Expecting a pregnancy? How do you know that you are pregnant? Some mothers-to-be will show obvious symptoms while others will not. Listed below are some of the common symptoms that you can use as a guide when expecting pregnancy and tips on using pregnancy test kit:
||Early Symptoms of Pregnancy
||Pregnancy Tests (Tips)
- This is the most common symptom to detect early pregnancy, as a woman’s menstrual cycle will stop when they are pregnant.
|You can purchase and use any common pregnancy test kit available in the pharmacy:
- Use your first morning urine if possible (or at least urine that’s already in your bladder for 4 hours).
- Do not drink excessive amount of water prior to taking the test.
- Read and follow test kit instructions carefully.
- Avoid taking medications or drugs that may interfere with the result.
Blue Colour – Positive!
Congratulations, you are about to become a mother.
Red Colour – Negative!
Wait for another 3 days before taking another test. Tests taken less than 10 days after conception might show negative results.
||Sore Breasts and Sensitive Nipples
- Another common symptom of early pregnancy. Breasts will become tender, swollen and sore as they prepare to produce milk for breastfeeding.
||Nausea (morning sickness)
- Some women will experience nausea in the morning or even throughout the day. The effects vary from one person to another or one pregnancy to another.
- Exhaustion that happens within weeks after conception as baby will start using up mother’s calories, thus causing fatigue and tiredness.
- Due to mother’s swollen uterus that is pressuring the bladder, thus the frequent trips to the bathroom might persist for the next 9 months of pregnancy.
||Cramps (like having a period)
- Triggered by the implantation of fertilised egg to the uterine wall that will stretch to accommodate the growing baby.
- Pimples and other skin problems might surface due to hormone changes.
- Your body temperature will be slightly higher.
||Mood Swings and Irritation
- Caused by hormone imbalance. Mothers-to-be will need all the support they can get at this stage.
- Blood Spotting