How do you know if you’re pregnant? We all know a missed period is a common sign but there’s more. Find out the other symptoms and how to ease them.
1 Extreme tiredness and fatigue
Keep snoozing that alarm clock and struggling to get through your everyday tasks? The first few weeks of pregnancy can be exhausting, both physically and emotionally due to the changes taking place in your body.
The only way to combat this is - you guessed it - rest more. There’s no shame in scheduling some afternoon naps, hitting the pillow earlier at night, alongside maintaining a healthy diet to ensure you’re getting all the key nutrients your body needs to recharge.
2 Morning sickness/ nausea
For some women during early pregnancy, nausea and even being sick can be an indication you’re pregnant. Unfortunately, it’s not just mornings - it can hit you at any time of day. It’s important to seek help if you’re struggling to avoid becoming dehydrated.
3 Breast Soreness
As your breasts begin to prepare for breastfeeding and see their own rise in many hormones, this causes tenderness and often some mild discomfort. A supportive bra and loose clothing can help with this, you’ll be pleased to know that this often disappears within the second trimester.
4 Changes in your skin
It’s common to see changes in your skin throughout pregnancy and this can start early. Contrary to the synonymous ‘pregnancy glow’ you may notice your skin changes, it may become more sensitive, drier and you may suffer with an outbreak of spots. Hyperpigmentation or Melasma ‘pregnancy mask’ is also common during pregnancy and may result in skin darkening or discolouration.
However, after adopting a consistent, pregnancy safe skincare routine, many women report their skin being at their best. Take a look at our vegan skincare range, which covers everything from the best facial serum for mums to be to stretch marks to help you from your first through to your final trimester!
5 Food aversions
Going off your morning coffee or struggling to stomach a salad more than usual? A heightened sense of smell and changes to taste developing during early pregnancy can contribute to this. Again, due to changing hormones in your body - don’t worry usually this will disappear in your second trimester as your body adjusts.
6 Frequent Urination
Making more trips to the bathroom than usual? This may be an early sign that you're pregnant. Your bladder may become more sensitive from hormones and send you to the bathroom frequently. Despite this, it’s important to remain hydrated, even if it means getting up more often!
Although frequently associated with your period, cramping is also something many women experience at the start of their pregnancy as changes begin to occur. This is normally nothing to worry about but if accompanied by bleeding you should visit your doctor.
8 Mood swings
It’s well-known that pregnancy can bring about a range of emotions that may result in anything from feeling emotional to a meltdown!
As your hormones fluctuate, this is completely normal and to be expected. Whether you’re feeling tearful or irritable just take a breath and remember it’s going to be okay.