Early signs of pregnancy and testing
Some women experience one or two of these classic signs while others will have quite a few. Some of these signs aren’t unique to pregnancy, they may indicate that you're getting sick or that your period is coming, while on the other hand you can be pregnant without ever having any of these symptoms. Check through these classic signs which begin in the first weeks of pregnancy.
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Early signs of pregnancy
Light blood spotting
If you have conceived, blood spotting can happen when the fertilised egg attaches to the lining of the uterus (implantation). This occurs before your menstrual period should begin. Implantation bleeding is pinkish or brownish and not heavy while a normal menstrual flow starts light, becomes heavier, then tapers off again before ending.
More frequent urination
Many pregnant women find themselves running to the bathroom more often than usual, even before a missed period, usually from about 7-12 days after the temperature rise at ovulation. The changes in hormone levels produced by implantation of the embryo are the cause of more frequent urination.
Elevated body temperature
It's normal to have an increased body temperature at ovulation. If your basal body temperature (first thing in the morning) stays elevated after ovulation and through when your period should begin, it is likely a very early sign that you are pregnant.
Missing your period
Missing your period is one of the obvious early signs or pregnancy. However, you can miss your period for many reasons such as stress, hormonal fluctuations or sickness. If you normally have a very regular menstrual cycle, missing a period can be a sign.
Changes in your breasts and nipples
One of the earliest signs of pregnancy is a change in how your breasts and nipples feel. They may be tender, sore or tingly, or feel heavier or fuller. This I is because of the increased production of estrogen and progesterone but the good news is that these feelings of tenderness go away as the body becomes accustomed to the hormones. Also, as early as one week after conception, the area around the nipples often becomes darker and the bumps on the areolas may look more prominent.
Morning sickness is the name given to the feeling of nausea and or vomiting when pregnant. In reality, it can happen at any time of day or night. It is one of the telltale signs of early pregnancy with most women feeling some sickness four to eight weeks after conception. However, the queasiness can begin as early as two weeks after conception. Pregnant women also have a heightened sense of smell; aromas such as food cooking, coffee, perfume or cigarette smoke can cause nausea.
Feeling cramps similar to menstrual pain is an early sign of pregnancy caused by the uterus enlarging. Movement, physical exercise and orgasm all can trigger cramping in the early stages of pregnancy.
Lack of energy as an early sign of pregnancy may be hard to distinguish from other kinds of fatigue. Feeling tired is caused by the changes happening in your body. It is pumping out hormones and producing more blood which your heart is beating faster to carry throughout your body and to your womb.
A change in your bowels in early pregnancy is common. Your intestines may relax and your digestion slow down due to the increase in progesterone. Food passes through your system more slowly which can lead to constipation.
Increased blood flow and hormone changes can cause mild but frequent headaches early in pregnancy.
The increased flow of hormones can make even the most no-nonsense woman teary and emotional in the early stages of pregnancy.
Faintness and dizziness
Another early sign of pregnancy is a feeling of dizziness. Faintness is caused by low blood sugar levels.
The only way to know for sure is to have a pregnancy test!
At Marie Stopes clinics a urine test done to detect pregnancy can be performed two days after the missed period. You confidentiality is guaranteed.
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