The two-week wait of finding out if you have conceived can feel like years if you’re trying to have a baby. Although some signs appear right after you’ve used a pregnancy test, there are several symptoms that show up a couple of days after conception. So how can you possibly know if you’re pregnant even before you miss your period? Read through the following signs to find out if you have a bun in the oven.
- Sore Breasts. Although it’s one of the common signs of pregnancy, it is usually remains unnoticeable before you reach your four-week mark. During this time, your breasts swell and feel a lot heavier as hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) and progesterone start to flood your body and increase your blood volume after fertilization.
- Increased Vaginal Discharge. Experiencing extra vaginal discharge is quite common during early pregnancy. Apart from an increased discharge, you’ll also be more prone to bouts of thrush. So if you start noticing some unusual changes in your discharge smell or appearance, do consider visiting your doctor.
- Stomach Cramps. You may confuse it as your usual period pains, but stomach cramps or twinges can also be triggered by implantation – the moment when the fertilized egg attaches to your uterine wall. If you happen to experience tummy pains or cramps that aren’t followed by your period, then take a pregnancy test.
- Bloating. Increased progesterone levels usually slows down your digestive system, making your stomach feel more bloated than usual. While you can consider it as a common PMS symptom, stay on guard in case it outstays its well and your period doesn’t arrive.
- Extreme Fatigue. If you went from being energetic to being unable to stop thinking about napping all day long, then this could be a sign that you’re pregnant. Remember, a growing baby needs lots of calories to grow and if you’re not eating enough, you’ll end up feeling extremely exhausted.
- Frequent Peeing. Can’t seem to get through the night without taking a pee break? Then this could be an early sign of your pregnancy, since the hormonal changes you’re experiencing during this time is causing the blood to flow more quickly through your kidneys, thereby filling your bladder more often.
Using a pregnancy test kit is one of the easiest ways to know whether or not you’re pregnant, but by keeping these symptoms in mind, you’ll surely be able to tell if you’re pregnant even before you start missing your period or using the said kit.