Monday, May 31, 2010
Pregnancy is defined as the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of pregnancy include the following:
1. Missing your menstrual cycle is the most common sign and indication of pregnancy. However a variety of other reasons such as stress, illness, and weight fluctuations and other reasons can cause a late or missed period. Missing periods normally can also be a symptom of polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition in which periods can occur months apart.
2. Change in the size and feel of your breast is another sign of pregnancy. The breasts begin to enlarge to get ready for breast feeding and some women experience their breasts becoming sensitive and they may also experience a sharp and twinkling sensation.
3. Nausea and vomiting are normal symptoms of most pregnant women. This is what is known as morning sickness. Morning sickness is a feeling of sickness experienced as early as 2 weeks of pregnancy. The degree of nausea and vomiting differs from woman to woman. This symptom may disappear after the period of 3 to 4 months.
4. Frequent urination and a drastic change in your taste and smell are also signs that can result in craving certain foods and also start hating other types of food. Sometimes your favorite food you enjoyed so much before you became pregnant can not be tolerated by smell or taste now.
One of the ways to confirm your pregnancy is by conducting a home pregnancy test. The home pregnancy test will detect the level of HCG in the urine and if the result is positive you will need to make an appointment with your doctor to confirm the pregnancy and to start your prenatal care.
A blood test can also be done that may give a positive or negative result. Blood test is normally conducted when there are apprehensions of miscarriage or unusual pregnancy. After a period 0f 4 to 6 weeks the obstetrician can confirm the pregnancy by a physical examination. The thickening of the vaginal tissues and softening uterus confirms the pregnancy.
This article is to be used for informational purposes only. The information contained herein is not intended to be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional medical advice regarding pregnancy. Prior to beginning any treatment regimen or taking any medication, the patient must consult a licensed medical doctor for advice and/or to determine the best course of action for his/her individual situation.