Sometimes mothers feel certain that they’re pregnant at the moment of conception. Others don’t know until they have a positive pregnancy test—or two and even have it confirmed by their doctor. Most women start to consider a missed period to be an early sign of pregnancy. It may turn out to be a pregnancy scare and not the reason to be so certain. That’s why it is better to check for other signs as well. You have to be absolutely sure about this precious blessing that will be coming in your life.
Find out some other early pregnancy symptoms here:
Nausea and vomiting
What is commonly known as morning sickness can occur anytime during day or night, beginning one or two weeks after conception. Unfortunately, you will have to bear with some of it.
Changes in your breasts
You may feel tenderness and enlargement of breasts as early as one week after conception. The areolas, or rings around your nipples, darkening and the veins becoming more prominent is also a visible symptom.
While tiredness is common in the early weeks, it often continues late into your first trimester and may even last through all the months of pregnancy.
Your uterus begins to put pressure on your bladder about six to eight weeks after conception. This means an increase in your bathroom runs, urinating frequently throughout the day.
Mild spotting or cramping
Approximately 8 to 10 days after ovulation, you may experience light pink spotting. It usually comes before your expected period date and is not as red or heavy so it should not be confused with your periods. In this time, you may also experience some cramps.
Some other signs
Other signs of pregnancy may include elevated body temperature, headaches, constipation, lower abdominal cramps, dizziness, backaches, excessive salivation, heartburn and food cravings.
To be sure, take a pregnancy test
Sometimes early pregnancy symptoms can be misleading when you do not have the full or correct knowledge. There can be many possible reasons for how you are feeling. Take a home pregnancy urine test to be sure if you feel that you are pregnant. A urine test can detect the pregnancy hormone hCG (human Chorionic Gonadotropin) 10 to 14 days after conception, or one day after your missed period date.
But pregnancy tests aren’t completely reliable. Sometimes, it can show a negative test even when you’re pregnant, or show a false positive even when you’re not pregnant. You can re-take the test a week later to check the results again.
Confirm with your doctor
Have a check-up with your doctor and have a medical exam to confirm the pregnancy. The next step is to get on track with prenatal care. You can take a pregnancy blood test at the doctor’s office about 10 days after conception to get results.
The ultimate positive sign, of course, is seeing the foetus. With sonography, it’s possible to identify the gestational sac (the fluid-filled structure that will develop into the foetus) about five weeks after the last menstrual period, and about two weeks later, the beating of the foetal heart can be seen.
This is the most important and happy news of your life. So, be extra sure about the correctness of the result. Then use the best practices and resources to have happy motherhood.