This is a question I believe is asked by many females on a daily basis. Whether there is an actual baby ‘baking in the oven’ or it’s just a pregnancy scare from a late period or guilt from the unprotected sex you had last night. Whatever way the question arises, you should always know the signs of a pregnant person.First thing first though, let us have an understanding of how you become pregnant. Yes, this may seem like a ‘duh’ moment, but it doesn’t hurt to explain for those who do not know.
When you have unprotected sex and your male counterpart ejaculates inside you, is how it all begins. Sperm is cells that are made in the testicles. Sperm mixes with other fluids to make semen. In the female, there are eggs that mature every month waiting to be fertilized. During ovulation, the mature egg travels to the fallopian tube moving slowly for a maximum of 24 hours before it is deposited to the uterus. Fertilization takes place when the sperm meets with the egg, and keep in mind that the sperm can live inside for a maximum of six days. When fertilized, the egg then moves to the uterus and begins to divide into more cells. If these cells attach to the lining of the uterus, then implantation occurs, and this is the stage where pregnancy finally begins.
Now the symptoms that you will experience vary from person to person. Not all pregnant women experience the same symptoms. Let us look at some of these symptoms.
- Menstruation has stopped
This is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. Because the egg was fertilized, the lining of the uterus no longer breaks down; therefore a period will not occur. This may be a bold indication for some, but for those with an irregular menstrual cycle, a doctor visit is needed. To confirm this, it is also best to take a home pregnancy test or consult with your gynecologist.
- Morning sickness
This may be one of the most hated symptoms of being pregnant. For some, this lasts throughout the whole pregnancy, while for others it only lasts for the first trimester.
- Frequent urination
When you are pregnant, more pressure is put on your bladder by your baby and a growing uterus. So the desire to urinate is heightened by that fact.
- Tender Breasts
This occurs when the egg is fertilized, causing an increase in progesterone and human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) levels. When these levels rise, it causes an increased blood flow to the breasts which allows it to swell and become heavier.
- Feeling bloated or gassy
The progesterone hormone in your body allows the stomach and intestines to slow down the digestion process, so as to give the food you eat time to reach the baby. A slow digestion opens room for gas. What you can do to help alleviate this is to stay away from beans, fried foods, onions, and cabbage. Eat slowly so that less air is going into your stomach and increase your fiber intake.
- Your discharge changes
Due to hormone imbalance caused by the pregnancy, your discharge may become creamy and white. This is called Leukorrhea. There is no need to worry as this is a normal occurrence for a pregnant woman.
- Pink blood
Noticing pink blood on your underwear is a clear sign that you are pregnant. This is also known as implantation blood. When the egg implants in the uterus, it disrupts small blood vessels causing light bleeding.
With the information given, I hope you all now know the signs to look for and why they are happening. If you are not ready for all that comes with pregnancy, abstain from having unprotected sex.
Pregnancy Symptoms: 35 symptoms to know for a safe and confident pregnancy by Shanon L.