Early symptoms of pregnancy

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Some of the common early symptoms of pregnancy

First Few Weeks:

In the early weeks before the missed period there may be no symptoms

Some women do experience symptoms before the missed period which may include

  • Bloating
  • Light spotting / like a very light period
  • Breast sensitivity or tenderness
  • Darkening of the areola
  • Fatigue
  • Heightened sensitivity to smells
  • Needing to urinate more frequently

Symptoms are more commonly experienced from around week 4, although not all women will experience them to the same degree. The symptoms below and the time scale are just a guide. This does vary from woman to woman.

From around week 4:

  • Missed period
  • Fatigue / extreme tiredness 
  • Nausea / sickness 
  • Morning sickness / vomiting 
  • Sensitivity to smells 
  • Distaste for certain foods
  • Sore, tingly, achy or swollen breasts 
  • Urinating more than usual 
  • Increased bloating 
  • Constipation 

From around week 5:

  • Motion / car sickness

From around week 6:

  • Mood swings / intense emotions and reactions 
  • Temperature changes / overheating 

From around week 8:

  • Higher blood pressure than usual
  • Dizziness 
  • Faster heartbeat / palpitations

From around week 9:

  • Extreme fatigue ( this can start earlier)
  • Heartburn

From around week 11:

  • Changes in the breasts or nipples
  • New acne 
  • Noticeable body changes / weight gain


References:

  1. Holland, K. (2018). Early Pregnancy Symptoms. [online] Healthline. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/early-symptoms-timeline#implantation-bleeding [Accessed 16 Mar. 2021].
  2. Amy,O’Connor (2021). Has Your Sense of Smell Gotten Stronger During Pregnancy? [online] What to Expect. Available at: https://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/symptoms-and-solutions/heightened-smell.aspx [Accessed 16 Mar. 2021].

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