How Not to Miss the First Clues of Pregnancy

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Published: 07th April 2011
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Every woman is a unique natural creation not to be duplicated by any other. This very sentiment is a fact applicable to all pregnancies. This universal law even holds true for a woman who experiences more than one pregnancy. The chills and thrills of one pregnancy could be completely absent in another.

There are some women who attest to knowing the precise moment of conception, whether through feelings or just simply knowing this is the case. Then, there are cases of those women who are wheeled to the delivery room in a complete stupor and oblivious of the fact that they had been carrying a baby for nearly a year. Because the variations of pregnancy signs and symptoms are so far and differ so widely, it is no wonder that determining an actual pregnancy can be a rather confusing and complicated process.

Along with the most obvious of options for detecting pregnancy which is a visit to the doctor or the purchase of an over-the-counter pregnancy test, an intimate knowledge of the female body and how it adjusts and functions when experiencing a pregnancy can greatly assist in detecting early signs of a looming birth.

A classic sign that something is amiss is the absence of a monthly menstrual cycle. On the other hand, an absent or irregular menstrual could be a natural occurrence for some women and would not do for an accurate early indication of conception. For instance, when an egg is fertilized and going through the process of implantation, there is some spotting that is evident. However, many women have noted this spotting and concluded that it was just a light period. Pregnancy is not the only reason a female experiences a light or absent period. Current diet, medication, and stress cause this as well. Hence, the absence of a menstrual period may prove a valid sign of pregnancy for some and not for others.

Another area of the body extremely susceptible to signs of a pending pregnancy is the breasts. A female's breast are hypersensitive to the hormonal changes associated with conception. The hormonal fluctuations associated with a new conception are easily detected and reflected by the breast, which then try to communicate in kind. The breasts of a female who has just newly conceived will become extremely sensitive to external stimuli, even clothing. This sensitivity ranges from a slight discomfort to severe pain. Due keep in mind that although these are reported as signs of pregnancy, they can also occur during a normal menstrual cycle. Further, an existing sensitivity to certain foods and prescriptions could also cause these very same symptoms to be generated by the breast.

Another classic sign of pregnancy is morning sickness. Morning sickness is often characterized by mild to severe nausea and vomiting. It is one of the more obvious of pregnancy signs because this nausea and vomiting will occur and be stimulated by the smell and taste of previously favorite foods. The nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy does not discriminate and can occur day or night.

Substantial fatigue is another sign of pregnancy. Activities and events that were of no concern, previous to conception, are now trying on the pregnant female, who will find it impossible to summons the required energy. Afternoon and evening napping becomes a regular event, when it was not so in the past. Another misleading aspect of pregnancy that can be confused as signs of an approaching menstrual cycle is frequent urination, bloating, abdominal cramps, and discomfort. These physical signs and symptoms may be associated with a new pregnancy just as much as it may not and may be associated to an entirely isolated medical condition or complication.

In order for the effective and efficient use of these early signs of pregnancy, a female must be acutely familiar with the subtle changes that take place in her body during her monthly ovulation cycle. Considering all the other potential implications and interpretations of these existing pregnancy signs and symptoms, the most reliable approach to detecting a pending pregnancy and birth is through the use of a pregnancy test, over-the-counter or at the doctor's office.

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