10 Early Symptoms To Know If You are Pregnant For Sure
Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms:
Missing Period:Pregnancy is the number one reason for missing your period.
At the point of missing your period you are probably 1-3 weeks pregnant unless there is something else that could be interfering with your menstrual cycle
Implantation BleedingOne of the earliest and lesser known pregnancy symptoms can be slight bleeding or spotting 5-12 days after conception, when the fertilized egg begins to implant itself into the uterine wall. This is known as "implantation bleeding" and can also be accompanied by some cramping that can feel like PMS symptom. Not all women experience implantation bleeding, so it is not considered a reliable pregnancy sign.
But wait! Could also be caused by: the start of your actual period, abrasion from sex, infection.
Feeling Sick (Nausea)Feeling nauseous is often one the first signs that you may be pregnant. The way to tell whether this is nausea caused by pregnancy rather than a virus, is that the nausea tends to last all day and also tends to get increasingly worse over a period of weeks. In the early weeks you may just feel a bit sick, then later on it may progress to actually vomiting.
Metallic Taste in the MouthThe experience of having a metallic taste in your mouth constantly is a pregnancy sign that I am familiar with. It's difficult to describe, but your mouth feels like you have been sucking a coin. It's a pregnancy symptom that is very common and is unmistakable (unless you have actually been sucking metal.....if so that's a very weird thing to do!)
Higher basal body temperatureMany women take their temperature each morning on waking as a way to track their ovulation when trying to conceive. Normally, your temperature will spike after ovulation, then slowly decline as your period drawn near. If you are pregnant, though, your temperature does not drop, and in fact may continue to rise (sometimes called a triphasic pattern). These changes in temperature are fairly small, often only a few tenths of a degree, and must be carefully measured at the same time each day before you have gotten out of bed.
Noticeable Blue Veins in the BreastsOne of the first things most women notice and causes us to suspect pregnancy is changes to our breasts. These changes can take many forms including prominent blue veins in the breast tissue. Some more of the common breast changes caused by pregnancy are listed below:
- Enlarged Nipples
- Darkened Nipples
- Sore Breasts
- Swollen Breasts
- Enlarged Breasts
Frequent UrinationAbout 6-8 weeks after conception, some women notice they are making more frequent trips to the bathroom, both during the day and overnight. This will probably only get worse as the pregnancy progresses and the growing baby competes with your bladder for space!
But wait! Could also be caused by: Diabetes, Urinary tract infection.
Feeling Dizzy and Light-headedAnother extremely common sign of pregnancy is having bouts of dizziness and/or light headedness. If you've been experiencing these sensations, have had unprotected sex recently and are sure you don't have a virus, then this could well be an early sign of pregnancy.
Quick Weight GainHave you noticed that you can't do up you trousers or they feel a little more snug than usual? Putting on 4-8 pounds within a short time frame (a week or two) is another common sign of pregnancy to watch out for.
Extreme TirednessIf you're trying to determine whether the feeling of being tired is one of the early pregnancy symptoms you are experiencing, then be aware that the kind of tiredness you'll feel within the first 4 - 6 weeks of conception is probably unlike any kind of tiredness you've felt before. You will feel exhausted and will more than likely be falling asleep on the sofa and will be wanting early night's and afternoon naps for no apparent reason.
Digital Pregnancy test:Digital pregnancy tests may provide you with the words "pregnant" or "not pregnant" on the display, but the cheaper home pregnancy test strips have an equally good method of telling you if you are pregnant or not, usually by displaying a pink line.
Normally Pregnancy Tests are done by testing the HCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin) levels in your urine. It takes a minimum of 14 days after conception for there to be enough hCG in your urine to test for, which is normally around the time your period is due, so the only way of knowing if you are pregnant before this is to have a Blood test.
How To Test:
Choose a suitable vessel such as a cup, jar or glass and give it a thorough wash in hot water and detergent. Ensure you rinse it well to remove any residue from the detergent. Now sterilize your cup by either by putting it in the microwave with a little water inside and putting on full power for 2 minutes, or boil it in a saucepan for a few minutes. Pour any water away and place it in a clean freezer bag. Tie it up and put it on your window ledge or shelf in your toilet. Now when you wake up in the morning your cup is ready to go.
Take the urine in a cup, glass or jar and place the pregnancy test strip right side down inside the vessel. Leave it for 10-15 minutes. You may see positive result a lot quicker than 10 minutes, but if you're in the very early stages of pregnancy leaving the strip in the jar will ensure that the pregnancy test has ample opportunity to detect any hCG in your urine.
- Avoid testing too early
- Test the First Urination of the day.