So you think you might be pregnant?

So you think you might be pregnant? While symptoms vary from one woman to the next, here a few of the most common signs you might be pregnant:

  • Missed Period. Obvious, right? Not always, with our busy lives how many of us know what cycle day we are on in any given month. Late to start? Go grab the calendar and start counting. The average menstrual cycle length is 28 days from the first day of your last period. Warning, some women might bleed a little bit even though they are pregnant.
  • Implantation Bleeding. It is a few days before your period and you notice a light pink tinge when you wipe, accompanied with some mild cramps. These pregnancy symptoms occur when the fertilized egg implants itself into the lining of the uterine wall.
  • Morning Sickness. Feeling a little nauseous? The sensation you are about to throw-up doesn’t necessarily have to be in the morning, it can occur anytime during the day.
  • Tender, Swollen Breasts. Are your bra cups feeling a bit snug? Do you flinch at the idea of someone giving you a big hug? Your areolas also might appear a little bit darker.
  • Fatigue. All that cell multiplying takes a lot out of a girl. If you pregnant, you will probably feel a little worn out by the end of the day throughout the first trimester.

If you are experiencing one or all of these symptoms, it is time to head for the drugstore for a home pregnancy test. If the home test is positive, make a doctor’s appointment, your practitioner can confirm the pregnancy, give you an anticipated due date and schedule monthly prenatal appointments.

A negative home pregnancy test does not mean you are not pregnant. If a few days pass and your period still has not arrived, take another test or schedule a time to go see your doctor.

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