The 10 Messages That Your Body Sends To Say - “You’re Pregnant!”
Posted Dec 30 2008 12:48am
by Carol Barker
Well are you pregnant or aren’t you? It is sometimes hard to know. Your body may not be doing anything different for a week or two after you’ve missed your first period.
It’s pretty hard to keep hold of when you’re “meant” to be on - especially if your cycle isn’t always spot on. We have also forgotten to listen to our bodies. Try to pay attention and if you notice some of the following features - take a pregnancy test - your body might be telling you something!
10. Sore, swollen breasts Increasing levels of oestrogen can cause you to have some breast tenderness. This varies in severity and should get better after the first three months as your body adjusts to the new hormone levels.
9. Fatigue Feeling tired all of a sudden? No, make that exhausted. No one knows for sure what causes early pregnancy fatigue, but it’s possible that rapidly increasing levels of the hormone progesterone are contributing to your sleepiness. You should start to feel more energetic once you hit your second trimester, although fatigue usually returns late in pregnancy when you’re carrying around a lot more weight and some of the common discomforts of pregnancy make it more difficult to get a good night’s sleep.
8. Spotting As the fertilised egg digs in to your womb, it can nick some of the blood vessels en route. This can lead to a small loss of blood about 12 days after conception. This is about the time of your “missed” period, which can lead to some women feeling doubly shocked at finding out they’re pregnant - when they have just had their period!
7. Morning sickness Actually, pregnancy related nausea can occur at any time of the day. It is due to your oesophageal muscles being more relaxed with the increased progesterone. This is obviously more of a problem, when you have been lying down all night - hence mornings are worse. It usually starts about the 2nd month and gets better by about 18 weeks.
6. Increased sensitivity to odors If you’re newly pregnant, it’s not uncommon to feel repelled by the smell of a bologna sandwich or cup of coffee and for certain aromas to trigger your gag reflex. Though no one knows for sure, this may be a side effect of rapidly increasing amounts of estrogen in your system. You may also find that certain foods you used to enjoy are suddenly completely repulsive to you.
5. Bloated tummy Some ladies notice that their clothes feel a little tight at the stomach. This is because the increased hormone levels cause you to feel bloated.
4. Passing urine frequently The hormonal changes during pregnancy lead you to have an increased blood volume. As a result, you will be better placed to feed your baby the nutrients he or she needs to grow. However, more blood means more urine, which means going to the toilet more frequently. Additionally, as junior grows and learns to lean on your bladder, you will find that this problem actually gets worse!
3. A missed period If you’re usually pretty regular and your period doesn’t arrive on time, you’ll probably take a pregnancy test long before you notice any of the above symptoms. But if you’re not regular or you’re not keeping track of your cycle, nausea and breast tenderness and extra trips to the bathroom may signal pregnancy before you realize you didn’t get your period.
2. You have a raised body temperature If you’re recording your body temperature, to help with fertility - you will find that your temperature stays raised for over 2 1/2 weeks in a row.
And finally… 1. The proof: A positive home pregnancy test In spite of what you might read on the box, many home pregnancy tests are not sensitive enough to detect most pregnancies until about a week after a missed period. So if you decide to take one earlier than that and get a negative result, try again in a few days.
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If you do find that you pregnant, then get in touch with your local Maternity unit