6. Frequent urination:
Another way to tell you are pregnant is if you keep rushing to the washroom every 20-30 minutes. Hormonal changes cause increased blood flow and water retention, making your bladder full. Also, the growing uterus exerts pressure on the bladder causing frequent urination.
If your lower back aches just like how it does before and during a period, it could be a sign of pregnancy. Some women experience a backache throughout the day, and it does not go away with rest or massage. Pregnancy back pain occurs around the sacroiliac joint and could be due to weight gain, posture change, hormonal changes, and stress.
The good thing is, the pain eases gradually, and all you need to do is exercise regularly. Light prenatal yoga, meditation, riding a stationary cycle, and swimming could help. Also, hot and cold compresses are relaxing. However, you should consult your doctor before doing any of them.
Headaches are more common in the later part of the first trimester and all through the second trimester. But sometimes, they start early. Stress, along with drowsiness, cravings, and physical changes, could lead to headaches. However, they go away with some rest and care.
9. Irritability or mood swings:
You may seem to lose your temper without much provocation! Even though you may not know it, your irritable and moody behavior is due to pregnancy hormones. You will feel oversensitive, grumpy, and tearful, all due to hormonal changes altering the levels of neuro-transmitters or chemical messengers to the brain. This results in heightened emotions, both good and bad. You could try to counsel yourself or talk to a friend, divert your mind, and try to keep a cheerful disposition. It is tough but possible!
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