- Women's Health
Pregnancy Scare Symptoms
There comes a point in every woman’s life when they have to ask themselves... "Am I pregnant?"
For some women the thought of being pregnant is very exciting, but for others it may not be the news they were planning on hearing... Better known as the PREGNANCY SCARE! So I am here to be the bearer of good and bad news. On this page I will let you know the signs and symptoms of pregnancy, information about pregnancy test, options for your pregnancy, and much more! There will also be quizzes and polls you can participate in. If you have any comments, feel free to leave them below.
I want to know the signs and symptoms of pregnancy
Okay! Okay! Don't be so impatient. Now let me begin by saying every woman’s body is different. Some of you may have all of these symptoms and some may have none.
Nausea/ Vomiting - Better known as the infamous morning sickness. It is most common to experience this during the first four to eight week, but some women experience it as early as two weeks. Though waking up to an upset stomach seems like enough, some women actually experience morning sickness at night! This happens because of the rise in estrogen in your body.
Missed Period: Everyone knows this is the biggest sign of pregnancy, but it can also mean a few other things that may be going on with your body.
Swollen/Tender Nipples: Ouch! This can be mildly aggravating to your body. Your body is preparing you to get ready for breastfeeding. It is said this is particularly painful during your first pregnancy.
Spotting/ Cramping: This is what confuses us women the most. You aren't exactly sure whether you experienced your period or implantation bleeding. After conception, the egg implants itself on the uterine lining. This will happen about ten to fourteen days after you conceive. The bleeding is usually very light with very small amounts. If you experience cramping this is only your uterus making room for the embryo to develop.
Fatigue: During pregnancy your body is working more than usual, which is going to make you very tired. Not only is your body working harder to pump blood to you and your baby, but it is also dealing with all your increased hormonal production.
Yes, there are many more signs and symptoms that are existent. The five listed above are only the main early signs and symptoms.
Positive or Negative
Now on to the Confirmation
So by reading a few pregnancy symptoms, you may feel the need to take a pregnancy test if you are experiencing one or more of the pregnancy symptoms. There are a variety of tests available to fit the needs of each woman dying to know her pregnancy status. A false positive and negative can occur for various reasons. If you believe your test is not accurate, it would be wise to retake it. Listed below are the options you have available to test for pregnancy.
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG)
When a blood or urine test is used to detect pregnancy a chemical marker sample is required to give accurate results. A human chorionic gonodotropin, also known as HCG, is a well known chemical marker. Though this is an effective way to diagnose a pregnancy, HCG is unable to detect a pregnancy until implantation occurs within the women, which usually takes 6 to 12 days. A blood test is usually more accurate than a home pregnancy test.
An ultrasound is usually taken in a doctor's office or hospital setting by a sonographer. The amount of time for the process depends solely on the woman's situation. A gestational sac can be seen about two and a half weeks after ovulation. The embryo can be visualized and measured by the time it reaches 5 to 6 weeks. The heart beat can be heard by week 6 and observed by week 7.
What were your results?
I'm Pregnant and I Want to be Pregnant
Congratulations! You are pregnant. There are a variety of new Joys coming your way. The best idea is for you to confirm with your doctor and begin the next step. Be sure to begin your prenatal care as soon as your pregnancy is confirmed. Good luck on your journey!
I'm Pregnant, but I Don't Wish to Continue My Pregnancy
Okay. Let's stay calm. If you are absolutely positive this is the route you would like to take, there are many options available to you. Before beginning the process, I recommend you talk to a professional about your decision because there is no going back once this is completed.
Some women who do not plan to proceed with their pregnancy choose the option of adoption. There are two types of adoption: Closed and Open. A closed adoption states that there will be no interaction between the adopter, adoptee, and child. A closed adoption is the exact opposite. To begin your adoption process, first research your options. If this is your choice, you will need to contact an agency in your area. Some women who opt for an abortion experience several of psychological issues.
An abortion is the termination of a pregnancy, which is the removal of the fetus. An induced abortion can be done in a hospital or clinic. An abortion can be done with a surgical procedure or a simple pill. Many have reported the procedure to be painful. The total time the process takes depends on the woman and procedure. The total cost of an abortion may vary in each state, but there is often assistance for those who cannot afford the cost. There are long term health and psychological issues that are associated with an abortion.
I'm Not Pregnant, but I Want to Be Pregnant
If you have gotten several negative pregnancy test and you'd rather them be positive, there may be several solutions available to you. To begin, you will need to see your doctor to test for infertility. If you are not infertile the doctor may advise you to create a journal, recognize your ovulation days, and test your partner for in fertilization. If you continue to have problems conceiving after 2 or more years, the following options are available to you.
In Vitro Fertilization
This procedure is where a medical doctor manually combines the egg and sperm of you and your partner or of a donor(s) in a dish and enters them into your uterus. The process can cost a great amount of money. The average cost of In Vitro Fertilization is $12,000 and this process can take up to several tries depending on the woman. There is some health risks associated with this procedure. The average success rate of this procedure is 35%. There are many clinics specializing in this procedure around the world.
A surrogate mother is a woman who carries a child containing the sperm and/ or egg of a woman and/or man wishing to have a child. The average success rate of this program averages to about 85%. The candidates are subject to a screening before they are able to become a surrogate mother. Most programs will encourage you to interact with your prospective surrogate mother. This meeting arrangement will help each party feel more comfortable with the decision made. This program is very costly and can average to thousands of dollars.
Adoption is an arrangement made between two parties where a person's takes the responsibility of parenting from a person who is not able to do so. There are several options of adoption available to you, whether you choose an open or closed adoption. Adoption programs can cost no money at all or a great amount. The cost depends on the type of program you choose, the situation of the intended child, and the area in which you are adopting the child. It would be wise to hire an adoption lawyer, due to scams and other setbacks.
I'm Not Pregnant and I Did Not Wish to Be
There are many options available to you such as birth control and family planning. Please contact your doctor to look into these options to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.