My mother knew I was pregnant twice before I found out. These are the subtle little things she swore were the signs that I was pregnant. The development of new tastes for certain foods and the way my hips looked.
Waiting for their periods is the most common way women know if they are pregnant or not. The moment a woman conceives, her body begins to work so that it is ready for the baby that will develop in its mother’s womb for 40 weeks.
During all the changes that occur inside, the body releases the signs of a pregnancy through changes that are sometimes confused with a flu or just fatigue. Here are 14 signs that will let you know if you are pregnant.
1. A woman’s hormone levels increase during pregnancy. Especially the levels of estrogen and progesterone increase.
The increase in these two hormones decreases or completely stops menstrual bleeding.
2. Vomiting during pregnancy does not occur only in the morning
This may be the reason why most people confuse morning sickness with food poisoning or a stomach bug. Pregnancy causes hormone levels to slow down digestion.
3. Your vagina feels swollen and sensitive
You produce much more cervical mucus. The milky white discharge will also be thicker than usual. This is due to an increase in progesterone levels.
4. Most women believe that their breasts are sensitive during period, it is nothing compared to what one feels during pregnancy.
Hormones not only make the breasts bigger, but they are also sensitive to touch. Be prepared for your breasts to continue growing throughout pregnancy.
5. You feel as if you had menstrual cramps, but it is not yet your period date.
When the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus, implantation bleeding occurs accompanied by cramps. This should last only a few days.
6. You will go to the restroom very often!
Whether at night or during the day the restroom will be the most visited room in the house. The body produces more blood, which makes the kidneys work diligently to filter the blood. As a result, the bladder fills up permanently.
7. You can fall asleep anywhere and at any time.
8. You are constipated and your diet has not changed much.
Increased progesterone levels slow down the digestion of food. This makes the going to the bathroom really uncomfortable and sometimes painful for some women. Adding much more fiber to your diet can be of a great help.
9. You are hungry in the middle of the night.
You definitely develop a voracious appetite for certain types of foods such as desserts.
10. Those delicious pastas you loved last week, suddenly make you sick.
Although doctors are not 100% sure of what causes an aversion to certain odors, it is thought to be due to high levels of progesterone. Most women feel better by the second trimester. For others, aversion to certain odors lasts throughout pregnancy.
11. A note or even a conversation will make you cry like a child, do not worry, this is quite normal.
12. Feeling dizzy, but you are standing.
In the first trimester, dizziness is caused by low blood pressure. Progesterone causes relaxation of blood vessels, so blood circulation is slower.
13. A small dark line appears from the lower abdomen to the pubic region.
14. The hormone progesterone relaxes the muscles during pregnancy.
This includes the valve in the stomach, which keeps the acid away from the esophagus. As the baby grows, it is pushed on the stomach, so the acid can go to the esophagus. Contrary to popular belief, this is not why a baby will be born with hair.