Written by Pradeep
Pregnancy is that phase of a woman’s life that differs from one woman to the other, and that keeps her thinking consistently. Few women experience significant symptoms on their onset, while others don’t get too many indications. So, it will be interesting to know what its indicators are and how to determine if one is pregnant. Generally, getting the ultrasound or testing for pregnancy are the two vital sources that help in determining the pregnancy, but there are many signs that one can look for. The missed menstrual cycle is one of them, but others like nausea, tiredness, morning sickness, headaches, etc.
Generally, if tested for pregnancy, there are chances to get a positive result if the test is conducted on the very first day of the missed period. If the home kits are used, you get the result instantly, but if you get the tests done at the clinic, it can take to about 24 hrs. These days kits which detect “early response” are available as well, which can detect the pregnancy even five days before the period cycle has been missed. Other complex tests tend to confirm the pregnancy within eight days of conceiving.
After knowing how soon the pregnancy can be detected, let us have a short sneak peek to the symptoms as well, as they are also signaling enough, though the test is the confirmation benchmark, yet these cannot be missed as well.
Fatigue is a significant factor in determining pregnancy, though it is not normal or regular tiredness. Fatigue in pregnancy makes one totally drained out and irritated as well, with that are also the hunger pangs, weepiness, etc. This tiredness is usually felt in the initial 4-6 weeks of conceiving. Rarely felt by women at two weeks as well.
Another noticeable feature that can indicate the onset of pregnancy so the changes that happen to the breasts. The breast changes are not one but many related to color, appearance, size, discomfort, etc. Let us know study a few different types of changes that take place in pregnancy.
The breast changes are generally noticeable in the early two weeks after conceiving. This is often misleading as some breast changes also take place for women before the menstrual cycle begins, but in the case of pregnancy, it does not disappear soon and becomes more discomforting as time passes.
Another very common symptom is the feeling of nausea and is again different from nausea that is the result of some viruses. Nausea in pregnancy lasts almost throughout the whole day and worsens as pregnancy advances. Initially, it might start with a feeling of sickness, and the latter could lead to excessive vomiting. It is seen that some women feel nausea within two weeks of conception, while others only feel once they have hit four weeks or so.
This is not common to all pregnant women, but most of the women do slight experience spots like the blood, which is often mistaken for a menstrual cycle; however, it is implantation bleeding. This differs from the regular period cycle as it happens only from the 1st to the third day and is very light, not like a consistent flow of blood, many say that spotting is brown in color and not red like the blood in the menstrual cycle.
The most obvious symptom is the period cycle being missed, in case one does not get the period cycle at the usual time like earlier months, it is indication enough to get one tested for pregnancy.
The feeling of having weird flavors, especially a metallic one, is also a sign for many women when being pregnant.
The aversion to food and drinks, which were once the favorite, is a signal for pregnancy. Many alcoholics, tea, and coffee lovers start detesting the taste of it when pregnant.
Nausea feeling that one starts to get from the smell of the soap, perfumes, or even while cooking, especially the smell of asafoetida, is also a sign indicating towards pregnancy.
Getting bouts of headaches or feeling dizzy are other signs to watch for pregnancy.
The urge to urinate more than normal or waking up frequently at night to urinate is even signs of pregnancy.
Just feeling different for no reason is also the sign to look out for in pregnancy.
Weepiness is also a sign of pregnancy as it is seen that pregnant ladies often get emotional on little topics and start crying very easily, which otherwise, they would not.
While there have been many symptoms listed that can be the pregnancy sign, many pregnant ladies do not feel any symptoms; it all be it nausea, breast discomfort, indigestion, food aversions, or cravings. So, like it was discussed earlier, all women differ from each other, so for some, the pregnancy is very difficult, while for others, a very smooth one. This does not mean that the woman who feels no symptoms are abnormal or chosen one, just that they have a different body type and hormonal changes aren’t too disturbing for them. For some, these changes play havoc, while for some, they aren’t too severe. Though there are some pregnancy symptoms which will be manifested by all pregnant ladies yet with a difference. Let us have a look below:
Just as one pregnant lady and the other are not similar, so are the symptoms. The symptoms could be more intense and frequent for one but not for the other. One could notice it too soon but the other may not, that’s the irony, yet both are pregnant. Likewise, the frequency differs as well, while one woman can feel it in a few days, others might in weeks. Some days there will be cramping, others could lead to indigestion or no problems at all.
Being said that, pregnancy symptoms can be seen in all women by the fourth week, whether they have mild or strong ones. Breast changes are bound to happen though time may vary, and so might the weight gain and appearance.
Most of the symptoms that were seen in the first-trimester start disappearing while few will stay till the pregnancy lasts or even after delivery. All these tell tales keep coming from other experienced and elderly people, and to top, it all is the dreams.
No symptoms for some pregnant ladies, weight gain, nausea, tiredness nothing can be felt, or they aren’t noticeable or discomforting for them, so body type plays a major role and it is nothing unusual if a lady delivers without having any discomfort or does not look pregnant until the third trimester.
Apart from the symptoms listed above and the obvious tests, there are many other ways to find out of one if pregnant. Let us see them in brief:
Thus, in order to gauge pregnancy, there are many tests and a plethora of symptoms that one can watch for, it could be all, none, a combination of few with less or more intensity. However, the best bet is to seek medical intervention and do not rely only on symptoms. Also, the best bet will be to combat these symptoms with a positive approach, let the pregnant woman be happy, cheerful, and active so that the baby is how the mother is.