Signs You Might Be Pregnant
Pregnancy is one of the three primary defining stages of the human reproductive cycle (the other two being sexual intercourse and childbirth). The (on average) nine month period spanning from conception (the fertilization of a woman’s ovum by a man’s spermatozoa) to childbirth are among the most memorable periods of any mother’s life.
While pregnancy entails the full range of emotions, a great deal of physical pain and discomfort as well as the greatest euphoria a woman can experience, the one constant with regard to pregnancy that applies to every single instance since the first human pregnancy to the most recent and every one in-between is that it is a life-changing event.
Pregnancy tests are not accurate until several weeks post-conception. Those first few weeks can be filled with anxiety, fear, joy and lots of questions about the prospect of becoming pregnant and how will impact the life of the mom-to-be as she had previously known it.
Luckily for those women who absolutely must know immediately and for whom the thought of waiting until a pregnancy test can ultimately confirm or deny the presence of a developing fetus inside the uterus, there are several signs that can help answer the question of “Am I pregnant?”. For those ladies who suspect they may have become pregnant but aren’t certain and for whom insufficient time has passed between the suspected time of conception for a pregnancy test to be effective, the presence of some or all of the signs listed below can help to quell the curiosity factor until such time as a definitive answer may be obtained.
Until such time as over-the-counter pregnancy tests can provide an accurate answer, women who want to know if they are pregnant can generally ascertain a relatively good idea one way or the other by looking for the certain signs and symptoms outlined below, which generally manifest themselves in the earliest stages following conception.
Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms
The following is a brief list of some of the more common signs that women experience in the first few weeks following conception:
- Nausea and Vomiting - Often referred to as “morning sickness”, this particular term can somewhat misleading insomuch as the fact that the nausea and vomiting is not exclusively limited to mornings nor any particular period of time after waking.
- Inexplicable Fatigue - Excessive tiredness, fatigue and in some instances general weakness (for example, opening a child-proof container of anti-nausea medicine may suddenly become a difficult task).
- Unusually Frequent Urination - This sign is fairly self-explanatory, generally occurring more at night than throughout the day. If experienced in the absence of the other signs listed above and below, if may be wise to consult a urologist just to be sure the frequent urination isn’t the result of a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection).
- Food Cravings - Cravings that in many cases reach a point bordering upon being an obsession is yet another sign that a woman may be pregnant. One distinguishing characteristic of these cravings is that they are not necessarily centered around foods that are staples of the woman’s diet or even foods she eats with any degree of regularity.
- “Chadwick’s Sign” - Darkening of the cervix, vagina, and vulva.
- “Goodell’s sign” - A softening of the vaginal portion of the cervix.
- Breast Tenderness - Pretty self-explanatory.
- Darkening of the Areolas & Nipples - The result of a temporary increase of certain hormones, this begins shortly after conception and continues throughout the pregnancy.
- Missed Period - A missed period is generally a tell-tale sign of pregnancy, however some women do bleed within the first few weeks following conception.
Since pregnancy requires the mom-to-be to adhere to very strict dietary and behavioral guidelines which often require the woman make significant changes to diet and lifestyle, it is strongly advisable to at the very least conduct an over-the-counter, do-it-yourself pregnancy test if not schedule an appointment with an obstetrician.
By being on the lookout for and recognizing aforementioned signs, symptoms and various other indicators that fertilization may have occurred, a woman can determine whether or not taking an actual pregnancy test and/or making an appointment with her obstetrician is in order.
Luckily, most women who are of sound mental health and would not experience any issues with denial (some women for whatever reason convince themselves that they aren’t pregnant – in a couple of well-documented incidents, the women didn’t even know they were pregnant until going into labor) won’t have to worry about learning of their pregnancy after developing vulvar varicosities (aka: “vulvar/vaginal/pelvic/pubic varicose veins”). That particularly uncomfortable and unsightly condition, which has been the focus of several entries at EganMedicalEquipment.com, typically does not manifest until long after a woman learns of her being pregnant.
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