A missed period is an obvious sign of pregnancy. However, it is not the only sign of pregnancy. In fact, there are other uncommon signs of pregnancy that you may experience before a missed period.
Although a pregnancy test is the most effective way to confirm a pregnancy, a number of other uncommon signs can also be used to detect pregnancy. Nevertheless, most mums-to-be fail to recognize these signs.
What are these uncommon signs of pregnancy? How can you identify them?
Read on to find out!
The Uncommon Pregnancy Symptoms
Nausea is a very common symptom of pregnancy, which is often called morning sickness. Most women begin to feel nauseous a few days after conception.
Furthermore, studies show that this uneasy symptom is due to rising estrogen and progesterone (pregnancy hormone) levels.
2. Tender Breasts & Darkened Areolas
The areaola is the darker skin surrounding the base of your nipple. Tender, heavy and sore breasts and darkened areolas are noticeable about a week before the missed period. Due to the rising estrogen levels, some women feel sore in their breast. Their nipples begin to look darker, feel tingly, itchy or prickly.
In some cases, this symptom remains long after a missed period.
3. Food Cravings & Aversions
Another telltale sign of pregnancy is food cravings or weird food aversions. Imagine waking up at 2am and desperately wanting a bowl of hot pounded yam and egusi soup.
Well, you just might be pregnant. In fact, some women lose their appetites completely or become strangely selective in food options.
4. Mood Swings
An hormonal imbalance can affect the neural signaling process in the brain, leading to sudden and enhanced emotional outbursts. Interestingly, this can be an early symptom of pregnancy for most women.
If you don’t feel normal, take some time out to relax, speak to a friend. Experience some self-love; it’d help you respond properly to stressful situations. Please remember that more serious challenges with your mood in pregnancy need more attention. Please don’t ignore it.
Feeling dizzy and light headed is also one of the symptoms of early pregnancy before a missed period. This is because of the stretching of blood vessels which causes a reduction in blood pressure.
This symptom persists during the first trimester and gradually decrease in the remaining trimesters.
6. Metallic Taste in the Mouth
This is also known as dysgeusia. It is an awkward and strange taste in the mouth during pregnancy. This can be an early symptom of pregnancy which may persist all through pregnancy in some women.
7. Elevated Basal Body Temperature
The body basal temperature increases during ovulation and then returns back to normal. But in early pregnancy, it stays elevated.
This is due to the high hormone levels during pregnancy. If your basal body temperature remains high for 18-20 days after ovulation, then, you’re probably pregnant.
8. Fatigue & Exhaustion
Changes in hormonal levels can make one feel tired and exhausted.
This makes most women sleep more in the early days of pregnancy. In addition, its normal to feel tired and sleepy after doing a few chores while pregnant.
You can relieve fatigue and exhaustion by eating a healthy diet rich in minerals, iron, vitamin and plenty fluid. Read more about tips for fatigue during pregnancy here.
9. Increased Urge To Pee
This is also an obvious sign of pregnancy before a missed period and it increases as pregnancy progresses. The changing hormones and extra blood being produced results in an increased frequency of urination.
10. Sensitivity To Smell
There is an increased sensitivity to smell in early pregnancy due to increased level of oestrogen. It occurs in the weeks following conception.
When Do These Symptoms Start?
Everything varies from woman to woman.
In most cases, some of these symptoms begin to surface on the 7th to 10th day after conception. On the other hand, some of the other symptoms may take weeks to turn up.
Regardless of these telltale signs, a pregnancy test is the best way to confirm the possibility of a pregnancy. Whenever you think you’re pregnant, there are a number of easy and reliable ways to get tested.
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