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At WishABaby, we are committed to not only ensuring that you have a healthy family but also a happy one. And the first sign towards beginning a family is getting pregnant! So let us tell you a few signs and symptoms, which may though vary from person to person, are most commonly associated with being pregnant.
A Missed Period
If you're in your childbearing years and more than a week has passed since the expected onset of your menstrual cycle, then you might be pregnant. But, this symptom can be a misleading one if your menstrual cycle has been an irregular one in the past.
Nausea (with or without vomiting)
Usually termed the morning sickness, such nausea can strike at any time of the day. It usually sets in after 30 days of conceiving the child. Pregnancy hormones likely play a role in this regular nausea during this 9 months of period.
You may find yourself urinating more often than usual every day. Do not worry, just learn that the body-blood increases during pregnancy which causes the kidneys to process extra fluid. And this extra fluid ends up in the bladder to be expelled as urine.
Tender & Swollen Breasts
The first trimester usually starts with preparing the breasts towards lactation and might make your breasts sensitive and sore due to hormonal changes in the body. This discomfort will tone-down with time once the body accommodates itself to growing hormonal changes to accommodate the baby inside you.
Uneasiness and loss of strength are among the few early symptoms of pregnancy. During early pregnancy, progesterone levels soar, which mostly make the women feel sleepy. Nothing to worry about, consult your gynecologist if you find yourself with a lot of fatigue and uneasiness.
Light Bleeding or Spotting
The last thing a woman who is attempting to get pregnant would like to see is spots of blood on her undergarment. But if you notice just light spotting around the time your period is due, don't panic. It could be implantation bleeding. About 1 in 4 women experience spotting during the first trimester, thus there is absolutely nothing to worry about. But if it is beyond spotting and is accompanied by pain, then you must see your doctor immediately.
Similar to sore breasts, occurrence of cramps is among the early signs of pregnancy. But if cramping is more and is severe, do consult your doctor. And this becomes all the more a case of immediate action if cramps are accompanied by bleeding outside of your menstrual period scheduled dates.
High Basal Body Temperature
If you are planning a pregnancy, it is always advisable to chart your body temperature. A slight high is indicative of pregnancy. The basal (or waking) temperature peaks when you ovulate, then gradually falls down during the latter part of your menstrual cycle till the time your period begins. But if you get pregnant during the cycle, your basal temperature will stay high.
Food Cravings And Aversions
While some women take to eating finger-licking spicy stuff, other develop a repulsion from certain food items and even their smell. For example, some develop repulsion to the smell of eggs, which are full of vital nutrients for the baby. Common aversions during the first trimester include meat, onions, and eggs. But as every individual is different, these aversions may go beyond the items mentioned here.
Abdominal pain or tightening of the upper abdomen, resulting in bloating, belching, and passing out gas, may indicate an early pregnancy. Though it may continue for the entire nine months depending on the physiology of the woman as well as the diet components. Bloating is caused scientifically by the boost in progesterone and estrogen, causing a women's belly to swell up during early pregnancy. Yoga and light exercise can help get rid of this. Do not pop-antacids or anti-flatulence drugs without consulting a doctor.
Aforementioned are the most common symptoms that are observed in women upon conception. However, occurrence of signs and symptoms may differ from women to women. While a few may get all the symptoms listed above and even more than what is mentioned here, a few others may not experience much of them at all. Hence, it is always better to confirm pregnancy using home-based pregnancy kits and finally through your doctor.