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Early signs of pregnancy— how to know if you are pregnant

Early signs of pregnancy— how to know if you are pregnant

 

Early signs of pregnancy— how to know if you are pregnant

 

Early signs of pregnancy

Pregnancy takes place after s*x when a sperm fertilizes an egg after it has been released from the ovary during ovulation. The fertilized egg then travels down into the uterus where implantation occurs. When implantation is successful it results to pregnancy.

 

 

An average full term pregnancy lasts about 36-40 weeks that is 9-10 months. Pregnancy is divided into three trimesters and the first trimester is the first three months while the second trimester is from third to sixth month and the third trimester which is the last trimester is from the sixth to ninth month. Knowing what to expect during the full pregnancy term is very important for monitoring both your health and that of your baby which is why antenatal care is very important.

HOW DO I KNOW THAT I AM PREGNANT?

You may notice some signs and symptoms which will eventually lead you to take a pregnancy test in order to be sure that you are actually pregnant. Some of these pregnancy signs includes:

 

 

Missed period: A missed period is one of the first and one of the earliest symptom of pregnancy. However, a missed period does not always indicate that you are pregnant especially if your menstrual cycle tends to be irregular due to one or two reasons. Many health conditions or infections can also cause late or missed period.

 

Headache: Headaches occurs frequently during early pregnancy. This is caused by altered hormonal levels and increased blood volume. You should contact your doctor if your headache remains persistent and unnecessarily disturbing.

 

Heartburn: During pregnancy the hormones released can sometimes relax the valve between your stomach and esophagus. This can result to heartburn when the stomach acid leaks out.

Weight gain: There is a weight gain in your first few months of pregnancy and the weight gain becomes more noticeable towards the beginning of your second trimester.

 

Spotting: Implantation occurs in order for the pregnancy to be successful and it occurs between one to two weeks after fertilization. Now, during early pregnancy some women experience light bleeding and spotting. The bleeding is often the result of implantation. Early pregnancy bleeding can also result to minor conditions such as an infection or irritation. Irritation often affects the surface of the cervix which is sensitive during pregnancy.

Bleeding can also sometimes signal a serious pregnancy complications such as placenta previa, miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. When you feel that the bleeding is heavy and not normal anymore you should contact your doctor immediately.

 

Breast changes: breast changes are one of the noticeable signs of pregnancy. Your breast may begin to feel tender , swollen and generally heavy. The areola on your nipples may darken and your nipples may become larger and more sensitive.

Constipation: your digestive system may be slowed down by hormone changes during early pregnancy and that will make you become constipated.

Cramps: During pregnancy, you may feel a pulling sensation that resembles menstrual cramps due to the muscles in your uterus has to began to stretch and expand. If spotting or bleeding occurs alongside your cramps, it could signal a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy.

 

Anemia: pregnant women have increased risk of anemia which causes many symptoms such as lightheadedness and dizziness. Anemia occurs when you don’t have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen round the tissues in your body. Mild anemia may make you feel exhausted and dizzy but it can also become serious if it becomes too severe or left untreated. This condition can lead to premature birth and low birth weight. You should take your antenatal care serious in order to detect any issue like this earlier, if you have one.

 

Vomiting: This is a kind of morning sickness that comes with pregnancy within first four months which makes you feel nauseated with or without vomiting. Morning sickness is often the first sign that you are pregnant. Increased hormones during pregnancy is the cause.

 

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Vginal discharge: There is a thin clear or white discharge during pregnancy and has a mild odour. The volume of the discharge increases throughout the pregnancy to reduce the risk of vaginal and uterine infections. A healthy v*ginal discharge is also known as “leukorrhea”. If the discharge has a fowl smell then you should visit your doctor to test for infections.

 

Increased urination: During pregnancy, you might find yourself urinating more often than usual and this is because the amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy causing your kidneys to process extra fluid that ends up in your bladder

 

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Fatigue: During pregnancy, preferably early pregnancy the level of the hormone progesterone soars which makes you feel sleepy and tired. Fatigue ranks high among early symptoms of pregnancy.

