Pregnancy is not to be regarded as a source of constant worries and fears.
On the contrary, you should relax and learn how to cope with its pleasant or unpleasant signs
Most women wonder what will be the first early pregnancy sign that she will notice after conceiving.
As opinions and experiences related to primary signs of pregnancy being extremely varying, most of the women seem to get confused how to check for those symptoms.
For women who have a regular monthly menstrual cycle, the earliest and most reliable sign of pregnancy is a missed period.
Women who are pregnant sometimes have a very light period, losing only a little blood.
A missed period can be an outcome of excessive stress, exhaustion, binging on work, improper diet and other health problems.
A missed period is expected to surface after a month of conceiving.
Nonetheless, your body starts sending signals from a few days onwards after fertilization, therefore, look for those symptoms to detect your pregnancy as soon as possible.
By becoming familiar with early pregnancy signs, you can become less anxious and be more confident that you are actually pregnant.
What follows is a description of some of the most common early signs and symptoms of pregnancy.
You should know that these signs and symptoms may be caused by other things besides being pregnant.
So the fact that you notice some of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you are pregnant.
The only way to tell for sure is with a pregnancy test.
When a fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine lining, spotting and cramping can occur.
A few days after conception the fertilized egg attaches itself to wall of the uterus.
This can cause one of the earliest signs of pregnancy spotting and, sometimes, cramping.
That's called implantation bleeding. It occurs anywhere from six to 12 days after the egg is fertilized.
The cramps resemble menstrual cramps, so some women mistake them and the bleeding for the start of their period.
The bleeding and cramps, however, are slight. The spotting is light and is referred to as implantation bleeding.
These symptoms occur a few days after fertilization and a few days before the expected period.
Since implantation bleeding and cramps are similar to menstrual bleeding and cramps, they are easily mistaken for an early period.
That's related to the thickening of the vagina's walls, which starts almost immediately after conception.
The increased growth of cells lining the vagina causes the discharge.
This discharge, which can continue throughout pregnancy, is typically harmless and doesn't require treatment.
But if there is a bad smell related to the discharge or a burning and itching sensation, tell your doctor so they can check on whether you have a yeast or bacterial infection.
These symptoms can begin around the time of implantation and prior to a missed period.
Your hormone levels rapidly change after conception. Because of the changes, your breasts may become swollen, sore, or tingly a week or two later.
Or you may feel heavier or fuller or feel tender to the touch. The area around the nipples, called the areola, may also darken.
Other things could cause breast changes. But if the changes are an early symptom of pregnancy, keep in mind that it is going to take several weeks to get used to the new levels of hormones.
But when it does, breast pain should ease up.
Feeling very tired is normal in pregnancy, starting early on. You may start feeling unusually fatigued as soon as one week after conceiving.
Of course, at around four weeks you should experience the significant pregnancy indicator of missing a period.
If fatigue is related to pregnancy, it's important to get plenty of rest.
Eating foods that are rich in protein and iron can help offset it.
Increased saliva results in the most usual and uncomfortable pregnancy sign "Nausea".
Sometimes mom to-be has to experience drooling of their mouth in early pregnancy during sleep.
Morning sickness is a famous symptom of pregnancy. But not every pregnant woman gets it.
The exact cause of morning sickness is not known but pregnancy hormones likely contribute to this symptom.
Nausea during pregnancy may occur at any time of the day but most commonly in the morning.
Since this tendency of feeling nausea in the morning or often throughout the day is quite different from normal queasy feeling, so it is a prominent sign of early pregnancy.
Also, some women crave, or can't stand, certain foods when they become pregnant. That's also related to hormonal changes.
The effect can be so strong that even the thought of what used to be a favourite food can turn your stomach.
Expecting mothers can manage discomforts of nausea by managing their diets and eating less spicy food and taking small meals instead of larger meals.
It's possible that the nausea, cravings, and food aversions can last for the entire pregnancy.
Fortunately, the symptoms lessen for many women at about the 13th or 14th week of their pregnancy.
In the meantime, be sure to eat a healthy diet so that you and your developing baby get essential nutrients.
This symptom is one of the most common early signs that you could be pregnant.
"Some researchers have speculated that it might be to protect women from eating 'spoiled' or tainted foods, thus protecting the baby from any harmful toxins.
But not all missed or delayed periods are caused by pregnancy. Also, you can experience some bleeding during pregnancy.
If you are pregnant, ask your doctor what you should be aware of with bleeding.
For example, when is bleeding normal and when is it a sign of an emergency?
There are reasons, besides pregnancy, for missing a period. It might be that you gained or lost too much weight.
Hormonal problems, fatigue, or stress are other possibilities. Some women miss their period when they stop taking birth control pills.
But if a period is late and pregnancy is a possibility, you may want to get a pregnancy test.
This is a primary sign of early pregnancy you will receive.
Unlike regular menstruation bleeding, this implantation bleeding (as it is known due to its time of occurrence) is likely to be pinkish in colour and quite normal and harmless.
However, heavy bleeding is a warning sign of pregnancy complications including ectopic pregnancy, miscarriages etc.
The digestive system of pregnant women slows down and gives rise to various symptoms of indigestion such as generation of gas, constipation etc.
During pregnancy your body produces extra fluids, which has your bladder working overtime and you taking a lot of pee breaks.
Although this could be caused by a urinary tract infection, diabetes, or overusing diuretics, if you're pregnant, it's most likely due to hormonal levels.
If you're feeling a little puffy or backed up, it might be extra progesterone due to pregnancy, which slows down your digestive system.
Progesterone causes food to pass more slowly through your intestines.
To ease the problem, drink plenty of water, exercise and eat plenty of high fibre foods.
These are also related to changes in hormones.
This is a result of changes in hormones. Just in case you are indeed pregnant, take pregnancy-safe acetaminophen instead of ibuprofen to deal with the pain.
If you are experiencing back pain, it could mean your ligaments are loosening.
Make sure you eat enough and stay well-hydrated.
These days the tests are so sensitive that they can detect pregnancy a few days after an egg is fertilized.
It is hard to believe, but you can actually learn about your pregnancy even before you miss a period.
After ovulation, when the egg becomes fertilized, it begins creating human growth hormone.
A pregnancy test checks for any HGH (human growth hormone) in your urine. It is nearly impossible to get a false positive test.
Humans do not have human growth hormone in their bodies naturally unless they are pregnant, still recovering from a miscarriage, or injecting it.
You can take a blood test from your doctor's office or an early urine test on your own, and receive a positive as early as the ninth day after ovulation.
Try not to spend too much time worrying about what is or is not a sign that you are pregnant.
It may be difficult, but wait until you have missed your period to take a pregnancy test.
Although you can get a positive test as early as nine days past ovulation, chances of a false negative or positive are higher before your period is due.
Remember that a chemical pregnancy test can give a false positive before a period is due.
Doctors do not rely on any other early signs of pregnancy other than positive blood tests.
Once you have a missed period and have a definitive, positive pregnancy test in hand, call your doctor or midwife to determine your next steps.
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