Signs of Pregnancy

Most people looking at the signs of pregnancy are trying to determine if they are pregnant. For some this may be something they are hoping for and for others it may be something they are hoping is not possible.

The signs of pregnancy are usually different from woman to woman. It is possible that if this is a second or third pregnancy that you may be questioning things because your symptoms are different than they were before.

No matter your circumstances, if you have been sexually active and are now looking to see if you are experiencing any signs of pregnancy, this page will help you know what to look for.

Implantation Bleeding:

The first potential sign of pregnancy is implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding is usually light, spotty, or short. It is often mistaken for a short period. The problem with this symptom is that it is often so short or so light that many women don’t even notice it.

Conception and implantation are what trigger the production of your pregnancy related hormones which are what cause and develop the rest of your potential signs of pregnancy.

Missed Period:

A missed period is often the first sign of pregnancy, particularly for those who are not suspecting pregnancy. A lighter, shorter, or spotty period may actually have been implantation bleeding. Either of these conditions warrants taking a pregnancy test.

Increased Basal Body Temperature:

If you are monitoring your ovulation and trying to conceive, it is more possible to identify a pending pregnancy with this symptom. Once pregnancy occurs your basal body temperature typically elevates for more than two weeks.

Changes in the Breasts:

Your hormones are increasing rapidly and part of that reason is to prepare your breasts for milk production. Subsequently, your breasts may feel sore or tender, tingly, heavier, larger or fuller. You will probably experience this even more as your pregnancy develops.

Fatigue or Feeling more Tired:

Fatigue is common during the onset of pregnancy. The increase of progesterone combined with lower blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and increased blood production create a frequent feeling of being tired or even exhausted.

Nausea or Morning Sickness:

This is one of the first signs that often tips women off that they are pregnant. The rapid increase in hormones frequently triggers nausea, queasiness, or morning sickness; this may be with or without vomiting. Although it is called morning sickness it can occur at any time throughout the day.

Dizziness or fainting:

This symptom is similar to nausea; the rapid shift in pregnancy related hormones may cause you to feel dizziness, like you are going to faint, or even fainting. This can be triggered by getting up too quickly.

Changes in Appetite:

This is another sign that often triggers a belief for many women that they might be pregnant. Sudden cravings or certain foods, avoidance of commonly liked foods, or just an overall consistent sense of being hungry are all potential signs of pregnancy.

Abdominal Cramps:

This is one of those symptoms that frustrate many women because it has a strong tendency to mimic the symptoms of a pending menstruation. However, this is a common sign of pregnancy

Headaches:

Headaches are a sign or pregnancy that may be triggered either by the increase in hormones or the increase in blood volume and circulation. If you struggle with headaches it may be hard to determine this as a sign of pregnancy. The primary question is whether or not the headaches are new?

Mood Swings or Emotional Sensitivity:

Blame it on the hormones, but the increase often creates a change in your emotional stability. You may fluctuate in and out of positive or down moods or you may just find a greater sensitivity to things that never bothered you before.

It is important to determine if you are pregnant as soon as possible so that you may begin your prenatal care. If you are experiencing these symptoms and still getting a negative on a pregnancy test, you should see your health care provider to determine what is causing the symptoms.

 

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