Signs of pregnancy
Signs of pregnancy - How to identify them?

Feeling nauseous? Thinking you might be pregnant? Or is it the bad casserole you had for dinner last night? We can never be too sure until the pregnancy test says so!

Since pregnancy signs are analogous to those caused by stress or a bad meal, it is common to assume one as the other. These signs and symptoms are brought about by a variety of hormones, two of the commonly known being progesterone and oxytocin.

Early signs of pregnancy differ from those of later stages but how to identify them? Ignorance during your possibly first trimester can potentially result in a multitude of problems later on. One of these includes the absence of folic acid in your diet which is a crucial element at the start of pregnancy, essential for the brain development of your baby.

To identify the major signs of pregnancy, keep reading the article below! 

What are the signs of pregnancy? 

Although the signs start showing before the red flag i.e the missed period, people generally do not catch up until much later. The signs of pregnancy include the following:

  1. Missed period
  2. Nausea with/without vomiting
  3. Bloating
  4. Constipation
  5. Light spotting and cramping
  6. Fatigue
  7. Breast tenderness and enlargement
  8. Food aversions
  9. Frequent urination
  10. Mood swings

How to identify these signs?

Many of these signs are everyday problems. For instance, hormonal fluctuation and intense physical activity can result in irregular periods. Food aversions are also a consequence of depression and stress. Frequent urination can be due to too much water intake while constipation is a daily issue of more than 79% of women in comparison to the opposite gender.

With such a confusing dilemma on hand, how is one supposed to know whether they’re pregnant or not? To identify the signs of pregnancy, read on below.

  1. Missed period

A missed period is the first stepping stone of the path to pregnancy. But beware, if you do experience hormonal fluctuations often or are an athlete, you might want to take the test instantly when in doubt.

  1. Nausea with/without vomiting

Nausea accompanies every single illness. Mostly foodborne diseases result in nausea or vomiting but your nausea takes the form of morning sickness, you are in for a test.

  1. Bloating

Bloating of the face is normal in the morning while slight bloating of the stomach at night is a common sign of a healthy individual. If you’re experiencing bloating around the clock, you might just be pregnant.

  1. Constipation

For people like me, constipation is an illness accompanying us 24/7. If you’re experiencing a few of the other symptoms on the list along with constipation, it might be time to take the test.

  1. Light spotting and cramping

Since you’re not on your period and might not be around your menopause, spotting and cramping isn’t a common symptom of any condition. So if you’re experiencing both at the same time while you’ve missed your period, it is a sign of pregnancy.

Conclusion

Other symptoms include fatigue, breast tenderness and enlargement, food aversions, frequent urination, and mood swings. All of these, along with the symptoms mentioned above, are sure signs of pregnancy. At a glance, all these signs of pregnancy surely do make it seem like a hefty job. For all the mothers-to-be out there, good luck!