Pregnancy Symptoms


While the most well-known symptom of pregnancy is a missed menstrual period there are also other symptoms of pregnancy that you may want to be aware of. It is also true that some women may not miss a menstrual period right away or they may just think their periods are being irregular. If you are trying to become pregnant or even if you are hoping that you are not pregnant, it is good to know some of the other symptoms of pregnancy.

One of the common symptoms of pregnancy can actually be misleading as it may lead you to believe that you will be having a period soon is implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding is often one of the very first symptoms in early pregnancy. Approximately 6 to 12 days following conception, the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall. This can sometimes cause some spotting as well as cramping so even though they really are pregnant, many women may think that their period is well on its way and they are not pregnant at all. If you have slight spotting and/or some cramping, you may still be pregnant or you may not. Be on the lookout for other symptoms and make sure to count the days for your next period. Spotting can also be caused from actual or altered menstruation, changes in hormonal levels from birth control pills, infection or abrasion from intercourse.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms

The most commonly recognized symptom of pregnancy is a missed menstrual period. The majority of women will miss their period when they become pregnant, however, there are a few women who bleed when they are pregnant, however, the bleeding is typically shorter and lighter than a normal period. If you miss your period and you may be pregnant, you should consider taking a pregnancy test. You can miss your period from other reasons also though, such as excessive weight gain or loss, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, tension and stress, changing birth control methods, such as ceasing to take the pill, some illnesses and breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding and not having a period you can still become pregnant so if you don’t want another pregnancy right away you should take precautions.

When Do Pregnancy Symptoms Start

Another common symptom of pregnancy is swollen or tender breasts. Swollen or tender breasts due to pregnancy can occur as early as 1 to 2 weeks after conception. If you are pregnant your breasts may be tender to the touch, sore or swollen. Of course, if you are not pregnant you breasts may also be tender to the touch, sore or swollen due to hormonal imbalances, birth control pills, impending menstruation, in fact, swollen and tender breasts are also a common symptom in PMS so if you have sore or tender breasts and you think you might be pregnant, look for additional symptoms and of course, take a pregnancy test.

Fatigue is a huge symptom in pregnancy and while you are pregnant you may feel more fatigue than you ever felt in your life. Feeling fatigue or more tired due to pregnancy can start as early as one week after conception. Of course, fatigue can also be caused by stress, lack of sleep, exhaustion, the common cold or flu and other illnesses.

early pregnancy symptomsOne very well-known pregnancy symptom is nausea and morning sickness. Despite the name of morning sickness, it does not only happen in the morning or even more often in the morning. Morning sickness in pregnancy can happen anytime of the day or night, despite what you have eaten or not eaten, drank or not drank. But nausea can also be caused by food poisoning, stress, changes in hormonal birth control methods or even the common stomach flu. If your nausea is morning sickness caused by pregnancy it typically shows up between the 2nd and 8th week after conception. Usually it passes by the second trimester, however, there are a few women who will suffer from morning sickness for the entire 9 months.

Lower backaches can be a symptom that shows up in early pregnancy but more often it is just something that a woman experiences throughout the pregnancy. As the baby grows, there is more pressure put on your spine and core muscles which can lead to backaches. Backaches can also be caused by stress, physical or mental strains or impending menstruation.

A sudden rise in hormone levels in your body from pregnancy can often cause headaches in the early stages. However, headaches are rather common and they can be caused by such things as dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, eye strain, and again impending menstruation. Headaches can also be caused by the rise in estrogen that happens after ovulation.

Around 6 to 8 weeks following conception, you may find that you are having increased urination. The baby will push down upon your bladder and as the baby grows this problem can get worse. However, increased urination is not only caused by pregnancy but it can also be caused by more serious diseases, such as diabetes or a urinary tract infection.

When you are pregnant, the skin right around your nipples on your breasts, or the areola can get darker. However, a darkening of the areolas can also be caused by hormonal imbalances not related to pregnancy or even as a leftover symptom of a previous pregnancy.

