As soon as you suspect you might be pregnant, call to schedule an appointment with your obstetrician, or midwife. If you haven’t yet chosen between a doctor or midwife, now’s the time to evaluate your options. Here at Healthy Woman, we’re happy to offer both.
Here are some early signs to predict pregnancy:
- Missed Period
The most obvious early symptom of pregnancy is the missed period. But not all missed or delayed periods are caused by pregnancy. Also, women can experience bleeding during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, ask your doctor what you should be aware of with bleeding.
- Spotting and Cramping
A few days after conception, the fertilized egg attaches itself to a wall of the uterus. This can cause one of the earliest signs of pregnancy – spotting and sometimes cramping. This is called implantation bleeding and occurs anywhere from six to twelve days after the egg is fertilized. The bleeding and cramps are slight, but are often mistaken for menstrual cramps and the start of a period.
- Breast Changes
Another early sign are changes in the breasts. Women’s’ hormone levels rapidly change after conception, due to this change, the beasts become swollen, sore, or tingly a week or two later. They may also feel heavier or fuller, or tender to the touch. The areola (area around the nipples) may also darken.
Morning sickness is a famous symptom of pregnancy, but not every pregnant woman gets it. The cause is not known, but pregnancy hormones likely contribute to this symptom. Fortunately, nausea, cravings, and food aversions typically lessen for many women at about the 13th or 14th week of pregnancy.
Starting early on, feeling very tired is normal in pregnancy. A woman may start feeling unusually fatigued as soon as one week after conceiving. This is often related to a high level of hormone called progesterone, although other things – like low blood sugar, low blood pressure, and a boost in blood production – can all contribute. It is important to get plenty of rest and eat protein rich foods with plenty of iron to help offset this symptom.If you are experiencing these symptoms you will be able to schedule an appointment at 6-8 weeks of pregnancy, at which time your doctor will be able to perform an ultrasound to confirm if you are pregnant and review any questions you might have.
If you think you may be pregnant, schedule your appointment with us today and find out for sure!
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