The female body is a miracle of nature. Each and every part is so complex and precise that every function can be carried out with such ease. Pregnancy is one of the main biological functions of the female species in order to carry on the human race. Pregnancy is getting easier to manage as time passes due to the advancement of technology in the medical fields.
Earlier even pregnancy detection was so difficult and women only discovered this fact after they had skipped a few periods. Awareness about the signs and symptoms of pregnancy was very low. These days all it takes is a simple home pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy and that too in a couple of minutes. But a home kit can only positively confirm your pregnancy after a certain time has elapsed.
The test is accurate after the first day of your expected period. So, in effect, you will only find out you are pregnant one day after your period has been missed. This could be almost 4 weeks after the actual conception happened. The embryo could be almost a month old by now. But as mentioned above, the magic of the female body is that it starts giving us signs much before any other test can determine the pregnancy. It is important for us to be aware of these signs in order to recognise them correctly.
Signs of Pregnancy Before a Missed Period
Here is a list of common signs of pregnancy before you miss your period.
1. Breast Changes
The breasts are instrumental in the nourishment of the infant after birth. They start changing the moment you conceive. The expectant mother will notice that they seem much bigger in size than before as well as swollen. The nipples also seem to spread out and become dark brown or dark pink. The milk ducts may even start producing small quantities of milk that may be discharged occasionally.
Spotting or very light bleeding is a sign of implantation of the embryo in the uterus. This will usually occur anywhere between 8 and 15 days after actual conception.
The woman may experience pain in different areas of the body in early pregnancy. Pain in the lower abdomen can be a sign of implantation as well as of the uterus stretching to accommodate the foetus. You may also have an ache in the lower back due to muscle strain. Headaches are also very common during the first few weeks of pregnancy.
As the baby’s needs grow, your body has to work much harder than before to provide for them. This puts a strain on the body and its resources. As a result, you may feel tired and fatigued all the time. Some women also complain of constant sleepiness especially during the daytime. It is best to take as much rest as possible during this time.
The body retains more water than normal in order to provide for the baby’s needs. This can result in mild to severe swelling in your ankles, wrists, fingers, toes and knees.