Pregnancy

How to detect the early signs of pregnancy

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Determine if you are eating more than you usually do. Even in the earliest stages of pregnancy women tend to have larger appetites. Do you find yourself hungrier more often than normal? You may not be eating larger amounts but you may want food more often. If this is the case this may be one of the early signs of pregnancy.

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Remember how often you get heartburn. If you do not normally get heartburn but you are now starting to get it, this is also one of the early signs of pregnancy. Heartburn in pregnancy is very common and most women do suffer from it in pregnancy.

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Check your jeans or slacks. Are they fitting the same or are they getting tighter? Even in the early stages of pregnancy these are one of the signs that you may be pregnant. Most women assume that they will not gain weight so early on but that is not always true.

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Notice if you have been more lightheaded lately. Due to the extra vitamins and minerals that your body needs to sustain a baby you may begin to feel lightheaded or disoriented. Some women even can’t seem to concentrate as much as they used to. Thankfully it eventually ends. At about the six-week check up after giving birth things should restore back to normal.

See if you are vomiting or getting nauseous for no apparent reason. Most women attribute nausea and vomiting to either a migraine or being pregnant. If you find yourself running to the bathroom with your hand over your mouth it may be a virus but it may also be that you're pregnant.

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Everyone is different so these signs of pregnancy may or may not apply to all women. Some women may experience all of the signs and some women may only experience a few. Some signs may have a lesser intensity for some women and be more intense with others. If you are having any one of these symptoms, set up an appointment with your obstetrician to have a blood test taken to confirm if you are indeed pregnant.

Tip

Always check with your doctor when you question any unusual symptoms. Get regular prenatal care as early as possible. Always take all prescribed vitamins and medicines prescribed by your doctor. You can purchase an EPT test at a dollar store. They are just as effective as the more expensive ones.

The Very Earliest Pregnancy Signs

Missed Period

Missing a period is sometimes the most obvious sign that a woman is pregnant. However, in some cases slight spotting or heavy bleeding can occur due to the implantation of the fertilized egg into the uterus. This bleeding can be wrongly attributed to a period. Some women may even have mild to heavy bleeding for a few months after pregnancy occurs. Thus, a missed period is not the most reliable sign of pregnancy.

Soreness and Discomfort

The variety of symptoms is great at the onset of pregnancy. Some women immediately experience a sore back and tender breasts, or may have general aches and tenderness throughout the body. Stomach cramping and cramping in the uterus may also be felt during implantation or due to constipation from the pregnancy hormones.

Bodily Functions

Even early in the pregnancy a woman may experience food cravings, increased appetite and a sensitivity to smell. Some women may notice a bit of weight gain, bloating and even enlarged breasts. Throughout pregnancy a woman's body temperature is slightly elevated, which can begin close to the onset of pregnancy. The need to urinate may also increase at this time.

Morning Sickness

Contrary to popular belief, morning sickness can occur at any time and can even be present at the beginning of the pregnancy. For some women slight nausea, heartburn, increased appetite and bloating may occur early on. Later, more severe symptoms of morning sickness can occur. Food aversion and smell sensitivity may occur as well.

Fatigue and Mood Swings

Fatigue and mood swings are common early in pregnancy and may continue throughout. Many of these symptoms may go overlooked or be attributed to something like the flu, menstrual cycle or some other common ailment. Pregnancy can cause frequent mood swings ranging from irritability to sadness.

Signs & Symptoms of Pregnancy 7 Days After Ovulation

Nausea

Nausea and vomiting is a very common symptom of early pregnancy and is caused by the rising and fluctuating levels of hormones. When pregnant women experience the symptom, it's referred to as morning sickness, and contrary to its name, it can occur at all times of the day. Morning sickness can come in mild or extreme forms and can cause dehydration.

