Signs of Pregnancy

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  • Possible Signs of Pregnancy

    • Amenorrhea (absence of menstration)
      • Usually appears during entire pregnancy
      • Other possible causes: Travel, fatigue, stress, fear of pregnancy, hormonal problems or illness, extreme weight gain or loss, going off the Pill, breastfeeding
    • Morning sickness (any time of day)
      • Usually appears 2-8 weeks after conception
      • Other possible causes: Food poisoning, tension, infection, and a variety of diseases
    • Frequent urination
      • Usually appears 6-8 weeks after conception
      • Other possible causes: Urinary tract infection, diuretics, tension, diabetes
    • Tingling, tender, swollen breasts
      • Usually appears as early as a few days after conception
      • Other possible causes: Birth control pills, impending menstruation
    • Changes in color of vaginal and cervical tissue*
      • Usually appears: First trimester
      • Other possible cause: Impending menstruation
    • Darkening of areola (area around nipple) and elevation of tiny glands around nipple
      • Usually appears during first trimester
      • Other possible causes: Hormonal imbalance or effect of prior pregnancy
    • Food cravings
      • Usually appears during first trimester
      • Other possible causes: Poor diet, stress, imagination, or impending menstruation
    • Darkening of line from navel to pubis
      • Usually appears during 4th or 5th month
      • Other possible causes: Hormonal imbalance or effect of prior pregnancy
  • Probable Signs of Pregnancy

    • Softening of uterus and cervix*
      • Usually appears 2-8 weeks after conception
      • Other possible causes: A delayed menstrual period
    • Enlarging uterus* and abdomen
      • Usually appears 8-12 weeks after conception
      • Other possible causes: Tumor, fibroids
    • Intermittent painless contractions
      • Usually appears early in pregnancy, increasing in frequency as pregnancy advances
      • Other possible causes: Bowel contractions
    • Fetal movements
      • First felt by mom at 16-22 weeks of pregnancy
      • Other possible causes: Gas, bowel contractions
  • Positive Signs of Pregnancy

    • Visualization of an embryo through ultrasound*
      • Usually appears as early as 6 weeks after last menstrual period
      • Other possible causes: None
    • Fetal heartbeat*
      • Usually detected by ultrasound about 6 weeks after last menstrual period**
      • Other possible causes: None
    • Fetal movements felt through abdomen*
      • Usually appears after 16 weeks
      • Other possible causes: None
*Signs of pregnancy looked for in medical examination.
**Depending on device used.
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