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The 8 Signs & Symptoms of Pregnancy

Signs of Pregnancy:

About one week would have passed since fertilization by the time your developing embryo called a blastocyst, soon to be your baby, would have traveled through the fallopian tube and implanted itself inside the lining of your womb.

It’s at this time that you may experience spotting, a very small amount of mentrual flow or yellowish vaginal discharge. Some women often mistake this as the beginning of the next normal menstrual period.

  1. Spotting: a small amount of menstrual flow or yellowish vaginal discharge is in fact one of the first signs of pregnancy and this bleeding is caused by the implantation of the blastocyst into the lining of your womb, also referred to as implantation bleeding.
  2. Tender Breasts: Other symptoms of pregnancy are tender breasts or a tingling feeling within them.
  3. Urinate Frequently: You may need to bathroom a little more than usual.
  4. Fatigue: You may be feeling more tired than usual.
  5. Change in Taste: Experiencing changes in taste, for example you may suddenly be turned off your morning cup of coffee.
  6. Nauseous: You may feel sick or nauseous, especially in the mornings.
  7. Change in Mood: You may feel down or just plain moody.
  8. Missed Period: Last but not least a missed period may be a sign that you are pregnant.

The first day after a missed period is a good time to take your first pregnancy test. These tests measure the amount of human chorionic gonadotropin known as HCG in your urine and is produced by the placenta even thought it is quite small at this early stage it is already producing hormones.

 
 
 

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  • fatima

    Hi Monica, Love the site!
    I think I’m pregnant but my preg test is negative…my periods is irregular. I haven’t got a period for 45days

    • Monica

      Dear Fatima,
      Thank you for writing.
      You may want to see a doctor to have a blood test to confirm if you are pregnant or not as a blood test is more accurate. Sounds like you may have ovulated late in the month. Although very rare some women who are pregnant receive negative results. If you feel relatively well. Wait one week and try again. Let us know how you get on. There must be a reason your cycles are so irregular. Thanks Monica

  • mona

    Hi Monica, Love the site very much.
    i am pregnant for one month and i have gas problem every time , what ever i eat i suffer from gas. please if you have any idea.
    i will be very thank ful you

    • Monica

      Hi Mona,
      Thank you for your kind comments.

      The hormones of pregnancy cause havoc with the digestive system.

      Keep your bowels moving because constipation is a common cause of gas and bloating. To avoid it drink plenty of liquids, eat a variety of high-fibre foods and stay physically active on a regular basis. A walk every day is a good idea. Eat small frequent meals and don’t over fill your stomach. Eat slowly because when you eat in a hurry you tend to swallow more air which contributes to more gas and try to relax during your meals. Avoid these vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, onions, fried and greasy foods and high fat foods, rich sauces and beans. Add carbonated beverages to the mix and you will have more gas and bloating. Lastly don’t lie down after eating. Another thing to avoid temporarily is bread as you may have a wheat or gluten sensitivity.

      Every woman and every pregnancy can be different.

      Please let us know how you get on.

      I hope this helps

  • sona

    Hi Monica
    Love ur site…
    We are trying for last 3 months…I have regular periods..last month on 22 March i had my periods..now i missed my periods…but I don’t feel any early sign of pregnancy..only i feel tiredness!

    • Monica

      Hi Sona, thanks for writing.

      If you had your last menstrual period on March 22 you would be 4 weeks 5 days today and a home pregnancy test should give you a positive result. Try again in a week and if negative and your period doesn’t start there may be other reasons that your period didn’t start. Check out my video on the 12 reasons you may have missed your period.

      Thanks again

  • mickala thomas

    hi monica…the month of january i missed my period….it came on the 22 of febuary and neva cam back and we r now in may…….i dont always missed my period …the only sign that am haveing is the back and side pain…..i took a test and it came back negative….could i be pergnant

    • Monica

      Hi Mikala,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      It sounds as though you may have something called polycystic ovarian syndrome where a woman has irregular cycles. It might be worthwhile for you to contact your doctor to do some blood work and possibly an ultrasound.

      Let us know how you are and thanks again.

      Kind regards

      Monica

  • Sanju

    Hi Monica,
    i’ve 35 days menstrual cycle, i’m trying to conceive for last 3 months, my last period started on april 5 n my period is due on May 10, but on April 30 i noticed some brown spotting without cramp or pain for 3 days.. I had a HPT today morning which came negative. Can i still be pregnant with negative result, these days my breast n nipples are very soft n swollen, all the time i feel very hungry, i get tired very soon, i feel vomiting n gas proble sometimes, i’ve headaches.. Am i pregnant are some other problem? Plz help, i’ll be very obliged to you:)

    • Monica

      Hi Sanju,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      It is possible that the spotting was implantation bleeding and not a real period. Your periods are long and would indicate late ovulation. If your period was due May 10th, today, so I think that yes it is possible that you are pregnant but that the pregnancy test was taken too early.

      Follow the HPT instructions carefully and use an early morning concentrated urine sample. I would wait one week to do the pregnancy test again. 
      With your long cycles it may indicate that you are not ovulating regularly and if you are concerned I would contact your doctor.

      Kindest regards

      Monica

  • Sanju

    Hi Monica,
    Is achy knees and other joint pain are also a sign of pregnancy? I’m having acid vomiting in the morning and other time of the day also, is it also related to pregnancy?

  • sona

    hiii monica,
    sorry to bother u again.
    i had my periods on 22 march…till today i havent my periods..i went for the ultrasound..it said the right ovary has a multilocular cyst with thin septation..and is about 4.7×4.1×3.7cm..no solid elements are seen protruding into the cystic area..the uterus remains anteverted and normal in features..the endometrium is 13mm in depth and appears proliferative..the left ovary has about 10 small follicles scattered through it..no pelvic free fluid is present….is it dangerous…the doctor told me for surgery…can i be pregnant in my life…m scared…could u help me plssss…i obliged