Once a woman is trying to conceive, the wait to find out if she is pregnant can be torture. A pregnancy test is the most common tool a woman uses to determine if pregnancy was achieved. Using the Fertility Awareness Method, a woman can know she is pregnant well before taking a pregnancy test. When a woman charts her basal body temperature, she will know she is pregnant if her body maintains a high temperature for more than 18 days post ovulation. Regardless of whether a woman uses a pregnancy test or her basal body temperature, what are the pregnancy signs ?
Pregnancy Sign - A Missed Period
A missed period is the most tell-a-tale sign that a woman is pregnant. When a woman conceives, her body produces the pregnancy hormone to inform the body that a conception was successful. This warning tells the body to not shed the lining it had been developing prior to ovulation. If a woman has just had a baby, the return of a period is not a sign that she has started ovulation. A woman can actually ovulate prior to receiving her period. Therefore, a woman should never wait for her period to return in order know that she has started her menstrual cycle again.
Pregnancy Sign - Implantation Spotting
Once an egg is fertilized, it travels to the uterus to plant itself in the uterus lining. Light bleeding can occur (about 10 days after ovulation) that is called implantation spotting. Some woman can mistaken this bleeding as their period and think they are safe from pregnancy. This is not the case at all. It is important to notice the difference between the spotting and a typical period. Spotting is lighter in flow with a pink or brownish color.
Pregnancy Sign - Tender Breasts
A woman’s breasts or nipples can become incredibly tender when she is pregnant. They can also become more full and larger in size. The areola can start to darken as well.
Pregnancy Sign - Nausea
Nausea, or morning sickness, is another tell-a-tale sign of pregnancy. Although it is called morning sickness, it doesn’t always occur in the morning. Some women have extreme cases of nausea to the point when they need to take medication to cope. Typically, nausea passes after the first trimester. Some women find the nausea reassuring that the embryo is still alive. Drinking ginger ale, eating crackers, putting a cool cloth behind the neck or taking B6 vitamins are a few of the ways to help alleviate the annoyance of nausea.
Pregnancy Sign - Fatigue
Feeling more tired or exhausted than usual is a common sign of pregnancy. The body has kicked into high gear in order to create another human being. As a result, a lot of the body’s energy is being channeled into the embryo.
Pregnancy Sign - Excessive Urination
Frequent urination in the first trimester has a different cause than the third trimester. In the first trimester, there is an increase in blood volume and the size of the kidneys. These two factors influence the increased need to pee. In the third trimester, the growing uterus pushes on the bladder, causing it to empty itself more frequently.
Pregnancy Sign - Mild Ache in Lower Abdomen
If a mild ache, bloating or fullness is felt in the lower abdomen, a woman can be pregnant instead of having PMS. This feeling is from the implantation of the egg in the uterus lining.
Pregnancy Sign - Moodiness
Due to the dramatic increase in hormones, a woman may experience moodiness and irritation. Don’t just chalk it up to PMS.
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