Our bodies have an amazing ability to provide us with certain indicators when we are ill or stressed or if there are unseen changes happening within us. It is amazing what we can learn about our bodies when we pay attention to and interpret the signs. Pregnancy is no exception and with this miraculous creation of life comes some physical symptoms that can give women early indications that she is with child.
One of the earliest signs and indications of pregnancy is a missed period. However, there are many other factors that may cause a missed period such as stress, illness and weight fluctuations. Missed or late periods can also be caused by polycystic ovary syndrome, which is a common condition in which periods can occur months apart.
Another common symptom of conception is the change in size and the feel of the breasts. Breasts begin to enlarge in preparation for breastfeeding and women claim that their breasts become sensitive or they experience sharp or tingling sensations.
Nausea and vomiting are other signs normally seen among women. These symptoms are often referred to as “morning sickness” although it can be experienced at any time of the day. A feeling of sickness is also experienced by most expecting mothers around the 5th and 6th weeks of pregnancy but can start as early as the 2nd week of pregnancy. The degree of nausea and vomiting varies from person to person. For most, this symptom disappears after a period of 3 to 4 months.
Frequent urination can also be an indication of pregnancy within 2 to 3 weeks of conception. Drastic changes in taste and smell or the craving/revulsion of certain foods can be an indicator as well as feeling tired and fatigued.
It is always possible that all these physical symptoms may be caused by other factors so one can confirm pregnancy by conducting a home pregnancy test. These work by detecting the level of HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone produced by the embryo after implantation) in the urine and indicating whether or not the result is positive and negative. A follow-up with a medical practitioner is always recommended.
Similarly, a blood test can also give a positive or negative result. After a period of 4 to 6 weeks, an obstetrician can confirm pregnancy with a physical examination. The thickening of the vaginal tissues and softening uterus confirms the pregnancy.
These are some basic physical symptoms most women experience after conception and during pregnancy. Symptoms may differ from woman to woman and vary in degree of severity. If ever in doubt do not hesitate to contact your medical practitioner.
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