If you’re trying to get pregnant but not sure of your symptoms, do relax! As every woman is different and so are her experiences of pregnancy. Not every woman has the same tanda-tanda hamil or even the same symptoms from one pregnancy to the next. While it’s a norm to determine if you’re pregnant or not through pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, there are also other early pregnancy signs you can look out for.
- Missed Aunt Flow (Periods)
After the implantation (or orang cakap “Bila dah melekat”), your body will begin producing human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This hormone helps the body maintain the pregnancy while the ovaries stopped releasing mature eggs. This is when you will likely miss your next period four weeks after conception and you may want to take a pregnancy test to confirm.
- Breast Changes
Another early pregnancy sign is when your breasts may become swollen, or sore for a week or two later due to the rapid change in hormone levels. You may also feel that your breasts are heavier, fuller or feel tender to the touch.
Feeling fatigued or tired during the early stage is normal as your body is working hard to produce a little human inside. It's often related to a high level of a hormone called progesterone and a boost in blood production. Therefore, it’s very important to get plenty of rest. Eating foods that are rich in protein and iron can also help to offset it.
- Morning Sickness (Nausea)
Although morning sickness is very common in early pregnancy but not every pregnant woman gets it. It may occur at any time of the day but most commonly in the morning (hence its name). The good news is, tanda hamil ni will lessen for many women by the 13th or 14th week of their pregnancy. All you have to do is to eat a healthy diet so that you and your growing baby get essential nutrients.
- Smell Sensitivity
For some women, certain kinds of odour are a NO-NO in the early stage of pregnancy. You might be sensitive to a certain food, flower, fruit, scent, or even your husband! Your nose will be highly sensitive during this time.
This can be caused by hormones as the valve between your stomach and oesophagus relaxes. It will allow stomach acid to leak, causing heartburn.
- Changes in Mood
Changes in mood is a common early pregnancy sign, especially during the first trimester. These are also related to changes in hormones in early pregnancy that can make you unusually emotional and weepy.
- Frequent Urination
Usually, for many women, this starts around the 6th or 8th week after conception and is most likely due to hormonal changes as well (Yes- pretty much a lot of these tanda-tanda hamil are related to hormone changes in our body). Other factors could be caused by a urinary tract infection, diabetes, or using diuretics which you have to immediately consult your doctor.