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11 Ways to Know if You are Pregnant

11 Ways to Know if You are Pregnant

A woman has skipped her period and is now two weeks overdue; the couple was physically intimate only three times since the last period and that too far from the days of her ovulation. She takes a pregnancy test once and it is negative; she takes another one a week later, and it comes back positive! What can be more maddening?

Until you go and get that confirming scan or blood test, you may neither feel ecstatic nor plan ahead. Phew! If only there were some ways on

After a successful ovulation you may notice pregnancy symptoms within 7 to 10 days. The more the days pass, the more the symptoms become prominent. Every individual woman experiences different pregnancy symptoms.

Sometime, it takes few weeks for pregnancy symptoms to get noticed. So, don’t be confused that you may not experience some of the symptoms that we are going to discuss here.

Different Pregnancy Symptoms

Period Will Not Arrive

If you have regular period, you will notice that your period is not arriving within date range. And this is the first and one of very common pregnancy symptoms that every pregnant woman experiences. When ovulation occurs, the foetus develops and the opening of your uterus gets closed.   But there are some exceptions; some women have menses for few months after ovulation or even the whole pregnancy period. On the other hand, for some physical disorders some women don’t have their periods although they are not pregnant.

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is another common pregnancy symptom. Some women experience smells in foods and other stuffs that trigger the tendency to vomit. Though the name is morning sickness, it can visit you any time in the day or night. Usually this condition lasts for the first trimester or for some, the second trimester or even whole pregnancy period.

Changes In Your Breasts

You may notice some pregnancy symptoms that make changes in your breasts. You may experience tenderness in your breast as you usually felt before your period. During this situation you experience pain even from soft touch on your breast. Some women also experience irritations.

Your nipples become larger in size as well as the circle around the nipple (areola) increases. Also nipples with areolas darken in colour. The bumps around your nipples may also enlarge. You may notice these from eight weeks of your pregnancy. Your breasts start becoming larger and you can see blue veins below your breast skin.

Cervical Mucus Increases

Another pregnancy symptom appears as increase in creamy cervical mucus production as progesterone increases. Depending on individuals, this may be a little or much more. This thick and usually white colour (may be creamy or yellowish) liquid even may secrete while you are walking and makes your pajamas wet.

Sore Breasts

Putting on your bra this morning felt like mild torture. And are you imagining it, or are the girls a little bigger? Tender and heavy-feeling breasts, darkening of the areolas and even more pronounced veins on your chest can be a first sign that you’re pregnant. Wear your most supportive bra—to bed if you need it—to help ease discomfort.

Frequently Peeing

When you are pregnant, the secretion of the pregnancy hormone hCG increases which causes increasing blood supply in the pelvic area. So the bladder becomes irritable and passes urine, though the amount is very small. That is why, during pregnancy you may pee more frequently than usual and in small amounts. This also makes you wake up in the night very often and you rush to toilet.

Cramping & Spotting

During pregnancy the fetus grows and pushes the wall of your uterus which creates contraction. Some women may have a little bleeding or spotting with cramping. This bleeding is not red like normal period and its colour is pinkish. You may have spotting just before your period (the date) at early pregnancy stage (first two weeks) through third trimester.

Constipation

As the baby grows inside your uterus, the uterus expands and some physical changes occur in your intestines due to increased hormones. That is why you may experience constipation. You may have wind in your intestines.

Nausea

For some women, morning sicknessdoesn’t hit until about a month or two after conception, though for others it may start as early as two weeks. And not just in the morning, either: Pregnancy-related nausea (with or without vomiting) can be a problem morning, noon, or night.

Most pregnant women with nausea feel complete relief by the beginning of the second trimester. For most others it takes another month or so for the queasiness to ease up. A lucky few escape it altogether.

Acne

Usually, you may not have sacne or pimples on your skin; but you may be surprised to have acne on your skin. This is because that you are pregnant and your hormones get change. And the changing hormones produce acne at your early pregnancy. Don’t worry, all these pimples will disappear when your hormone level is settled. So, don’t pinch or squeeze acnes, this may leave marks and bacterial infection.

Taste Changes And Cravings

The foods you like best suddenly may be bitter to taste. During pregnancy changes in hormone levels also brings changes in your mouth and you experience your favourite foods are bitter. This experience will differ to individuals. Some may not eat meat, some can’t tolerate potatoes or even some may gag from toothpaste while brushing teeth.

On the other hand, some women in Indian subcontinent tend to taste specific foodstuffs like sour fruits and pickles. Actually when your body is deficient of vitamins and minerals, you tend to have those foods enriched with necessary vitamins and minerals. It is suggested that you should eat all nutritious foods that you are craving high and this is a better substitute for taking pregnancy multivitamins.

Again, some women may experience cravings peculiarly and tend to eat things that are not foodstuff at all; like clay, paper etc. This situation is also called as Pica.

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