Although a lot of women experience pregnancy symptoms,
and find signs of being pregnant, other's don't "feel" pregnant. Certain
signs and symptoms of being pregnant can be confused with other illnesses.
The following list are some telltale symptoms of pregnancy. Morning sickness
is one of the most common signs of being pregnant, but you also might be
one of the lucky ones who never experience this pregnancy symptom. Missing
a period is another sign and symptom of being pregnant. We'll go into greater
detail below, and you can read below.
MISSING A PERIOD
One of the most common signs and symptoms of being pregnant,
missing a period can also be caused by other reasons. Although missing
a period is one of the most common of the pregnancy symptoms, stress, illness,
weight fluctuations or coming off the oral contraceptive pill can also
be the cause of this. Irregular periods are a common symptom of polycystic
ovary syndrome, a condition in which periods can occur several months apart.
If you still feel like you are experiencing other pregnancy symptoms, continue
reading the other signs of being pregnant.
TENDERNESS OF THE BREAST
Another sign and symptom of pregnancy is the changing
of size and feel of your breast. As early as a few days after conception,
this pregnancy symptom may occur. Your breast is beginning to enlarge,
as it gets ready for breastfeeding. Many women claim that their breasts
are very sensitive and that they experience a very sharp, tingling sensation
as well. Being one of the signs and symptoms of being pregnant, the tenderness
of the breast often disappears a few weeks later.
NAUSEA AND VOMITING
Considered another one of the classic sign and symptoms
of being pregnant, nausea and vomiting, (aka morning sickness) has become
one of the most feared of all pregnancy symptoms. Feeling sick is a common
complaint and is experienced by most women from weeks 5 to 6 of their pregnancy.
However, morning sickness can also be felt as early as two weeks after
conception. Morning sickness can occur at any time of the day, and can
vary from an occasional faint sensation to overwhelming vomiting and nausea.
By and large, morning sickness is one of the pregnancy symptoms that tends
to disappear towards the end of the first trimester.
Many women experience fatigue as one of their pregnancy
symptoms. Although this might be a sign of being pregnant, it can also
indicate other things as well.
DARKENING OF THE AREOLA
Being one of the first physical symptoms of pregnancy,
the darkening of the areola can occur throughout your entire pregnancy.
If you notice the darkening of the areola, this could be considered one
of the signs and symptoms of being pregnant.
If you experience that you are urinating more frequently,
this might be another of the pregnancy symptoms that confirm that you are
pregnant. As early as two weeks after conception, you might find yourself
experience this pregnancy symptom. The pressure of the literally reducing
size of your bladder is the cause of this. Your uterus beings to rise up
into the abdomen, and this annoying pregnancy symptom is the result. Rising
levels of the pregnancy hormone progesterone stimulate the bladder muscles,
so that it feels full, even though you might not need to urinate. Of all
of the pregnancy symptoms, and signs of being pregnant, women sometimes
find this to be the most annoying.
CHANGES IN TASTE AND SMELL
Don't be surprised if you experience this pregnancy sign
and symptom. Many women claim that certain foods make them feel queasy
- while others experience a craving for other foods. Another sign of this
pregnancy symptom, is a strange metallic taste.
Another of the annoying signs and symptoms of being pregnant,
CONFIRMING YOUR PREGNANCY
Two weeks after conception, your baby is no bigger than
a pinhead, comprised of a few balls of cells. As it begins to develop in
the lining of the uterus, the placenta begins to form and produce necessary
pregnancy hormones. Below are some ways to confirm that the pregnancy symptoms
and signs of being pregnant that you have noticed are accurate, and that
you will be having a baby.
HOME PREGNANCY TESTS
Being very accurate, these tests can be purchased at a
local drugstore, and can confirm pregnancy by detecting the level of HCG
in your urine. Your health care provider may rely on this test, and may
only repeating testing if complications arise. If you receive a positive
result, you may want to make an appointment with your doctor so that they
can confirm you are pregnant and begin follow-up.
OFFICE URINE TEST
Similar to that of a home pregnancy test, and office urine
test confirms pregnancy by also detecting the level of HCG in your urine.
Being nearly 100% accurate, this test does not require you to urinate first
thing in the morning. This type of test also can determine that the signs
and symptoms of being pregnant hold true, and that your pregnancy symptoms
PREGNANCY BLOOD TEST
In order to assist dating your pregnancy, your healthcare
provider may also perform a pregnancy blood test. This particular pregnancy
test can give you a positive or negative result, and once again detects
the level of HCG. This time, it detects that level in your blood, and depending
on your pregnancy symptoms, helps them determine what kind of care to give
you. Pregnancy blood tests are useful if there are any concerns about miscarriage,
or if there are indications that an unusual pregnancy is occurring.
Four to six weeks after conception, your doctor can receive
indefinite proof by examining you internally. Certain signs like the thickening
of vaginal tissues and the softening of your uterus will confirm that the
pregnancy symptoms are right on!
About The Author
Brian Gardner is the Founder of PregnancyEtc.com
- An Online Pregnancy Resource For 9 Months & Beyond. Having recently
experienced pregnancy firsthand with his wife Shelly, Brian has dedicated
his efforts towards pregnancy research. The development of http://www.pregnancyetc.com
was to ensure that expecting parents had a place to find information on
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