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don't go anywhere because today I am dishing on 20 yes 20 early signs of

pregnancy that sometimes appear even before your big fat positive so stick

around if you're on you're trying to conceive journey this is for you hi

there welcome back to my channel that mama goes today I'm talking about 20

signs and symptoms of early pregnancy my goal for you today if you are on your

trying to conceive journey or TTC journey that you walk away today feeling

one step closer to your big fat positive really quickly I just want to say how

happy I am that on my last video there was so much interaction so many of you

commented saying your own symptoms and you were answering each other's

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part of this community and you feel comfortable being here with me and

commenting and sharing your story if you're new here my name is Brittany and

I am a registered nurse I worked at a holistic women's health practice and

that's actually where I learned my passion for women's health and for

teaching about a woman's cycle and that's where this series comes from

that's why I'm creating these videos however I'm actually currently a

stay-at-home mom to my son Eli who is 20 almost 21 months old and I can't believe

that and I am pregnant due in March to have a little girl our first little girl

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into the 20 early pregnancy signs I do want to say that this is not meant to be

medical advice at all if you have any specific concerns specific questions

relating to your cycle relating to things that you experience please pick

up the phone and call your doctor this is again not medical advice

okay so let's hop in my first early sign of pregnancy is breast changes so some

of the things you might hear from women that have experienced this are sore

tender tingly they may feel heavier and fuller and this can actually be one of

the very earliest signs of pregnancy a lot of women say that this might be the

first thing that they notice what happens is your breasts are expanding of

preparation for breast feeding and for milk production and another thing is

darkening of the areola which is the circle around your nipple and then your

nipples can also experience some changes too but some women say that they noticed

that their areolas got darker and again this is relating to the body

preparing for breast feeding and isn't that amazing that our bodies prepare so

quickly breast changes are one of the earliest things that I noticed with both

of my pregnancies number two is fatigue / tiredness this symptom occurs due to

increased progesterone so progesterone actually is is the hormone that helps

well one of the many factors it sustains your pregnancy it's what

helps prepare your uterine lining for pregnancy and progesterone I always like

to think of it as something that kind of slows everything down and we'll talk

about that with other symptoms coming up but with this particular symptom and I

think if slowing down I just think it's being tired

number three is implantation bleeding and cramping okay I just did an entire

video on this I went into all the details regarding these two specific

early signs of pregnancy implantation cramping and implantation bleeding so

I'm not going to rehash that hop on over and watch that that could be very

helpful for you in your trying to conceive journey basically about 6 to 12

days after ovulation implantation occurs this is when the embryo actually

implants itself into your uterine lining and this can cause some spotting and

some cramping but this can be the earliest sign because if you think about

it implantation is kind of what starts the cascade of hormone changes and what

can actually lead to these symptoms you feel and cramping and bleeding relating

to implantation can be the very first sign you see number four is nausea and

vomiting aka morning sickness so this is partly due to the increase in

estrogen that you're experiencing and it seems to be linked to HCG but I really

couldn't find any conclusive answer as to why we experience morning sickness

except for that it just has to do with hormone changes which is what is causing

most of these things but if you start to feel like you're nauseous throughout the

day and morning sickness is actually not a really good title for this particular

symptom because it happens all day not just in the morning for me morning

sickness didn't start until about week six of pregnancy but some women

can experience it as early as four weeks of pregnancy from what I understand number

