They say marriage isn’t complete without having a child. Some women also believe that conceiving a child will make their life complete. You’ve probably heard some say that giving life to someone is the main purpose of women. For couples or even single women who wish to have a child, all eyes are on the many conception symptoms. For those who have no plans of getting knocked up just yet, these symptoms may also prove important.
Whether you’ve planned it or not, you need to be aware of the signs that you may be pregnant. Here are some of the normal symptoms to watch out for:
• Drop in Body Temperature
A drop in body temperature is the first sign of pregnancy as it occurs during implantation day. However, this is often the most neglected or overlooked.
• Missed Period
This is probably the most obvious symptom of pregnancy there is. However, you should not readily assume that a missed period is just a sign of pregnancy. There are other reasons why women miss their period. Most have something to do with their health. So if you experience a missed period, it is best to go straight to your doctor or better yet to an obstetrician. If you miss a menstrual period due to pregnancy, it means you are on the 15th day since implantation.
You should also be weary of spotting which is one of the first signs that you may be pregnant. When you notice slight vaginal bleeding there is a probability that you are experiencing implantation bleeding which is the result of the attachment of the fertilized egg to the wall of the uterus. Spotting occurs sometime between 6 to 12 days after fertilization.
• Vaginal Discharge
Aside from blood caused by the fertilization of the egg, a milky white discharge is also often noticed during early pregnancy when the vaginal walls start to thicken.
Lower abdominal pain or cramping often accompanies spotting. Many often confuse cramping due to conception with menstrual cramps. This is because they basically feel the same. To make sure if you are pregnant or not, you just need to wait this out. If you get your period a few days after feeling the pain, then it was just menstrual cramps. If you don’t menstruate, then you need to see your doctor to see of you are pregnant.
• Changes in the Breasts
Your breasts are two of the most important things to have when you have a baby, for obvious reasons. They are also a good indication if you are pregnant. During the first few weeks of pregnancy, your breasts will feel a bit more tender than usual. For many, this symptom is accompanied by soreness and pain. The changes with the breasts are brought about the rapid changes with the hormone levels and become noticeable around the 3rd and fourth week while the areola starts to darken sometime during the third and fourth month after conception.
• Morning Sickness
When a woman becomes nauseated and feels sick in the morning, this may be a sign that she is carrying a child which is probably in its second to fourth week. Morning sickness may occur until the 14th week but for some who are fortunate enough, they don’t experience it at all. However, a vast majority of pregnant women will experience vomiting and loss of appetite to go with morning sickness.
• Food Aversions or Cravings
Having food cravings is one of the classic symptoms of pregnancy. These are the results of an increase in the level of estrogen. If you’re the guy and your significant other is pregnant, you better be ready for late-night runs to get what food she is craving for.
Pregnant women will also notice that they easily get squeamish when you smell certain scents. This is especially true with the smell of some food or other things like coffee and cigarette smoke.
For the first three to ten weeks of pregnancy, women will experience fatigue or a decrease in their energy level. This is caused by changes in hormone levels particularly of progesterone.
• Headaches, Faintness and Dizziness
Another repercussion of the changes in hormone levels in the body brought about by pregnancy is headache. When some hormone levels are altered, blood circulation may be increased which leads to headaches. Faintness and dizziness, meanwhile, are caused by the dilution of the blood vessels which causes a drop in blood pressure. Low blood sugar may also be behind the feeling of being lightheaded. All these are symptoms of pregnancy usually experienced during the first weeks.
Pregnant women almost always suffer from constipation. This is also because of the increase in progesterone. When more of this hormone is produced, the passing of food through the intestines are a bit hindered causing constipation.
• Mood Swings
This is one of the most dreaded conception symptoms. Just ask any man. Mood swings are also caused by the changes in hormone levels in the body and are most evident during the first three months of pregnancy.
• Increased Basal Body Temperature
Another way to check if a woman is pregnant is to find out the basal body temperature. It is the temperature taken right after waking up in the morning. If the temperature continues to spike up during ovulation (assuming you know how when you ovulate) until the next menstruation ten there is a high probability of you being pregnant. More so, if your basal body temperature continues to increase for two weeks.
• Feeling Pregnant
• Fetal Movements
By the 16th week, the mother will be able to feel her baby move. If you still don’t know that you are pregnant by this time, feeling something move inside your body may be a bit surprising, to say the least. Go see a doctor.
Some women report feeling conception symptoms just after a few days with some of them saying they already knew they were pregnant the next day. For others, they aren’t aware of their pregnancy until after a month or so after conception. Basically, each woman is different in how their body reacts to pregnancy. Being aware of such symptoms will allow you to prepare yourself for pregnancy and to make sure your child will get the best care possible.
All the mentioned symptoms are not exclusive to pregnancy. There are a lot of other medical issues that you can relate to each symptom. If you suspect that you are pregnant, the most important step is to either buy a pregnancy test and see for yourself or go to a doctor and make everything official.