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Pregnancy 101: Remember the Signs

By Edited Oct 1, 2016 0 0

There are a lot of signs to be remembered to know if a woman is pregnant. The duration of a normal pregnancy consumes about 266-280 days or 38-42 weeks. One must then remember that pregnancy is a spectacular event in a woman’s life. No matter how many times a woman already experienced it, pregnancy is something that should not be taken lightly. It is also a mighty given that there are different signs to remember to have a healthy and well-nurtured baby at the end of nine months. The first three sets of signs are the expected in a normal pregnancy. On the other end, the latter set discusses about the warning signals of a dangerous pregnancy that may result in miscarriage if proper action is not taken immediately.

Presumptive Signs and Symptoms

presumptive signs of pregnancy

It is named the presumptive signs because generally these are all changes felt by the pregnant woman alone. It became a debate to include such signs but in the end, the subjective manifestations of pregnancy still prevailed. The following are the presumptive signs of pregnancy, and take note that if a pregnant woman feels any of these does not guarantee her to be really pregnant (30-50% possibility):

  1. Morning sickness
  2. Amenorrhea
  3. Changes in breast
  4. Fatigue
  5. Urinary frequency
  6. Quickening during the expected 20th week

Probable Signs

probable signs of pregnancy

The probable signs of pregnancy are changes observed by the a specialized examiner. It heightens the chance of the woman to be really pregnant (80-99% possibility):

  1. Bluish discoloration of vaginal margin (Chadwick’s Sign)
  2. Ripening of lower uterine lining (Hegar’s Sign)
  3. Softening of cervical wall (Goodell’s Sign)
  4. Enlargement of the uterus
  5. Positive pregnancy test
  6. Sinking of fetal body or ballottment
  7. Outlining of fetal body
  8. Painless contractions at 28th week

Positive Signs

These are the definitive signs of pregnancy. This means that the woman is 100% pregnant:

  1. Presence of fetal heartbeat through Doppler at 10 weeks, Fetoscope at 16 weeks and plain auscultation at 19-20 weeks
  2. Presence of fetal movement felt by examiner after 20 weeks
  3. Presence of fetal skeleton through sonograms

danger signs of pregnancy

Definitely these are the signs a couple must report to a specialist as soon as possible to avoid serious complications of pregnancy. The signs should be thoroughly observed and must not cause a panic for both the husband and pregnant wife. One must also 
remember that a calm assessment is better right before accurately reporting it to the rightful medical practitioner. The following are the danger signals of pregnancy:

  1. Any amount of vaginal bleeding
  2. Severe swelling of face or fingers
  3. Severe and persistent headache
  4. Dimming or blurring of vision
  5. Flashes or patches of light before eyes
  6. Extreme pain in abdomen
  7. Persistent vomiting
  8. Continuous chills and fever
  9. Sudden gush of fluids from vagina
  10. Disappearance of fetal heart tones after they have been initially detected after the 20th week

signs of pregnancy

A pregnant woman may not preoccupy herself with too much worrying about her child rearing. She must only remember that proper health maintenance with adequate nutrition and rest is the main key to avoid unwanted complications from pregnancy. In times of fearing what may become of her baby, the mother should always remember that the being she is carrying is created with a purpose, for a purpose; and that is to live and enjoy life with a gratitude. 

Just always remember the signs of pregnancy and you will be able to tell the difference!



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