Symptoms Of Pregnancy

You have a feeling you might be pregnant, but you don’t really know and don’t know what signs to look for to see if you might be pregnant.

There are over the counter tests you can take which indicate whether or not you have conceived.  These tests detect the level of HCG in the urine.  If the test is positive you will want to make an appointment to consult with your doctor.  The doctor can confirm the pregnancy and give you the needed care and direction.

One of the most common indications of pregnancy is when a woman misses a period or is late with her period.  However, there can be other reasons why a period is missed or late.   Things such as illness, stress or even weight fluctuations can influence the timing of the menstrual cycle.   If a woman has polycystic ovary syndrome it is not unusual for her periods to occur months apart.

If you are looking for pregnancy signs, in addition to the missed period another important symptom is a change in the size and feel of the breast.  This can happen immediately after conception.  The breasts can become sensitive and start to enlarge as they get ready for breast feeding.  Some women say they experience a sharp tingling sensation in their breast.

Pregnant women often feel tired and with the hormonal changes they may have mood swings.

Many newly pregnant women experience morning sickness.  This is a very common symptom of pregnancy.  The women feel nausea and often experiences vomiting early in the morning.  (Some women experience this discomfort all day long.)  Morning sickness can start as early as two weeks after conception, but usually starts around the fifth or sixth week.  For most women it will last until the third or fourth month.  Unfortunately, for some women morning sickness lasts throughout the entire pregnancy.

Some women notice their waistline becomes thicker almost immediately after conception.

Within two or three weeks of conception a woman may experience frequent urination.  This is another common feature of pregnancy due to the reduction in the size of the bladder.

Pregnant women may have a change in the way they react to the taste and smell of certain types of food.  This can result in cravings for some foods and loathing for some other foods.

Any of the above symptoms may be a sign of pregnancy.  If you suspect you are pregnant see your health care professional. He or she can take a urine test similar to the home pregnancy test.  If there is any question of a problem with your pregnancy, your health care professional can take a blood test to obtain either positive or negative results.

Somewhere between four and six weeks your obstetrician can do a physical examination to confirm your pregnancy.  When you are pregnant your vaginal tissues thicken and the uterus softens.

If you suspect you are pregnant avoid taking any over the counter medications until you consult with your medical professional.

The information contained in this article is not intended to give any medical advice.  It is to be used only as information.  If you suspect you are pregnant consult your medical care professional and follow his or her guidance.  The medical professional will determine the best course of treatment for you to follow.hqdefault