Fatigue/Exhaustion

Fatigue and exhaustion is among one of the most common symptom of pregnancy in women after the first seven days of ovulation. The increase in fatigue is normally more increased during the first trimester of pregnancy because of women's bodies producing extra blood that is used to provide nutrients and oxygen that is needed to develop the foetus, which results in the increase of work to the heart.

Tender Breasts

Any early sign of pregnancy that can be visibly seen and felt seven days after ovulation is swollen and tender breasts. Breast swell and become sensitive to touch because of the increase flow in blood and expansion of the breast tissue to the newly forming milk ducts. Tingling and throbbing sensations can be felt as well as an increased tenderness to the nipple.

10 Signs of Pregnancy

Identification

A missed menstrual period is often the first and most obvious of the 10 most common signs of pregnancy. Other common signs a woman may experience include swollen, tender breasts, fatigue, bleeding at the time of implantation, nausea and/or vomiting and sensitivity to smells. Other signs are abdominal bloating, increased need to urinate, higher-than-normal basal body temperature. The final, and perhaps most important, of the top 10 pregnancy signs is a positive result on a home pregnancy test.

Effects

When you're considering pregnancy signs, remember that most women don't experience any symptoms at all until they've missed a menstrual period. In fact, many women don't experience signs until 1 to 2 weeks have passed since their periods were due to start. However, there are some women who notice signs of pregnancy, such as tender breast tissue and nausea, before they've even missed a period.

Considerations

If you've experienced one or more of the 10 most common signs of pregnancy, you may decide it's time to take a home pregnancy test. There are some pregnancy tests that are sensitive enough to detect a pregnancy as soon as the first day of a missed period. However, many are not reliable until about 1 week has passed since your period should have started. If you receive a negative result on a pregnancy test, but you still have signs of pregnancy, take another test in a few days. Keep in mind that there is potential for false negatives and false positives. To be sure of your pregnancy status, it's best to see your doctor for an in-office test.

Misconceptions

Often, women view any type of vaginal bleeding as a sign that they are not pregnant. However, this is not a reliable method of determining whether or not a woman is expecting. Some pregnant women actually experience implantation bleeding 11 to 12 days after conception. Implantation bleeding happens when a fertilized egg implants in the lining of the uterus.This bleeding typically occurs close to the time when a woman would have had her period . It often appears as pink, red, or brown spotting, and it usually lasts for just 1 or 2 days. To make sure you're not overlooking a problem, however, it's best to let your doctor know if you experience any amount of bleeding while you are pregnant.

Warning

If you have signs of pregnancy, but you're also experiencing pain and/or bleeding that amounts to more than simple implantation bleeding, see your doctor right away. There is a chance that you may have an ectopic pregnancy, which is a pregnancy that is developing in one of your fallopian tubes. An ectopic pregnancy is dangerous for your health and can even be fatal if left unchecked. If caught early, however, it is possible to have the pregnancy terminated without damaging your fallopian tubes.

Signs & Symptoms of Being 4 Weeks Pregnant

Missed Period

A missed period will not occur at four weeks of pregnancy; however, it should be right around the corner. A home pregnancy test can be taken around four weeks, or a week or more after your missed period for the most accurate results.

Breast Tenderness

Sore or tender breasts are a sign of pregnancy at four weeks. Breasts may be swollen, and will be sore to the touch.

Fatigue

You may be feeling tired or getting exhausted faster than usual.

Nausea

At four weeks of pregnancy, women start to feel nauseous or queasy throughout the day. This may or may not result in vomiting.

Frequent Urination

During pregnancy the amount of blood and other fluids in your body increase, according to BabyCenter.com. This, as well as an increase in the hormone hCG, can cause increased urination.

Abdominal Bloating

Abdominal bloating feels similar to bloating before a period. Clothes may be snugger, even at four weeks pregnant.

How Long Does Breast Tenderness Last In Early Pregnancy?

Timeline

Breast tenderness usually begins near the end of the first month of pregnancy. Some women will experience it earlier than others, but on average, soreness will first occur around week 4, 5 or 6. It normally lessens in severity or subsides by the twelfth week of pregnancy, although some women might experience tenderness for a longer period of time. This is nothing to be alarmed about.

