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Very Early Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy
Many women, who both are and are not TTC (trying to conceive), keep track of the fluctuations of their basal body temperature,and cervical mucus to predict ovulation and possible conception. There are so many signs of pregnancy that any woman could experience all or none of the common symptoms while pregnant and unfortunately while not expecting as well. It can be quite confusing! The pregnancy hormone (HCG) can cause so many different changes in your body that the symptoms seem unrelated, but the truth is that these symptoms are indeed correlated and caused by the same culprit! Keep in mind, not everyone experiences these symptoms - some have no noticeable body changes at all!
The Two-Week Wait
The two week waiting period between ovulation and (hopefully) getting a BFP (big fat positive) can seem like it lasts forever! Every little pull and tug experienced in these two weeks either cause extreme excitement or heartbreak thinking they are clues as to whether or not we have conceived this month. Surprisingly, when many women actually do get pregnant they think they are out for the month! HCG is released differently in each pregnancy, due to implantation time, number of embryos & etc., but most women will feel at the least a slight change in their bodies about a week before the missed period. What the change is is the question! I have compiled a large list of pregnancy symptoms experienced by many women before testing positive. Continue reading for the largest outlook on the possibilities of early pregnancy so maybe you can find some sort of salvation while waiting on the dreaded Aunt Flo or the BFP. Good Luck Soon to be Mommies!
- Missed Menstrual Period
- Fluctuation in weight
- Increase in Cervical Mucus
- Increase in Fatigue
- Abdominal Cramps and Pains
- Lower Back Cramps and Pains
- Sore Breasts
Less Common Symptoms
- Pregnancy Rhinitis - allergy problems lasting up to six weeks caused by pregnancy hormones expanding soft tissues
- Weight Loss - due to nausea/vomiting
- Gum Bleeding
- Sensitivity to Smells
- Metallic/"Blood" Taste in Mouth
- Food/Drink Taste Weird or Differently
- Food Cravings/Aversions
- Bloating or Fullness in Pelvic Area
- Increase in Urination
- Constipation or Diarrhea
- Increased Breast Size/Breasts feel Full and Heavy
- Increased thirst
- Missed Late Early and/or Light Menstrual Period
- Feeling Faint or Woozy - due to drop in Blood Pressure
- Strange/Vivid Dreams
- Srange sense of Comfort and/or Wellbeing
- Sides of Breasts Hurt or Feel Sore
- Breasts Feel Tingly
These symptoms are less common but extremely possible. For all women TTC, in the Two-Week Wait period and others, knowing your body and its' changes can be the easiest (and cheapest ;) form of pregnancy confirmation. BABY DUST TO ALL!
Confirming Your Suspicions
Although we may be good at reading our bodies, recognizing symptoms, and making an assumed diagnosis, the only way to know if what you are experiencing is indeed related to pregnancy is to visit a health professional. There are several ways to properly diagnose one as being pregnant, including blood/urine hormone level testing and ultrasound scans. The easiest way to determine if someone is pregnant is to do a urine test; while a urine test may be administered at home, they are generally more accurate when performed in a professional health care facility due to the higher quality of testing materials. Urine tests performed at the doctor's office can usually discover a pregnancy around 3 (or more) weeks. Blood testing is regarded as being very accurate in determining if one is pregnant. Blood tests may also assist medical professionals to estimate the gestational age of the fetus (how far along), and provides valuable insight into how the fetus is growing, if the mother's body is responding to the pregnancy properly/safely, and if there are multiple babies growing! There are two different types of blood tests used to diagnose pregnancy: quantitative and qualitative. Qualitative blood tests simply test for the increased presence of HCG in the mother's blood, the hormone that is released upon the implantation of an egg. Quantitative blood tests are used to measure the actual level of HCG in the blood which, when coupled with an accurate gestational age, can indicate any possible problems related to the pregnancy and/or show how the pregnancy is progressing if sub-sequential tests are taken. The final form of verifying a pregnancy is via ultrasound. An ultrasound to diagnose pregnancy can be done either vaginally or on top of the pelvis, dependent upon estimated gestational age. Transvaginal ultrasounds are generally done only in early pregnancy because the fetus is not yet high enough from behind the pelvic bone to be viewed on a regular external ultrasound. Although internal vaginal ultrasounds are considered to be an invasive procedure - they're not that bad and can be really helpful for many people! An external ultrasound - done in the abdominal area - is very easy and usually more comfortable than any of the other procedures. The only setback to performing a regular sonogram is that much cannot be learned about fetus until about six-seven weeks of gestation, which can be problematic for those having symptoms or history of miscarriage or have had infertility problems.
So many women these days are very in-tune with their bodies, either naturally learned or through ovulation prediction kits and the like. If you are trying to conceive you may not even realize that you actually conceived that month because you were so busy focusing on the wrong symptoms! On the other hand, women know they are pregnant the day/night they conceive. Some women are sensitive to hormone changes and will experience pregnancy symptoms shortly after conception, while others won't have a clue until a few weeks after their forgotten missed period. Taking a multi-vitamin that includes Folic Acid is helpful when trying to conceive, as well as being generally relaxed (not stressed), at a healthy weight, and consuming a decently healthy diet is preferable. If you believe or there is a chance you could have conceived you should avoid any unhealthy activities until you either begin your next cycle or have your pregnancy confirmed (when you would continue avoiding unhealthy activities). Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, taking drugs, too much caffeine, mental stress and anxiety, high blood pressure and/or pulse rate can be harmful to the fetus so avoid putting yourself in any potentially harmful situations.