five is a heightened sense of smell so some research suggests that this is to

help protect women and protect their babies from eating or consuming things

that maybe have gone bad things that could be bad for the baby so it's like

it's kind of a built-in protection system like for instance for me with

both pregnancies I would literally walk into the kitchen and the whole kitchen

smelled just I could smell everything at once and it smelled horrible to me I'd

open the fridge and I want I vomited actually quite a few times during the

first trimester because of opening the fridge which I thought was strange but

it's just you have this increased spidey-sense ability to smell if you

start to notice like you're smelling things and no one else is smelling them

that might be an early sign of pregnancy number six is food aversions / craving

this again is due to hormone changes of course you may find that you really

really want to eat something that you've never craved before or even never had

before which is kind of wild or you may find that your most favorite food or

drink sounds absolutely repulsive and that's maybe never happened to you

before it's a very strange and sometimes disheartening experience but if you're

looking at it as an early pregnancy sign then it could be like a huge thumbs up

and an exciting thing for me I am obsessed with coffee in my entire first

trimester even through the middle of my second trimester the smell the thought I

wanted nothing to do with anything coffee related and

and then I craved egg sandwiches which is kind of weird pay attention to your

cravings and what your body is telling you it wants and if you feel like it's

something totally out of the ordinary that could be an early sign of pregnancy

number seven is headaches or migraines so when you're pregnant your blood

volume your circulation increases a lot and you also obviously experience a

sudden increase in hormones you've got blood flowing like crazy you've got

hormones surging and this can lead to these headaches or migraines but also on

the flip side if you're one that typically experiences migraines when

you're not pregnant and then you notice maybe your migraines have gone away some

some women actually notice a relief from their migraines or headaches so you

really just have to know your own body in order to notice this I assume if you

get really bad headaches you're definitely going to notice if they stop

and then if you don't you're going to notice if you start to get more

headaches but migraines and headaches migraines / headaches can be an early

sign of pregnancy number eight is constipation or bloating so we already

mentioned progesterone and the way I like to think about it is that it slows

everything down so this is what contributes to constipation or bloating

that you might feel because it's slowing down your digestive system so you may

notice that it's a little bit more difficult to go your stool looks

different than usual maybe it's harder and it's a little bit uncomfortable and

the bloating if you are one to bloat before you start your period so in like

the PMS kind of phase it may feel very similar to that so one

key here is to pay attention to how your clothes feel if your clothes start to

feel a little snug it could be due to bloating from hormones relating to

pregnancy so bloating and constipation could be early signs of pregnancy number

nine is mood swings ooh you may find that you're crying more

than usual you're very emotional you're reactive your hormones are going crazy

which can affect your brain's neurotransmitters which then affects

your mood you may find that your irritable anxious sad

you may feel actually euphoric so the opposite of that but you just may notice

you're all over the map and all these changes relating to pregnancy are

what can cause these mood changes and can be an early sign of pregnancy number

10 is fainting or dizziness so decreased blood sugar can actually be

the cause of this but another thing is your blood vessels actually dilate when

you're pregnant so therefore your blood pressure drops and this blood pressure

drop could also be the reason why you may feel dizzy you may feel like faint

or like you're going to faint basically when you have this if you stand up too

fast that can cause you to have these feelings so you just kind of have to

take things a little bit slow number 11 is intuition so obviously there isn't

like scientific evidence behind this but from women that I've talked to and from my

own personal experience some women just feel pregnant they feel different I and

it may be because of these symptoms you experience

I don't know but especially with my first I just was like you know what I

think I'm pregnant and then just from doing research and again from talking to

women sometimes it's just like a gut feeling so I don't know if that's the

maternal instinct taking over your intuition maybe trying to tell you

something because we know more about our

bodies than we give us credit for so yeah that's why this makes this list

because I think that's a very empowering symptom or sign of early pregnancy

number 12 is frequent urination okay if you find yourself going to the bathroom

through the night all day if you feel like you're in the bathroom just all the

time maybe you're at work and you're like why do I have to stop work every five

seconds to go to the bathroom this could be an early sign of pregnancy later on

in pregnancy the frequent urination is due to pressure on the bladder from the

uterus and from the baby being there that is not the reason early in

pregnancy early in pregnancy it's because the increase in blood flow that

we've talked about so there's more fluid that the kidneys have to process and

therefore it creates more urine number thirteen is increased gas not a pretty

sign but it's the gosh-darn truth it's pretty much related to like the bloating

constipation so progesterone is kind of slowing everything down and air can get

trapped and therefore you experience gas basically progesterone doesn't just

relax the uterus it relaxes all kinds of different things and muscles so that's

why progesterone is a huge culprit and some of these symptoms but yeah

increased gas that could be a early sign of pregnancy number 14 is heartburn

I'm lucky I haven't really ever had an issue with heartburn in pregnancy but I

do know people that have and I know it's it's not fun just like we mentioned just

