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Are You Pregnant? - Symptoms To Look Out For

Aug 17, 2007
The early symptoms of pregnancy may escape your notice if you are not planning on having a pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, of course, you will be much more attuned to the every twinge of your body and are eager in anticipation for the first sign that you are pregnant.

1. Pregnancy Affects Different Women In Different Ways

A missed period is usually the first sign that something is going on, but there are other pregnancy symptoms that often occur prior to that period but are not connected to pregnancy unless you know it's a possibility. For example, morning sickness doesn't just start to happen from the day you first get a positive pregnancy result on a test kit. It is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms and it can happen more or less from the date of conception. At the time of course, most women will dismiss this as a stomach bug. It is very easy to dismiss morning sickness as a common cold.

2. Feeling Tired Or Irritable

Usually dismissed as stress, this is a surefire sign of pregnancy! Of course, in today's world there are very few people who live completely stress- free. Whether it is something that happens at work, or a family situation, or worries about finances, or even watching the evening news, stress invades our lives. Both stress and pregnancy can interfere with your ability to think rationally because of the hormonal imbalances that it causes.

Here's a list of the most common symptoms and signs of pregnancy. It's important to remember that a lot of these symptoms are also signs of a period approaching.

-Fatigue and tiredness
-Morning sickness (or nausea at any time of the day or night)
-Frequent urination (you may notice that you need to get up in the middle of the night a few times)
-Heartburn and indigestion
-Flatulence and bloating
-Cravings
-Food you used to love may make you feel sick
-Breast tenderness and soreness
-Enlargement of the breasts and darkening of the areola (pigmented area that surrounds the nipple)

If you find out that you are pregnant it's important to avoid environmental hazards now. Things like alcohol, smoke, drugs, and caffeine (at least limiting caffeine). More uncommon environmental hazards to watch out for include lead, mercury, and pesticides. The first trimester is the most critical time for the formation of your baby. If you're not sure what things pose a danger to your baby, it's a great idea to talk to your doctor or midwife.

As well, taking a folic acid supplement is very important for your baby's development.
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