I remember each month hoping and praying I was pregnant.  Each month, waiting to see if my period would be late.  Examining my breasts to see if their appearance had changed, do I feel more tired than normal, etc. etc?

Of course, every woman and every woman’s pregnancy are different and although there are some early pregnancy symptoms that most women get there are some that others don’t and you certainly won’t get them all at once.

Most early pregnancy symptoms start to appear around Week 6, but again this can differ with each pregnancy and each pregnant woman.  You may experience them sooner or later this is just a general guideline.

There are some emotional symptoms to be aware of such as tearfulness, irritability, emotional ups and downs, which is worse than PMS, mood swings.

Anxiety and anticipation because you suspect you maybe pregnant and you’re not sure when to do the pregnancy test to ensure it is accurate.

Then the physical symptoms come into play. This can start with you experiencing spotting or staining which doesn’t always mean you are going to get your period.   It means the fertilized egg is implanting into your uterus after you have conceived and this can happen between 6-12 days of conception.  If you are concerned about this spotting, contact your doctor.   Your doctor will probably send you for a blood test to check your hCG levels (Human chorionic gonadotropin) which is the hormone made by the cells of the newly developing placenta which starts to form days after the egg implants into the lining of the womb. The hCG is found in your urine, which is why pregnancy test sticks are used to confirm a woman’s pregnancy.  You may also be offered an early scan, which is normally given after 6 weeks.  I had an early scan with my daughter after I had spotting occurring at week 8 and I had previously miscarried two other babies.

The next big indicator for women and especially for me was breast changes.  They become heavy, full, tender, tingling and darkening of the areolas (nipples).  I know many of these breast symptoms are normal prior to you getting your period each month but for me my areolas went very dark which is something that doesn’t happen prior to menstruation, well not in my case.  I also had dark blue veins appear in my breasts from early pregnancy.
Bloating and wind are another early pregnancy symptom, which most women experience at some point.  Your tummy may look a little rounder but this will be due to the bloating not your baby it is just too tiny.

Another big sign of pregnancy is fatigue, a lack of energy and just a feeling of sleepiness, which you cannot shift.  For me I felt as if I could sleep for a week,

One of the most common symptoms of pregnancy is the beginning of nausea or vomiting, which starts around week 6 and definitely did for me.  With my son I felt sick my entire pregnancy but never vomited but with my daughter I felt sick and was sick a few times on waking.
Increased sensitivity to smells – commonly this is in connection with food.  So some people cant bare the smell of coffee, or cooking smells.  You can also go off of eating certain foods and drinking drinks you would normally due to the smell of them.

When I read this blog it doesn’t sound very exciting does it.  Bringing a new life into the world is obviously very exciting and extremely special and as I said it is very different for each woman and even for each pregnancy.  So over the coming weeks I am going to blog about specific pregnancy symptoms in detail and will give you some advice on how you an alleviate them.

If you have confirmed your pregnancy and you are suffering with early pregnancy symptoms, I can support you with these by treating your symptoms be them physical or emotional with a natural form of medicine that is non-toxic, non- addictive and totally safe during pregnancy – by prescribing Homeopathy & flower essences. I am also able to offer you other therapies that can support you during your pregnancy such as reflexology, colour healing, crystal healing and meditation. All of these therapies will calm and relax the mind and body promoting balance and wellbeing.  Creating a safe and calm environment for your baby to form and grow.  If you would like to contact me for further details on how I maybe able to support you – you can book a 15 minute free consultation with me by emailing me on holistichealthwithmichelle@gmail.com.

I look forward to sharing my experiences and knowledge with you over the coming weeks and months.

Best wishes