When you ask if you are pregnant or not, you should know, now! Watch for these common symptoms and signs of early pregnancy.
Whether it’s sensitive breasts, a sensitive stomach, or something completely different, the first sign of pregnancy is different for each woman. I remember going out to dinner with my husband and feeling the sudden and overwhelming need to skip dessert and get into bed. I like to get enough sleep, but this was ridiculous, it wasn’t even 8:00 pm yet! Something was going on. Indeed, the next morning, I took a home pregnancy test and got a positive result. If you suspect you are pregnant, the most definite way to find out, of course, is to perform a pregnancy test. But some signs and symptoms can help you know. Here are some of them:
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A weak stomach is probably the most well-known early pregnancy symptom. Despite the name “morning nausea,” this symptom can lift your head at any time of the day or all day. And it may or may not throw up. “While we don’t know the true cause of morning sickness, we do know that pregnancy hormones play an important role,” says Stephen Rechner, MD, Chief of General Obstetrics Division and Gynecology of Henal Spectrum ecology at Grand Rapidez.
If you’re pregnant, you’ll notice, as I did! – That you are completely exhausted. Chalk this up to the hormones too. “Many women feel tired because of the additional protest of the pregnancy hormone,” says Dr. Rechner. “This symptom should go away during the second trimester, but it could start again in the third trimester.”
Food dislikes and cravings.
Suddenly you notice that you can’t stand a meal you usually love, like salmon? Or that you’re dying of the parmesan eggplant? Many women realize that they are pregnant when they feel a new desire (or aversion) for certain foods, another byproduct of hormonal change.
Sensitive and swollen breasts.
You may have thought that a woman’s breasts would not change until the end of pregnancy, but in reality, they can become sore and tender, and feel heavy and full very soon after conception.
“Each of these symptoms individually could be perceived as a regular illness or menstruation,” says Dr. Rechner. “When someone has more than one of the sympto[ella]ms, they should have a pregnancy test to make sure th[está]ey wait or not.”
And even if you don’t have symptoms, you may still be pregnant. “If you don’t feel signs that’s right too,” says Cristina Perez, MD, gynecologist for Honest Women’s Specialists at the Texas Children’s Ward for Women. I said, “You’re lucky.”
To be sure, you’ll want to get a pregnancy test.
How to tell if I am pregnant with proof.
Home pregnancy test.
Home Pregnancy Test To get the most accurate reading of a home pregnancy test, you’ll likely have to wait until you lose your period, says Dr. Perez. This is because home pregnancy tests measure the level of a human carbonic sponsor (hCG), a pregnancy hormone, in your urine, and before the lost period, you may not have enough hCG for the test to recover. (In general, a urine test needs 50 units of hCG to get a positive result, although some tests are more sensitive, and while it might have enough even before their missed period, some women’s body takes longer to produce that amount.
If you take a home pregnancy test and it’s negative, don’t lose hope. “Take another one the following week,” recommends Dr. Pérez.
Blood pregnancy test.
Another option is to go to your doctor’s office for a blood test. Blood tests are more sensitive than urine tests; there needs to be fewer hCG for the blood test to indicate a positive result. Most women do not undergo a blood test during pregnancy. Still, Dr. Pérez explains that it can help evaluate a miscarriage or pictorial pregnancy (a pregnancy in the Falsetaian tubes) for women who are at risk of them.
Once you get a positive pregnancy test, make an appointment to see your doctor. It will usually happen about 8 to 10 weeks after the first day of your last period. That’s when you’ll have an ultrasound to see or hear your baby’s heartbeat and confirm that your pregnancy is progressing healthily.
Dr. Nutan (MBBS, DGO) is an Obstetrician, Reproductive Medicine Specialist, and Gynecologist with over 15 years of experience.