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Pregnancy Signs


By Rachel Lower

Sore and Tender Breasts, Enlarged Breasts, Bumps Around Nipples Enlarged (Montgomery's Tubercules), 'Blue Veins' (Veins More Apparent), Darkening of Areolas, Colostrum, Fullness, Tingling Nipples
Tenderness of the breasts can start as early as a few days after conception. Other breast changes occur anytime in the first trimester.

Basil Body Temperature Remains High
If you chart your bbt, you will notice your temperature remains high.

Missed Period (Amenorrhoea), Extremely Light Period, Implantation Bleeding, Spotting
Menstruation is usually absent throughout your entire pregnancy. You may have a bit of spotting or scantly menstrual flow. Implantation bleeding can occur between 5-10 days after conception, though only in about 5% of all women.

Abdomen Enlarged, Bloating, Cramping, Uterus Enlarged, Uterus Shape Changed, Weight Gain, Blue Lines on Abdomen, Darkening of Line From Navel to Pubis (Linea Nigra)
Within two weeks of conception your uterus starts enlarging. Minimal, slight cramping and bloating may also occur. You can start "showing" from 8 weeks. Those who have had a previous pregnancy should find themselves "popping out" sooner then they did the first time around. The line from your navel to pubis can appear in your 4th or 5th month. Blue lines may appear on your abdomen as they may on your breasts.

Cervix Softening (Goodell's Sign), Chadwick's Sign (Bluish Tinge to the Vagina and Cervix), Vaginal Discharge Changes
Goodell's and Chadwick's signs both occur in the first trimester. Vaginal discharge can be varied, and often a golden discharge is an early sign of pregnancy. Beware of infections and have them treated asap.

Frequent Urination
Frequent urination usually begins 6-12 weeks after conception.

Food Cravings, Hunger, Thirst, Indigestion, Heartburn, Constipation, Gas, Metallic Taste in Mouth, Nausea, Vomitting (Morning Sickness, any time of the day), Ptyalism (Excessive Salivation), Sense of Smell Increased, Some Smells Nauseating
Morning sickness usually appears 2-7 weeks after conception. All of these symptoms could pop up in the first trimester.

Fatigue, Sleeping Problems
Early in pregnancy many women find themselves more tired than usual. Other symptoms can cause problems when trying to sleep at night, such as sore breasts making it hard to get into a comfortable position.

Mood Swings
Hormones and normal anxieties can cause mood swings through out pregnancy.

Aches and Pains, Backaches, Frequent Headaches, Nosebleeds, Stuffy Noses, Sinus Problems
Hormones, blood circulation, and the load on your body can cause these symptoms at various times in pregnancy. The doctor should be called if any of them are severe or persistent.

Quickening (Fetal Movement), Braxton Hicks Contractions
Intermittent painless contractions can occur early in pregnancy, and will increase in frequency. Fetal movement is noticeable starting at 14-20 weeks.

Stretch Marks, Spider Veins, Acne, Skin Pigmentation Changes, "Puffy" Face, Red and Itchy Palms and Soles, Itching, Perspiration, Heat Rashes, Bluish and Blotchy Legs, Varicose Veins, Changes in Hair, Nails, etc.
During the entire pregnancy one may wonder who's skin they are in!

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These are only indicators of 'possibility' of pregnancy. When you get a positive pregnancy test, you can be 99.9% certain. When the doctor verifies your pregnant by seeing the baby via ultrasound or hearing the heartbeat, you can be 100% certain. When the baby actually pops out, there is no doubt about it!

Kidding aside, 'signs' are deceiving. The signs below can be attributed to anything from food poisoning to a bad case of PMS.

Some pregnancies go by with virtually no symptoms, and some with virtually every symptom imaginable.

One month, two weeks late for my period, I had a number of the "signs". I thought I was pregnant. I wanted to be pregnant! I was glued to the computer reading about the "signs of pregnancy" and what the next nine months of my life would be like. I calculated the due date a hundred times. Soon a single burp was interpreted as a sign. I was certain that I was pregnant.

After two negative pregnancy tests, I still kept some hope. Then "she" came! I had only skipped a period. It was heartbreaking. The best advice I can give you is "don't obsess". Calculate when a pregnancy test will give you an accurate reading and mark that date on the calendar. Do not focus on it until that day!

The best way to survive the "waiting game", is to avoid playing it! It is easier to say than do. In the meantime, if you have anything like frequent nosebleeds, headaches, or unusual discharge - you should get to the doctor. God Bless!

© Rachel, 1999-present
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