11 Early pregnancy symptoms First signs you might be pregnant

I Think I’m Pregnant!

You think you’re pregnant, huh? Or, she’s hoping to get pregnant soon. Either way, you want to know what happens during the first few weeks of pregnancy so that you know for sure – and as soon as possible – if you are pregnant. In this chapter, we’ll take a look at the most common signs your body sends you during the first few weeks of pregnancy. And we give you tips on how to confirm your pregnancy and prepare for a great start.

Identifying the Signs of Pregnancy:

Assume you conceived: a small embryo has implanted in the soft lining of your uterus. How and when do you notice you are pregnant? Often, the first sign is a late period. But your body gives you many other signs (sometimes faster than a late period) that usually become more noticeable as each week goes by.

  • My love, I haven’t got my period!: If your period is late, you suspect you may be pregnant. By the time you notice a delay, it will be too late and a pregnancy test will probably give you a positive result (see the next section “Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3” for more information on pregnancy tests). Sometimes, however, you may bleed slightly for a day or two, known as implantation bleeding because the embryo is attaching to the walls of the uterus.
  • You notice that you crave certain foods and detest others: What you’ve heard about a pregnant woman’s appetite is true. She may now be dying for pickles, pasta, and other foods, but on the other hand, she hates other foods that she normally liked. No one knows for sure why these changes in appetite occur, but experts suggest that these changes are at least partially nature’s way of making sure you get the nutrients you need. You may be dying for bread, potatoes, and other carbohydrate-rich foods. Eating these foods in the early days of pregnancy may help you store energy for later when the baby starts to develop quickly. You may feel very thirsty in the early weeks of pregnancy, and the extra water you drink will help increase the amount of blood and other fluids in your body.
  • Breasts become more sensitive and larger: Don’t be surprised at how big your breasts get in early pregnancy. In fact, increased breast size and tenderness is often the first symptom of pregnancy you feel because in early pregnancy, estrogen and progesterone levels increase

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Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

Well, is she pregnant or not? These days you don’t necessarily have to go to the doctor to find out if you’re pregnant. Instead, you can choose to take a test yourself. Home tests are urine tests that simply give a positive or negative result. Your doctor can do a urine test similar to the one you did at home or a blood test to see if you’re pregnant.

Getting an answer at home

Suppose you’ve noticed swelling or cravings for certain foods or have had a delay in your period for one or two days, and you want to know if you’re pregnant, but you’re not ready to go to the doctor yet. The easiest and quickest way is to go to the pharmacy or drugstore and buy a home pregnancy test. These tests are basically simple chemical kits designed to check for the presence of the chorionic gonadotropin hormone (CHG, the hormone produced by the growing placenta) in your urine. Although these kits are not as accurate as laboratory tests that check for HCG in the blood, in many cases they give very fast positive results: by the day you notice your period is late or about two weeks after conception.

The results of home pregnancy tests are not completely accurate. If the result is negative but you still think you are pregnant, take the test again next week or see your doctor.

Talk to your doctor for answers

11 Early pregnancy symptoms First signs you might be pregnant

Even if the home-made test is positive, most doctors want to confirm the results in the office before starting prenatal care, so they repeat the urine or blood test in the office.

The blood test checks for HGC in your blood. This test can be qualitative (a single positive or negative result) or quantitative (a measure of the amount of HCG in your blood). The type of test your doctor chooses depends on your medical history, the symptoms you have at the time, and your doctor’s preferences. Blood tests can be positive even when urine tests are negative.

Joanne’s Story :

  • One day, a couple of years after my first daughter was born, I realized that I was heading to the supermarket to buy pickles and tomato sauce with the intention of mixing them and making a delicious and pleasant green and red meal. It was so much a craving that I hadn’t thought about the crazy combination. It wasn’t until I washed the dishes that I realized that the pickles and tomato sauce had been my only craving during the first months of my first pregnancy. I had no other reason to think I was pregnant again, I hadn’t even missed my period. But the next morning I took the test myself, and I realized it was time for round two.

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Calculation of the Probable Delivery Date

Only 1 in 20 women are in labor on the calculated date. Most women give birth between three weeks before and three weeks after their due date. However, determining your due date, as accurately as possible, is important to make sure that the tests you need during your pregnancy are done at the right time. Also, knowing how far along you are in your pregnancy makes it easier for your doctor to check if your baby is growing properly.

The average pregnancy is 280 days (40 weeks) from the first day of your last period (LMP). Your probable date of delivery (DPD) – what doctors used to call the “estimated date of confinement” because in the past a woman had to be hospitalized close to the days of delivery – is calculated starting with the first day of the LMP. If your cycles are 28 days long, subtract three months from your LUM and add seven days. For example, if her last period started on June 3, her due date would be March 10 (that is, subtracting three months and adding seven days).

If your periods are not 28-day cycles, don’t worry, you can calculate your FPP date another way. If you have kept track of your ovulation and can pinpoint the date of conception, then arriving at a reliable date is very simple: add 280 days to that date. If you are not sure of the first day of the LMP, an ultrasound (also called an ultrasound) in the first three months of pregnancy can also give you a good idea of your LFP.

Weeks or months?

The vast majority of us think that pregnancy lasts nine months. But in reality 40 weeks is more than nine months (9 months x 4 weeks = 36 weeks). The length of pregnancy is closer to ten lunar months (one lunar month has 28 days). In fact, there is talk in Japan that pregnancy lasts 10 months, which is a little longer than nine months of 30 or 31 days (270 or 279 days). That’s why your doctor will probably talk in terms of weeks. In calculating your due date, because it starts counting from the first day of your last period, you’re actually counting a couple of weeks before conception actually occurred. That’s why when the doctor tells you that you’re 12 weeks pregnant, the fetus is really only ten weeks!

An echogram done during the first quarter provides more reliable results than one done in the second or third quarter.

You can also use the ovulation calculation wheel or Gestogram to calculate how far along you are in your pregnancy. To use this handy tool, place the arrow on the first day of the LMP and then find today’s date. Just below that date you can see the number of weeks and days that have passed.

If you know your date of conception, and not your last period, you can do the same procedure, but subtract or eliminate two weeks.

 

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11 Early pregnancy symptoms First signs you might be pregnant

11 Early pregnancy symptoms First signs you might be pregnant