Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms
What's the earliest pregnancy sign or pregnancy symptom
a woman is likely to feel when she's first pregnant?
Some women are aware that they are pregnant from the
pregnancy signs their body will give them long before
they test positive for pregnancy. In early pregnancy you
may experience cramping, bloating, heartburn, or nausea
and you may experience more frequent urination. You may
experience a creamy white discharge. You may experience
food cravings, an increased sense of smell, mood swings,
headaches, dizziness or a slight fever as your temperature
elevates. You may notice changes to your breasts or nipples.
6 to 12 days after intimacy occurs you may notice light
pink or brown spotting. You may experience a short or
light cycle as implantation occurs. You may on an emotional
or intuitive level feel something is different. If you
are tracking your ovulation pattern you can also check
the position of your cervix to see if it is still high
and soft after ovulation, you can look for increased creamy
white cervical mucus and you can look to see if you have
an elevated body temperature after ovulation. These signs
can all be early indicators of pregnancy. When you are
aware of your ovulation, the time between ovulation and
your next cycle will always remain constant, from 12 to
16 days after ovulation occurs.
Nausea is a true sign of pregnancy and cannot be confused
with an oncoming cycle. As soon as you feel nausea beginning
reach for a high protein snack and a glass of water, if
you feel better right away and you have experienced the
other signs of pregnancy then you are most likely pregnant.
Wait for at least 14 days or longer after a missed period
to home pregnancy test in order to confirm what you already
know. Disregard too early pregnancy test results.
If you are not already taking prenatals for conception
and you suspect that you are pregnant begin to take a
high quality prenatal vitamin and mineral, usually found
at a health food store, to help create a healthy pregnancy
and help to prevent miscarriage.
When is the earliest you can take a pregnancy test?
You can home pregnancy test 19 days or longer after sexual
intimacy or 14 days or longer after a missed or shortened
period for the most accuracy with your results. Early
home pregnancy tests can be used as soon as three weeks
after the first day of your last period, but only have
a 64% rate of accuracy. Disregard any too early pregnancy
test results. The best time to home pregnancy test is
first thing in the morning when your hormones will be
at their strongest levels. If your pregnancy test is negative,
but you feel that you may be pregnant, test again one
week later when your hormones will be stronger or you
can go to your physician or midwife for confirmation of
your results. Some women do not show positive for pregnancy
on urine tests until longer than 14 days after a missed
Copyright 2008, Copyright released with references.
“Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” by National
Bestselling Author Gail J. Dahl. Now available across
North America at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Chapters,
Coles and Indigo Books & Music. The information contained
in or provided through this publication is intended for
general consumer understanding and education only and
is not intended to be, and is not provided as, a substitute
for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Always seek the advice of your midwife, physician, nurse
or other qualified health care provider before you undergo
any treatment or for answers to any questions you may
have regarding any medical condition during pregnancy.
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