Signs Of Pregnancy

On April 23, 2014 | All, Obstetrics & Gynaecology

       It’s been 7 days past your due date and now you are keen to know if you are pregnant. Missed periods are one of the surest signs of pregnancy. However, you cannot conclude the same without viable symptoms and tests.

Home Pregnancy Test

Home pregnancy tests after missed periods are very reliable. And if it’s positive then hurrah! Let’s celebrate for the coming of a baby!

You may experience some of these early signs of pregnancy.

1. Fever:  

     Your body temperature above 100.4 degrees indicates an infection; you should see the doctor. Pregnancy stresses out the immune system, thus you are prone to infections. The symptoms may include fever, cough, cold nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

2. Prickling Sore Nipples

     As your body flushes out pregnancy hormones in the blood, you may feel your breasts sore or swollen and a prickling sensation around your nipples. It occurs during the first few weeks. You can also blame your hormones if notice the bluish veins beneath the skin.

3. Mood Swings

     The dormant volcano inside you suddenly becomes active when your husband forgets to close the toothpaste cap. You suddenly get moody and your emotions are on a roller coaster ride. Well, if you are pregnant and you get your mood swings too often, dear husbands – all the best!

 4. Feeling Sick – Nausea/Dizziness

Most women experience morning sickness (even during the nights for some). Occurring during the second trimester, you may feel like vomiting. Ensure sure you eat well and drink plenty of water and juices.

5. Feeling Tired & Fatigue
It’s not uncommon to find your energy draining out quickly. The low blood sugar and low blood pressure can take you for a roll. Indulge in eating healthy food to refrain yourself from getting exhausted & zoned out. It also helps in controlling birth defects.

6. Shortness of Breath

     Do you find it difficult to climb stairs? The growing fetus needs oxygen, just as you do. Occurring from the second trimester onwards, the baby starts to put pressure on your lungs and diaphragm, making it slightly difficult for you to cope with your oxygen and energy levels.

6. Frequent Urination

One of the most annoying things most women experience during the second and third trimester is the need to urinate frequently. Accounting for the production of a larger volume of fluids and blood in your system, your kidneys work extra hard & more pressure is exerted on your bladder.

7. Backaches

     If you experiencing frequent back pains, it could mean your ligaments are loosening to support your posture when your body gains weight and shifts the center of gravity.

8. Food cravings and Sensitivity towards Aromas

You may tend to suddenly develop a craving for a particular food or just go off some foods. Some can’t stand the taste of coffee and eggs; while others love to indulge in foods like ice-creams, tamarind, pickles, mangoes, etc. Your sensitivity towards aromas from food or cooking becomes more prominent.

9. Spotting & Cramping
Spotting during early pregnancy is caused by the hormones facilitating the implantation of the egg in the uterine wall. It takes place within two weeks. Spotting maybe a light pink or brown-coloured stain. An uncomfortable cramping in lower abdominal region could occur due to the stretching of skin. You may also encounter vaginal discharge or bleeding.

10. Constipation and Bloating

     You hate to feel puffy or bloated up, because it not only brings discomfort but also because it makes you look fat in your favourite tees. It may be the progesterone hormone, which slows down your digestive system.

11. Darker nipples
The body prepares to breast feed the child. Hence, you may notice the patch of skin around your nipples (areolas) gets darker. More prominent during the last stages of pregnancy, your nipples become more erect. Shift to more comfortable inner wear that supports these changes occurring to welcome the new life.

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