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How to Identify the Early Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy - Part 2

By Edited May 14, 2015 0 0

Some of the signs of early pregnancy could be vague but if you suspect that you might be pregnant, then be observant of how your body is changing. You can list some of the recent changes that comes along with your suspicion. Take note that the sooner you know that you're pregnant then the earlier you can get proper prenatal health care for you and your precious little one.

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    Check your basal body temperature because a continuous elevated temperature that will last for two to three weeks could indicate that you're pregnant. Some women will chart or track their basal body temperature so that they can predict when is their most fertile period of each month. 

    Women who are tracking their body temperature are most likely trying to get pregnant. This method is useful for couples trying to conceive and it may also indicate pregnancy if a woman's body has a continuous elevated temperature lasting for a couple of weeks.

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    Pay attention to the abdominal cramping that you're experiencing. It can be painful to some women who are pregnant. Generally, within six to ten days of conception, the embryo attaches itself inside the uterine walls. 

    Implantation bleeding may occur within a day or two once the fertilized egg is implanted on the uterine wall. Pregnancy starts after implantation which usually occurs within six to twelve days after ovulation. Your hormones start to change and could give you such symptoms once your fertilized egg has been implanted in the uterine wall.

    When implantation occurs, it's common that a woman will experience abdominal cramping and light spotting. The implantation spotting is usually light to medium pink or brown in color, spotty but you can't experience heavy bleeding. Implantation bleeding is a sign of pregnancy and you don't have to fear because this is normal. 

    You could experience abdominal cramping and implantation bleeding before you'll expect your menstrual period in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Take note that not all women will experience implantation bleeding or abdominal cramping during pregnancy.

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    Monitor your monthly period if you're sexually active because a missed menstruation is an indication that you could be pregnant. If you've missed your monthly period and it usually comes to the expected dates that you anticipate then you might be pregnant unless there are other things in your life that has changed it like too much stress or simply due to age. 

    There are other reasons for a missing period like when a woman will stop using contraceptives or birth control pills, if she has extreme weight gain or anorexia, or if she's very sick. Usually, missing your menstrual period is also a sign that a woman might be pregnant. Keep tracking your menstrual cycle when you and your partner want to conceive. By doing the tracking method, you'll know when to expect your menstrual period.

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    Recognize that hormone levels will fluctuate at the start and all throughout your pregnancy. Some women could even experience digestive problems like constipation or diarrhea due to the increased hormone levels. 

    Pregnancy is a Herculean task that your body will start to tackle in preparation for a growing fetus. Some women will even find themselves very emotional during pregnancy such as crying or laughing because of the surging hormones in their bodies.

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    Observe if you constantly have a lower backache right before your period begins because it could also be a symptom of pregnancy especially if you're not expecting your menstrual period. Some women who weren't aware that they're pregnant will get puzzled why they feel so tired and have a lower backache when they haven't done a heavy work or chore.

    You don't need to get worried if you're having this kind of backache because this is just an early sign pregnancy. Generally, high energy levels from your body will help build to support the development and growth of your baby and this job can take away most of your stamina and strength that is why it's important that you can detect the earliest time of pregnancy so that you can take the right pre-natal vitamins and eat nutritious foods that your body needs.

    Don't be surprised if you suddenly fall asleep in the middle of the day because your body only wants to rest for awhile so that it can manage in working hard to support your growing baby. The first trimester could be challenging to most pregnant women and by the second trimester, they will be able to restore their lost energy.

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    Take note that due to the increasing hormones in your body, you could also experience minor to sever headaches. Headaches may keep on coming especially during the early stages of pregnancy and it's normal. 

    If you think that you might be pregnant, avoid taking aspirin or strong pain reliever medication to alleviate your pain. It's best to see your doctor and have a blood test done in order to check if you're truly pregnant so that an appropriate medicine will be prescribed for your pregnancy headache.

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    Purchase a home pregnancy test to check whether you're pregnant. A home pregnancy test may have a high rate of accuracy if taken after a few days after your missed period. You also need to read the label and instructions of the kind of home pregnancy test that you want to buy. 

    Most of the home pregnancy tests that are out in the market have simple instructions. You can just easily remove the cap and position the absorbent tip in your urine stream for a few seconds then lay the home pregnancy test flat while developing.

    Women who suspect that they're pregnant can easily read the results within a few minutes. A home pregnancy test is an inexpensive way to know if you're pregnant and it's also available in all drugstores. 

    You can also visit community centers that will provide a free test. It's really important that you'll know the soonest possible time if you're pregnant so that you can take good care of your health including your baby. Home pregnancy tests are usually reliable, with 99 percent accuracy if you follow the simple instructions.



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