There has long been the joke about pregnant women craving pickles and ice cream and it often runs true. While it may not be specifically pickles or ice cream, many women will feel cravings for certain food when they are pregnant. Sometimes it can even be attributed to a nutritional deficiency in the body that the craving will take care of. Pregnant women also often develop aversions to certain foods and this can last throughout the pregnancy and sometimes even beyond. Sometimes a woman will never really like that food that caused the aversion in pregnancy again, even after the pregnancy is over.

If you think you might be pregnant you are advised to take a pregnancy test. Pregnancy tests that you can buy in any drugstore are usually quite accurate. If you have pregnancy symptoms make an appointment to see your health care professional soon so you can enjoy a healthy pregnancy.

Depression During Pregnancy

Depressed pregnant woman

Depressed pregnant womanNow you know how to get pregnant and while pregnancy can be one of the happiest and most joyful times in a woman’s life, depending upon the situation it can also be a time of great distress, confusion, sadness, fear and even depression. It is estimated that as many as 14-23% of all pregnant woman struggle with some of the symptoms of depression through their pregnancy. What makes this fact even more difficult is that a pregnant woman must be much more cautious in treating her depression so as not to harm the developing fetus.

Depression is a relatively common mood disorder that affects as many as 1 in every 4 women at some point throughout their lives. Therefore it is not really surprising to learn that even pregnant woman suffer from this debilitating disorder. However, depression is not easily diagnosed in pregnancy because of the many changes that a woman’s body is going through during this time. Because of the many hormonal changes a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy (see what to expect during pregnancy), the feeling of despondency and sadness may be attributed to a hormonal imbalance rather than depression.

Depression is a serious condition that can affect both the mother and the baby. Depression is pregnancy can be successfully treated but the first step is to talk to your doctor and find some help and support.

Depression during pregnancy is referred to as antepartum depression. It is a serious mood disorder just like clinical depression but with the added complication of the pregnancy. Mood disorders, such as depression are biological illnesses that typically involve changes in the brain chemistry. Hormone changes during pregnancy can affect brain chemicals, which can contribute directly to added depression and anxiety. Since being pregnant can also be a stressful situation, depending upon the circumstances, it is not surprising that depression can happen during a pregnancy.

A short case of the blues can happen to anyone and it is usually not deemed to be serious. However, if a pregnant woman or anybody actually, has symptoms of depression for 2 weeks or more, they should probably advise their doctor and get help as their depression is likely serious.

Common Symptoms of Depression in Pregnancy

  • Persistent sadness including crying spells
  • Sleeping too little or too much and at unusual times throughout the day
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Loss of interest in things and activities that you usually enjoy
  • Anxiety
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilg
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
  • Hopelessness
  • Changes in eating habits, often a lack of appetite

Possible Triggers For Pregnancy Depression

Pregnancy can be a stressful time of change for a woman regardless of the situation. However, if the pregnancy was unplanned or if there are other complications the risks for depression may rise. Some of the possible triggers for depression in pregnancy are:

  • Relationship problems
  • Financial problems
  • Family or personal history or depression
  • Stressful life events
  • Previous pregnancy losses
  • History of abuse or trauma
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Infertility treatments

The Dangers of Depression During Pregnancy

Untreated depression during pregnancy can have potentially dangerous risks for both the mother and the baby. Depression that is not treated can lead to poor nutrition, drinking, smoking or taking drugs along with suicidal behavior. Any and all of these things can lead to premature birth, low birth weight along with developmental problems. Often a depressed woman does not have the desire or the strength to sufficiently care for either herself or her developing baby. It has been shown that babies born to depressed mothers are likely to be less active, more agitated and irritable and show less attention than babies born to moms who did not suffer from depression. It is important for both the mom and the baby to get the right help to treat depression in pregnancy.

Treatment for Depression in Pregnancy

Every drug will cross over the placenta to the baby during pregnancy so a pregnant woman must be especially careful about consuming any drugs, whether they are prescription or over-the-counter. However, if you are struggling with the effects of depression it is crucial that you talk with your health care provider about your symptoms. He or she can they discuss with you the various options that may be of help. Some treatment options may include:

  • Support Groups
  • Private Psychological therapies
  • Light Therapy
  • Changes in Diet and Nutrition plans
  • Light Therapy
  • Possible medications

Medications to Treat Depression in Pregnancy

Since any and all medications that a mother takes during pregnancy can pass the placenta and affect the baby, a woman must be very careful on what medications she consumes while she is pregnant. There has been quite a bit of debate over the long-term effects and the safety of antidepressant medications on a developing fetus. Certain medications for depression have been linked to problems in newborns such as heart problems, pulmonary hypertension, low birth weight and even physical malformations. Therefore, one must be very cautious.

