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Early Pregnancy

Early pregnancy or Gestational age (also called menstrual age or menstrual dating) is estimated in completed days or weeks from beginning of the woman’s last menstrual period (LMP). Ovulation is assumed to occur two weeks after the LMP. Accurate menstrual dating depends upon knowledge of the LMP and regular 28-day cycle length and is considered to have an accuracy of ±2 weeks. Embryonic or fetal age is calculated from the presumed date of ovulation and is therefore two weeks less than gestational age measured from the LMP.

The first trimester of pregnancy corresponds to the first 13 weeks’ gestation and early pregnancy is typically defined less than 10 weeks’ gestation.

  • Short breath
    If you get winded going up the stairs or rushing about then chances are that you might be pregnant. The growing fetus needs oxygen, leaving you a little short. Sorry to say, this one may continue throughout your pregnancy, especially as your growing baby starts to put pressure on your lungs and diaphragm.
  • Sore breasts
    If your breast are getting sore and enlarging all of a sudden you should see this as a sign. Tender and heavy-feeling breasts, darkening of the areolas and even more pronounced veins on your chest can be a first sign that you’re pregnant. Wear your most supportive bra—to bed if you need it—to help ease discomfort
  • Fatigue
    Getting tired quicker than usual and experiencing exhaustion are the body’s responses to increasing hormones. For many women, tiredness continues through the first trimester, but then ebbs in the second.
  • Nausea
    Most pregnant women start to get the queasies when they’re about 6 weeks along, but some can experience morning sickness (which unfortunately can occur morning, noon and night) earlier. It will most likely subside as you enter the second trimester. In the mean time, try to eat foods that will settle your stomach, like crackers
  • Frequent Urination
    During pregnancy your body produces extra fluids, which has your bladder working overtime
  • Headaches
    More early signs of pregnancy include an aching head, a result of changes in hormones.
  • Backaches
    Pregnant women often experience back pains because the shifing of weight may cause out of proportion postures.
  • Cramping
    Cramps are common as the uterus stretches to conceive the fetus.
  • Food cravings
    Sudden cravings could be a sign from your body telling you you’re pregnant
  • Constipation & bloating
    Extra progesterone produced during pregnancy slows down your digestive system, which might make you puffy
  • Mood swings
    The hormonal im-balance might cause you to lose your cool and in a split second it might make you teary or un-expectedly exuberant.
  • Heightened smell sense & dizziness
    You may start to experience sharp or dis-comforting smells form afar. In addition low blood sugar may give you a spin or two.
  • Spotting
    You might notice signs of your period but it will be out of order and lighter than usual. This is basically caused when the fertilized egg embeds in the uterine wall
  • Late Period
    If you’re pregnant, you might notice your periods going late.