Causes

Your body goes through a great many changes during pregnancy. The tissue in your breasts begins to change, there is a significant increase in blood flow to the area, and both oestrogen and progesterone levels are on the rise. This is your body preparing to produce milk for breastfeeding once the baby arrives. The combination of these factors causes the breasts to become larger, and as a result, tender.

Sensations

Many women compare the sensation with the feeling they get just before their period only considerably more intense. Your breasts will feel swollen and lumpy, and will be sensitive to the touch. You also might experience itching and pain in the nipples.

Visible Changes

As your pregnancy continues your will notice your breasts will begin to change. For most women, you can expect the veins in your breasts to become more visible. The nipples and areolae might become darker and larger, but they normally return to their pregnancy size and colour after the baby is born. Some women also will get stretch marks as their breasts become larger.

Relief

Most women will gain at least one cup size during pregnancy. To help offset the tenderness and the larger breasts, purchase new bras. Stay away from underwire bras, and if at all possible, purchase cotton bras. It is also advisable to purchase a bra that is slightly larger than needed to allow for room to grow and just a little extra comfort. A remedy used by many, strange as it sounds, is to line the bra with fresh cabbage leaves.

Signs & symptoms of pregnancy or menopause

Time Frame

Women are considered fertile from the time they experience their first period until they complete menopause, which means they have not had a period for 12 consecutive months. According to MedicineNet.com, the average age of menopause is 51, with most women reaching menopause between the ages of 45 and 55.

Signs of Pregnancy

One of the first signs of pregnancy is a missed period. Implantation bleeding, which is light pink or brown in colour, that occurs at the time a woman's period is scheduled to begin is also a common symptom of pregnancy. Additional symptoms can include swollen, tender breasts, fatigue, morning sickness, backaches, headaches, frequent urination, darkening of the areolas and food cravings.

Signs of Menopause

Women entering menopause may notice irregular or missed periods, which lead to a decrease in fertility. Other signs of menopause include hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, incontinence, fatigue, memory problems, mood swings, weight gain and changes in skin texture.

Misconceptions

It is sometimes believed a woman cannot get pregnant while she is going through the process of menopause. While fertility decreases dramatically as the ovaries begin to produce less viable eggs more sporadically, if at all, a woman can still become pregnant until post-menopause is reached.

Warning

Any woman who has missed a period should take a home pregnancy test, especially if they are of menopausal age, are experiencing other menopause symptoms and have had unprotected sex. It is important to contact a doctor if you are menopausal and pregnant since certain treatments for menopause may harm a growing foetus.

Signs & Symptoms of Early Teen Pregnancy

Missed Period

A missed period is often the first symptom noticed by women to make them suspect pregnancy. Some women also experience a much lighter period than usual early in pregnancy, though this is usually due to implantation bleeding and not a true period. Implantation bleeding occurs when a fertilized egg burrows into the wall of the uterus.

Nausea and Changes in Appetite

Nausea, queasiness and vomiting are all early symptoms of pregnancy. "Morning sickness" can come at any time of the day, so even if you're feeling nauseous in the afternoon or evening, it could be a sign that you're pregnant. Morning sickness commonly occurs in reaction to unpleasant odors and causes many women to lose their appetite. Conversely, you may feel hungrier than usual even very early in pregnancy, as your body is using more energy.

Frequent Urination

Frequent trips to the bathroom may be a sign of pregnancy, as the swelling uterus puts more pressure on the bladder. Another cause of frequent urination during pregnancy is that the kidneys are producing more fluid.

Fatigue, Dizziness and Mood Swings

Fatigue and dizziness may occur early in pregnancy due to lowered blood sugar as your body makes feeding your baby a priority. Mood swings and headaches are common as well, due to rapid hormonal changes.

