The Symptoms of Pregnancy: Am I pregnant?

Am I pregnant? Symptoms of pregnancy do not necessarily mean you are pregnant. Moreover, late periods, missing a period or the absence of periods (known as amenorrhea) – the most definite sign of being pregnant- do not necessarily always indicate pregnancy. You might also be interested to know that some women get their period throughout their pregnancy and in rare cases have even gone through the whole nine months only to discover they are pregnant when they suddenly, and very unexpectedly, go into labour.

You might probably want to begin by taking a home pregnancy test if you suspect you are pregnant. Home pregnancy tests are an extremely reliable method for confirming pregnancy at the earliest stages. The placenta releases what is known as human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone upon fertilization. A pregnancy test will easily detect the presence of this hormone in a sample of maternal urine. Because pregnancy does not necessarily happen the same day or around the time of orgasm, but can happen a few days later, it is recommended to take a pregnancy test a few days after intercourse, as doing it before might provide a false negative result. Once you have confirmed you are pregnant, then ensure to get the right antenatal care.

Symptoms of pregnancy

The missed period – one cannot discuss pregnancy symptoms without mentioning delays in menstruation and missed periods. There are other explanations for missed periods which might lead you to think you are pregnant when in fact you are not. Simple and common factors such as drastic changes in diet, stress and tensions and going off the contraceptive pill mean there is a chance you might miss your period.

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness- feeling nauseous and queasy happens especially in the morning between the 2nd to the 8th week of pregnancy. Not all pregnant women will suffer from morning sickness and other will suffer from it much worse. Morning sickness or nausea are however, associated with other conditions including stress and anxiety, food poisoning, and changes in birth control methods; some medications also have side effects which can include nausea.

Cravings and Food Aversions

Another common pregnancy symptom is cravings. It is true that sometimes pregnancy women get very strange and unusual craving for foods they would not normally eat and sometimes for foods that are not even edible. Cravings can be very intense and almost uncontrollable; the reasons for these cravings are not really clearly understood. Nutrient deficiencies, change of diets and depression are just some of the causes for food craving.

Clearly, we must begin by ensuring the answer to the question “am I pregnant?” is yes before being over joyous or panicking. Symptoms of pregnancy do not necessarily indicate pregnancy.