How do you know that your are pregnant?

Early pregnancy signs and symptoms that you can detect at home. Detecting very early symptoms of pregnancy will help you prepare better for pregnancy and prenatal care.

Love Sutra Love Sutra Sep 23, 2016
How do you know that your are pregnant? How do you know that your are pregnant?

Whether its tender breasts, periods are late or something else, are you really sure of your pregnancy? Early signs of pregnancy may differ to some extent for each woman. However some women may experience none of the common signs of pregnancy.  You will need a pregnancy test to know for sure that you are pregnant.  Until you can consider one (missed or late period), check out these early symptoms of pregnancy and see if you are familiar with any of them.

Noticing the early pregnancy symptoms:

You may notice early pregnancy signs and symptoms within one week of conception. Most of the early pregnancy symptoms occur within first four weeks including:

  • A late or missed period: This is one of the most common signs of pregnancy
  • Implantation bleeding:  Slight bleeding as the embryo implants to the wall of uterus. This can happen about 6 to 12 days after conception
  • Tender or sore breasts: Your breasts may become extra tender as early as a week after conception
  • Backache and cramping: This is a confusing symptom, as it can happen around the exact time of period's pains.  Rather than period style pains, some women also experience tummy cramping
  • Extreme fatigue: During the first few weeks, your body is working 24 x 7 behind the scenes to support pregnancy. Fatigue is normal response affected due to pregnancy hormones. To avoid fatigue, eat healthy diet and take plenty of fluids
  • Change in cervical mucus:  During the first week of pregnancy, you may feel an extra discharge from the vagina and it will get thickened due to increase in the levels of pregnancy hormones
  • Heartburn: This is a very frequent pregnancy symptom but a few mums-to-be may experience it during their early weeks of pregnancy.

Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms:

1. Nausea or morning sickness:  This is the most common early pregnancy symptom that usually starts when you are around six weeks pregnant. It can include vomiting and occur at anytime of the day or night. Take ginger and lemon to get relief from vomiting. Ask your doctor about special Vitamin B6 supplements to get rid of nausea.

2. Need to wee more often: When you are pregnant, you may need to wee more often. This is due to the pregnancy hormones as they flow large volume of blood in your body and your kidneys need to work harder.

3. Headaches: In the early stages of pregnancy, you may experience headaches. This happens due to sudden rise of pregnancy hormones in the body. Drink plenty of fluids and check for anemia.

4. Darkening of the skin around the nipples:  As soon as you conceive, the skin around your nipples becomes darker. You may also notice bumps around this area.

5. Food cravings:  You might put off some foods, especially if you are experiencing morning sickness.  However you may also experience craving for certain foods from an early stage of pregnancy.

6. Constipation:  When you are pregnant, pregnancy hormones increase the blood flow in your body. This may cause added pressures and intestinal changes that can lead to constipation.  More the baby grows; more the uterus presses the bladder and other organs.

7. Sensitivity to smells:  During pregnancy, many women have a heightened sense of smell. This is one of the most common and very early pregnancy symptoms. Experts say that it might be to protect women from eating spoiled foods.

8. Elevated basal temperature:  Increase of body basal temperature by one degree that lasts for one or two weeks is also a very common early pregnancy symptom.  Tracking your body temperature regularly may indicate ovulation.

9. Mood swings:  Some women may experience emotional mood swings during pregnancy. It's natural due to hormonal changes in the body.

10. Shortness of breath: Increased level of progesterone hormone may make breathing little difficult at times. It may continue throughout the pregnancy period, especially as your baby starts growing. It will put pressure on your lungs that may lead to shortness of breath.

Unfortunately, these signs are not unique and you can be pregnant even if you do not notice these early symptoms of pregnancy. Pregnancy is the most important and exciting events of life for any woman. Still, if you have missed your period or have a nagging feeling that you have any of the above signs or symptoms on this list, talk to your doctor or take a home pregnancy test.  Sooner your pregnancy is confirmed, better you would be able to take prenatal care. Home pregnancy tests could be done with ease to confirm your pregnancy.  

Taking a pregnancy test at home:

Pregnancy test kits are available at your local drug store.

1. Take the test in morning as soon as you see early signs of pregnancy or you missed out your period.  Most people urinate when they get up early in the morning and the test will be more accurate at this time.

2. Follow the directions mentioned on the kit. Most Kits have pen-like device with a test strip. Put few drops of urine on test strip when you go to bathroom.

3. Wait for the results. The package directions will tell you about the positive or negative results.

4. If your results are negative and still your period doesn't come, take pregnancy test again after a few days.

Blood Test:

Another option to determine the pregnancy is to visit your doctor to get a blood test done. Blood tests are more accurate than urine test. It can also help you evaluate other risks of ectopic pregnancy or a miscarriage. Most people don't go for blood test after urine test.
Once you get positive results of pregnancy, you should make an appointment with doctor. If you want to be 100% sure of the pregnancy, you must go for blood test.

A pregnant woman could have all or any of the early pregnancy symptoms. If any of these symptoms become troublesome, talk to your doctor and make a plan to offset them. They will inform and support you if you are unsure about anything during the pregnancy.

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