Almost each and every sexually active woman gets to that point when she actively suspects that she could be with child. This is irrespective of whether one was actively trying to get pregnant or it was just an “oops” moment. Pregnancy, in a nutshell, occurs when the sperm meet the ovum during a woman’s fertile days. This fusion of the sperm and the ovum leads to the creation of an embryo that eventually grows throughout the nine months to become a fully developed baby. So when should you go out and buy that pregnancy kit or when should you walk into a hospital and ask to get tested for a positive or negative result on pregnancy?
After a missed period
A missed period is one of the earliest and most obvious signs of pregnancy. Missed periods may be caused by several reasons other than pregnancy, but in a situation whereby one has been having unprotected sex and is not on any form of contraception, pregnancy presents itself is a well contending reason. The logic behind a missed period once pregnancy occurs is that once the egg is fertilized it moves to the uterus to implant itself on its wall. There really is no egg to disintegrate and thus the lack of the monthly period. Missed periods are quite the loudest cue for one to take a pregnancy test.
It’s a given that we estrogen carrying human beings, once in a while, have those days where we really don’t want to move an arm or a leg and anyone who makes us do so is branded the devil incarnate, but no it’s not always pregnancy. However, continuous and constant fatigue may be an early call to take a pregnancy test, especially if one has been sexually active. Fatigue in pregnancy is often associated with a high level of the hormone progesterone, which is mainly a feature of the ovulation phase. It could also be an indicator of other issues such as low levels of blood sugar or low blood pressure. So if you suspect that you could be pregnant and are constantly feeling fatigued maybe it could be time to take a pregnancy test.
So mornings weren’t your best friend or even friend but now they come accompanied by nausea and the constant need to throw up or the actual act of throwing up. Morning sickness is quite a common feature of the first trimester of pregnancy, with some cases lasting till the last trimester. Not every woman experiences it though, as is with all symptoms of pregnancy. The exact cause of morning sickness remains unknown, but the condition is mainly attributed to hormones produced once pregnancy occurs. So yes, Mother Nature has probably been speaking to you through those gruesome mornings and it is time to take that pregnancy test just to be sure whether you are pregnant or mornings have just developed distaste for you.
Breast swelling and tenderness
The jolly twins suddenly got a little bigger, and while that should be reason for celebration we are writhing at how tender and painful they just got and wishing they’d go back to being themselves. Breast changes are an almost inevitable early sign of pregnancy, as they may feel heavier, fuller, and tender to touch, swollen, sore or tingle. Who knew breast could be so many things, huh? Breast tenderness is caused by the sudden upsurge of hormones that take place during ovulation and is not always a sign of pregnancy. However, in the situation that pregnancy could be an option then it may be time to give up cursing the two beauties and take the pregnancy test.
So before you’d stay quite a decent number of hours without the need to pee, but now it seems to be the only thing you can do. The constant need to urinate during the early stages of pregnancy is caused by the fact that your body is producing a lot of extra fluids that have your bladder working overtime. The frequent urination may at times be in the mind of women who wish to be pregnant or are suspecting that they could be pregnant and thus think the symptom to reality. The only way to fully establish whether the frequent urination is a result of pregnancy is to take a pregnancy test.
Cramps are often associated with pre-menstrual symptoms. So how do we explain the situation whereby you’ve been having these nerve wrecking cramps yet there are no forth-coming periods? Maybe pregnancy? Cramps are one of the earliest signs of pregnancy and are caused by the uterus stretching to accommodate the incoming baby. The only sure way to confirm the reason for cramping in the absence of periods is to take a pregnancy test. Otherwise they may be an indicator of a more serious condition that needs attention.
Cravings or Food Aversions
So suddenly you have food issues that were non-existent a week or a month before. Like you can’t get enough of vanilla ice cream and the idea or even smell of fish makes your whole system crash in distress. Food cravings and aversions are one of the ways your body informs you that you will be playing house to a tiny you for the next nine months or less. Whereas cravings and food aversions are also a symptom of PMS, since the hormones involved are similar, it is quite important to test for pregnancy when you notice these changes in your taste buds.
Constipation and Bloating
We all know that feeling; the one that makes us swear that we’ll drink more and we’ll eat our greens and make healthier choices. However, constipation and bloating are not always a result of unhealthy meal choices. Progesterone is a hormone released during the onset of pregnancy and is associated with indigestion. The fact that you are constantly bloated and constipated may be your body’s way of telling you that you may be pregnant. The only way to be sure of this is by taking a pregnancy test. It won’t make it go away but at least you’ll quit judging your food choices 🙂
Every woman’s body varies and each experience has varied pregnancy symptoms, which explains the reason as to why this post is so long for each of us to pick one. Go get a pregnancy test if you suspect you could be pregnant and are experiencing one or more of the above symptoms.