Early Pregnancy Or PMS? Understanding Your Body’s Signals

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Are you on your TTC journey and wondering why your body feels like it’s about to start your period even though you just got a positive pregnancy test? Are you wondering if it’s just early pregnancy signs or if it’s PMS? But you don’t need to stress yourself over this. Many women experience these confusing symptoms during their early pregnancy. But if you just get in tune with your body and try to understand what is going on, you’ll figure out exactly what it is that you are experiencing.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms Vs. PMS

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Although early pregnancy symptoms might feel similar to PMS, there are some key differences to watch out for. The first thing to watch out for are symptoms of fatigue. Fatigue is a common symptom of both early pregnancy and PMS. Early pregnancy fatigues are often described as “extreme” or “feeling very tired” whereas PMS fatigues can vary and aren’t so intense.

Another common symptom of both PMS and early pregnancy is abdominal cramps and backaches. When in your early pregnancy, the general abdominal cramps can leave you wondering if they are implantation cramps or period cramps. Light bleeding, spotting, and cramping are all symptoms of early pregnancy. So, it’s really important to consult your doctor and understand what’s going on.

Nausea is also another common symptom of both PMS and early pregnancy. But with early pregnancy, nausea with vomiting tends to be more common. Along with nausea, appetite changes can also occur with both cases of early pregnancy as well as PMS. In early pregnancy, you may find yourself craving certain foods while avoiding others, and you may even lose your appetite in some cases. However, in PMS there is a sudden increase in your appetite and cravings for more sweet and salty foods.

The Differences

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Early pregnancy has more similarities than differences. However, if you are in tune with your body and know what you are looking for, you can notice these few subtle differences. In the early days of your pregnancy, your embryo implants into your uterus, causing your body to undergo significant changes. As a result, you may feel stretchy sensations and adjustments taking place. These sensations can be felt all the way up to your ovaries and down the sides of your body. So, it can be a confusing and overwhelming time, especially when it comes to understanding the symptoms you might be experiencing. It’s not uncommon for women in their early pregnancy to mistake their pregnancy symptoms for PMS.

When the embryo implants in the uterus, it releases hormones that cause the uterus to expand and contract. These changes, therefore, cause cramping and discomfort, which is often mistaken for signs of PMS. In addition, increased blood flow to the uterus during early pregnancy can also cause the uterus to feel heavy and bloated, adding more to the confusion.

These feelings seem similar and confusing to most women, but if you pay attention to what is going on in your body, you will be able to tell exactly what it is that you are experiencing. So, what are these signs and symptoms? PMS typically feels really heavy around your lower abdomen almost as if your uterus is dropping down. Whereas in early pregnancy, you feel sensations in your upper abdomen almost like your uterus is being pulled upwards. You feel this as your uterus adjusts and prepares for your growing baby during early pregnancy and this is the most effective way of distinguishing between early pregnancy and PMS symptoms. 


pregnancy vs pms conclusion

In conclusion, early pregnancy can feel really confusing and overwhelming, but by understanding your body’s signals and focusing on self-care, you can support your body through this incredible journey. It’s important to avoid getting overwhelmed by doubts and confusion about your symptoms and to focus on your physical and emotional well-being during this important time.

One of the easiest ways to get in tune with your body is through Womb Healing. By developing a deeper understanding of your womb space, you can better identify and manage the changes taking place in your body. You will no longer have doubts and confuse your early pregnancy symptoms with PMS, as you will know exactly what it is you are experiencing.

Along with understanding your body and being in tune with your womb space, womb healing will also help alleviate the physical symptoms of both early pregnancy and PMS. By going in deep and connecting with your womb space, you will be able to release any blockages that are hindering your pregnancy journey. This will naturally boost your confidence, improve your overall physical and mental health and create the best possible environment for your growing baby. Womb Healing is one of the best self-healing practices you can add to your lifestyle during early pregnancy. 


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Vicki Renz

I am so passionate about guiding women who are struggling to conceive or facing blockages in their womb, to profoundly transform into their most fertile self using my proven Womb Healing technique

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