You may notice the early signs of pregnancy as little as within one week of conception. Most early pregnancy symptoms occur within the first four weeks and may include:
- A late period
- Slight bleeding or cramping as the embryo implants in your uterus (implantation bleeding)
- Tender breasts that seem to be growing already!
- Extreme tiredness… yes, it might not just be too many late nights, after all!
- Nausea or sickness can start very early for some women – a common early sign of pregnancy will be morning sickness. This will usually start when you’re around six weeks pregnant. It might just be nausea but can also include vomiting and despite its name, can happen at any time day or night.
- Needing to have a wee more often – when you become pregnant, an early sign may the need to wee more. This is down to a combination of pregnancy hormones, a larger volume of blood in your system and your kidneys working harder
- Headaches – You may experience headaches in the early stages of pregnancy. This is due to the sudden rise of hormones in your body as it adjusts to being pregnant
- Darkening of the skin around your nipples – another common early sign of pregnancy will be the skin around your nipples (the areolas) getting darker. You may also find the nipples become erect and the bumps around your nipples more pronounced.
- Food cravings or aversions – It’s possible you might be put off by certain foods, especially if you’re experiencing nausea from morning sickness too! However you may also find that you develop cravings for certain foods (and perhaps strange ones!) from an very early stage of your pregnancy
If you suspect that you are pregnant, then I would advice that you do a pregnancy test.It takes two weeks from when you conceive for the pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) to show in your urine, so try not to test too early. It’s possible that your first test might be a negative but if you’re displaying the common early signs of pregnancy and you’re period hasn’t arrived, you should re-test a few days later to confirm.
It’s surprisingly common to have ‘break-though’ bleeding or ‘implantation’ bleeding during the first few months of pregnancy. It’s thought this could be due to the egg implanting in your uterus or the hormones that regulate your period being higher. It even means some people don’t realise they’re pregnant for a while. Always, get it checked out though, to make sure there isn’t a problem.
A few awesome tips at this point.
- Alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix so please stay off completely from it.
- Start taking folic acid from now on.
- You might want to hold back a bit from sharing the good news with your loved ones atleast until the first scan at 12 weeks.
- Join a circle of mums, they always make it easier for you and are always helpful with advice especially since you are a young mother.