If the depression is just mild to moderate, a woman may be able to control and manage her symptoms without the use of medications. There are support groups, psychotherapy treatments, diet and exercise changes and light therapy which all may be effective. If a pregnant woman is struggling with severe depression, her doctor may prescribe a combination of any of these along with some medication. However, the risks of the depression must outweigh the risks of the medications and that may be difficult to determine.

At this time there is not a great deal of information on which drugs may be safer and which drugs may be more dangerous. If medication is prescribed the medication should be one that offers the most help for the depression with the least amount of risk for the baby. All of these decisions need to be made with the help of your doctor.

If medication seems to be the best course of action to treat the depression, you should discuss every possible option and look into the risks and benefits. Before you try medication you should probably exhaust all other resources for the sake of the baby. Medications during pregnancy can have serious side effects for the unborn baby and you should research and learn about any long-term effects, any withdrawal symptoms that the baby may experience and also any possible health problems or developmental delays that may occur after birth.

Natural Treatments for Depression And Pregnancy

While medications for the treatment of depression in pregnancy can be risky, depression itself is still a debilitating disease and treatment may be warranted. Therefore it may be important to look at possible natural ways to treat depression. Support groups, psychotherapy and light therapy are all useful and safe treatments. In addition, you may look into some other possible natural treatments such as:

1. Exercise. Exercise during pregnancy naturally increases serotonin levels as it decreases cortisol levels, which can both be beneficial for depression.

2. Sleep and Rest. Establishing a consistent and adequate sleep routine can be very helpful for the treatment of depression. Pregnancy also increases the need for sleep so Sleep!

3. Diet and Nutrition. Healthy eating can help your pregnancy, Diets high in nutrition are very beneficial for the treatment of depression and for pregnancy and the development of the baby in general. Aim to eat a diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and healthy proteins while eliminating sugar, caffeine, processed carbohydrates and artificial additives. Start fueling your body with super nutrition and your body will respond and you will feel better.

4. Acupuncture. Some recent studies have shown that acupuncture can be helpful for the treatment of depression in pregnancy.

5. Omega-3 fatty acids. Some of the newest studies have indicated that daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oils can decrease the symptoms of depression. Be sure that the supplement you take is mercury free and also consult your healthcare provider for a recommended amount.

6. While there are herbal remedies that have been proven to be effective for the treatment of depression, these remedies are like drugs in the fact that they will pass over the placenta and reach the baby. Consult your healthcare practitioner before starting any treatment with herbal remedies.

7. Depression in pregnancy can be a serious situation and it is important that you talk with either your healthcare provider or someone else who can be helpful. It is important for you and your baby that you feel as happy and healthy as possible so you can deliver a happy and healthy baby.

Pregnancy Tips


Getting pregnant and giving birth to a beautiful baby is definitely one of the greatest joys of life. But there are those couples who have a hard time getting pregnant and there are also couples who have a hard time staying pregnant. And while there may be medical difficulties for these problems, barring that the advice for getting pregnant is very similar to the advice for staying pregnant.

In order to get pregnant and stay pregnant it is important to take excellent care of yourself. Your body will be participating in one of the greatest yet most normal parts of life, the act of creating life. In order to give your unborn child the best possible chance you should make an effort to take great care of yourself both pre-conception and post-conception.

Break Your Bad Habits

If you have any bad habits that are detrimental to your health you should stop them now. This includes smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol or taking drugs of any kind. Even prescription drugs that are prescribed by your doctor can have a derogatory affect on the fetus. Illicit drugs are definitely dangerous to the fetus. However, if you are currently taking a prescribed drug you should consult with your doctor and do research. Some medications may possibly be safe for the fetus but you should not take any chances. Be sure that any prescription drugs you are taking are safe for your baby.

