Are you worried or hopeful about being pregnant? The following 25 questions are especially designed to help you figure it out. If your answer is positive to more than a third of them, then maybe its time you took a home pregnancy test. If you pay close attention to your body, you may be able sense you are pregnant as early as one week after conception.
- Did you miss a period? This is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. However, it’s not 100 percent— some women skip their period because of stress, irregular periods etc., while others continue to have slight vaginal bleeding even after getting pregnant.
- Did you bleed mid-cycle? This can occur during pregnancy when the fertilized ovule penetrates the uterus, causing a small amount of blood to leak. Unexpected vaginal bleeding occurs in 50-80 percent of pregnant woman. However, it can happen during a normal menstrual cycle too.
- Do you suddenly feel nauseated? Nausea is a common symptom of pregnancy, part of morning sickness. It is caused by increasing pregnancy hormones such as progesterone.
- Is the nausea accompanied by vomiting? Vomiting can also occur with morning sickness. Morning sickness tends to occur during the first trimester, and fades or disappears in the second.
- Do your breasts feel sensitive? Breast sensitivity can occur as part of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but it may be intensified during pregnancy.
- Are your breasts sore and painful to touch? This may be from the hormonal changes generated by the conception. As the milk-producing cells develop channels, your breasts may become more sensitive to touch. The blood flow to your breasts also increases, and you may notice your breasts seem more veiny.
- Do your breasts appear swollen and bigger? This may be because your body is adapting to pregnancy and breastfeeding. If your breasts are too small – don’t worry — breast tissue starts to grow at the beginning of gestation.
- Do your nipples feel softer and look more withdrawn? Softer breasts will help with breast-feeding.
- Is the skin around your nipples getting darker? If yes, blame those pesky pregnancy hormones for increased pigmentation.
- Do you have to urinate more frequently? As the size of your uterus increases, there is more pressure on your bladder. Combined with the extra fluid in your body, you may find yourself running to the bathroom more than ideal.
- Do you feel thirstier? This may be because your kidneys are filtering more liquids. The placenta, the amniotic sac and the amniotic liquid are starting to form inside your uterus in the early stages of pregnancy, which requires more flood flow.
- Do you feel hungry more often? This is because your body has different nutritional needs – you need more energy and fuel to sustain a new pregnancy. Expect to eat about 300 calories a day more during the first trimester.
- Do you constantly feel tired and sleepy even after you rest? Your body is adjusting to a number of changes and needs rest. And increasing levels of the hormone progesterone can cause fatigue.
- Do you feel bloated and constipated? Why does your body produce all that gas causing the ungodly trio of burping, farting and bloating (BBR)? Blame the pregnancy hormone progesterone. It causes the smooth muscle tissue in your body to relax, including the muscles in your gastrointestinal tract.
- Did you start to enjoy the smell of gas or shoe polish overnight? If not gas or shoe polish, perhaps another strange and previously disgusting smell is exciting your taste buds. Pregnancy cravings are a common sign of pregnancy.
- Do you suddenly have an aversion to foods or odors you used to love? Blame those pesky pregnancy hormones. Up to 85 percent of pregnant women say they’re being repelled by certain foods.
- Did a vertical dark line appear between your belly button and your pubic area? Increased pigmentation, including the linea negra — the line between your belly button and pubic area — is a common pregnancy sign.
- Is your basal body temperature higher than before? If the basal body temperature in higher than usual (between ½ – 1 degree F higher) for three consecutive weeks, it is a strong sign of pregnancy. The basal body temperature can be measured by putting the thermometer in the mouth or under the armpit and it should be measured in the morning, first thing, before any physical activity.
- Do you have a decreased libido? Decreased libido is common during pregnancy although some women report a higher sex drive, while others report no change at all. If your sex drives drops during the first trimester, don’t worry – it will probably return during the second.
- Does your skin have an unusual glow? The mask of pregnancy or a pregnancy glow is because your body becomes more vascularized during pregnancy. The blood flow will change, so your skin will become pinker as well.
- Do you have sudden changes of mood? Mood swings, caused by rising hormonal levels, are common during pregnancy. Try not to overreact, and warn your partner!
- Do you experience decreased endurance? If you are pregnant, your body will go through some important changes, and you may have reduced endurance and energy.
- Do you have back pain? This is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. Somewhere between half and three quarters of women have it at some stage.
- Do you sometimes feel you need more air? The newly conceived baby needs oxygen as he or she grows, leaving less for you. You may feel breathless or winded, especially on the stairs. This symptom is characteristic of the entire pregnancy, but it appears quite early.
- Do you have a metallic taste in your mouth? A strange, metallic taste is one of the more bizarre pregnancy symptoms. Doctors suspect it is caused by increasing hormones although they aren’t really sure why.
Congratulations! You completed Z Living’s Pregnancy Test. If the answer is yes to more than a third of these questions, it’s probably time to take a home pregnancy test.
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