Early signs of pregnancy
You might ask yourself, how will I notice and when will I start noticing signs of pregnancy?
Well, it’s possible to get the feeling that you’re pregnant shortly after you’ve conceived. You may experience signs of pregnancy as early as two weeks after conception. During the early stages of pregnancy, it is difficult to predict when and if you will notice changes in your body. Some symptoms may include tender breasts and tiredness, which are easy to confuse with symptoms of your period.
First signs of pregnancy
The first sign to look for is a prickling or tingling sensation in your breasts, specifically around the nipples. This occurs as a result of increased blood supply to the breasts, which is aided by pregnancy hormones. Additionally, you may notice tender breasts a week or so after conception, with your bra becoming slightly uncomfortable as a result.
Another sign to look for is the change in colour of your vulva or vagina. This can occur as early as four weeks into your pregnancy. Your vulva and vagina are usually pink in colour, but during pregnancy, this changes to a dark purplish-red as your pregnancy progresses. This occurs as a result of an increased blood supply to the tissues in this area. It is also possible that you will notice changes to your vaginal discharge at this early stage.
When it comes to morning sickness and cravings, this can occur within two weeks of conception. Morning sickness can begin two weeks after conception, with a feeling of nausea occurring at any time of the day or night. Morning sickness is suggested to occur as a result of the increase in pregnancy hormones human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) and oestrogen. In terms of food cravings, you are likely to experience a change in your appetite. You may notice a metallic taste in your mouth and be extra sensitive to the smells of food or cooking. This is attributed to the pregnancy hormone progesterone, which may make you feel hungrier during pregnancy. It is also common to have a loss in appetite, especially if you suffer from morning sickness. Although you may crave some foods, you may begin to dislike particular smells and tastes, such as coffee, tea, alcohol, spicy or fried foods and eggs.
Another key indicator of pregnancy is a change in energy levels. During early pregnancy, you may begin to feel increasingly tired, weepy and emotional, while at other times elated. Fatigue, although not a sure-fire symptom, goes in hand with morning sickness.
How early can you take a pregnancy test
Highly sensitive home pregnancy tests can detect low levels of pregnancy hormones as early as four days before your period is due, or within seven days of conception. Home pregnancy tests will give you the most accurate result if you test no earlier than the time when your period is normally due. However, it must be noted that the most reliable sign of pregnancy is a missed period.
Obstetrician Gold Coast
Your pregnancy journey is one of the most important times of your life, which is why you deserve the care of a highly experienced professional, such as Dr Neil Wallman. Dr Wallman has over 30 years of experience in delivering babies, offering a comprehensive service in all aspects of Obstetrics both high and low risk. Operating out of John Flynn Medical Centre, Dr Neil Wallman is your experienced and compassionate obstetrician and gynaecologist on the Gold Coast.