The idea of being pregnant could be exciting for some but could be scary for some others. It really depends on what stage of family planning you are at and what are the priorities of your life when it comes to pregnancy.
But, whatever said and done, getting pregnant is a big concern when you are sexually active and reaching a doctor every time may not be so possible. So, here is a guide to help you understand if you are pregnant without doing any test.
There are plenty of indications that your body gives you when you are pregnant. You need to watch out for these symptoms closely and you can know if you are pregnant or not.
Let’s see what is it that you need to know:
Missed periods is a big indication of pregnancy but can be misleading sometimes. Obviously, the bleeding stops when you have conceived. But, you can miss your periods due to eating disorders like bulimia or anorexia or stress, sudden health fluctuations, or use of regular contraceptive pills, change of weather, food and water, hormonal imbalance, etc.
Spotting usually happens two weeks after the conception, when the embryo plants itself on the uterine wall. There are one or two drops of blood that you get to see. This mild bleeding is harmless but if there is any pain or discomfort then you need to see your doctor soon.
Spotting may or may not be observed after the conception. It is not a mandatory symptom to look out for.
Sore and Painful Breasts:
In pregnancy, your breasts become too sore and painful even to touch. Your breasts may appear larger and heavier. You see the central circular part called areolas are becoming heavier larger and darker. You may get some rash or spots around areolas.
You may sometimes see a sudden change in your mood. You may become too sensitive and touchy about things which did not matter to you till date. Sudden mood swings happen due to the rush of hormones through the blood.
Headaches occur later at the end of the first trimester, but if you are too stressed out or are managing work with pregnancy, you may feel worn out, exhausted, may develop headaches etc.
Ever since the time of conception, your body starts making significant changes to help the baby grow and develop appropriately inside the womb. The back often hurts as it gets pushed to accommodate the growing womb. It also supports and bears the weight of the baby inside the womb.
Food aversions and likings:
When you are pregnant, then you would develop certain peculiarities towards the food habits. You would find yourself developing an aversion to some food or some food smell, and at the same time, you would see strong cravings for some other foods.
As the science goes, pregnancy is one of the biggest miracles and perhaps the best technology of nature to develop a life with full perfections and ease. As the science goes, the cravings are for those food items that will help to replenish the nutrients that are deficient in an expectant mother.
You may experience frequent fatigue and tiredness due to pregnancy. As your body is functioning doubly hard to create a new life inside you, any sort of stress will make you feel worn out.
Acidity or Nausea Sensation:
You may feel nausea or acidity due to hormonal changes in the body. You may suffer from terrible morning sickness and may feel nauseated towards any food smell or even perfume. This plainly indicates that the hormones are rising in your body.
Flatulence and constipation:
Due to increasing progesterone levels, the abdominal muscles are relaxed. Due to this, you may have gaseous distension and flatulence all through the day. You may also feel constipated due to poor digestion in the first trimester.
You may also feel the desire to urinate frequently during pregnancy. The uterus enlarges pushing the urinary bladder which has a reduced capacity to hold the same volume of urine and hence there is a desire to urinate frequently.
You may get similar cramps as you get in your menses during embryo implantation. The uterine wall is getting ready to receive the embryo and which is why a lot of changes in the thickness and texture of the wall happens to lead to cramps.
Some FAQ’s regarding pregnancy:
How early can I confirm pregnancy by doing a test?
You can detect pregnancy ten days later to your missed period date. HCG hormone is present in urine and blood by then. And, you can confirm your pregnancy with a urine or a blood test.
Even while using physical contraceptives like condoms during intercourse, are there any chances of pregnancy?
Yes, as these are not 100% full proof barriers. A condom may rupture during the intercourse, or if it’s not worn properly, then a slight leakage can also make you pregnant. It’s better to watch out your period date and see your doctor in case of missed periods.
I am eager to learn about my pregnancy at the earliest, how can I confirm it without any tests?
Your changing eating habits, your changed behaviour and sleep pattern can give you surety about your pregnancy. The symptoms have been listed above such as cramps, frequent urination, fatigue, morning sickness, food likings and aversions, flatulence, constipation, etc. But, most of the symptoms should match with you, don’t look for just one or two symptoms.
When should I visit the doctor?
If you have done a pregnancy test using the pregnancy test kit at home and it shows positive, then you must see a gynaecologist. Else, if the test is negative and you still haven’t got your periods, even then you must visit to seek help to get your menstrual cycle corrected.
I hope, this was informative for you and you would use this information when you are in dilemma of being pregnant. The only piece of advice that I would like to share is that no matter whether you are confused or sure about your pregnancy, there are plenty of self-help kits at your disposal. Just take life as it comes, there are plenty of ways to handle your family planning these days, so take a deep breath and relax!!.