Women have a lot of questions about pregnancy, and one of the commonly asked questions is; what are the early signs of pregnancy before a missed period? There are various signs you can look for which can alert you that indeed you are pregnant, even before you miss your monthly period. As the egg implants on the uterus wall after fertilization, a woman may experience cramps. However, not all women get to experience cramps as a sign of pregnancy. In most cases, it will all depend on how well you understand your body. If you have never experienced cramps before, you may not quite understand the feeling. If you have experienced them before, you may tend to think that they are the normal cramps that you experience during your period.
As implantation take place, you are likely to get some spotting. In most cases, spotting occurs at the same time that the monthly period is expected. There are those women who even mistake the spotting as the monthly period. The spotting is usually light in color and is less in content than the normal period. Soon after the egg has attached itself to the uterus, the body starts to produce the pregnancy hormone HCG. The importance of this hormone is to support pregnancy. However, as this hormone increases, it causes certain pregnancy symptoms such as tender or painful breasts. It is important for you differentiate this with the regular pain or swelling of breasts, especially nipple enlargement that occur before or after period. Some women imagine their breasts have swollen because of an ill-fitting bra and so do not take note of this sign. Nonetheless, during this period, the dark part of the breast (areola) darkens and enlarges in anticipation of nourishing the new baby.
Early pregnancy also affects taste buds. This is because the influx of HCG in the blood stream may confuse taste buds and make you desire food that you did not like before. Alternatively, you can dislike food that you used to enjoy. Increased basal temperature is another thing to consider while determining early pregnancy. Basal temperature simply means the lowest temperature you have when resting. After ovulation, the basal temperature begins to elevate.
Ovulation period is that duration of time when the ovary releases a mature female egg and it goes down the fallopian tube to await fertilization by sperm. Exhaustion and fatigue are also quite common during this period. You should not confuse fatigue and tiredness since they are two different things. Normally, fatigue is a feeling or physical discomfort similar to that you get when you sleep on an uncomfortable bed or rest for a long time. You may feel somehow numb yet you are not tired.
Constipation is another good sign that can alert you about early pregnancy. Changing levels of progesterone often causes this. This interferes with the digestion system and thus confuses bowel movements, leading to vomiting and nausea as the body is unable to digest food properly. Many women refer nausea to as morning sickness and it is often noticeable around the sixth week of pregnancy in the first trimester. Nevertheless, since these symptoms vary, it is important to have a home pregnancy test in case you feel you are pregnant. Some tests can detect pregnancy a few days before the period due date.