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Signs of pregnancy

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You have planned for pregnancy and waiting eagerly for the good news. A strip test, urine test or blood test can definitely assure you of a successful conception, nevertheless you will experience some subtle symptoms that would give you a hint that you are pregnant.

So how do you feel when you are pregnant? Let’s have a look...

Fatigue and sleepy

If you are pregnant then unexplained fatigue will bog you down. Your mornings will begin with feeling excessively sleepy, lethargic and tiredness for no good reason. This is a telltale sign of early pregnancy.

Distaste and cravings towards foods

Food aversions are consequences of rise in level of the hCG hormone during pregnancy. While you might refrain from eating certain foods, cravings for other varieties will tickle your taste buds every now and then. This is very common. You are also very likely to have sudden intense hunger pangs with increase in appetite.

Change in sense of taste and smell

Many women sense alternation in taste, which could be a strange metallic taste inside the mouth. Smell of cooking some specific foods like fish, meat, etc. and even the aroma of tea and coffee may be too repulsive to tolerate.
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Morning sickness- nausea, vomiting and dizziness

The symptoms of morning sickness during pregnancy are almost similar to those of PMS. Nausea and dizziness are persistent in the morning though they might continue throughout the day. Vomiting might or might not occur. You will feel generally sick during those days.

Changes in breasts

Your breasts tend to visibly swell and become tender and sore, which is a quite normal sign of pregnancy. The symptom is same as that experienced before periods. Changes in hormones also cause darkening and widening of the areolas (the region surrounding the nipples) if you are pregnant.

Increased frequency of urination

You will tend to pay visit to washroom more often than you usually do. This again accounts to rise in the level of the hormone hCG. 

Basal body temperature remains elevated

Your body temperature will rise by a degree when you are pregnant and it will remain elevated.

Spotting and cramping due to implantation

The fertilized egg begins to implant itself in the uterus. Changes take place in the endometrial lining which leads to mild spotting and abdominal cramping. You will observe brown or reddish stains in your underwear. However, there’s nothing to worry about as it’s very natural

Missed periods

You won’t be getting your next periods if the conception is successful. This is the first thing that can confirm a pregnancy.
So now, you have all the right to raise doubt over the question, “am I pregnant”. Well yes, once you have missed your periods, the so called qualm is almost clear. But still you need to confirm your pregnancy before announcing the happy news. Get a home pregnancy kit and perform the strip test. If you are pregnant, you test will be positive.

However, there could be some chances of false negative result in the strip test, so we suggest you to get urine test or blood test done when you experience the characteristic signs of pregnancy. Hear the positive results from your doctor and prepare yourself for the arrival of your bundle of joy.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: Feburary 01, 2014

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