What to Expect When You’re Expecting

How soon can you know if you are having a baby? Early signs of pregnancy appear in the first several weeks after conception. Apart from a missed period and frequent urination, the earliest symptoms may include the following:

Tender and swollen breasts

Hormonal changes may cause your breasts to be sore or sensitive. They may also feel a bit fuller and heavier than usual. The feeling of soreness and swelling is similar to how your breasts feel before having your period, although much more exaggerated. This discomfort should lessen considerably after the first trimester, when your body adjusts to the changes in your hormones.

Nausea and vomiting

Commonly referred to as morning sickness, this sometimes starts as early as three weeks after you have conceived and will continue well up to the first few weeks of the second trimester. The cause of nausea during the pregnancy period isn’t really clear, although pregnancy hormones most likely cause it. To balance the hormones, many pregnant women try treatments such as acupuncture for morning sickness.

Fatigue

Fatigue ranks high among the early signs of pregnancy. During the first trimester, most of your energy is spent on building the life-support system for the little one growing inside you. This will make you feel extra tired. At this time, levels of progesterone also increase, making you feel sleepy most of the day.

Aversions or cravings for certain food

Part of the signs of being pregnant is finding yourself disliking certain foods. On the other hand, food cravings are pretty common as well. As with other pregnancy symptoms, these odd food preferences are caused by hormonal changes.

If you miss your period or notice any of the signs on these lists, take a home pregnancy test. If the result comes out positive, make an appointment with a health care provider to begin your prenatal care.