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Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy

Posted Sunday, July 19, 2009 9:51 PM

Signs of PregnancyThe very act of pregnancy and child birth is an amazing process. To think that a microscopic organism can grow into a bouncing baby in just 38 weeks is a real miracle. Yes, 38 weeks. The gestation period occurs approximately two weeks from the start of your last period. Using that calculation the doctor can determine your expected due date. However, the amount of time the human body remains in a state of pregnancy is only 38 weeks.

The pregnancy is divided into three trimesters. The first trimester is when you find out you are pregnant. There may or may not be noticeable symptoms during this time. The symptoms of pregnancy have been confused at times with the flu.

One of the best known symptom of pregnancy is the missed period. A woman can still have a menstruation cycle during her pregnancy so it may not be evident at first. When you notice a change in your menstruation cycle it may be advisable to have a pregnancy test done if you suspect you could be pregnant.

Other symptoms which occur are fatigue or unusual tiredness. The body can start to show signs of fatigue from as early as a week after the woman conceives. Most women have this tiredness pass after the first trimester. One of the reasons for being so tired during the start of the pregnancy is because the body is building up the placenta. Couple that with all the extra hormones going through the body can make anyone want to take a nap.

Pregnancy symptoms can also include the breasts becoming swollen, sore, and even tender to the touch. This can occur as early as the first week or two of pregnancy. Many women notice the breasts also start to enlarge while pregnant. This is because the mammary glands are starting to produce milk for the baby.

The morning sickness is very common during pregnancy. This symptom can show up anywhere from two weeks to two months into the pregnancy. It may not always happen in the morning. There are some women who do not experience morning sickness at all. Others complain that it occurs at night. There are many women who report feelings of nausea all through their pregnancy.

Headaches are also frequent during early pregnancy. This is because the body is still getting used to the hormone levels changing. Along with headaches a woman may experience back aches. This is another sign the body is getting ready to have a baby. The woman's body will change to make adjustments to new weight and how it is distributed. The added weight of the baby can affect how a woman sits, stands, and has to perform certain tasks. The body will need to adjust for that.

During the first trimester of pregnancy, a woman will be prone to more frequent urination. This is a common issue among pregnant women. This is because of the pressure on the bladder caused by the uterus. As the pregnancy continues, the woman may have accidental leakage when she laughs, coughs, or even sneezes. This symptom is common and will disappear after delivery.

One thing to remember is each pregnancy is different. Whether it is your first or your third, you will not have the same symptoms every time. Each woman is different. Just because one woman experienced it does not mean every woman will experience the same things with her pregnancy.

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