Improve Your Diet

You should also improve your diet to include plenty of nutrients that are good for both you and the baby. Processed food that is devoid of nutritional value does not benefit you nor does it benefit the baby. And the fact is that the baby will take the nutrition first and you will get whatever is left. Therefore it is best to have a nutritious and healthy diet so that your baby can be healthy and you can be strong and healthy also. A healthy diet can also help your chances of becoming pregnant and staying pregnant.

Try to get to a normal healthy weight before pregnancy. Both being too heavy or being to thin can be detrimental for your pregnancy. Your best chances of getting pregnant and staying pregnant are when you are at a healthy normal weight.

Tips For Men

While maintaining the pregnancy after it occurs may be up to the woman, when it comes to getting pregnant in the first place, the man’s role is just as important as the woman’s role.

In order to help your partner become pregnant, you need to achieve and maintain good health. You should also break your bad habits. Smoking can actually decrease your sperm count, which will minimize your chances of getting pregnant. If you want your partner to get pregnant, you should quit smoking.

You must also consider any drugs you are taking. Illicit drugs such as crack, meth or even pot can greatly affect the health of a man’s sperm so you should avoid using illicit drugs. Prescribed drugs may also have an effect on the sperm so consult with your doctor and do your own research on any pharmaceutical drugs that you may be taking.

Wear boxers and not briefs and ensure cooler temperatures. Sperm production is greatly affected by temperature. The hotter and more constricted you are “down there” the more your sperm count will go down. So relax and wear boxer’s and keep it cool as possible.

The dietary supplements, Zinc and vitamin E, have been found to help in increasing sperm production so you may consider taking these supplements.

Tips For Women To Get Pregnant Naturally

The most important tip for women for getting pregnant naturally is to track your cycle and determine your “fertile days”. These are a few days leading up to ovulation and the actual day of ovulation. You can only get pregnant during this time in your cycle so it is important to know exactly when that is.

You can learn about your cycle and ovulation by monitoring your cervical changes and fluids. During ovulation, your cervix will have a sticky mucus. It is very easy to recognize if you know what you are looking for. You can also record your body temperature. Your temperature should rise just a little bit right at ovulation time. Track your temperature for a few months to see this. Of course you should be recording your menstruation days also. Typically ovulation occurs around 13 to 14 days after the start of your period but every month it may be different. If you cycle runs between 24 and 36 days you could ovulate anytime between 12 and 18 days. This is why it is important to track the changes in your cervical fluids and temperature for a few months.

If you are under 40 and you have not gotten pregnant within 6 months, you may want to consult your doctor or a fertility specialist. If you are over 40 you may want to consult with your doctor sooner.

What To Expect During Pregnancy

No two pregnancies are alike. They can vary greatly from woman to woman and even with subsequent pregnancies with the same woman. Just as every little baby is unique and special just for being themselves so it is the same with every pregnancy. Every pregnancy will be different.

Early Signs Of Pregnancy

The majority of women will experience some of the early signs of pregnancy which will prompt them to take a pregnancy test. Probably the widely recognized early symptom of pregnancy is missing a period, however, not every woman will miss their periods. There are actually some women who experience periodic bleeding throughout their pregnancy. Other early signs can be fatigue, nausea or morning sickness and breast changes.

Home pregnancy tests can be found at almost every grocery or drugstore. While these tests are designed to be accurate they are not fail proof. However, a false negative is much more likely than a false positive. If the test indicates the HCG hormone is present and it gives you a positive result it is more than likely correct. However, if you think you may be pregnant a doctor can administer a test that will let you know for sure.

First Trimester

In the first trimester, many women will experience nausea or morning sickness. The term “morning sickness” is somewhat of a misnomer because you can have this nausea at any time of the day or night, not just in the morning. There are some women that never have morning sickness and nausea, however, and there are women who will have one pregnancy with no morning sickness while the next pregnancy they may have ferocious morning sickness. Every pregnancy is different even for the same woman.

Another very common complaint in pregnancy is exhaustion and fatigue. You may find yourself sleeping 9 to 10 hours a night and still requiring a 2 hour nap every afternoon. Or if you are lucky you may have energy with just a normal amount of sleep. Typically in the third trimester shortly before the birth, a woman’s energy level will rise and many women experience a phenomenon called “nesting”. Nesting is when everything in your house and home gets cleaned and sparkled up, even if you have never been a great housekeeper in the past. It is not uncommon for a woman who is 8 ½ months pregnant to be cleaning her grout with a toothbrush. It’s just part of the pregnancy, something inside the mother clicks and she wants to make everything clean and perfect for her new little bundle of joy.

