Did you know there are uncommon pregnancy signs and symptoms that will give you clues as to whether or not you are pregnant? Uncommon pregnancy symptoms are pretty good indicators that you should go to the doctor and have a pregnancy test done as soon as possible.
Common Pregnancy Symptoms
Most women keep track of their menstrual cycle and know when they can expect their period. When the period is missed, they notice and start to wonder if they are pregnant. Other common early symptoms of pregnancy, which most women are aware of, are feeling tired and nauseated.
Uncommon Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms
Some women are more tuned into changes in their body and may notice some of the uncommon pregnancy signs and symptoms sooner than others. As the pregnancy progresses some of the uncommon symptoms become more obvious and noticeable. Some of these signs and symptoms on their own would not make a woman think she is pregnant, but when added together with other symptoms most women will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is expecting.
One of the first signs a woman may notice when she is pregnant is her breasts become tender. As the pregnancy progresses her breasts will enlarge and get heavy. The nipples will darken and she may see increased blue veins under the skin of the breast.
Discharge is a wet mucous that is found in the vaginal area. Most women experience different types of discharge throughout their life; this is normal and based upon hormonal changes or sometimes infections. When you first become pregnant, your hormones change right away to support the pregnancy. It may be difficult to detect, but if you are paying attention you may notice this subtle increase in discharge, referred to as leucorrhea. The discharge will be clear and thin in consistency with little to no odor. Other reasons for discharge is an infection or a sexually transmitted disease.
Implantation bleeding, or spotting, is one of the more uncommon pregnancy signs and symptoms, but it is sometimes one of the first things a woman will notice when she is pregnant. A few days after the sperm fertilizes the egg, it implants into the wall of the uterus. A small amount of bleeding may occur. Some women may think this is their period, but when it is so light and too early to be her menstruation cycle, she might suspect she is pregnant.
Implantation pain is very subtle and may be noticed at the time the fertilized egg is implanted into the wall of the uterus. Noticing this small amount of pain in the lower abdomen just days after having sex is very uncommon, but some women do notice.
The increase and change in hormones in early pregnancy may trigger a yeast infection. A yeast infection results in a thick, cottage cheese-like discharge, which may cause itching, redness, and pain. Consult your doctor to make sure you have a yeast infection before treating it.
Some women claim they notice a metallic taste in their mouth soon after they become pregnant. This phenomenon is called dysgeusia, which describes the change in how you detect taste. In other words, when you are pregnant your taste buds detect taste differently than when you are not pregnant. Two explanations for the change in your taste during pregnancy may be the increased hormones and a more acute sense of smell.
You may notice increased facial, leg, or body hair while you are pregnant, most likely due to the hormonal changes you are experiencing. Some women may experience thinning hair on their head or an increase in volume and texture.
Slight changes in your eyesight for the better or worse may be another uncommon pregnancy sign or symptom you may experience. These changes are due to hormones, metabolism changes, fluid retention, and increased blood circulation.
Due to increased blood flow in your body and the weight gain, you may notice spider veins appearing on your legs. Spider veins appear as small purple lines, which are broken capillaries. They do not go away completely but may become less noticeable after you have the baby.
Call Your Doctor
Early pregnancy detection is important for the health of you and your baby. It is important to confirm your pregnancy with a doctor so you can get started on the proper prenatal care.