Am I Pregnant? Signs of Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a magical time period whether the conception is planned or a complete surprise. You need to take care of yourself during the pregnancy to ensure both you and the baby come out in good health. Determining if you are pregnant is tricky. It is important to identify conception early to avoid problems caused by a poor diet or a lack of pre-natal vitamins. Your body gives off certain signs as soon as conception occurs. Rule out other causes of these symptoms, like common illnesses, before assuming you are pregnant.

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One of the first signs is a late period. Keeping clear records of your periods will help you determine if one is late. Other causes of a delayed period include:

Once you suspect that your period is a few days late, you can use an over-the-counter pregnancy test. Some tests can measure pregnancy days before a late period actually occurs. This works for women who are trying to conceive, but most women have no reason to use one of these tests if they aren't trying to get pregnant.

Tracking your periods regularly can help you avoid surprise pregnancies. Some women have a menstrual cycle every 28 days, while others go as long as 40 days between each instance. Irregular periods with varying dates can become regular with the help of birth control. Keeping track of your menstruation also gives you an idea of when you are ovulating, making it easier to know the perfect window for conception. As soon as you realize your period is late, stop using any illegal drugs and do not drink alcohol in large amounts until you take a pregnancy test. This can help prevent accidental damage to the developing blastocyst.

Could I Be Pregnant?

The only way to answer this question is to consider the previous chances for conception. Look for changes in your lifestyle or lapses in birth control coverage that could have led to egg fertilization. Think back to any chances of conception that occurred in the last month or two. Remembering an instance of unprotected sex can help you figure out how far along you could be. Once you know which part of pregnancy you would be in, you can compare the common symptoms to how you are currently feeling.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Many women do not encounter any early pregnancy symptoms. A missed or late period are one of the first signs these women experience. A period that is a week late can be a serious surprise. Most of the earliest symptoms are very vague. It is easy to confuse a mild stomach bug or pre-menstrual cramping as signs of pregnancy. If you believe that you are pregnant, see a doctor for a blood test to officially confirm it. Symptoms include:

Symptoms From The 8th Week Through The Second Trimester

The weeks between the very beginning of pregnancy and the 12 week mark can be very rocky. Your sense of smell continues to increase, making it even harder to deal with your husband's smelly socks or opening a can of tuna. Your breasts will continue to swell and soreness increases. The milk producing glands in your breasts are growing to accommodate the production of breast milk, but don't expect any milk just yet. You'll continue to experience periodical nausea. Common symptoms of pregnancy at 8 weeks include:

Third Trimester Symptoms

As the last three months of pregnancy march forward, nausea and indigestion tends to fade away. Your stomach will grow visibly over the weeks, and fatigue will continue to be an issue. Stay hydrated and eat well to avoid headaches. If you are still experiencing nausea and vomiting, your doctor may be able to give you medication to control it, especially if it is causing dehydration. Common third trimester symptoms also include:

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