What most women take as a first sign of early pregnancy is a missed period but truthfully, there are a few other signs that can be detected earlier than a missed period that could mean you’re pregnant. Keep in mind that these symptoms are generally counted on as reliable indicators of pregnancy but are in no way a guarantee—it’s always best to get tested by your physician. So what are some very early pregnancy signs and symptoms?
Especially if they’ve been trying to conceive, women can become understandably obsessed with recognizing early pregnancy signs and symptoms. We all know that you wait until you’ve missed a period, take a test, and you will know for sure. But what about the other little signs that women seem to know, but the books rarely mention? They are called ‘soft signs of pregnancy’ or ‘signs of implantation’ and are hardly discussed. Once, when I was a week late, somebody asked me – do you feel pregnant? Pardon? Feel?
Some scientists say that implantation is when and where pregnancy begins. What is implantation and are there any common signs of implantation? Implantation occurs when the egg that has been fertilized by the sperm attaches to the inner wall of the uterus about 7-9 days after conception. Having traveled down the fallopian tube and divided several times, the fertilized zygote has reached its final destination in the warm and nourishing uterine lining. Now it can receive the oxygen and nutrients from mom to begin to grow and develop into the beautiful baby it will become. Implantation must occur for pregnancy to continue.
Oh dear. Spotting before your period – what does it mean? Your period is not due for at least another week, but you have found a little blood or pink or brown discharge that isn’t followed by normal flow bleeding. This is spotting and tends to always lead to your heart skipping a beat.
We’re quite sure that every woman who has ever had sex has wondered why her period may be late. The most obvious reason, of course, is that you are pregnant. But before you start shopping for strollers, remember that a woman’s body is affected by many things. A few of these (in no particular order) are included below. Have you had regular cycles or are you worried every month? Tell us your stories in the comments section – sharing helps all of our readers. And here our our top reasons your period might be late:
2. Dietary changes
3. Changes in exercise levels
4. Lack of sleep
5. Resumption of menstruation after a time without
6. Inconsistency or a change in birth control
7. Intense emotion – death in the family, or falling in love
8. Jetlag, time changes or a change in schedule
10. Changes in medications
11. Being under or overweight
14. Pregnancy, baby.
In case you are still unsure, you can see also our very early signs of pregnancy and take a test. Trust your body. You know it better than anyone. Our ovulation predictor may also be helpful. Good luck, and you’d better take some folic acid, just in case.
– Jill Amery just loves it when her period is late. It sets the imagination aflutter.
Q – I just discovered I’m pregnant and I’m thrilled. I am about 5 weeks pregnant and this morning when I went to the bathroom I found a few tiny spots of blood. What does this mean? Am I still pregnant? Is something wrong?