Am i pregnant? In a hurry to be a mother, you watch out for all the small changes in your body, hoping that one of them translates into a nascent pregnancy. But what are the signs that are likely to indicate that you are expecting a baby, and how reliable are they really?

Symptoms that can tell if you are pregnant

The rules

Or rather the absence of rules. This is because amenorrhea can indicate pregnancy.

You know it: when you are pregnant, your periods disappear and only reappear a few months after childbirth.
In short, when the days before menstruation turn into weeks, the presumptions of pregnancy increase and the interest in taking a test is confirmed. Especially if you are habitually “regulated like clockwork”.

When the delay in menstruation is not synonymous with pregnancy:

  • A few days of late period can be due to late ovulation or stress, and this happens frequently in women who do not have a hyper-regular cycle.
  • Taking emergency contraception can cause a period delay, just like stopping hormonal contraception, whatever it is (implant or IUD removal, stopping the pill, etc.).
  • A late period without pregnancy can come from a cycle without ovulation (this mainly concerns young women and women over 45).

Conversely, some women have their period when they are pregnant when they should have had their period.

Swelling and hypersensitivity of the breasts

Although it is not the best known, it is often the first sign to appear. Why are the breasts sore? Because of the action of estrogen which increases at the end of the cycle to prepare the body “in case” a pregnancy begins. However, this symptom is common in some women just before their period begins. It is therefore not an infallible indicator either. But if the swelling of the breasts is associated with a late period, the chances of being pregnant are higher.

Nausea and vomiting

In some, it is the onset of nausea or vomiting that will be the first sign of pregnancy. For the lucky ones, the morning vomiting will last only a few days, for others, it will last the first 3 months of pregnancy to disappear as they appeared …

Temperature

The temperature is an excellent indicator to know if you are pregnant. To control it, you must take your temperature every morning, at a fixed time and plot the temperature on a graph in order to draw a curve.

The temperature rises at the time of ovulation (by a few tenths of a degree) then stabilizes for 14 days before falling again. If there has been fertilization, after 14 days, the temperature will not go down but will remain on its high plateau thanks to the production of progesterone due to the pregnancy.

If you follow your temperature curves, a high and stable temperature lasting more than 15 days is more than likely a sign of pregnancy. You will also be able to determine very reliably the date of your ovulation: it is the day when the temperature rose before stabilizing.

So finally to check and control your temperature and its oscillations.

Other signs that may suggest pregnancy

  • Gargantuan appetite
  • Want to sleep and / or fall asleep after a meal
  • Very frequent urination
  • Disgust with certain foods, drinks (coffee) or smell

But if none of these signs are 100% reliable, how do you know if you are pregnant?

The urine test

Very reliable, the urine test on strips allows you in a few minutes to know if you are pregnant and this, from the first days of late period. Purchased in pharmacies or on the Internet without a prescription, it is enough to urinate on the strip (ideally with the first urine of the morning, but the new tests are less and less demanding) and wait. If it is positive, the test will change color.

These tests detect the level of beta HCG in the urine (produced by the embryo).

Even if you are impatient, don’t do it too early or you risk getting a false negative.

Blood test

Reliable at 100, this test will give you the exact amount of Beta Hcg hormone present in your blood when you take it. It is prescribed by your doctor and you will get the results within hours. The quantity of beta HCG makes it possible to date the pregnancy more or less in progress and to detect any abnormalities.

Ultrasound

Another particularly reliable review. The first official ultrasound takes place around the 13th week of amenorrhea but it is not uncommon for the gynecologist to perform a vaginal ultrasound to confirm the onset of pregnancy. A fabulous moment and the start of a great adventure.

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