The period from ovulation until you can test whether you are pregnant can feel infinitely long for many. Both for those who have a great desire to become pregnant, but also for those who may not want to become pregnant and are therefore worried about having become so. Either way, the wait can be difficult. Here we try to help you through the waiting period with an overview of the most common early signs of pregnancy.
Growing and tender breasts are one of the earliest signs of pregnancy.
One of the classic first signs of pregnancy. The breasts feel sore and can remind a little of the feeling you had as a teenager when your breasts were growing. It may also be that you experience that your nipples are getting darker and they may also have become larger. These signs are due to the increased hormone content in the body, and are very similar to the same symptoms that appear just before menstruation. The menstrual symptoms can therefore also easily be confused with signs of pregnancy.
Fatigue can be a sign of pregnancy
Many people experience that the fatigue creeps in very early in the pregnancy shortly after ovulation and fertilization. Read more about ovulation here: What is ovulation and when is the greatest chance to get pregnant? – Gravidtid
The fatigue occurs because so many changes occur in the body, at the same time as the hormone level rises. This can make you very tired. Especially in the first three months of pregnancy
Increased urge to urinate can be an early sign of pregnancy
The body produces more fluid during pregnancy, which can increase the urge to urinate both during the day and at night. However, if your pregnancy test continues to be negative, it could also be a sign of cystitis. See our large selection of pregnancy tests here: Graviditetstests – Gravidtid.
Nausea can be an early sign of pregnancy
Many people ask themselves why you get nausea when you get pregnant. And we actually don't know for sure yet. But the general assumption is that it is due to the changed hormones in the body, which the body already begins to produce when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. Here, the placenta begins to produce the pregnancy hormone hCG, which helps to change the balance of the body's hormones, which can cause nausea in the pregnant woman.
Most pregnant women experience nausea for a shorter or longer period during pregnancy, and approximately half of all pregnant women also experience vomiting. Nausea of pregnancy is most common in weeks 6 to 16 of pregnancy, but it can also occur earlier, and therefore nausea can be an early sign of pregnancy. Read more about what happens in the body when you get pregnant here: What happens in the body when you get pregnant? – gravidtid.dk
Changed sense of taste and increased sense of smell is a sign of pregnancy
You may find that all food suddenly tastes like mackerel or that everything smells like onions, and this could be a sign that you are pregnant. It is not known for sure why the sense of taste and smell changes when you become pregnant. Some believe that it is a survival mechanism that dates all the way back to prehistoric times, when the sense of smell was sharpened to avoid spoiled food.
Bloated stomach can mean you are pregnant
If you walk in and feel pregnant and at the same time have already started to think that you look like someone who is 6 months pregnant because your stomach is completely distended, then you are far from alone.
The increased hormones during pregnancy can slow down your digestive system and the gastrointestinal system. Therefore, you may experience bloating early in pregnancy. However, menstruation can also have the same effect, and therefore symptoms of menstruation can easily be confused with symptoms of pregnancy. If you want to test for pregnancy before the day of your expected period, then you can see our selection of early pregnancy tests here: Tidlige Graviditetstests – Gravidtid
Pain in the lower abdomen can be a sign of pregnancy
Already early in pregnancy, you may experience small jolts in the abdomen that can easily be mistaken for menstrual pain. And since at this point you are probably at the point in your cycle where you should soon have your period, the symptoms can easily be confused. Read more about the menstrual cycle here: What is ovulation and when is the greatest chance to get pregnant? – Gravidtid
During pregnancy, the pain in the lower abdomen is called ligament pain, and it is a very common pregnancy ailment. The reason for the pain in the groin area is that the bands called the ligaments are pulled. They ensure that the uterus is held in place, and they grow and stretch as the uterus, and later the baby, grows. It is the stretch that triggers the ligament pain.
Mood swings can mean you are pregnant
Already very early in pregnancy, the hormone content in your body increases rapidly, and this can mean that you feel that everything may feel a little stronger than usual. Both for good and for bad. The increased hormone level also occurs in connection with menstruation, and therefore it can again be a symptom that occurs both in connection with pregnancy and in connection with menstruation.
Spotting is a sign that you are pregnant
If you experience a little spotting around the time you were supposed to have your period, it could easily be because the fertilized egg has stuck and you are pregnant. The bleeding is also called implantation bleeding, and it is completely normal and harmless. Spotting instead of menstruation can be a good sign that you should now test for pregnancy. Here you can read more about when you can test for pregnancy: When to test for ovulation? – Gravidtid
Positive pregnancy test
The only way you can be sure you are pregnant is by taking a pregnancy test. If the test is positive, then you are pregnant. Test on the day of your expected period if you can wait that long. And possibly take more tests at intervals of a few days if the test continues to be negative or if you just need to have the result confirmed. If you have not become pregnant despite ticking several of the above symptoms, Remember that it is completely normal that it takes several months to get pregnant. Read more here: sHow long does it usually take to get pregnant? – Gravidtid If you want to increase the chance of getting pregnant read more here: How to test for ovulation? – Gravidtid and here: Guide to choosing ovulation tests – Gravidtid
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Sources: Sundhed.dk, Netdoktor.dk, Apoteket.dk