Pregnant women can go from normal energy levels to fatigue in an instant. Fatigue could be the first sign before a missed period. Hormones like progesterone and estrogen spikes at the beginning of pregnancy. Spikes in hormones cause changes in mood and decreased energy. The changes also funnel nutrients to the fetus, taking away some from the expectant mom. This means lower blood sugar, blood pressure, and iron in the blood.
2. Sick to the stomach
About 80% of pregnant women will experience varying degrees of nausea. Nausea is common during the first trimester and an early sign of pregnancy. This can come on as early as 2 weeks after conception. Nausea often happens in the morning. A surge of hormones happens at the start of pregnancy. This gets the body primed to provide nourishment for the baby. With time, the hormone levels drop and women feel better again.
3. Extra trips to the bathroom
Frequent urination happens in the first 4 weeks of pregnancy. Pregnant women may realize holding it may be a bit more complicated. Frequent urination occurs for a couple of reasons. First, during pregnancy, the body begins to create more hormones. Some of these hormones improve blood flow to the kidneys. This makes the kidneys more efficient, flushing out toxins at a faster rate. Then as the uterus begins to expand, it begins to press on the bladder. These two factors can create several trips to the bathroom, even before the first missed period.
Ready for your new baby?
Some couples want to know exactly when a baby is on the way, especially for couples struggling with infertility. After conceiving, the body goes through amazing changes to get ready for what’s to come. Some of these changes happen immediately and can be uncomfortable. However, these changes are encouraging signs. When hopeful parents finally decide to take a test, the results should not be too surprising.