Usually, most women learn that they are pregnant through a pregnancy symptom, the most notable of which is a missed or delayed period. Many other symptoms pop along throughout the pregnancy. In fact, it is possible to mistake some symptoms for issues other than pregnancy.
Is It A Pregnancy Symptom?
Is It Pregnancy or PMS
Some PMS symptoms can easily fool you into thinking that you are pregnant when you are not. For instance, a delay in getting your period can make you think you are pregnant. Unfortunately, the differences between the two can be quite subtle, making it hard to tell which is which. For instance, breast changes and cramps is something that accompanies menstruation in quite a number of women. These exact same signs also accompany early pregnancy.
Bleeding that often occurs during PMS can also be mistaken for spotting that happens soon after conception. However, with PMS, the flow is noticeably heavier than is the case with PMS. Fortunately, additional signs such as nausea, headaches, and other signs you might consider unusual to your PMS could mean that you are pregnant and not just PMSing. Here are some of these signs.
First Signs Of Pregnancy
For about 30% of women, a missed period is the first pregnancy symptom they experience. However, there are other reasons you could miss your period. So, missing a period is not a surefire sign that you are pregnant.
Other women feel nauseous, and this is the first sign of pregnancy they experience. In fact, a considerable 25% of women experience nausea as their first pregnancy sign. As with a missed period, experiencing nausea does not automatically means you are pregnant, and only a pregnancy test can confirm that you are indeed pregnant.
A number of women also experience a change in their breasts as the first sign of their pregnancy. In this case, the breasts may become tender or swollen as soon after a week or two from conception. Other early pregnancy signs that may make you aware of your pregnancy include fatigue, weakness, headaches, frequent urination, bloating, backaches, and morning sickness.
Spotting, which can happen 6 to 12 days after conception can also occur as an early pregnancy sign. Sometimes spotting is accompanied by cramping, similar to what you experience during menstruation.
Later Signs Of Pregnancy
When you are further along in your pregnancy, new symptoms will keep coming up that may be the directly result of your pregnancy. For instance, food cravings and aversion is a common pregnancy symptom that may last throughout your pregnancy once it emerges. At this time, you might also find music to be a little more stimulating than usual, and the feelings you get from it may be substantially pronounced and even cause you to experience a rise in blood pressure.
Another pregnancy sign that comes later on in your pregnancy is mood swings, but this can also be the result of PMS. However, some signs experienced early in the pregnancy may still persist to this point in time, particularly frequent urination, aching breasts, morning sickness, temperature changes, nausea, fatigue, and bloating. These signs peak at around 6 weeks, when the embryo is in on one of its most critical stage of development.
Two months into the pregnancy, other signs emerge as the infant’s development progresses. Weight gain is usually one of the most obvious signs. Other signs include a faster and harder pumping of the heart. Some symptoms experienced earlier in the pregnancy will also persist at this point in time. You may also experience shortness of breath when you exert yourself physically.
As the pregnancy reaches its eleventh week, new signs can come up in addition to some of the existing signs. These include breast growth and a darkening and areola. Acne may also break out at this time. You will also find yourself having to eat more to keep the more developed fetus properly nourished.
Three months after getting pregnant, you will begin to have the famous “glow” associated with pregnancy. This is caused by an increase in oil in your body and increased blood in your vessels, which results in a glossy, “glowing” appearance. Your morning sickness may also decline at this point.
Some pregnancy signs, especially early in the pregnancy, can be mistaken for PMS. However, there are subtle differences that can tell you right away you are pregnant instead – you just have to be on the look out. Later on in the pregnancy, the symptoms occur in concert and make more apparent that you are pregnant.