The signs and symptoms of pregnancy are caused by two hormones
that are produced during pregnancy: progesterone and HCG (human
•The first and most reliable sign that you are pregnant is if
you miss your period. You may experience an unusually light period
or slight spotting. There are other reasons that this may occur,
these may be and increase or decrease in weight, excessive
tiredness, hormonal difficulties, stress, breast feeding or some
types of birth control.
•Morning Sickness: You may feel queasy or may be sick. The term
morning sickness is misleading, feeling and being sick can be in
the morning, in the evening or all day. Some women may only feel
sick, a great deal actually are sick (hence they vomit). Other
possible reasons maybe food poisoning, stress or anxiety, or virus'
Food poisoning, stress, and variety of other stomach disorders.
•Tiredness: You may feel tired and moody, in some cases faint or
exhausted. It is best to try and rest.
•Appetite: You may experience loss of appetite for certain foods
and drink, such as fatty food, coffee and alcohol, or cravings for
other foods. Some women experience a strange metallic taste in
their mouths, others go off smoking, which is a good time to quit
smoking for you and your baby.
•Tender Breasts: Your breasts may be quite tender and sensitive
or tingle slightly. They may also feel heavier or bigger than
usual. Other possible reasons for this may be a hormonal imbalance,
certain birth control or that you are about to begin
•Frequent Passing of Water: You may need to pass water more
frequently. You may also experience some constipation.
•Quickening: The sensation of the baby moving inside the uterus.
This may be due to gas or bowel contractions.
•Vaginal Discharge: Your vaginal discharge may increase at this
stage. Increased vaginal discharge may also be an early sign of
•Feeling Pregnant: Some women just know when they are
•Ptyalism: This is when experience excessive salivation.
•Stretch marks: From the stretching of the skin
•Chadwick's sign: Bluish tinge to your vagina and cervix
•Colostrum: This is a discharge from your breasts.
•Pregnancy test: Sometimes these are not always accurate, have a
test with your doctor just to make sure.
•Fatigue: There are other possible causes for this, these
include: stress, depression, physical strain, illness.
•Darkening of the aerola: This is the area surrounding the
When morning sickness gets bad - hyperemesis gravidarum