Think you might be pregnant?
How soon can you tell?
The onset and degree of pregnancy symptoms will vary within women. Many women experience them within days of conception, others take a few weeks before pregnancy symptoms kick in and some feel no discomfort at all. The early pregnancy symptoms listed here generally can be felt once implantation occurs (8 – 10 days from ovulation) and will lessen after the first trimester.
It is frustrating to realize that many pregnancy symptoms are very similar to those that occur right before menstruating. However, combined with high temperatures and a longer luteal phase – they are key indications that you are pregnant.
1st Way offers a free pregnancy test to help you know whether you're pregnant or no.
How can you tell?
Here are a few common pregnancy symptoms:
Breasts may be very tender, swollen and start to enlarge. Many times the veins within the breast will become more visible and extremely sensitive. These symptoms are due to increasing amount of HCG hormone that begins at implantation.
Pregnancy causes the uterus to swell and it will start to enlarge for the growing baby immediately. The uterus puts pressure on your bladder making you feel the need for more frequent urination. Many women start to feel this symptom within a week or two after pregnancy has occurred.
Feeling Tired / Sluggish
This one is pretty obvious. When pregnant your body is going through some major hormonal changes. HCG levels alone go from 0 – 250,000 mIU/ml in just twelve weeks. Your temperature is also higher due to the amount of progesterone circulating through your body which will also make you feel a little sluggish.
Missed Period / Light Bleeding
Light bleeding (spotting) may occur approximately 8 – 10 days from ovulation. It usually happens around the same time you would have gotten your menstrual period. Some women assume they have started their period when in fact they are pregnant. The spotting is caused from implantation which is when the fertilized egg burrows into the endometrial lining.
Dizziness and/or Fainting
When standing in one place you may feel dizzy or even faint. The growing uterus compresses major arteries in your legs which causes your blood pressure to drop making you extremely light headed. Skipping meals or going too long without eating may cause you to feel dizzy or faint. When not eating frequently enough it causes low blood sugar. Blood sugar is the primary source of food for your baby so it will be depleted much more quickly.
Pregnancy hormones will slow down bowel functions to give maximum absorption time of vitamins and nutrients. This symptom usually gets worse as the pregnancy progresses.
Raging hormones are the cause of this…along with having to put up with all the other symptoms. This symptom should decrease soon into the second trimester but until then, a healthy diet, moderate exercise and plenty of sleep should help the crabbiness somewhat.
The uterus is very swollen and starts to push upward as it grows. The increasing levels of HCG will also slow down digestion making your stomach not empty as fast which increases the stomach acid.
Just because you have these pregnancy symptoms does not mean you are pregnant, but it does mean it's a good idea to get a test soon.
Free Pregnancy Tests...
If you think you may be pregnant, the trained staff at 1st Way are waiting to help you. First we will ask you a few questions and get to know you better. Then, you will be assisted with a free pregnancy test and you will have the result from that test the same day.
We will go far beyond the results of your free pregnancy test. Our staff has been trained to discuss many different issues you may be facing, like life style changes that might prevent the need for a test in the future, your attitude regarding abortion and adoption and ways in which 1st Way can help you carry your baby to term.
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