Are you pregnant? How can you tell?
Is it time to run to the pharmacy and take the test? The following signs will help you determine if you need make the trip down that infamous isle. Pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman, and as an expectant mother you may experience all, some, or none of these following 10 symptoms:
1. Nausea & Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is a very common symptom of early pregnancy. It often starts very early on between three to six weeks of the pregnancy. Unfortunately, some women complain of feeling nauseous throughout, where as others manage to escape it altogether. Despite its name, morning sickness, can affect you morning, noon or night.
2. A Missed Period
A missed period is one of the most obvious 10 pregnancy signs. If you’ve been expecting a period and it fails to start on time it’s a good idea to take a test, as a missed period is a strong indicator that you’re pregnant. However, there are other reasons for a missed period, including illness, stress or medications. Pay a visit to your doctor if you are concerned.
3. Sensitive, Swollen Breasts
If you’re pregnant, your breasts will probably swell and feel very sore, a similar sensation to before a period, but possibly more tender than usual. As your body adjusts to the change in hormone levels, this uncomfortable sensitivity should subside.
4. Higher Body Temperature
It is normal to have an increase in body temperature at ovulation. This elevated temperature may stay high throughout the early stages of pregnancy.
Many pregnant women complain that they find themselves falling asleep all the time and in the most random places. Lack of energy is one of the very early signs of pregnancy and is because your body instantly starts to work over-time in preparation for the baby.
6. Food Cravings
It’s a bit of a cliché, but craving certain foods is often a sign of pregnancy. Don’t count on this as a sure symptom as it may just mean you’re low on a particular nutrient, but if cravings are along with other points on this list, then you could be on your way to motherhood.
7. Peeing Frequently
From about six weeks pregnant, you may notice that you need to go to the bathroom more and more.
This is down to a combination of pregnancy hormones, a larger volume of blood in your system and your kidneys working extra hard.
8. An Altered Sense of Taste
An altered sense of taste is quite common some women claim they have a metallic taste in their mouth, and others suddenly can’t stand the taste of foods or drinks they usually like.
9. Darkening of your Nipples
If the surrounding skin of your nipples gets darker, you may have successfully conceived. This can happen from about eight weeks and you may also find that the bumps around your nipples become more pronounced or start having a tingly sensation.
10. A Positive Home Pregnancy Test
If you suspect you could be pregnant the best way to proceed is by taking a home test, which you can pick up from any local pharmacy. For the most reliable result, take the test a few days after your missed period. If it shows positive, then chances are, baby is on its way. Make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to get the exciting news confirmed.
By Amy Fleming