 

Bloating: Hormonal changes during early pregnancy can cause you to feel bloated, making your stomach look big and full, similar to how you feel sometimes at the start of your menstrual period.

Darkening of the skin: The high levels of hormones results to increase in the production of melanin during pregnancy. This usually appears much more strongly on areas of the body where melanin is already heavily present. Because of this, these areas become darker.

 

Raised basal body temperature: Body temperature usually stays high after ovulation and remains this way after conception. This is a good indicator that implantation is successful because it means that the pregnancy hormones are in play and working hard to prepare the body for pregnancy.

 

Sensitivity to smells: For some women, pregnancy makes their sense of smell go into overdrive. Scents that are not very strong to other people can be very pungent and unpleasant to a pregnant woman. Exaggerated reactions to certain smells can tie into morning sickness and food preferences.

 

Changes in food preferences: Many pregnant women develop cravings or aversions to food few weeks after conception. You might find yourself craving for food you hate and don’t usually eat and your favorite food in the other hand might suddenly make you nauseous, making you lose interest in the food totally and sometimes you may lose your appetite altogether.

 

Excess saliva: This is a weird pregnancy symptom. You may find out you have more saliva in your mouth than usual or sometimes you notice a bit of drooling while asleep. This is ptyalism and experts claims it happens because your body knows it is pregnant and the nerves that control salivation are more stimulated than usual.

 

Oversensitivity, tearfulness, aggressive: During the early days of pregnancy your emotions are heightened and the result can be sudden and surprising mood swings. Your body is producing hormones at levels you have never experienced before they are whizzing around your system like fire. You begin to cry over unnecessary things that leaves your spouse shocked , you find yourself always nagging and complaining over little things. Sometimes you prefer violence to peace lol and that is all thanks to your pregnancy hormones.

Shortness of breath: This could be an early sign of pregnancy since the body needs more oxygen and blood to breathe for two lives. This continues throughout the pregnancy with the baby gradually growing and slowly increasing the need for more oxygen and nutrition as days pass.

 

Spots, acnes and bumps: There is occasional occurrence of pimples and spots on your face. Sudden sprouts could be the result of an increase in hormonal levels after conception.

 

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Baby brain: You tend to forget things or events often and feeling spacey and they are common in pregnancy.

 

Change in libido: During pregnancy, some women becomes sxually active more than they use to be, their sx drive really goes high that in some cases their partners begins to run for their lives lol and they may begin to complain because of the everyday excessive sx. While some women experience high libido the rest do not experience it rather they begin to hate sx and often avoid their partners in order to avoid making love since s*x now irritate them. You need to have an understanding partner that can actually endure whenever you are not in the mood to make love and one who is faithful enough not to cheat on you during this period.

 

Fainting: Low blood sugar is the number one cause of dizziness and fainting in pregnancy. If you actually faint or black out, make sure to see your doctor for bloodwork.

 

Pregnancy induced hypertension: High blood pressure or hypertension sometimes develops during pregnancy. Some of the factors that increase your risk are:

. Being overweight

. Smoking

. Having a family history of pregnancy induced hypertension.

 

Backpain: It is caused by hormones and stress on the muscles. Your increased weight and shifted centre of gravity may add to your backpain later on. Half of all pregnant women report backpain during pregnancy.

 

Insomnia: It is another common symptom of pregnancy. You may be finding it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep and that is due to stress, physical discomfort and hormonal changes. All you need to do to get rid of this is a well balanced diet, good sleep habits and exercises.

 

Diarrhea: It is characterized by loose, watery stools. It occurs frequently during pregnancy and lasts for few days before it disappears. The causes are hormonal changes, a different diet and added stress. If diarrhea lasts more than few days, then you should treat it as a serious case and report to your doctor.

 

In summary, if you think you are pregnant, you shouldn’t rely solely on these signs and symptoms for confirmation. You should go to the hospital in order to carryout a proper pregnancy test or you can take a home pregnancy test. Many of these signs and symptoms above can also be caused by other health conditions such as post menstrual syndrome (PMS)

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