Five lesser-known symptoms of pregnancy - from leg cramps to tingling
Even before you miss your period, there are subtle early signs that indicate you could be in the early stages of pregnancy.
The obvious ones like nausea, tender breasts and bizarre food cravings are all well-known and often what we look for if we’re late.
However, there are other earlier signs you can keep an eye out for if you’re trying to get pregnant according to Meddo Health and some are surprising.
Elevated body temperature is considered an early sign of pregnancy, but no solid scientific theory confirms it.
The lowest body temperature when your body is fully at rest is considered basal body temperature. After one or two days after ovulation, your body temperature will be slightly elevated.
However, this elevated temperature of your body can last until your next period. If your body keeps heating for 15 days or more (post your period due date), then you might be pregnant.
Dizziness and headache
You can experience a headache in the early stages of pregnancy, just like you do during the later part.
This is due to a change in your blood volume, an increase in the estrogen level of your body, and a decrease in blood pressure as more blood is sent to the uterus.
However, if you experience severe dizziness and vaginal bleeding, and painful abdominal cramps, it can be a sign of ectopic pregnancy, which would require urgent medical attention. You should seek medical advice if you experience symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy.
Back pain or a tingling sensation
Unwanted symptoms of PMS like painful backaches and uncomfortable cramps will also follow you into your pregnancy.
This is down to hormonal changes as well as numerous other changes that occur during pregnancy, like in the uterus where the egg has been implanted.
When the uterus expands for changing its shape, your ligaments and muscle extend, and it will eventually lead to cramps. Lower back pain during pregnancy might not let you leave your bed at all.
You will have cramps all over your body during pregnancy; even your legs and arms may sometimes ache.
It can be because of electrolyte imbalance, vitamin deficiency, or loosening up your joints and ligaments to prepare you for growing the baby.
Your immunity will be hit during pregnancy, making you more susceptible to colds, runny nose, cough, and flu.
Because of the increased hormone level in your blood volume and body, your nasal passage will become swollen, resulting in a stuffy nose. Even the hormone estrogen will increase mucus production.