How To Know If You Are Pregnant - The 18 First Signs Of Pregnancy
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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2007
by Natalie Williams
Are you pregnant? Check out the 18 pregnancy symptoms below to see if you have been experiencing any of them.
1. Nausea or morning sickness: Morning sickness is term to describe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. This occurs in approximately 50% to 95% of all pregnant women as early as the first week of pregnancy. Morning sickness probably got it's name due to the fact that most of the nauseating symptoms start in the morning right after you get out of bed when your blood sugar levels are low. However, it may happen at any time of the day.
3. Dizziness and fainting spells: Due to the lowered blood pressure in your body during pregnancy, blood flow to the brain may cause dizziness and fainting spells in serious cases.
4. Mood swings: With your hormones raging, it is common for women to feel moody during their pregnancy. All women have to go through a period of adjustment to settle into their new roles as a pregnant women and that takes time.
5. Fatigue: If you feel tired and experience some or all of the symptoms mentioned in this article, you have a good chance of being pregnant. Hormonal changes are usually the main cause of fatigue followed by the additional weight you have to carry around.
6. Food cravings: Craving for food that you normally would not eat could be a sign that you are pregnant. Normally, women report cravings for salty and sweet food during pregnancy while others report a uncommon desire for spicy or starchy food.
7. Weight gain and bloating: The combination of your baby's growth and your increased food intake will cause you to put on weight and your clothes to fit tighter than usual. An inexplicable increase in size of your stomach is also a definitive sign that you may be pregnant.
8. Heartburn: Hormones created during pregnancy may relax the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which opens the valve to allow stomach acids to flow up into the esophagus causing a burning sensation.
9. Lower back pain: As your baby grows in size, the additional weight pulls your spine to the front of your body and causes you to experience some back pain from time to time.
10. Constipation: Hormonal changes during pregnancy slows down the movement of food through your digestive system which results in constipation. This could be a sign of pregnancy if you do not experience constipation frequently.
11. Constant urination: Your growing baby in the uterus puts a lot of pressure on your bladder and you may find yourself visiting the toilet more frequently than usual.
12. High Basal Body Temperature (BBT): If your BTT stays in the high temperature range for 18 days or more, you have a good chance of being pregnant.
13. Cramping: As the uterus grows and stretches, it is normal to feel cramps that feel similar to menstrual cramps.
14. Spotting: Slight bleeding occurs when the fertilized egg begins to implant itself into the uterus any time from 3 to 6 days after fertilization. This usually happens outside of a normal menstruation cycle so it should not be confused with a normal period.
15. Darkening of the areolas: Your areolas could darken and increase in diameter during pregnancy. This is caused by your body's preparation for your breasts to produce milk.
16. Tender or swollen breasts: A lot of women experience sore, swollen, tingly or tender breasts during pregnancy due to the increasing hormones that are used to prepare a woman for breastfeeding. This feels like a amplified version of how your breast feels before your period.
17. Missed periods: If you have been sexually active and you missed a period, it is a good indication that are you are pregnant. A pregnancy test should be taken to confirm if the missed period is really caused by your pregnancy.
18. Positive pregnancy tests: Only a positive urine test or blood test can give you solid indication that you are pregnant. The problem is, they may not be fool proof. Remember to visit a doctor to conduct further tests to confirm the results.
It is important to remember that not all of the symptoms above can confirm a pregnancy. When you have a positive pregnancy test, visit a doctor to get more tests done to confirm your pregnancy. That's the only way to find out if you are truly pregnant.
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» left by sadaf from Afghanistant 32 days 3 hours ago.
I am headache, I am too much tired, I have back pain, and I have constant urination so can U tell we that am I pregnant?
» left by Russell Jane Sanz from Dubai UAE 28 days 9 hours ago.
Hi, I always using pills.but sometime I forgot to take . And I make double another day. And until I finish take all tablets. And my period come but only first day only and they stop. Until now they not come again. I'm not feel anything the symptoms of pregnancy . But my stomach pain. So,this the tendency of pregnant?
» left by ruchita from jamnagar(gujrat,india) 25 days 22 hours ago.
my period date is 28th and 2 days gone and till i m not in period ,so am i pregnant? and i was also taking tablet thats was given by dr
» left by sydney 25 days 10 hours ago.
Considering my exploitative sexual background and my recent unplanned sexual activity, one would come to assume that I myself might be bearing. However, being that most of these symptoms are common in most individuals on a daily basis, one should not stress over the fact that she experiences these various symptoms. Although it may appear that you are pregnant, there are still many contraceptives out there. Please be aware of these precautions, it is sad to see so many babies having babies these days.
» left by Alyssa from erlanger ky 25 days 8 hours ago.
I might be pregnant but I'm scared to get a pregnantcy test because I might get in trouble by my parents. Wat should I do I have just about all the symtoms but I'm too young to be preg!!
» left by Humberto 22 days 3 hours ago.
I'm a guy & I'm young too I think I got my girlfriend pregnant & she hasn't had her period which makes me get worried so your not the only one but I really hope it's just a late period. /;
» left by maria from karachi 20 days 21 hours ago.
Hi, i want to know that i have an abortion 6 months before, after that i have regular periods, i didnot have sex. Now from 2 months i have missed my periods. Plz guide me what should i do? could i be pregnant?
» left by louise 19 days 9 hours ago.
Well I had ny son but I think I miy be pregnant agen I had my son 4 months a go and I been felling sick for that past week and this monday . Haw do I know if I am pregnant from herw
» left by Precious from Nigeria 10 days 1 hour ago.
Have been having several pains deep down my stomach just want to know may b am pregnant or not
» left by Trista from Burgeo 9 days 8 hours ago.
Me and my humband are having a baby I had my period on the 9of April I mint be having a baby
» left by nomvelo from mzinto 5 days ago.
my period are on 7th but have'nt go to my and it been 2weeks naw