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How to Tell If You Are Pregnant

If you are trying to get pregnant, waiting to take the test is probably the hardest and most frustrating time you will have to go through. Although you can’t have a positive home pregnancy test yet, here are some early pregnancy symptoms that might let you know that good news is on its way.

The changes in the breast can be an early sign of pregnancy. Because hormone levels change rapidly after conception, the breasts may become swollen, sore and even tingly a week or two later. Some women feel that their breasts are heavier or fuller and tender to the touch. The areola (the area around the nipples) may even darken. If you are indeed pregnant, keep in mind that it will take a few weeks to get used to the new levels of hormones. Breast soreness should ease up when it does

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Feeling tired is also normal during the start of pregnancy. You can feel unusually tired as soon as one week after conceiving. This is related to the high level of hormone called progesterone. Lower levels of blood sugar, lower blood pressure and a boost in blood production can also contribute to feeling tired. If you are feeling tired in the beginning of your pregnancy, it is best to get plenty of rest. Eat foods that are rich in protein and iron.

Nausea is a famous symptom of pregnancy. This is due to pregnancy hormones and can happen any time of the day. Apart from that, there are reported cases of women having craving for certain types of food, whilst others cannot stand food that they usually like. Fortunately, nausea will lessen (for many women) at about the 13th or 14th week of pregnancy. If you feel your nausea is unbearable, talk to your doctor. She/he will be able to advise you on a healthy diet.

The most obvious sign of a pregnancy is a missed or late period. Though pregnancy is usually the case, bear in mind that not all missed periods are caused by pregnancy. If you feel that you have missed your period or it is late, it is time to take the test. A positive result is usually correct. But if you’ve gotten a negative result, wait a week and try again. However, if at any stage you are worried, we encourage you to immediately schedule an appointment with the gynaecologist.

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