For some, it can be a random wave of nausea. Others may develop a superhuman sense of smell. Then there’s those that swear that they “just knew”. All bodies are unique and react differently to the rising hormones from pregnancy. While there are also those that may go their entire pregnancy blissfully unaware, thankfully over 99% of those expecting realize and prepare for their pregnancy.
Common noticeable pregnancy symptoms include nausea, heightened sense of smell, tender breasts, food aversions, increased urination, and fatigue. There are also frequently unnoticed early pregnancy symptoms like congestion, bloating, and cramping. The most common first pregnancy symptom is the obvious: a missed menstrual period. If you are sexually active, have a regular cycle, and have missed an expected period, you just may be pregnant. However, if you have an irregular menstrual cycle this may not be a pregnancy symptom.
The easiest way to determine if you are pregnant or not is to buy an over-the-counter pregnancy test. You can also visit your Ob/Gyn and have them complete a pregnancy test if you prefer. However, most pregnancy tests are inaccurate until around the time of your next scheduled period. That is because until then the amount of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) in your body is too small to be picked up. So, if you are trying to conceive and waiting for results, you may have to be patient!
While some pregnant women experience a multitude of new symptoms after conception, others may only have mild, unnoticeable symptoms. As with everything in life, being pregnant is different for everybody. If you ever have a suspicion that you may be pregnant, don’t rely on symptoms alone. Confirm any suspected pregnancies with a doctor to ensure proper care. It is always important to take care of yourself!