For some women, the earliest signs of pregnancy may be obvious and for others they may go unnoticed. In many cases, a symptom may be attributed to something else until later when pregnancy is confirmed. Looking back, you may recall many of the earliest signs of your pregnancy that you were not aware of at the time.
Missing a period is sometimes the most obvious sign that a woman is pregnant. However, in some cases slight spotting or heavy bleeding can occur due to the implantation of the fertilized egg into the uterus. This bleeding can be wrongly attributed to a period. Some women may even have mild to heavy bleeding for a few months after pregnancy occurs. Thus, a missed period is not the most reliable sign of pregnancy.
Soreness and Discomfort
The variety of symptoms is great at the onset of pregnancy. Some women immediately experience a sore back and tender breasts, or may have general aches and tenderness throughout the body. Stomach cramping and cramping in the uterus may also be felt during implantation or due to constipation from the pregnancy hormones.
Even early in the pregnancy a woman may experience food cravings, increased appetite and a sensitivity to smell. Some women may notice a bit of weight gain, bloating and even enlarged breasts. Throughout pregnancy a woman's body temperature is slightly elevated, which can begin close to the onset of pregnancy. The need to urinate may also increase at this time.
Contrary to popular belief, morning sickness can occur at any time and can even be present at the beginning of the pregnancy. For some women slight nausea, heartburn, increased appetite and bloating may occur early on. Later, more severe symptoms of morning sickness can occur. Food aversion and smell sensitivity may occur as well.
Fatigue and Mood Swings
Fatigue and mood swings are common early in pregnancy and may continue throughout. Many of these symptoms may go overlooked or be attributed to something like the flu, menstrual cycle or some other common ailment. Pregnancy can cause frequent mood swings ranging from irritability to sadness.