Breast Tenderness

Breast tenderness often occurs early in pregnancy when your body prepares to produce milk for your baby. This is often a confusing symptom, as many women have sore or tender breasts just before menstruation.

Other Considerations

Because many early signs of pregnancy are also common symptoms of upcoming menstruation, taking a home pregnancy test will help you know for sure whether or not you're pregnant. Home pregnancy tests are most accurate when taken after a missed period. A negative test is not always certain, as your body may simply not have produced enough of the pregnancy hormones that the tests look for yet. Take another test a couple of days later if menstruation doesn't occur. If your home pregnancy test is positive, if you doubt your negative test, or if menstruation never occurs despite several negative tests, see a doctor as soon as you can. As a sexually active teen, even if you do find that you are not pregnant, seeing a doctor would be wise to rule out any sexually transmitted diseases or infections.

Signs of Pregnancy Implantation

Function

When a male's sperm fertilises a female's egg, the egg becomes a blastocyst about five days after conception, and it travels to the uterus to implant and become an embryo. Blastocysts that fail to implant do not result in pregnancy, so implantation is an extremely vital part of early pregnancy. During the implantation, the blastocyst burrows into the endometrial lining of the uterine wall and becomes connected with the mother's circulatory system.

Time Frame

Signs of pregnancy implantation typically occur between six and 12 days after ovulation. Women searching for signs of implantation should keep an accurate record of their menstrual cycle to determine when they ovulated so they'll have a record on which to base an implantation range. Because some signs of implantation include temperature shifts, women hoping to determine whether a pregnancy has implanted should be recording their daily waking temperature and be familiar with fertility temperature charting.

Features

Typical signs of pregnancy implantation include one or more of the following: implantation spotting, implantation cramps, a temperature drop between seven and 10 days after ovulation and a second upward temperature shift after the temperature drop. Implantation spotting is a very light, brief spotting (often just a few drops of blood that may be brownish in colour) that occurs between seven and 10 days after ovulation. The temperature drop related to pregnancy implantation is limited to a single day, after which the basal body temperature rises higher and stays elevated if pregnancy has been achieved.

Potential

If the signs of pregnancy implantation are evident and a pregnancy is suspected, couples must still wait to take a home pregnancy test, because the body does not produce enough detectable pregnancy hormone until several days after implantation. Additionally, just because a blastocyst implants in the uterine wall does not guarantee that an embryo will develop and grow correctly. Many early pregnancies are lost after implantation but before a missed period, and many women are unaware that they were ever pregnant.

Considerations

Couples trying to conceive should remember that even if signs of pregnancy implantation are evident, this does not necessarily indicate they are pregnant. The signs of pregnancy implantation frequently occur in women who do not become pregnant, just as women who do become pregnant may exhibit none of the signs of implantation. The signs of implantation should really only be used for speculation and not in an attempt to confirm a pregnancy before a missed period.

Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy After a Miscarriage

Implantation Bleeding

One of the very earliest pregnancy signs is one that not every woman experiences or even notices. About a week or so after fertilization, the embryo attaches to the wall of the uterus. This sometimes results in a small amount of bleeding, seen as a spot of blood on the toilet tissue. Cramping may accompany the spotting, leading some women to believe their period is on its way.

Tender Breasts

Once the fertilized egg implants, your body begins to undergo hormonal changes in order to support the new baby. These changes cause your breasts to feel fuller, heavier and downright sore. This can happen early in the pregnancy, sometimes only one week after conception.

Missed Period

One of the most common signs of pregnancy is a missed period. The lining of the uterus, which usually sheds if no implantation takes place, is now needed for the fertilized egg. Some women actually do have a small amount of bleeding around the time their period is due while pregnant, but it is usually lighter and shorter than usual.

Morning Sickness

Nausea is another of those stereotypical signs of pregnancy although the term "morning sickness" can be misleading. Nausea can happen any time of the day in varying degrees. Some woman are sick all day while others only experience a few hours of nausea. This symptom can crop up at any time during the pregnancy but usually appears within the first eight weeks.

