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Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Available Pregnancy Tests

Learn about early pregnancy symptoms and available tests to validate conception. Read about home pregnancy tests in comparison to blood test given by health care professionals.

Pregnancy detection will vary from woman to woman, as well as symptoms associated with the first trimester of pregnancy.

Many women experience first signs of pregnancy within the first week or two of conception and with others, it may take several weeks to recognize physiological changes. The most common way women recognize pregnancy is due to a missed menstrual cycle or a cycle that is short which can include slight spotting or a "barely there" menstrual cycle.

It is important to note that pregnancy symptoms can be masked symptoms associated with many things other than pregnancy but the more information a woman has, the better she can detect and validate a conception. Listed below are common symptoms associated with pregnancy.

  • Swollen or tender breasts
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Nausea which is associated with "Morning Sickness"
  • Vomiting which is also associated with "Morning Sickness"
  • Backaches
  • Headaches
  • Frequent Urination
  • Darkening of Areolas
  • Food cravings

Many women will experience a "heaviness" within the lower abdomen as well as a sensation that the Uterus feels harder or full when she lies on her back and presses down on her abdomen. It is also common that, due to hormonal changes, a dark line will develop just below the belly button and will extend down in the public region. With some women this line consists of just the darkening of hair follicles, but in others, both the hair and skin appear to be darker.

It is also not uncommon for a woman's body odor to change just slightly due to a change in hormone levels. Sometimes this particular symptom doesn't occur until the end of the first trimester. In others, it takes until the second trimester to occur.

Also, due to the increase of blood flow within the body, pregnant women will experience a stronger sense of smell or taste which explains food cravings but, beyond that, some women find they cannot stomach particular foods. For example, some women find they cannot eat meats or certain foods that they normally enjoy. In the first trimester, some women lose weight due to a lack of appetite that can be associated with morning sickness.

Pregnancy can also affect a woman's desire to partake in recreational activities like smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol and the change is desire can begin as early as the first week of pregnancy.

Psychologically speaking, women may experience depression, mood swings and a lack of interest in regular activities and find that she prefers to be secluded or at rest and at home. This is common.

For women who are concerned or interested that they may be pregnant, there are several tests that can be conducted both by over-the-counter products or by blood tests given by health care providers.

How pregnancy tests work, is they detect the pregnancy hormone called hCG which it's clinical name is human chorionic gonadotropin and it can be detected both in urine or in the blood stream.

Home pregnancy tests detect this hormone through the urine by providing a test strip that can a woman can dip into or hold under a fresh stream of urine. Morning urination is the most ideal to use if testing with a test strip because it contains higher concentrations of hormones. Home pregnancy tests come in several varieties and some of the most common tests that have a reputation of highly successful accuracy rates are EPT, First Response, and Clear Blue Easy.

The drawback to conducting a home pregnancy test is that the hCG hormone takes longer to detect in a urine stream. So for the earliest detection, a blood test is most ideal because it can determine hormone levels as well as any problems that could determine the health and well being of a developing fetus. It is always important to receive proper prenatal care as soon as possible to ensure a safe and healthy gestation and growth of the infant. In the event of developing birth defects or abnormalities within fetal development that could make a baby prone to developmental disabilities such as hearing impairment, abnormal spinal growth or even situations after birth such as SIDS, early testing can provide measures for proper medical care and healthy post-natal care.

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Comments (1)

I think the first symptom would be "missing periods" . Please add it into the list! Thanks@ Lisa

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