If you recently took a home pregnancy test and the results were positive, that’s a pretty good sign that you may be pregnant. Additionally, women’s bodies also have indicators of a possible pregnancy.

Having any or all of these pregnancy signs & symptoms or even a positive home pregnancy test are 100% in determining a pregnancy early on. If you suspect you may be pregnant, contact us today to schedule a confidential initial consultation at no-charge.

Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms
Late or Missed Period

There can be any number of reasons why you might miss your period. The first one is because you are pregnant. However, stress, depression, extreme exercise, drastic changes in weight, illness, medications, if you’ve just recently started your menstrual cycle, or if you are older and experiencing perimenopause or menopause can interrupt a woman’s normal menstrual cycle. So, don’t get excited just because you’ve missed your period.

Missing a period is one way your body has of telling you that something different is going on to which you should pay attention.

Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms
Swollen/Tender Breasts

If you’ve noticed a change in your breasts, such as a feeling of heaviness and/or tenderness, you might be pregnant. There are other causes for changes to your breasts, however, some of which are harmless and others that are serious. Right before you start your period each month, estrogen production increases, which can cause your breast ducts and milk glands to become enlarged. This is sometimes experienced as part of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Other possible causes include eating or drinking things with a high salt content or caffeine, fibrocystic breast disease, breast cancer, and certain medications that contain estrogen, such as birth control pills.

Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms
Nausea or what is referred to as “Morning Sickness”

We’ve all heard that some women when they get pregnant experience a feeling of nausea, which in some cases can be quite debilitating. As most women experience this in the morning, it is referred to as “Morning Sickness.” According to www.webmd.com, nausea occurs in approximately 50%-90% of all pregnancies, and vomiting happens in 25%-55% of women who are pregnant.

There are other causes of nausea such as some medications (including oral contraceptives), emotional stress, gallbladder disease, infections, food poisoning, overeating, bulimia or other psychological illnesses, motion sickness, some forms of cancer, ulcers, and allergic reactions to food.

Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms
Fatigue or Feeling Tired or Drained
Fatigue is an extreme feeling of tiredness. Fatigue that is constant and continuous is a common sign of pregnancy that normally occurs in the first trimester. Other causes include allergies, anemia, depression, fibromyalgia or other health conditions.

Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms
Back Pain

Some women experience back pain at the beginning of their pregnancy. Women who are overweight or who had back pain prior to becoming pregnant have a higher risk factor for this type of pain. Back pain may also be caused by a strain, arthritis, osteoporosis or skeletal irregularities.

Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms
Headaches

During the first trimester of pregnancy, some women experience headaches due to the surge of hormones and an increase in blood volume in their bodies. There are, of course, many other reasons that women get headaches – from stress, to oral contraceptives, to drinking alcohol, to skipping meals or a changing sleep pattern.

Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms
Frequent Urination

We’ve all heard pregnant women complain that they have to urinate frequently. This is because soon after conception, a woman’s kidneys produce up to 25% more urine. If you are pregnant, the growing child in your uterus can put pressure on your bladder. Frequent urination can also be a sign of kidney or bladder problems and even diabetes. Anxiety, in and of itself, can cause you to have to urinate more often.

Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms
Darkening Nipples

During pregnancy, your nipples can become darker as a result of the increased hormones that are surging through your body preparing your breasts to feed a baby. However, darkening nipples can also be caused by things other than pregnancy such as birth control pills, infections and even diabetes.

Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms
Food Cravings

Pickles? Ice cream? Lemons? Chips? Food cravings are an intense desire for a specific food. Pregnant women sometimes experience food cravings at different times throughout their pregnancy. But food cravings can be caused by other things such as not eating enough protein, not drinking enough water and/or not getting enough sleep. It can also be caused by drugs, such as marijuana.

Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms
Heightened Sensitivity to Smells

Hyperosmia – or heightened sensitivity to smells – is a possible symptom of early pregnancy. There are a host of reasons other than pregnancy for hyperosmia. People who have migraine headaches often cannot tolerate strong smells. There are also autoimmune diseases and neurological conditions as well as nutrient deficiencies that can trigger heightened sensitivity to smells, along with allergies, diabetes and certain prescription medications.

Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms
Light Bleeding/Spotting

According to www.americanpregnancy.org “Approximately 20% of women report they experience spotting during their first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Bleeding that occurs early on in pregnancy is usually lighter in flow than a menstrual period. Also, the color often varies from pink to red to brown.” Light bleeding before or after your period is not considered spotting. Aside from being a symptom of pregnancy, it could also mean that you have a physical condition or infection, such as a urinary tract infection, that should be diagnosed by your doctor.

 

Having any of these pregnancy signs or symptoms or even a positive home pregnancy test are 100% in determining a pregnancy early on. If you have been sexually active, and are experiencing one or more of the symptoms listed above, you might be pregnant. The best course of action is to see your doctor or, if you think you’re pregnant, get tested. Contact us today at 505-995-1998 to schedule your free, confidential pregnancy testing.

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