Common Early Signs of Pregnancy

No two women have exactly the same pregnancy symptoms. Symptoms can even differ from pregnancy to pregnancy. However, if you think there’s a chance you could be pregnant, there are some common signs and symptoms you can look for. While none of these are a guarantee you are or aren’t pregnant, they can be a good indication it’s time to schedule your free pregnancy test and learn your next steps.

Early Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy

Spotting or Cramping

Women generally associate bleeding, spotting and cramping with their menstrual cycle, but in some cases they can actually be signs of pregnancy instead. Implantation bleeding – which occurs when the embryo implants into the uterine wall – is one of the earliest and most common signs of pregnancy. It generally occurs within a week after fertilization, but it’s also very easy to mistake for your menstrual period.

Nausea and Vomiting

Many women experience “morning sickness,” where they feel inexplicably nauseous at different times through the day. Morning sickness can be mild to severe, and some women may not get any at all. Most women stop feeling nauseous by the second trimester. Morning sickness is caused by changing hormone levels, and it can also cause food cravings or aversions.

Increased Urination

Pregnant women tend to urinate more frequently than normal due to changing hormone levels, increased blood flow, and the growing baby pushing on their bladder from inside. It’s very common to see increased urination later in pregnancy, but some women start to notice it early on.

Dizziness or Fainting

Early in pregnancy many women experience dizziness, shortness of breath, and changes in balance. Though it can feel disorienting and even scary, it’s usually nothing to worry about and tends to go away on its own. Most of the time it is simply caused by changing hormone levels causing changes in blood flow and blood sugar.

Fatigue

Almost all pregnant women feel tired more frequently and get tired more easily from doing routine tasks and activities. You may feel the urge to sit or lie down more frequently or simply feel sleepy during the day. This is due to the same changes in blood sugar levels and blood pressure that can cause dizziness. Women also tend to get fatigued when they don’t have enough iron or protein in their diet to support both their own metabolism and the growth of their baby.

Breast Changes

Women frequently notice changes in their breasts and nipples when they become pregnant. Your breasts may become larger and feel more sensitive, or your nipples might enlarge and darken. This is all due to your body preparing to support milk production.

Constipation

Increased hormone levels in your blood stream cause your digestive processes to slow down. This can often lead to constipation, which is why it’s important for women who are pregnant to drink lots of water and to eat fiber-rich foods like green vegetables and whole grains.

Heartburn

Most women get at least some heartburn during their pregnancies, but it’s often not until the second or third trimester. However, some women experience heartburn as an early pregnancy symptom due to hormone changes which impact their digestive systems.

Food and Smell Aversions

Many pregnant women report feelings of aversion to foods and smells that normally don’t bother them, such as coffee or onion. On the other hand, some women also note that they feel food cravings or suddenly like the smell of things they normally don’t enjoy. Nobody is sure what causes this symptom, but it’s common enough that you shouldn’t be worried if you experience it.

Aches and Pains

It’s very common for women to get headaches, backaches, and various muscle pains during pregnancy. Some are due to hormonal changes while others may be due to joint swelling or decreased mobility. You can use heating pads, cold wraps, or Tylenol (Acetominophen) to help alleviate these symptoms, but stay away from anti-inflammatories, such as Advil (Ibuprofen), Aleve (Naproxen), or Aspirin as they can cause severe pregnancy complications.

Missed Period

Finally, the single most common symptom of pregnancy is a missed period. However, it’s often hard for women to know for sure if they have missed their period, or if they might have missed it due to another reason (such as stress, illness, or changing their method of birth control). If you think you might have missed your period, you should schedule a free pregnancy test just in case. Taking a test early in pregnancy can help you understand and be prepared for other symptoms, and it can also help you know what options are available to you.

Schedule Your Free Pregnancy Test Today

If you think you might need to take a pregnancy test, call Wish Medical today to schedule one for free. Our free pregnancy tests and other medical services are accurate and confidential. Call 208-892-WISH(9474) to make an appointment, ask questions, and get help today.

Is Your Summer Romance Built to Last?

You met a cutie on the beach with the intention of saying goodbye at the end of the summer. Or you met someone poolside and intend to make things work when summer ends. Either way, you may be noticing some qualities in your partner that make him or her worth keeping around. The potential of an autumn expiration date on your summer romance can be daunting, even if that’s what you both originally intended.

So how do you know if you’re falling into a love that’s built to last?

Know

Let’s start with the basics. What is his or her name? If you know it, keep reading. If not, bookmark this page and come back when you find out. Beyond knowing someone’s name, what does it really mean to know someone?

Ask yourself:

  • How much time have we spent together? (Statistically, it takes 3 months for a person to let their guard down and be who they really are.)
  • What do we talk about?
  • How does he or she treat people, including others and me?

Once you’ve gotten to know your partner, you can begin to build trust.

Trust

Simply put, trust is when you are confident in your expectations of a person. What are your expectations of your partner? If you’re wanting a relationship that lasts, perhaps your expectations have to do with honesty or integrity. Can you trust that your partner’s actions match your expectations of him or her?

Ask yourself:

  • Can I trust him or her with my car keys?
  • Can I trust him or her with my heart?

Trust is earned and built through experiences as you get to know someone. As you learn to trust your partner, and if you can answer yes to the above questions, you can move towards relying on him or her.

Rely

To rely is to count on or depend on someone. When two people rely on each other, they mutually meet each other’s needs. As you progress in this area with your partner, meeting his or her needs ultimately meets a need within yourself.

Ask yourself:

  • Can I count on him or her to pick me up when my car breaks down at 2 a.m.?
  • Can I count on him or her to pick me up when I’m feeling down?

As you continue to grow in mutual reliance with your partner, and if you can answer yes to the above questions, you can think more about commitment.

Commit

Commitment is a big word. It is also a big promise. When you progress towards commitment, you are moving to a point where you and your partner can make promises to each other in regards to being dedicated, faithful, and loyal.

Ask yourself:

  • What promises can I make to my partner?
  • What can my partner promise me?
  • Can we keep the promises we make?

Once commitment is established, it’s safer to explore physical touch.

Touch

Touching is more than just physical. Sex is relational. It intensifies your experience of closeness. What you do with your body includes all of you; your mind, intellect, emotions, spirit and social connections.

Your human inability to separate your mind from what you do with your body explains why long-term, married couples develop a continuously deeper bond as the years go by. On the contrary, it explains why having multiple sex partners is damaging to your ability to bond deeply with the person you want to marry later.

Ask yourself:

  • At what levels do I know, trust, rely on, and commit to my partner?
  • Does my level of commitment to my partner, and my partner’s level of commitment to me, surmount our level of physical involvement?

The Long-Lasting Picture

To build a love that’s made to last, the idea is to progress in each above area chronologically. Know someone more than you trust them, trust more than you rely, and so on. Then become physically involved based on the overall intimacy expressed in each of the previous areas. A healthy progression of a dating relationship could look similar to this:

Take a look at where you’re at in your summer romance. Is your relationship being built to last?

The above process and model is from How to Avoid Falling in Love With a Jerk: The Foolproof Way to Follow Your Heart Without Losing Your Mind by Jon Van Epp Ph.D.

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