Am I Pregnant?
The Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy
A missed period is probably one of the earliest reliable signs of pregnancy. Urine pregnancy tests are qualitative analysis of hCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin) hormone (hormones secreted during pregnancy). These tests measure the levels of hCG in your urine. The amount of urine each test can detect varies widely as the amount of hormones each woman secretes may also vary, but not as widely. Usually optimal levels of hCG is found in urine between the 4th and 5th weeks of pregnancy sufficient enough to get detected through a pregnancy detection kit.
The levels of hCG in your urine and blood will be different.
First morning urine will always contain the highest concentration of hCG. However, most tests do not require that you use only first morning urine. You can help better your chances of having enough hCG in your urine by waiting four hours after you last urinated to take the test. This will allow hCG to build up in your urine & increase the predictive value of the test.
These tests rarely may give false results. A negative answer that is later revealed to be a pregnancy is usually the result of the test being performed too early. A positive result that later turns out negative may suggest very early miscarriage. Talk to your practitioner if you have questions about your pregnancy tests. If needed these tests can be repeated.
This affliction affects many pregnant women, but by no means all. It's estimated that only 50% of women will experience morning sickness. It may consist of nausea, bloating or frank vomiting.
It is not very well named either. Any variation of sickness is applicable. Some women feel sick only in the night, some all throughout the day, other women it comes and goes with its own pattern. There is also a difference in whether it's merely a queasy feeling or actual vomiting.
Breast tenderness is experienced by many women, both during pregnancy and prior to their periods. This usually goes away during the second trimester, or it may be experienced as a heighten sensitivity. This can be a good thing for some women.
Headaches are more common in pregnancy due to the changes in hormones. This may be a pregnancy symptom, but it is not necessarily a pregnancy sign. There are many things that could cause this, including stress.