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Pregnancy Symptoms, Signs and Symptoms of Being Pregnant
EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS
Hollywood is all over the place when it comes to pregnancy symptoms when it comes to certain movies. But how is this in real? Although a lot of women experience the typical early pregnancy symptoms, and find signs of being pregnant, other’s don’t “feel” pregnant at all during the same early time of pregnancy. Everyone is aware that specific signs and symptoms of being pregnant can easily be confused with other illnesses and not feeling well.
The following list contains some of the most common symptoms of pregnancy and especially early pregnancy. Morning sickness is one of the most common signs of being pregnant, but you also might be one of the lucky ones who will never experience this awful pregnancy symptom. Morning sickness is not the most prettiest sign of being pregnant. If you are actively trying to get pregnant, missing your period is one of the most typical signs and symptom of being pregnant. We’ll go into greater detail below, and you can read on 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. If you are actively trying to conceive you will most likely be on the lookout for your period to come in (or to not come in at the usual time). Although missing a period is one of the most common of the pregnancy symptoms, there are a lot of other factors like stress, illness, weight fluctuations or coming off the oral contraceptive pill that can also be the reason for your period to be delayed or to be completely missed. Irregular periods are a common symptom of the so-called polycystic ovary syndrome. The polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition in which a woman’s periods can occur several months apart (yes, you’ve read this correctly). However, don’t get scared, this is usually not the case for most women. If you still feel like you are experiencing other pregnancy symptoms, continue reading the other signs of being pregnant.
NAUSEA AND VOMITING (Morning Sickness)
I already mentioned the typical morning sickness as a possible sign of pregnancy earlier. It is considered as another one of the classic signs and symptoms of being pregnant. Some women experience nausea and vomiting within 3-4 days after having conceived. Morning sickness has become one of the most described signs of pregnancy and is also one of the least wanted pregnancy symptoms. Nausea and vomiting is not fun and some women really have to suffer a lot from it. Feeling sick is a very common complaint of pregnant women and if you are experiencing this pregnancy symptom it is most likely to carry on for up to week 6 or 7 of your pregnancy. However, the so-called morning sickness is usually felt as early as two weeks after conception – what I mentioned before is more an extreme, but again each woman is from another and each pregnancy has different symptoms kicking in at different times. Even though it is called morning sickness, morning sickness can occur at any time of the day. Morning sickness, nausea, and vomiting can vary from an occasional faint sensation to overwhelming and very extreme vomiting and nausea. The good news however, morning sickness is one of those pregnancy symptoms that most likely tends to disappear towards the end of the first trimester of pregnancy.
TENDERNESS OF YOUR BREAST
Another typical sign and symptom of pregnancy that almost every woman experiences, is the changing of size and feel of your breasts. This sign of being pregnant can happen as early as a few days after conception. It is kind of amazing how fast “the news travels” within a woman’s body upon conceiving. Here is what you can expect. Your breasts are beginning to get slightly bigger – in anticipation of the breastfeeding coming down the road. Many women also claim that their breasts are very sensitive suddenly and that they experience a very sharp, almost tingling sensation in their breast. However, with tenderness of your breasts being one of the most common signs and symptoms of being pregnant, the tenderness of your breasts often disappears just a few weeks later. It is considered one of the earliest signs of pregnancy and one of the shortest signs to last.
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. Feeling tired will become a common companion during pregnancy and there is not much that can done to really help with this sign of being pregnant. Just go with it and rest. There will be days and weeks to come where sleep is a commodity difficult to get.
DARKENING OF THE AREOLA
This is also one of the very early signs of having conceived. 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. A good question to look at now, are there any other of the really early signs of pregnancy experienced.
CHANGES IN TASTE AND SMELL
Pregnancy affects your entire body. So, don’t be surprised if you experience this pregnancy sign and symptom. Many women actually claim that certain foods make them feel queasy – while others experience a craving for other, sometimes weird foods. Hollywood was fast jumping onto this train – think about movies that show pregnant women suddenly having really weird cravings for foods like spicy pickles. Another sign of this pregnancy symptom is a strange metallic taste in your mouth.
If you experience that you are urinating more frequently, you are on the right track. The frequent urge of having to go pee might be another one of the early pregnancy symptoms that confirm that you are really pregnant. When does this sign of having conceived usually start? Well, be ready for it as early as two weeks after conception. Within just 2 weeks your body is going through a lot of changes after becoming pregnant. So, what is going and why is this happening at all? 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 as a result you are experiencing this very annoying pregnancy symptom from early on. 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 described in this article, many women sometimes find this to be the most annoying. Also, you need to consider the fact that you need to drink much more water while being pregnant compared to normal times. Having already to go more often than normal is not making this better to accept. For many women it is difficult to address the need of drinking more.
Another of the annoying signs and symptoms of being pregnant, constipation occurs. But this sign of pregnancy by itself is usually not enough to be really sure. But if you are unexpectedly pregnant and start reading about the symptoms of pregnancy, you might be able to put 1+1 together. Some signs of pregnancy only make sense looking back, not forward. Makes you wonder sometimes if there would not be an easier way to know that you are expecting.
CONFIRMING YOUR PREGNANCY – Pregnancy testing
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 all the necessary pregnancy hormones. These pregnancy hormones what allow for more ways to confirm your pregnancy. Below are some additional ways to confirm that the pregnancy symptoms and signs of being pregnant that you have noticed, are indeed accurate, and that you will be having a baby soon.
HOME PREGNANCY TESTS
A home pregnancy test is usually the first step to officially confirm that you are pregnant. One reason is that it is extremely easy to get a home pregnancy test done. Being very accurate, these pregnancy tests can be purchased at a local supermarket or drugstore, and can confirm your pregnancy by detecting the level of HCG in your urine. Yes, a simple urine test can reveal if you are pregnant or not. While your OB Gyn knows about how reliable these tests are, you are most likely going to have to do another one. If after taking a home pregnancy test you receive a positive result, you may want to make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible so that they can confirm you are pregnant and begin follow-up. This is also an important step to do because as soon as you are pregnant, the law protects your rights as an expecting mother. This is important because some jobs would put you in contact with substances or situations that can cause pregnancy complications or hurt the baby.
DOCTOR’S OFFICE URINE TEST
Similar to that of a home pregnancy test, an doctor’s office urine test confirms pregnancy by also detecting the level of HCG in your urine. These tests are not that much different compared to the ones you can buy at the store, but they are a little more accurate. Being almost 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 are right.
PREGNANCY BLOOD TEST
In order to assist dating your pregnancy, your OB GYN 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.
INTERNAL BODY PREGNANCY EXAM
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! In some cases an ultrasound exam is done too and shows that you are indeed pregnant. Don’t hesitate to ask your OB Gyn about it.
There you have it – the most common early signs of pregnancy.