When trying to conceive, it is common to wonder every minute whether or not you are pregnant. And it may be especially the case when you have gone through a medical intervention, like IUI. Symptoms of pregnancy are what many women in the two week wait after an IUI are longing for. Let’s take a look at some symptoms that are common to experience in early pregnancy.
It’s wise to keep in mind that many of these indicators do not show up for all women, even when they are actually pregnant. This is why it’s really important that you still take a pregnancy test in a couple of weeks, even if you aren’t showing any of these signs.
One more thing to remember as you read through these clues: some of them are also PMS-like. Some women who have just gone through IUI will start to get really worried because they think that they are getting ready to start their next menstrual cycle when, really, their pregnancy symptoms just look like PMS. So, keeping all this in mind, here are the top ten clues that you might be pregnant:
10. Darkening areolas: This one seems really random, and it can be hard to catch unless you know your body really well. However, if the area around your nipples begins to get darker, it could mean that your body is preparing to feed a baby.
9. Food Cravings: Hormonal changes bring on food cravings in a lot of women. Just think about what you normally eat during your PMS/period! Many women experience cravings for particular foods when they are first pregnant, but you should be careful here, since cravings can also signal that your body is low on certain nutrients.
8. Backaches: Lower back aches don’t just happen to women who have a big baby belly. They can actually set in during early pregnancy and stick around for most of the next nine months.
7. Headaches: This is another common symptom of hormonal changes in women, which is why many women get headaches around the time that they are starting their periods.
6. Sleepiness or Fatigue: Again, many people think that pregnant women would just get tired when they’re carrying around a nine pound baby, but, actually, fatigue is a very common symptom for women who are at the very beginning of their pregnancies.
5. Sore or Heavy Breasts: This can be a really early symptom due to hormonal changes and changes in the way your blood is flowing when you’re pregnant. Sometimes women notice this change within just a few days of conception.
4. Cramps: Yes, this can actually be a symptom of pregnancy, and unless you’re getting really terrible cramps after IUI, you shouldn’t worry. Sometimes women get cramps as soon as the egg implants into the uterine wall, and sometimes the cramps can be caused by the uterus beginning to stretch already.
3. Nausea: Sometimes newly-pregnant women don’t experience full-on morning sickness this early in the pregnancy, but if you start to feel motion sickness or something like it when that is out of the ordinary for you, that could be a clue that you’re pregnant.
2. Bloating: Get used to not being able to fit into your jeans now! Even if you don’t get a baby belly for months, early pregnancy can cause hormonal adjustments that make you feel bloated for a while. The same problem with bloating can translate into an issue with constipation, too.
1. Difference in Your Period: This may seem obvious if we’re talking about missing your period, but sometimes women can think they’re getting a period when they’re actually spotting because of implantation and early pregnancy. Light spotting is nothing to worry about if it doesn’t last long, but if your period is much lighter or shorter than usual, pull out that pregnancy test.