No matter whether you and your partner have been trying to conceive for a while now or if you have had a brief fling and suspect you may have conceived, the ultimate question is the same: Am I pregnant?
To carry out an initial self-diagnosis, we have listed the first signs of pregnancy here:
This is one of the most clear signs that you may be pregnant, particularly if your cycle has always been very regular up to now. However, the absence of your period may also be caused by other things, such as stress or taking medication.
You can easily clarify things at this point with a pregnancy test.
Your breasts react to hormonal changes. They may therefore become bigger and fuller due to pregnancy hormones. Right at the start of pregnancy, the mammary glands grow and this may be associated with a painful sensation.
Nipple sensitivity as well as changes to the colour of your nipples and areolae may likewise be signs that you are pregnant.
During pregnancy the nipples, areolae and labia become noticeably darker; the breasts and nipples become more sensitive.
Many women suffer from nausea, particularly during the first few weeks of a pregnancy. This may be so severe that it leads to vomiting.
On top of this, women often experience changes to their sense of smell and taste, thereby developing an aversion to certain types of food.
The good news is that there are natural ways of gently countering pregnancy-related nausea .
Many women experience implantation bleeding when the fertilised egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. This can cause discomfort in the lower abdomen.
These light cramps and spotting are less severe than during normal menstruation and may also be a sign that you are pregnant.
Some women feel an increased urge to urinate. This is also due to hormones. The pregnancy hormone hCG prevents the shedding of the uterine lining (that is, your next period) with the inconvenient side effect that you need to go the lavatory more often.
These symptoms are common at the start of pregnancy. So if you sometimes feel dizzy, tired and lethargic, this is completely normal. The reason for this is progesterone, which is generated in the ovary for the purpose of sustaining the pregnancy. Once the hormonal changes have taken place, you will gain your accustomed energy levels back.
Particularly if you are planning to conceive, you might be measuring your temperature (basal temperature) regularly. If this is continuously higher than usual for more than two weeks, this may be a sign that your are pregnant.