Frequent Urination

Another commonly known symptom of pregnancy is a more frequent urge to head to the bathroom. This is due to your already growing uterus. Even though the baby is still a tiny little thing, your uterus is expanding in order to care for it and is putting pressure on your bladder. This symptom arrives about six weeks after conception and reappears once your belly really starts to grow.

Signs & symptoms at 3 to 4 weeks pregnant

Missed Period

Missing your period is one of the top signs that you are pregnant. Menstrual cycles start from the first day of your bleeding to the first day of your next bleeding. Generally, women have cycles that run 28 days; however, stress and hormones can alter the date of the period. Every month the uterus grows a lining and waits for an egg. If there is no fertilised egg, than the uterus sheds this lining. The lining is the blood during the period. When there is a fertilised egg, you will either have a reduction in periods or stop bleeding all together. Some women experience implantation bleeding, which occurs when the egg has attached itself to the lining of the uterus. Spotting and cramping can be part of these condition.

Headaches

Headaches are another frequent occurrence during the early stages of pregnancy. The influx of hormones in the bloodstream can cause headaches or migraines. According to the American Association of Pregnancy, women who are frequent sufferers of migraines have found that pregnancy actually decreased their amount.

Nausea

Mayo Clinic states that morning sickness can occur two weeks after conception. Commonly referred to as morning sickness, a pregnant women can have nausea wither with vomiting or without. Rising levels of oestrogen is partially to blame for this symptom. When the body has more oestrogen, the stomach empties at a slower pace. Pregnancy also gives women a nose that can rival some drug sniffing canines. Women tend to be very sensitive to smoke, perfumes and food smells.

Fatigue

Fatigue often sets in at the fourth week. You may feel tired even after a good night's rest or not able to enjoy some of the physical activities that you used to love. Because your body is changing at lightening fast speeds, you can feel run down or even depressed. Insomnia is another problem for somepregnant women, which can contribute to the fatigue. Luckily, fatigue is generally at its worst during the first trimester and you will be able to have more energy in the second.

Food Cravings

Strange food combinations or intense hunger can be felt at the time of the fourth week of pregnancy. You may have to have one certain food one minute and change your mind to another completely different food the next. Sweet and salty foods tend to be at the top of most people's list.

Weight Gain

Some women might start noticing signs of weight gain during the third and fourth week. There is not set amount of weight that you should gain during pregnancy and much of it depends on how much you weighed before getting pregnant. The average person should expect to gain around 11.3-15.9kg. It is important to not go on a food free for all. Eat a well balanced diet that is free from too many processed and fried foods. Ask you doctor how much you should weigh and what the right diet would be for you.

Other Signs

Other pregnancy signs include constipation, dizziness and moodiness. Every person experiences different symptoms during pregnancy. It is important to schedule a visit with a doctor as soon as you find out. Track you progress week to week and get enough rest and nutrition for your baby.

Signs of a Phantom Pregnancy

Amenorrhoea

The National Women's Health Information Center defines amenorrhoea as the cessation of women's period. This is a common sign of a phantom pregnancy, which is the same for a woman who is carrying a child.

Morning Sickness

Signs of a phantom pregnancy include morning sickness, which is usually caused when women psychologically convince themselves they are pregnant.

Weight Gain

"Psychology Today" states a case studied by the University of Nebraska in which a woman gained weight due to a phantom pregnancy. The case states the pituitary gland in the brain tricked this woman's body into thinking she was pregnant, resulting in hormone production. Most of the time, women in this condition are suffering from severe constipation.

Tender Breasts

Women with signs of a phantom pregnancy have tender breasts and may even begin producing hormones that cause lactation.

False Labor Pains

Women often feel labour pains when they experience phantom pregnancies. False labour pains and fake childbirth are signs of a phantom pregnancy, which helps women overcome their issues, according to "Psychology Today."