Are You Kinda Pregnant?
Posted on August 30, 2014 by Jeffrey A. Kasky
Do you think you’re pregnant, but the home pregnancy test shows negative? Feeling different?
Tender breasts. Often the first sign that you’re pregnant is your breasts hurt like when you get your period but worse! This is because your hormones are starting to surge. They may seem heavy and extremely sensitive. Also, the area around your nipple (areola) may become darker and enlarged. It’s time to get a support bra soon!
Tired. If you’re not a napper, you may soon learn that taking cat naps is the only thing that can help with your fatigue. It’s the extra progesterone that is wiping you out. You may get a boost of energy in your second trimester, but you’ll become extremely tired again as you hit the home stretch.
Frequent urination. Once the embryo has implanted into your uterus, your body produces a hormone called hCG, which makes you have to pee more. hCG (known as human chorionic gonadotropin) releases estrogen and progesterone, which are hormones that will release throughout your pregnancy. It is a heightened level of hCG in your urine that causes a home pregnancy test to detect if you are pregnant. Many women stop drinking after dinner so they don’t have to get up in the middle of the night.
Mood swings. These will plague you throughout your pregnancy. Being tired and hungry makes your mood swings worse, so try and eat light snacks throughout the day and get as much rest as possible.
Spotting. You might think because you are spotting, you might not be pregnant. However, spotting can occur throughout your pregnancy, particularly in the beginning with “implantation bleeding” which is when the fertilized embryo implants itself to the uterine wall.
Nausea and vomiting. The plague of many pregnant women is nausea and vomiting, often misnamed as morning sickness that can last all day. Usually, morning sickness doesn’t come until 7 to 9 weeks… you’re not alone, 5 to 90% of women get morning sickness. Eating bland foods and staying hydrated is one way to keep the nausea at bay.
Heightened sense of smell. Some pregnant women say they liked the smell of bacon of coffee until they got pregnant. It seems pregnancy increases your sense of smell. Suddenly, getting a whiff of perfume or hairspray may become over powering.
Food cravings. Approximately 90% of women say they have food cravings. Some experts say it is your body’s way of telling you what it needs, because there is no good explanation. Although you may crave ice cream and fast food, remember you need to watch your weight and make healthy choices!
Bloating. A boost in progesterone and estrogen cause many women to swell up early in pregnancy.
Dizziness. Feeling light headed? Pregnancy causes your blood vessels to dilate and your blood pressure to drop. Many women get lightheaded, dizzy or even faint during early pregnancy.
Many of the signs listed above are not unique to pregnancy. You could be getting the flu or your period may be starting. Similarly, you can be pregnant without experiencing any of these signs and symptoms. Although a home pregnancy test may claim to be accurate as early as one day after your missed period, it is best to wait a week. When in doubt, ask your doctor for a blood test, which is 100% accurate and can detect a pregnancy even earlier.
About The Author:
Jeffrey A. Kasky, Esq. is a Florida adoption lawyer and Vice President of One World Adoption Services, Inc., a Florida-licensed not-for-profit child placing agency. Jeff’s diverse career experiences include co-authoring the book, “99 Things You Wish You Knew Before … Choosing Adoption” with Robert A. Kasky, Florida-certified law enforcement officer, and involvement in the autism community, including a TV show focused on helping families with legal issues related to autism called “Spectrum at Law” on The Autism Channel. A practicing attorney since 1995, he has worked on more than one thousand adoption cases.