Very few women can accurately confirm they are pregnant without a pregnancy test. However, for some, it takes a few pregnancies' experience to recognize the early signs of pregnancy. It is the same thing, as one would recognize when heading for a cold or any other common malady. While pregnancy symptoms are well known, each woman's pregnancy symptoms are an individual combination.
The early signs of pregnancy can be felt sometimes starting only a few days after ovulation. Sometimes it takes longer. There was an instance when a 42-year-old woman was admitted in emergency for acute stomachache; only to find out she was actually in labor. Since she was overweight, did not feel any pregnancy symptoms she never thought that she would be pregnant! This is a bit extreme, but it is a fact.
Normally, the earliest symptoms that herald a pregnancy are soreness of breasts and morning sickness; not necessarily in that order. The tenderness of breasts is acute and often painful due to the increasing amount of hCG hormone in the blood after conceiving. Morning sickness for many women starts somewhere after 2-4 weeks of missing a period and lasts for the whole first trimester. Actually, a woman might feel nauseous any time of day, and sometimes all the time of the day. Very few lucky ones feel no discomfort at all.
Other early signs of pregnancy include increased sensitivity to smell, aversion to certain foods that may include those which were previously favorites, irritability, fatigue, insomnia, frequent urination, light bleeding or spotting, headaches, tremendous mood swings, depression and so on.
Sensitivity to smell and aversion to foods stands next to breast tenderness, as an early pregnancy symptom. Many women get confirmed about their conceiving on finding that they cannot eat anymore their favorite foods. Nausea and vomiting early in the first trimester is also most common. Irritability starts by mid-first trimester and sometimes continues for the whole term. Mood swings from euphoria to total depression are also very common. Sometimes depression sets in, which needs to be recognized and treated medically. Mood swings helped by headaches, open the door to insomnia, which in turn completes the vicious circle in making the expectant mother irritable. Fatigue is usually common during the first and third trimesters, with a break during the second trimester.
Among the most dangerous pregnancy signs is dizziness and fainting spells that may occur in the first trimester. These may be due to inadequate or low sugar, due to erratic appetite. Anemia can also cause fainting during pregnancy and is dangerous if left untreated.
Not all the women experience the pregnancy symptoms described above. Some are lucky. Some feel good and glow throughout the pregnancy, while some experience all or some of the symptoms in varying degrees. It is important to recognize and treat each symptom carefully so the pregnancy can be a beautiful experience for the expecting mother.