a few minutes ago progesterone relaxes everything so progesterone in early

pregnancy and throughout pregnancy it can relax the valve between your stomach

and esophagus and therefore just leading to heartburn so that's why I heartburn

can be an early sign of pregnancy number 15 is the pregnancy glow or pregnancy

acne so because of an increase in blood volume

and because of your hormone changes you may notice that your skin just looks

brighter it looks healthier your oil glands are having to work extra extra

extra-hard but therefore it can give you kind of that appearance of the pregnancy

glow but unfortunately for some women this works in a different way and it can

actually give you the pregnancy acne so if you notice hey I look good or hey I'm

noticing I am NOT I look like I'm in high school again or whatever that can

be an early sign of pregnancy for you

number 16 is gum changes so we're talking about like the gum inside of

your mouth basically the biggest thing is swollen gums so pregnancy gingivitis

again we've talked about the increased blood flow increased fluid volume well

that can show up in your mouth and show up as swollen gums so you may notice

they're more sensitive maybe they're a little bit tender and a little bit

irritable so if you know that you normally don't feel that and you start

to feel that that could be an early sign of pregnancy as well number 17 is

cervical mucus I did an entire video on this as well and I talked about what to

look for not only in pregnancy but if you're

trying to conceive so if you haven't seen that hop on over and watch that that may

help you when you're trying to conceive journey basically in early pregnancy

your body is starting to form the mucus plug this can cause a sticky or creamy

type of cervical mucus around the time you would expect your period to start

but this is something that you will only know if you

know your normal throughout your cycle if you don't know what your cervical

mucus normally looks like then it's not really going to be helpful to look for

this sign but if you do this can actually be a very helpful sign as an

early sign of pregnancy number 18 is a metallic taste some women report in

pregnancy I know I'm specifically talking about early pregnancy but even

throughout pregnancy they experience like an aluminum taste in their mouth

like they have pennies in their mouth and other people describe it not quite

so specific to metal they'll describe it more like a sour taste a salty taste a

burnt taste is another one that you might hear there's like a residual taste

in your mouth that you're not used to and it's not necessarily a good taste

there is a medical term for this. Dysgeusia. I have never said this term

before today um Dysgeusia I think it's how you say that if you

know how to say that and I said it wrong just let me know we're just gonna say

metallic taste and from what I understand and what I've researched

there's no scientific explanation for this it could be due to hormone changes

just like everything else but be on the lookout for that I feel like that's a

pretty obvious sign because people don't generally have a weird taste in their

mouth so if you start to notice that that could be an early sign of pregnancy for

you number 19 is excess saliva this also has a medical term it's Ptyalism also

don't know if I'm saying that correctly again never used that before today just

say excess or excessive saliva basically you're producing a lot of spit and this

can be like a precursor or go along with morning sickness or heartburn so pay attention

to see if the two of those or the three of those are happening together

but excessive saliva can be a sign of pregnancy as well and

number 20 is vivid dreams oh my gosh I can attest to this early early early in

pregnancy I mean I'm talking like starting week three or so right around

the time of implantation I started experiencing crazy dream dreams often

intensify in pregnancy and again this is due to increase in hormone so if you

start to notice like you wake up and you remember like all of your dream you feel

like or a lot of your dreams throughout the night or they were very intense and

very vivid that can be a very early sign of pregnancy as well okay that's my list

of 20 early signs of pregnancy what did I miss did I miss any signs that you

experienced or that you've seen are you experiencing any of the things that I

just talked about please share below and then comment on other people's too

because I know if you are watching this video more than likely you are on your

TTC journey and other women are looking for not only just answers to what they

feel but for connection and for people that are going through something similar

to them obviously some of these symptoms are more common than others but just

because one is more common than the other doesn't mean you won't experience

the less common one so that's why I wanted to make a comprehensive list if

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