PMS vs Pregnancy: Comparisons and Early Signs of Pregnancy

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A lot of women find it hard to distinguish Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS from pregnancy

Some are victims to false alarm and misjudgment brought by similar symptoms. What you need to know is, PMS happens one to two weeks before your period starts. During this time, you will have an increase in appetite, roller coaster of emotions and relatively experience some symptoms linked to pregnancy. These are caused by hormones, which is totally normal.        Now, when it comes to pregnancy, symptoms may vary on different women. Some don’t experience common things like vomiting but are already undergoing bodily changes.

In this article, you will find out the early signs of pregnancy and distinguish its difference from PMS.

How soon do pregnancy symptoms start?

Usually, signs of pregnancy show a week or two after conception. When the fertilized egg attaches itself into the uterus’ wall, bleeding and spotting happen. By this time, you may already suspect that it’s just period. But then, some other indicators show up, making you understand what your body is going through.

  • Frequent urge to pee

Hormonal change and the growing uterus of a woman causes the frequent bathroom trips. Add to that the increase in blood flow to the kidneys, up to 35% to 60%. This increase in urine production can last by 9 to 16 weeks of the pregnancy then it settles down.

  • Constipation and more gas

A lot of changes happen in a woman’s body during pregnancy. One is the increase in the progesterone level, which leads to constipation and more gas. Progesterone is a hormone that relaxes muscles in the body, including those in the intestines. Slow moving muscles mean a longer time to digest food, which allows gas to build up. Although this is normal, discomfort can be eased by drinking lots of fluids and removing food triggers like acidic foods.

  • Mood swings

In the first trimester, a pregnant woman can experience mood swings more often. This is caused by the flood of hormones in the body, particularly the estrogen and progesterone. You may experience dramatic mood swings, crankiness, forgetfulness and more.

  • Fatigue and dizziness

The drop in the blood pressure can cause lightheadedness and weakness. This is especially true if you’re standing for too long or you move from time to time. It’s best to lie down on your left, with your legs elevated slightly to be comfortable.

  • Food cravings

One of the early signs of pregnancy is the sudden urge to eat a certain food or drink. Women may have various cravings in the first trimester, especially fruits and vegetables. Based on a scientific research, pregnant women crave for something sweet, spicy, savory and sour taste. These are possibly caused by a hormonal change or nutritional deficit.

  • Darkened Areolas

On the first week of conception, you can already see a change in your body, particularly in the breast. The area surrounding the nipples, called Areola, will appear darker and bigger in diameter. This is due to the increase of hormones in the body.

Symptoms unique to PMS

Although the symptoms of PMS are somewhat similar to pregnancy, there are a few differences between the two. One is getting trouble falling sleep or insomnia.

Basically, the menstrual cycle is divided into two main phases: follicular and luteal. During the follicular, estrogen builds up until ovulation. After ovulation, which is the luteal phase, progesterone rises. A few days before your period, estrogen and progesterone suddenly drops, leading to insomnia.

Another symptom that’s unique to PMS is breast swelling and tenderness. In pregnant women, breasts may feel fuller, sensitive and sore.

Finally, there wouldn’t be spotting when it’s only PMS. When the period starts, the flow will be heavier and eventually stops at the last day.

Confirming your pregnancy

If you’re still unsure whether you’re expecting a child or not, there are several ways to find out if you’re pregnant. The most common one is taking a urine test at home. This isn’t as accurate as the blood test, but if you’re just trying to check, this will do. However, it’s still best to consult a doctor for a more accurate result.

You can also undergo internal examination for the doctor to check the change in your uterus and cervix. If you’re really pregnant, the doctor can tell that your cervix has changed in color and became softer.

Distinguishing PMS from pregnancy is important for women to know.

Whether you’re trying to have babies or not, pay attention to what your body is telling you. There is certain changes observed, whether physical or emotional, that you need to pay attention. This way, if you have a child growing inside you, it can be healthy and strong. Finally, always consult your doctor to be guided on your journey to motherhood.

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