Most women who are sexually active will at some point in their life wonder if they are pregnant. This is regardless of whether or not they are on birth control. After all, doesn’t every birth control method warn about that one to five percent of women who still get pregnant while on birth control. One to five percent is enough to raise doubts from time to time. What are the symptoms and signs of being pregnant?
While the only sure way of detecting pregnancy is through a pregnancy test, there may be several signs of being pregnant that can make you aware of it. However, since every woman is different, these symptoms vary from person to person and even from pregnancy to pregnancy. What one woman experiences may be completely different from what another woman does. That being said, the following are a few of the most common symptoms that pregnant women experience.
One of the first signs of pregnancy can be one of the most deceptive: spotting and cramping. Only a few days after being conceived, a fertilized egg becomes attached to the wall of the uterus. This results in spotting and in some cases, cramping. This sign is so deceiving because many women mistake the cramping and bleeding for the beginning of their period, which usually is a dead giveaway that you are not pregnant. This implantation bleeding, as it is called, happens between six to twelve days after conception.
Another related sign of pregnancy is the presence of a white, milky discharge from the vagina. This discharge should be odorless and should not be accompanied by an itching or a burning sensation. Otherwise, you may have a yeast infection. The odorless vaginal discharge resulting from pregnancy may continue the entire nine months and is harmless.
Something else to watch for are changes in the breasts. This may happen because of the flux of hormone levels. Lookout for breasts that are swollen, sore, tingly, heavier or fuller, or tender to the touch. The area around the nipples may even become darker. If this is the only symptom noticed, it may be best to see a doctor since there may be other, more serious, causes of breast changes.
Another of the signs of being pregnant is fatigue. Why does a newly pregnant woman feel so very tired? Think of all the unseen, drastic and rapid changes that her body is going through. Not only does it have to build a whole new human being, it has to make sure there is enough space, food and oxygen for it. It is important that pregnant women get plenty of rest, even in the very early stages.
The most obvious and recognizable signs of pregnancy are morning sickness or nausea and a missed period. Some other lesser known symptoms are frequent urination, constipation, mood swings, headaches, back pain, dizziness, and fainting. As was mentioned before, symptoms vary from person to person. Therefore, to be absolutely sure, it is best to have a pregnancy test done at the doctor’s office.