Pregnancy What To Expect

Listed below is some physical changes to expectduring the first trimester of pregnancy.

  • Morning sickness – nausea which can strike at any time of the day or night.
  • Tender breasts – Right after conceiving hormonal changes tend to make your breasts tender.
  • Greater urination – You will probably find yourself urinating more frequently than normal.
  • Fatigue – Fatigue in addition will rank very well amongst first trimester conditions.
  • Food cravings – You are going to find yourself craving certain foods.
  • Heartburn – In order to avoid heartburn symptoms try to eat smaller and more frequent meals.

Some women will develop a huge belly and there will be no denying that they are pregnant, while others may be able to get to the 9th month before anyone notices the changes. It all depends upon the woman. However, contrary to what you may have heard there are very few women who are able to leave the hospital wearing their pre-pregnancy clothes. It just doesn’t happen often. Usually, even if the woman didn’t gain a lot of weight, there is water retention and so forth, so don’t feel bad if you can’t fit into your old jeans for a month or two. You just had a baby, your body went through huge changes, give yourself a break. You can lose the weight in the next few months.

Most women will lose the baby fat faster if they choose to breastfeed their baby. Breast milk is the best possible choice for healthy nutrition for a growing baby. Formula will work but it can never come close to what nature has provided. Breast feeding is also better for the mom as it helps the uterus to contract and helps you lose weight faster. There have also been other documented health benefits for the mother to breastfeed, so if it is possible you really should do it. It’s better for your baby, better for you and the way nature intended.

After the six week checkup following the birth of your baby, the doctor will generally give you the okay to resume your exercise program. Most women really need about 6 weeks or so to recover and since you probably won’t be getting much sleep, you should take the 6 weeks to rest and recuperate. One of the best pieces of advice for a brand-new mom is “if the baby is sleeping you should sleep too!!” (even if it’s 10:00 am!).

How To Use A Pregnancy Test

It can be an exciting and emotional time when you find out you are pregnant. The days before can be filled with anxiety, hopefulness and anticipation. This not only affects your health but being pregnant will affect your whole life. There was a time not so long ago that you had to wait for 2 weeks after your missed period and then visit the doctor who may or may not have been able to confirm your pregnancy. Sometimes you had to wait even longer and then take another test.

When To Take A Pregnancy Test

Pregnancy Test
But these days things are different. There are tests available right at your local drugstore that can indicate pregnancy as early as the first day of your missed period, and yes there is a online pregnancy test, however for the most accurate results you should wait one week after your missed period. The steps for using a pregnancy test are quite simple and you can perform the test right in the comfort of your own bathroom. Even so, you should consult with your doctor fairly soon after your positive pregnancy test so that you can begin your prenatal care.

The most common pregnancy tests use urine to detect human Chorionic Gonadotropin or hCG, which is the hormone that is triggered when an embryo implants in the uterine wall, however, it is also produced when the embryo mistakenly implants in the fallopian tube, which is known as an ectopic pregnancy.

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There are two different types of pregnancy test. With the first type you collect your urine in a cup and then insert a special stick into the urine for a certain amount of time. This is the most accurate test. There are also tests which allow you to place the stick in your urine stream, which allows you to complete the test easily and in just a few seconds. Either way, the stick usually has a color indicator to tell you if the presence of hCG is there. If it is, Congratulations, you are pregnant, if not, then keep trying.

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Occasionally you will get a negative reading even when you are pregnant. This is because for whatever reason, the test was unable to confirm the hCG in your blood. If your period still doesn’t come and you think you may still be pregnant, take another test a day or two or even a week later, the results may be different. False positive tests are very rare, but false negative tests happen frequently. You just need to take another test later on.

The most accurate test of all is one that is performed in your doctor’s office. This is a blood based test and you will need to provide a few vials of blood. This test can correctly identify a pregnancy shortly after conception and before your missed period. If you have test positive on a urine based test you should see your doctor soon to begin your prenatal treatment and your doctor may perform the blood based test at that time.

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