in early pregnancy. You might feel like you are about to get your period at any moment because it seems like you have menstrual cramps. Normal pregnancy cramps can be caused by implantation, a growing uterus, dehydration, or constipation.
Breast Tenderness and Swelling: It might be typical for your breasts to be sore right before your period. Pregnancy hormones cause breasts to retain fluid, so if you are pregnant, you might experience fullness and tingling along with more sensitivity than you would with PMS symptoms.
Nausea (with or without Vomiting): Although nausea in pregnancy is often called “morning sickness,” you can experience it any time of the day or night. Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy are caused by rising pregnancy hormones and usually subsides after the first trimester.
Dizziness: Some women feel faint or dizzy in early pregnancy due to lower blood pressure.
- Emotional or Hormonal Symptoms
Mood Changes: Mood swings often accompany pregnancy. If you are feeling weepy or more emotional than usual, it could be a sign of pregnancy.
Aversion to Odors: Are you suddenly sensitive to smells that you usually do not notice? If so, it could be due to the pregnancy hormones that also cause nausea.
Headaches: Many women experience headache pain in early pregnancy. Lower blood sugar, higher blood volume, and hormonal changes can all contribute to headaches in early pregnancy.
- Gastrointestinal and Digestive Symptoms
Frequent Urination: The pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), increases blood flow to your kidneys. This can cause your kidneys to produce about 25% more urine and keep you endlessly looking for a bathroom in early pregnancy.
Constipation: Increased progesterone can cause your digestive system to slow down, resulting in constipation and bloating.
Heartburn: Heartburn is another early symptom of pregnancy. Increased hormone levels cause the valve between your stomach and esophagus to relax, allowing stomach acid to enter the esophagus, creating a burning sensation.