Many women experience darkening of areolas or nipples and swollen breasts during early pregnancy. They may begin to show signs of tenderness, on touch, from as early as 1-2 weeks after conception.
Don’t ignore the fact that she’s feeling fatigued or tired. She may be pregnant. The feeling of fatigue or tiredness can begin soon after the 1st week of conception at times. The sudden hormonal upheaval is a reason strong enough to cause this tiredness. Many women also tend to feel a little depressed, stressed and therefore fatigued during this period of pregnancy.
Just when you think she has a tummy upset, she may not have so! Pregnant women often complain of morning sickness and experience nauseating tendencies. The rising levels of hormones build up such tendencies during the early days of pregnancy. Normally this tendency develops in the first trimester.
Food cravings/Food aversions
Many women tend to develop strong cravings for certain kinds of foods. The moment they smell some typical food items, their cravings or aversions increase all the more.
During the early stages of pregnancy, the uterus expands and pushes the bladder, triggering the urge to urinate more often. Although, many women find it annoying, but doctors suggest that going to the washroom before sleep may help in controlling the sudden urge at night.
Shortness of breath
This is a very strong symptom, which is often experienced by women in the early stages of pregnancy. Women tend to feel short of breath because of extra need of oxygen by the growing embryo. Many women tend to brush it off as normal, but it may grow worse if ignored. Sexually active women, who are not on contraceptives, should consult a gynaecologist if such symptoms occur.
Women often complain of lower abdominal cramps. Many of them believe this to be the sign of menses, but it isn’t. Just when the embryo gets implanted in a woman’s uterus, they may experience cramping. This at times, is even followed by a light spotting or bleeding, thereby confusing it with periods.
Motherhood is a wonderful feeling and one shouldn’t feel scared of such symptoms. Some may evolve during the early stages and pass away, while some may remain all through the nine months of gestation. Whichever way they may be, with a little help from one’s general physician and with adequate food and rest, the phase will quickly pass.