Pregnancy Symptoms

Pregnancy Symptoms

How Do I Know if I Am Pregnant?

  • The early days of pregnancy usually feel just like PMS.
  • The hormone progesterone is responsible for making you feel nauseous and for the tightness you may feel in your abdomen, whether you are pregnant or not.
  • After a missed period, a home pregnancy test can indicate your pregnancy status.

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Symptoms: PMS or the Beginning of a Pregnancy?

The first signs of an early pregnancy are not unlike the symptoms of PMS. PMS stands for Premenstrual Syndrome, which is marked by symptoms of discomfort during the days preceding the onset of menstruation. Since progesterone levels are elevated during PMS as well as in early pregnancy, symptoms are often identical:

  • Breast tenderness and/or sensitive nipples
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue, low blood pressure
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Increased basal body temperature (can only be detected by regular measurement)
  • Cramps, abdominal pain
  • Slight nausea
  • Constipation
  • Changes in appetite

These could be symptoms of PMS or early pregnancy. The difference can only be known retrospectively. Meanwhile, the woman is left with tension, wondering, “Am I pregnant - or is my period about to start?” The symptoms quickly abate when the monthly cycle starts afresh, but remain, or even intensify, during pregnancy.

 

Pregnant Without Symptoms

You may be wondering whether you could be pregnant, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, right now. 

It is possible for you not to have any, or very few, tangible symptoms in early pregnancy. In rare cases the lack of symptoms continues over a longer period of time. 

Numerous pregnancies begin without a trace of nausea or tender breasts. Nothing unusual is noticeable. The woman does not feel pregnant, which makes the surprise all the greater as the pregnancy progresses

Other women may sense that they are pregnant, even though there are no noticeable signs of pregnancy, yet. Of course, this could just be their fears or desires speaking. 

During the first few weeks of pregnancy, there are no foolproof signs. In fact, every pregnancy is unique — from the outset. Sometimes a second pregnancy is completely different from the first by completely lacking all early symptoms. 

Usually, the timespan, free of pregnancy symptoms, is very brief. Sooner or later it will become obvious. 

💚 If you are feeling anxious about a possible pregnancy right now, take good care of yourself! Allow yourself time to rest, while you are waiting on your period to start; but do not keep this concern to yourself. You are worth it! 

 

Period Overdue: A Sure Sign?

Is your period already overdue? Usually, the absence of menstruation points towards a pregnancy, but it proves nothing. Delays are possible, even in cases where one’s period is usually on time.

There are manifold reasons for the body to be off kilter: a change in diet, a sickness, a new medication, or long-distance travel. Stress can also impact the menstrual cycle. In later years, the absence of a menstrual period may be the harbinger of menopause. It is also possible for a woman to have period-like bleeding, or other discharge, while pregnant.

 

Additional Symptoms of Pregnancy

When pregnant, the woman may experience additional symptoms shortly after her missed period:

  • Nausea
  • Cravings (for pickles, chocolate, potato chips, ice cream, fruit, or salad)
  • Heightened sense of smell; aversion to strong odors
  • Dark splotchy spots on the face, caused by hyperpigmentation, often referred to as “mask of pregnancy”
  • Thicker, shinier hair
  • Stronger fingernails & toenails
  • Darkening of the areola due to hyperpigmentation and/or the production of colostrum
  • Development of stretch marks on the breasts and other body parts
  • Metallic taste in the mouth

 

How Can You Be Sure That You're Pregnant?

You may be wondering, more than ever, whether you are really pregnant. There are two ways to find out:

  1. A correctly administered home pregnancy test can provide certainty. They are available at most pharmacies, drugstores, grocery and convenience stores.
  2. Your other option is to consult your doctor. A positive pregnancy test also needs to be followed up by a doctor’s visit.

 

Worried You Might Be Pregnant?

Hopefully we were able to answer some of your questions, concerning the possibility of a pregnancy.  You may be feeling anxious at the thought of being pregnant and some things have remained unclear. Maybe you have already taken one or even several pregnancy tests and tested negative each time, but you are still concerned that you might be pregnant. For physical concerns, please seek out medical advice!

We understand that every woman and her situation are unique!

You are not alone! — We are here for you!  

 

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