The most well known early pregnancy sign is that you missed your period. But did you know there are actually quite a few other symptoms you could experience even before you reach for a pregnancy test? Here are 10 odd early signs of pregnancy that you don’t hear about.
- Discharge- A lot of women experience some kind of vaginal discharge throughout their lives so you don’t usually associate it with pregnancy. But due to increased hormones and blood flow, discharge is a common early sign of pregnancy. Many women secrete sticky, white or pale-yellow mucus early on and throughout the remainder of their pregnancy.
- Your Body Temp Rises- Body temperature is higher the day after ovulation and remains that way until your next cycle. But if you’re feeling the heat for more than 2 weeks it could be a sign you’re expecting.
- Headaches, Cramping and Frequent Bathroom Trips- Changes in hormones and blood flow can cause increased headaches during early pregnancy. Women can also have menstrual like cramping and an increased urgency to pee due to the growing uterus.
- Dizziness- Blood pressure can drop during pregnancy resulting in some women feeling lightheaded or dizzy during the first trimester. Keep an eye on this symptom though because severe dizziness accompanied by vaginal bleeding and abdominal pain could be a sign of ectopic pregnancy.
- Backed Up- Hormonal changes, prenatals and a slowed digestive system can lead to some women having trouble going number two. Causing them to feel bloated and gassy.
- False Period- Roughly 25-40% of women experience light bleeding or spotting in early pregnancy due to the fertilized egg attaching to the uterine lining. If bleeding gets heavier or is coupled with stabbing pains, back pains or cramping seek medical help right away.
- Decreased Immunity- Pregnancy can lower your immune system making it easier for you to develop a cough, cold or the flu.
- Heartburn- Hormones cause the valve between your stomach and esophagus to relax resulting in stomach acid leaking into your esophagus causing heartburn.
- Emotional Rollercoaster- All the hormonal changes can make your emotions seem all over the place. You can feel over emotional and experience mood swings
- Taste Metal- Dysegusia, caused by increased estrogen and progesterone, can result in some women tasting metal when they eat. Try eating saltiness or chewing sugarless gum to combat that nasty taste.
Individually these symptoms can make you think you could just be tired or run down. But if any combined together could be an early sign you’re pregnant. Make sure to pay attention to how your body is feeling and consider an at home test before ruling it out as a possibility.