Symptoms Of Pregnancy

Waiting for the big day when you would discover that the stork’s visit is due soon? People must have told you about a lot of signs and symptoms that could indicate an impending pregnancy, but you may not be sure about any of them happening to you. Each individual is different and would therefore have different experiences with their pregnancy as well. If you’re lucky, you may know it the day the sperm fertilized your egg. If not, then you may not know till the time the egg attaches itself to the uterine wall.

Here are the top ten symptoms that you may experience, which may show an imminent pregnancy.

Implantation Bleeding

Almost a week after ovulation, you may experience a light staining of a pink or brown colour, accompanied by some cramping. This happens when the egg attaches itself to the endometrial lining. Also expect some spotting around the time of your period.

Darkening of Areolas

If you find that the dark skin around your nipples gets darker, you can expect yourself to have conceived. Sometimes, this may also indicate a hormonal imbalance independent of pregnancy, so it is better to look for other signs as well.

Delay in Period

This is the most common pregnancy symptom. When you , you are sure to miss your next period. So, run to the doctor for a urine test. Sometimes, a missed period could also be because of stress, excessive weight gain, a hormonal problem or due to a break in the intake of the birth control pill.

Food Cravings

This symptom may not always be present, but many women experience cravings for specific foods throughout their pregnancy. This symptom could indicate pregnancy but be sure only if some other symptoms accompany your food cravings.

Frequent Urination

When your embryo has been implanted, it starts producing the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin, which makes you visit the bathroom more frequently. Just ensure that it is not a urinary tract infection that has caught you off-guard, instead.

Fatigue

 Though it isn’t a surefire sign of pregnancy, you can find yourself getting very exhausted once you have conceived. A little walk to the market itself can make you feel totally run-down.

Tender, Swollen Breasts

This symptom may show as early as one to two weeks after conception. Your breasts may feel sore, swollen or tender to touch. This is caused by a release of hormones in your body. The symptoms will subside once your body becomes used to the hormonal surge.

Morning Sickness/Nausea

This is one of the most feared symptoms of pregnancy and can begin as early as a week or two after conception. Though not everybody experiences it, some expectant women suffer from this condition throughout their pregnancy. Unlike its name, morning sickness is not restricted to mornings-nausea can hit you at any time of the day.

A Changed Sense of Taste

You may find that you suddenly have a different taste in your mouth, a metallic one perhaps and may also discover that you have unexpectedly developed an aversion to a food you usually liked. It could well be because you are pregnant.

A Positive Home-Pregnancy Test

If all or some of the above symptoms appear to be present, you may want to try a home-pregnancy test. If this shows a blue line, you can be more or less sure you have conceived and consult your gynecologist for confirmation.

Any of the above mentioned symptoms of pregnancy can indicate a pregnancy, but a confirmation from your gynecologist is a must. Once that is done, you can be sure that it is actually a pregnancy and not a sickness that has affected you.