6 Overlooked Early Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms

Nausea. Heightened sense of smell. A missed period. There are dozens of pregnancy symptoms we are familiar with. Many of the traditional pregnancy indicators are not unique to pregnancy, and often present the week of a missed period or in the weeks following. For many women, the time spent waiting for delayed menstruation (weeks after trying to conceive or when you think you may have become pregnant) can seem like a lifetime.

Women who are in tune with their bodies might be in luck! Earlier than any pregnancy test on the market, your body could be showing several signs and symptoms of pregnancy. Here are 6 often over-looked pregnancy symptoms that could appear before a positive.

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1) Spotting

Was that my period? If it was a little light and a little early, you could be confusing early menstruation with implantation bleeding. Usually occurring between 6-12 days post conception, the embryo implants itself and can cause light spotting.

 

2) Fatigue and Tiredness

If you’re almost falling asleep at the dinner table, or sneaking to your car at work for ten minutes of shut eye, your body could be telling you baby is on board. In the 1st week after conception, progesterone levels rise, blood sugar can lower, and blood pressure can drop to provide greater blood flow to baby. That afternoon energy drop might be telling you something.

 

3) Dizziness

Along with feeling fatigued, you may experience dizziness or light-headedness, which can also begin to occur in the first week after conception. As blood vessels dilate and blood pressure drops you can be at risk for dizziness and even fainting, so be sure to take a seat and a drink of water if you’re not feeling yourself.

 

4) Shortness of Breath

When did the stairs to my office triple in height? Baby needs oxygen and blood to develop and grow, so even though a pregnancy test won’t tell you for sure, in the first few weeks after conception sharing your oxygen and blood with baby can cause shortness of breath. While not usually dangerous, this uncomfortable and sometimes exhausting pregnancy symptom can be reduced by maintaining an exercise routine and listening to your body (aim to get to work a few minutes early to slow down on the stairs and take a short break before beginning your day).

 

5) Swollen/Tender Breasts

Your hormones begin to shift as soon as conception occurs, and within 1-2 weeks, many symptoms can present. Some breast changes, including darkening or leaking, are more often associated with later pregnancy, but swollen and tender breasts can begin 1-2 weeks after conception. Often confused with tenderness associated with PMS, many women note that breast swelling as a pregnancy symptom is much more intense than PMS tenderness.

 

6) Food Aversions

If you find yourself nauseated by the thought of a meal you used to love, it might not be the flu or changing tastes. Although cravings get the bulk of the pregnancy cliche attention, food aversions can have a stronger effect on women. Food aversions can present within two weeks of conception, and are attributed to hormonal changes. Many experts agree that aversions to some foods are a biological response to pregnancy so women avoid foods that are dangerous to baby, including alcohol, and processed or spoiled foods. Strong food aversions, coupled with a heightened sense of smell can be a strong contributor to pregnancy-related nausea.

 

So if you’re staring at your calendar, waiting for the day you can successfully take a pregnancy test, ease your mind by paying close attention to the signs your body might be giving you.

~Julianna


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Real Mom Blogs: 28 Weeks Pregnant

At 28 weeks pregnant, the third trimester becomes a reality. This is the home stretch, baby will be here in the next 10-12 weeks. For me, having had my first baby at 36 weeks, I am officially on high alert– even though I could be waiting around until I’m 40+ weeks. At this point, physical fatigue is a way of life. My feet hurt after work, and I have an appointment for a prenatal massage that I’m hoping will help the annoying pinch in my back; but complaints aside, I’m convinced this baby is about as healthy as they come– if the strength of his kicks and punches are any indication!

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This week, we did most of our baby shopping, since waiting until I am nine months pregnant and waddling around the mall during Christmas shopping season didn’t seem like a good plan. I have to say I forgot how much I love the smell of baby laundry soap in my house!

Taking out my yoga mat, even if for just ten minutes a day has really helped me relax the last few weeks. Some simple stretching and breathing exercises has been extremely energizing, relaxing, and calming as I get wider and less capable of putting on my own socks. If all else fails, I’ve also taken up a regular bubble bath schedule, I highly recommend it– we deserve it! (just be sure the water temp. is very mild and not too hot)

Measuring in around 15 inches, and weighing in at about 2.3lbs, baby at 28 weeks gestation has an almost perfect survival rate (about 9 in 10 babies) where medical intervention is available. While it is ideal to keep baby baking as long as possible, its pretty comforting to hear that all the work you’ve put into this little person is about to come to fruition.

More about baby this week:

Baby’s eyes are now partially open and can blink– those peepers might even have some pigmentation, although experts say it can take months after birth for their eye color to develop; it took my son almost a year to get his chocolate brown eyes!

