Your body is a beautifully designed biological machine. Getting pregnant gives a chance to have tete-a-tete with our body the way we never had. The more confidence you have in the power and ability of your fascinating biology, the better this Cakewalk will be.
EARLY SIGNS OF PREGNANCY
The only ways to confirm a pregnancy is a pregnancy test or an ultrasound. But your body starts giving signals, if you listen carefully.
Let us take you through some important events that occur inside your body and if you are willing to take the P-Road, this is going to be helpful for the upcoming journey!
UNDERSTAND YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE
Menstrual cycle starts from the first day of your period and ends on the first day of the next period. If you want to get pregnant, you need to understand your cycle very well. Here is a simple explanation.
Between week 1 to 4 you may experience slight spotting/bleeding for less than three days. Some people confuse it with a light period, although in fact it is the implantation of the embryo to the uterine wall.
You should take measures to stop smoking, drinking alcohol or cunsumption of any kind of drugs.
HCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin) is the hormone produced by your pregnant body. HCG helps the body to maintain a pregnancy, it also tells the ovaries to stop releasing mature eggs now. Once you have passed four weeks after conception, a pregnancy test will be able to detect HCG levels in your urine and declare your pregnancy!
Progesterone prepares the uterus for pregnancy and your body has raised levels of progesterone once you get pregnant. These elevated levels of progesterone causes fatigue.
This exhaustion can make you less interested in your daily chores and activities. The important thing to remember here is to maintain a regular exercise routine, avoid stimulants and take a healthy diet.
Between week 4 & 6, due to hormone changes you will experience the most unusual and uncomfortable thing happening to your breasts. They will be swollen, tender and some pigmentation can occur too. Don’t panic. This is probably just the beginning.
Every part of your body is very excited. You are pregnant and they are celebrating! Your hearts pumps more blood, this causes the kidneys to process more fluid than usual, that leads to more frequent urination!
Don’t stop drinking more water. Just plan your bathroom tips ahead of time!
This is the universally most acclaimed symptom of pregnancy. The only thing you can do about it is wait for the second trimester to begin so that it may pass.
Also eat at small intervals and hydrate a lot!
DIZZINESS AND HEADACHES
Basically your hormones are running a havoc inside you. Don’t fret, you can’t do anything about it. Keep a check on your blood pressure and avoid sudden movements or jerks. Since your blood vessels are dilated, dizziness may be a problem.
You should keep snacking regularly throughout the day and stay well hydrated.
This one you will like! The increased blood volume causes body’s oil glands to work over time. This an either give you a healthy glow and can also cause breakouts.
SMELL SENSITIVITY AND FOOD AVERSIONS
There is little scientific reasoning to this but it is also the most common complaint. It also triggers nausea and vomiting but smell sensitivity and food aversions can be best managed individually by avoiding foods and smells that trigger nausea.
A piece of advice to all the scared and apprehensive newly pregnant ladies out there is to avoid everything that triggers any kind of discomfort. Be it food, smell, negative thoughts or certain people.
It is a long journey and you need to stay positive, strong and happy!