Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Tess IronsStarred Page By Tess Irons, 11th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I wrote this article in response to Mark's February Factual Writing Challenge on the topic of Early Pregnancy Symptoms.

Introduction

Before I enumerate the early symptoms of pregnancy, let me discuss first a few topics relating to it. It is worth understanding some important topics specifically the woman's menstrual period, menstrual cycle, and ovulation.

Pregnancy is a state wherein a woman carries a developing embryo or fetus inside her body. It is a period that starts when an egg is fertilized by a sperm and then implanted in the lining of the uterus. The period of pregnancy usually lasts for 40 weeks calculated starting from the first day of the woman's last menstrual period until delivery. Menstrual Period (or menstruation) is the period discharge of blood and cells from the lining of a woman's uterus which begins at puberty and ends in menopause. It occurs an average once a month and lasts for 3 to 6 days. Menstrual Cycle is the period of time starting from the first day of menstrual period until the day when the next menstrual period occurs. The cycle occurs at an average of 28 days. Ovulation Period is the moment during a woman's menstrual cycle when the ovarian follicle releases an egg. For women who have 28 to 32-day menstrual cycle, ovulation may take place between days 11 through 21. Every woman's cycle is different, so some may have different patterns. This is the time of peak fertility for a woman. When an egg is fertilized, it results to pregnancy. Otherwise, menstrual period occurs.

Early Symptoms of Pregnancy

Not all women experience the same symptoms, but normally, below are the symptoms that a woman would experience during the early period of pregnancy:

Implantation Bleeding can be one of the earliest symptoms of pregnancy. About 6 to 12 days upon conception, the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall. During this time, some women may experience spotting and cramping.

Missed Menstrual Period is the most common symptom that leads a woman to go for a pregnancy test. A woman who has a normal and regular menstrual cycle would most likely be pregnant if she misses her menstrual period.

Swollen/Tender Breasts is a symptom of pregnancy which may begin as early as 1 to 2 weeks after conception. The body of a pregnant woman undergoes a rapid change in hormone levels. Because of this, she may notice her breasts to be tender to touch, sore, or swollen. In addition, the area round the nipples or areola may darken.

Fatigue/Tiredness is another pregnancy symptom that may occur as early as 1 week after conception. Feeling unusually fatigued or excessively tired is often related to a high level of progesterone in the system.

Nausea/Morning Sickness is a well known pregnancy symptom that often happens between 2 to 8 weeks after conception. Though some women may be fortunate not to experience this, those who do feel nauseous throughout most of their pregnancy. Along with this symptom, a woman may experience aversion or craving for certain types of food.

Other Symptoms include frequent urination, mood swings, headaches, and dizziness. These symptoms may be due to altered balance of hormones in the body.

It is advisable to take pregnancy tests or consult a doctor to make sure that the symptoms being experienced are related to pregnancy and not due to the presence of a certain type of disease.

The Due Date

For a woman who has regular menstrual cycles, the estimated due date can be calculated by adding 40 weeks or 280 days from the first day of her Last Menstrual Period (LMP).

Example:
LMP: 02/11/2012
Add: 280 days from 02/11/2012
Due Date: 11/17/2012

For a woman who has irregular menstrual cycles or who can not remember the first day of her LMP, it will be difficult to determine the due date. In this case, an ultrasound exam may be needed often to determine the gestational age of the baby, and the due date as well.

For those who are anticipating a baby soon, congratulations! May this article help in some ways.


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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Outstanding information..well done!

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author avatar Tess Irons
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks, Delicia. I'm glad you like the article.

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author avatar Buzz
11th Feb 2012 (#)

So very proud of you, honey Tess! Well-deserved STAR page again!

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author avatar Tess Irons
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you, Buzz. I appreciate your comment and for always stopping by to read my articles.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Excellent post on the symptoms of early pregnancy. My wife suggested I use this one because a forum she visits there are always questions about the signs of early pregnancy and people asking "could I be pregnant".

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author avatar Tess Irons
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks for another star, Mark. I'm glad that this article is very helpful.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Excellent read and awesome star page. Great work.

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author avatar Tess Irons
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks, Clarence. I appreciate your nice comment.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Excellent article for the expectant parents.

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author avatar Tess Irons
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Indeed, Rathna. It's an excellent article for expectant parents. Thanks for reading this article.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
13th Feb 2012 (#)

great info...magagamit ko to..hehehe

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author avatar Tess Irons
17th Feb 2012 (#)

Great info talaga, kabz! Buti ka pa magagamit mo, ako hindi.

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author avatar Funom Makama
16th Feb 2012 (#)

Great star page and what a perfect response to the Mark's challenge...

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author avatar Tess Irons
17th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you, Funom! It's great to have you drop by.

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author avatar ittech
17th Feb 2012 (#)

thanks for share

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