FEEL LIKE YOU’VE HAD A BOOB JOB?
Pregnancy hormones kick in as soon as sperm meets egg and the first effects of this powerful hormonal cocktail can be felt in your breasts. Firstly your boobs may feel tender, full, swollen, itchy and sensitive – not unlike the feeling you may get when you get your period, only a lot more pronounced. For some women this feeling does not start for a few weeks, but for others the “painful to touch” sensation occurs within days of conception. As your pregnancy progresses, your boobs may become increasingly tender as they prepare themselves for breastfeeding. Apart from feeling different, they may look different too – your areolas (the area around your nipple) may darken in colour and get bigger.
In the long run, once your baby has arrived, having darker, bigger areola helps your baby locate your nipple
About five to ten days after conception, the developing embryo tries to attach itself to the uterus wall. Some women, but definitely not all, may experience what is known as implantation bleeding. It’s much lighter than your normal period and much earlier, and will not look red like your normal period, but more like a light to medium pink. It appears as spotting in your underwear. Implantation bleeding is painless – if you do experience some pain or backache, consult your caregiver.
Does everything suddenly smell really strong? Not only does everything smell much stronger, but usually much worse too. The theory is that this is your body’s way of protecting you and your still very vulnerable developing baby from potentially harmful toxins, such as
The need to pee a lot and your sudden onset of nausea and potentially vomiting may have you setting up camp in your bathroom. For most women these two very common pregnancy symptoms set in two to three weeks after conception (but there are a few who report them sooner). In the first trimester, your body ups its workload clearing toxins and increasing its blood volume, which has an impact on your kidneys and therefore your need to wee – a lot. In the later months your enlarged uterus and baby put the squeeze on your bladder, so that you need to pee often.
Nausea and vomiting (morning sickness) can appear fairly soon after conception, as your pregnancy hormones take their toll on your body. There are an estimated lucky 25 percent who do not experience any pregnancy related queasiness, but for 75 percent this is a giveaway that you should take a test.
Despite all these other little signs, for most women the first early sign that a baby is growing in there is the classic missed period.