Knowing whether one is pregnant could be quite difficult during the early period of pregnancy. The only pregnancy symptoms a person can rely on are the hormonal changes that are supposed to happen in our body’s when we get pregnant. Latest studies confirm that the egg is normally fertilized within the first twelve hours of ovulation. If it is kept for more than 24 hours, the would start to die gradually. Pregnancy symptoms can only be noticed after implantation which usually occurs within the 7th or 10th day after ovulation.
The embryo would start to produce HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) after the implantation process and not before it. It would be quite difficult to test for pregnancy symptoms before this period. The longer you take to test for pregnancy symptoms after ovulation, the more accurate the results would be. Pregnancy tests should be carried out from the day your period would have been due for best results during testing.
There are some important symptoms that would really signal that you are pregnant. Your body would give out these signals to make you aware that it is high time to take more care of yourself since you are now pregnant. But, these symptoms can differ from woman to woman. Every woman will not display the same symptoms when it comes to pregnancy. Hence there is no need for any panicking situations if you don’t display all of the below mentioned pregnancy symptoms. Some women may not have any noticeable symptoms, apart from not having the regular periods, until the 10th or 11th week of conception. This is quite normal, and if you are having any doubts, it is best to consult your doctor for further testing. The major pregnancy symptoms are highlighted below.
1. Missed Periods — This is one of the very first pregnancy symptoms to arrive. But there could be many other reasons for not having a period such as surgery, stress or major illness. There are instances where women continue to have periods even during their pregnancy. They may bleed for a few months or even for the whole period during their pregnancy. Hence this is not an 100% accurate way of judging pregnancy.
2. Morning Sickness — This is another common symptom during pregnancy. Even though it is referred to as morning sickness, it can occur at any time of the day. It usually occurs when a person’s blood sugar level drops. You must not forget to eat enough in order to avoid your blood sugar levels from being dropped. Even though some women feel that nothing can help them to get rid of this condition, ginger seems to be one of the most effective remedies for morning sickness. This condition will hang along through the first trimester during normal conditions. But some women may continue to have this condition during their second trimester or throughout the whole pregnancy period.
3. High Basal Body Temperature (BBT) — Your body temperature would usually remain high during the luteal phase. Progesterone will cause your basal body temperature to rise during ovulation and continue to be so during your whole pregnancy period. If you are not pregnant, the BBT will drop and you may get your period as usual. This is another symptom of early pregnancy.
4. Increase in the Cervical Mucus — The increase in progesterone will also increase the cervical mucus production. It is a creamy solution which may differ in the amount discharged. Panty liners may help to tackle this problem to a certain extent.
5. Changes in the Breasts — The nipples in the breasts may become tender and sensitive during pregnancy. They may become a bit sore or lumpy during this period. Nipples can deepen in color, and the veins within the enlarged breast area may be more noticeable. The circles around the nipples or areolas may also darken and enlarge. The Montgomery?s Tubercles, which are little bumps on the areolas will also be enlarged during pregnancy.
6. Increased Urination — A week after conception would see you using the toilet more often for urinating purposes. But you will be discharging only small amounts during these visits. This happens since the embryo produces the pregnancy hormone HCG, which in turn signals for more blood supply for the increase in the pelvic area. The bladder would become irritable because of this and start to pass even small amounts of urine in the process.
7. Fatigue — Once you are pregnant, your body would increase its metabolism to support the baby and mother. This would increase the workload of the body making you more tired than usual. You may feel like sleeping more during this period which is quite normal. Also, the increased production of progesterone will make you more sedative than normal.
8. Cramping — Cramping can be quite frightening during pregnancy. It may give them a fear of having a miscarriage. When you are pregnant, the fetus grows and pushes against the wall of the uterus. This will cause the uterus to contract which is quite normal during pregnancy. If the cramping is associated with bleeding, it may be a sign of miscarriage and you should consult your doctor immediately during such situations. But some women can have bleeding associated with cramping while still having a healthy pregnancy. So if you have any doubts, it is best to consult your doctor in order to be on the safe side.
9. Constipation — Increased hormone production in the body during pregnancy will have an effect on the digestive system. It will make the intestines more relaxed. It gives more space for the uterus and the baby to expand. This can result in constipation during pregnancy.
10. Spotting — Within 8–10 days of ovulation, you may notice light spotting. This is caused by the implantation of the embryo into the uterus lining. It may be pinkish in color.
The above mentioned are some of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. It may help you to get a better idea about being pregnant.