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How can you tell if you are pregnant?

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2017-11-19 21:34:34
2017-11-19 21:34:34

The best way to tell if you are pregnant is to see your doctor and have him examine you. A quick way to check is to use an over the counter home pregnancy test that you can buy at any pharmacy, but those should not be trusted 100%.

The majority of pregnancy tests check for the presence of hCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) in the urine of patients. hCG is produced following implantation of the growing 'egg' into the wall of the uterus, so these tests are not accurate in the VERY early stages of pregnancy. The results should be confirmed by a doctor.

Chances are that your doctor will perform a blood or urine test, again looking for the presence of hCG. The doctor could also send you for a obstetric ultrasonography, a test that uses ultrasound to create an image of the baby in the womb. This will allow you to see the baby as early as four and half weeks gestation. At this point, hCG production will already be present, so chances are you would need this test as the normal tests would work just fine.

Hormonal changes of pregnancy cause a number of 'symptoms' to become present in the mother. It is important to remember that some of these symptoms may be caused by other factors, and are not an immediate indication of pregnancy. Symptoms include:

  1. Breast Tenderness: Many women report increased sensitivity, fullness, or heaviness within a few days. By two weeks after conception, your areolas (the pinkish or brown skin surrounding the nipples) may start to enlarge.
  2. Spotting: Scantier than a period and sometimes mixed with a yellowish discharge, a small amount of bleeding may occur when the developing egg implants itself in your uterine wall. Bleeding should not be to the level of a period.
  3. Fatigue: Some report tiredness, irrespective of the level of sleep acquired the night before. Again, fatigue is more often a result of other factors, so doesn't necessarily indicate pregnancy.
  4. Nausea: The sensation of unease and discomfort in the stomach with an urge to vomit. Commonly referred to as "morning sickness", although this can appear at any time.
  5. Bloating: Many women mistake this early sign of pregnancy for PMS; the tip-off may come when your period doesn't arrive.
  6. Increased urination: pregnant women may need to go to the bathroom more than usual, a symptom that will return strongly during the last trimester.
  7. Stretching of pelvic ligaments: During the course of a normal pregnancy, the uterus will grow to about 1,000 times its prepregnant size. Some women feel their pelvic ligaments stretching to make room for this growth to occur.
  8. Food cravings: Although it isn't totally clear why this occurs, women do have cravings for particular types of foods during their pregnancy. For example, pregnant mothers have liked sour tastes more in the second and third trimesters than in the first trimester or before pregnancy.

    This is generic advice. It is not a substitute for an examination by a doctor. Visit them as soon as you know (or even think!) you are pregnant. Some of these symptoms can indicate not only pregnancy, but also serious health issues that may need immediate medical attention.

There are a number of ways to figure it out: Tender/ swollen breasts Headaches Upset stomach and diarrhea Vomiting and nausea (morning sickness) Food cravings (abnormal) Revolted by certain smells you normally wouldn't feel disgusted about Frequent urge to urinate Dizziness or fainting spells Increased vaginal discharge Missing a period Take a test

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2015-05-17 22:30:45
2015-05-17 22:30:45

You can tell your mother. I am yet to find the mother, who has not helped her baby. Fathers also love daughters.

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