Light and sounds now contribute a great deal to baby’s understanding of the world– I know this because some strategically placed headphones or flashlight can cause what on the outside appears to be an earthquake of kicks! Baby is also slowly filling out and packing on the fat, making those kicks and punches a little more power-packed.

Your body:

While many symptoms, including sciatic pain, stretch marks, and swelling, become more common in the 3rd trimester, I have been lucky enough to avoid these so far. If you’re like me, you might be stopping in your tracks a few times a day.. (Why did I come into this room? Where did I put my wallet?), pregnancy brain. Doctors attribute this memory lapse to the emotional impact of pregnancy and hormonal changes– but most of the time I just tell those around me I need a nap!

You might also be noticing an increase in bathroom breaks, thanks to the little 2.5lb weight on your bladder.

Gestational diabetes testing should also be done by this point. This is the only legal form of pregnancy torture I am aware of (kidding), where we get to drink what is essentially cold, flat, extremely sugary soda, wait for an hour, and be pricked with needles. While it can be uncomfortable (nauseating, annoying…) it’s an extremely important test to ensure you are maintaining a healthy blood sugar level, which is an indicator for mom’s risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, and baby’s risk of high birth weight, jaundice, and low blood sugar. ┬áIf your early blood work showed you are Rh negative, you’ll be receiving an extra needle this week to prevent complications.

~ Julianna

 

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Postpartum Fitness Series, week 5

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Hey hot mamas, there’s only 2 weeks left of this 6 week Postpartum Fitness Workout Series with Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine! This week gets a bit more challenging (if you want to anyways) plus with an awesome giveaway from Live Well 360! I use the ACCEL bag everyday, it’s perfect for the busy mama who also needs to conceal lots of kid stuff inside her bag. I really love that it actually has 4 holders for water bottles (or baby bottles, sippy cups, etc.), because I do use all 4 at the same time often!

Click here to go to Pregnancy and Newborn.com to see this weeks exercises.

 

Keep posting your healthy eats and exercise pictures on instagram for you chance to win!

~Erica

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Postpartum Fitness Series, Week 4 Workout

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It’s time to get moving with week 4 of my Postpartum Fitness Series with Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine! To see this weeks goals and individual exercises check them out at Pregnancy and Newborn Magazines’ website.

Keep up all the awesome pics because this week is your chance to win three 30-minute Skype sessions with me! I’ll be there to answer your fitness/health/nutrition/post pregnancy questions and create a fitness program for you! So instagram those healthy eats and exercise pics and remember to hashtag them #pnmag6weeks!

 

 

Kick some booty mamas!

~Erica

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Postpartum Fitness Series, Week 4 Workout

postpartum week 4

It’s time to get moving with week 4 of my Postpartum Fitness Series with Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine! To see this weeks goals and individual exercises check them out  at Pregnancy and Newborn Magazines’ website.

Keep up all the awesome pics because this week is your chance to win three 30-minute Skype sessions with me! I’ll be there to answer your fitness/health/nutrition/post pregnancy questions and create a fitness program for you! So instagram those healthy eats and exercise pics and remember to hashtag them #pnmag6weeks!

 

 

Kick some booty mamas!

~Erica

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Postpartum Fitness Series, week 3 workout

 

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Here’s your week 3 workout! To see this week’s goals & exercises individually check them out on Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine Online.

I love seeing your pictures on instagram, so keep it up! This weeks giveaways is, that’s right, not only one but TWO pairs of Brooks Purecadence Running Shoes! I myself am in need of a new pair of shoes, I’m going to get out this week & check out some Brooks shoes for myself! My clients have been wearing Brooks & LOVE them!!!

I just need to squeeze in some shopping time… (but with all the behind the scenes going on around here shopping just hasn’t been a priority). Stay on the lookout for some awesome program’s coming your way!

 

Seeing as this week’s giveaway is from Brooks Shoes, check out these posts for some great walk/run (or run/sprint) intervals:

~Erica

P.S Click here to check out all the weeks giveaways!

Postpartum Fitness Series, week 3 workout

 

W3_O2

 

Here’s your week 3 workout! To see this week’s goals & exercises individually check them out here at Pregnancy & Newborn.com 

I love seeing your pictures on instagram, so keep it up! This weeks giveaways is, that’s right, not only one but TWO pairs of Brooks Purecadence Running Shoes! I myself am in need of a new pair of shoes, I’m going to get out this week & check out some Brooks shoes for myself! My clients have been wearing Brooks & LOVE them!!!

I just need to squeeze in some shopping time… (but with all the behind the scenes going on around here shopping just hasn’t been a priority). Stay on the lookout for some awesome program’s coming your way!

 

Seeing as this week’s giveaway is from Brooks Shoes, check out these posts for some great walk/run (or run/sprint) intervals:

 ~Erica

P.S Click here to check out all the weeks giveaways!