What Are Some Early Signs of Pregnancy?

Every girl and woman of reproductive age should be aware of the early signs of pregnancy. It’s important to get medical confirmation of a pregnancy as early as possible, no matter what your intentions are. When you know, you can make plans for either receiving obstetric care or getting a pregnancy termination. And if you wait too long to see a gynecologist to confirm the pregnancy, then your options for abortion may become limited.

Spotting

Although it seems counterintuitive, some of the early signs of pregnancy can mimic menstrual symptoms. Spotting can occur during the first few days when the fertilized egg implants onto the uterine wall. It’s easy to mistake this for being period blood. However, spotting caused by the implantation of a fertilized egg will appear less red and more brownish, and there will be very little of it.

Cramping and Bloating

The implantation of the egg can sometimes cause uterine cramping. Some women also report experiencing bloating. Implantation cramping is typically mild, although it can occasionally be accompanied by a backache.

Fatigue

Early on in a pregnancy, the body has a sudden rise in progesterone production. Progesterone is a hormone that prevents uterine contractions. It can also leave you feeling abnormally fatigued, even if you get enough sleep.

Metallic Taste

Another early sign of pregnancy that’s attributable to hormonal changes is a metallic taste in the mouth. The technical name for this is dysgeusia. Some women experience a lingering, bothersome metallic taste until hormone levels stabilize during the second trimester.

Nausea

Nausea is perhaps the most well-known sign of pregnancy. Some women suffer from very severe morning sickness. If you have problems keeping fluids down, you should tell your doctor right away, as it can lead to dehydration.

A gynecologist at Washington Surgi-Clinic can administer a pregnancy test if you think you’re showing signs of pregnancy. Our women’s health clinic also provides safe, legal pregnancy terminations for women in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas. Call (202) 659-9403 to request an appointment or to ask any questions you might have about our patient confidentiality and legal consent policies.

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