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Pregnancy Signs And Symptoms: Am I Really Pregnant?
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Did you miss your period? Have you been feeling light-headed recently? Do you suddenly have an irrational aversion to certain food? You might be pregnant!

Let me list the signs and symptoms of early pregnancy:

  1. Headaches. Now, now... this symptom is a popular one. If you have a headache, it doesn't automatically mean you're pregnant. You have to look at other signs. In pregnancy, headaches are common because of the hormonal changes in the mother's body. Other causes of headaches in pregnancy could be dehydration and blurry vision. Your body needs more water when you're pregnant. The blurry vision can be attributed to the hormonal changes as well.
  2. Tender Breasts. Any woman knows that the breasts become tender before and during a period. If coupled with other signs of pregnancy, it could mean the mammary glands are getting ready for milk production.
  3. Delayed or Missed Period. Most women take this as a sign to go to the pharmacy and get a pregnancy test kit. This is a good move if you think you might be pregnant, take a test to check. Otherwise, the missed period could just be caused by stress or diet. If none of those are likely, it is best to consult a doctor.
  4. Implantation Bleeding. This is a tricky sign because some women confuse this for a light period. Implantation bleeding occurs when the fertilized egg implants in the uterus causing it to bleed. The bleeding can be mistaken for a very light period or spotting. Some women dismiss this as such only to find out later that they are pregnant.
  5. Morning sickness. Contrary to popular belief, not all pregnant women experience this. There are lucky mommies who never had to deal with the nausea, hence the absence thereof does not mean you're not pregnant. Morning sickness occur at any time of day, so do not let the name of this symptom mislead you. You know you have it when you experience nauseating feelings that are not triggered by anything that would normally cause you to turn your stomach out.
  6. Food cravings or food aversions. Everyone has food cravings, especially women before a period. Pregnancy food cravings are more interesting. In a pregnant woman's mind, the food she wants will satisfy the craving but when she tastes the food, it can be a shock to find that it doesn't taste like it used to. Some food that used to smell and taste good become unappealing, while those you would not usually have will be fulfilling. The explanation is the chemical and hormonal changes inside the woman's body that affects the way tastes are interpreted.

If you are not pregnant, headaches and missed periods could mean something is wrong. Take a pregnancy test to rule out pregnancy as the cause of these symptoms. Then, consult a doctor to find out what is causing your headaches or missed periods.

The spotting, if not caused by implantation, can be a symptom of a reproductive system problem. Visit a doctor right away to find out what's wrong.

These pregnancy signs and symptoms put together could very well mean you are pregnant. If you are experiencing these pregnancy symptoms, confirm your suspicions and get a pregnancy test done. It is critical to find out sooner rather than later so you can start taking care of your baby.


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