Pregnancy testing predicts pregnancy signs, symptoms

2007-01-13 21:50

The enormous hormonal changes taking place during pregnancy trigger a variety of symptoms. Some women will experience all of the symptoms of early pregnancy, while others may have only a few. Most symptoms - such as amenorrhoea (missed period), morning sickness or fatigue - can also be caused by stress, illness or other events, so a suspected pregnancy needs to be confirmed with urine or blood tests. These tests check for the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Absolute and irrefutable proof of pregnancy is the baby's heartbeat (which can be heard through a special listening device somewhere between weeks 10 and 12), or viewing the baby with an ultrasound scan. If you suspect you may be pregnant, see your doctor or family planning professional for confirmation.

Pregnancy Symptoms
The symptoms of early pregnancy can include:

  • Missed period (amenorrhoea)
  • Morning sickness
  • Breast changes
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Mood changes
  • Food cravings

Missed period
The absence of the menstrual period (amenorrhoea) is often the first sign of possible pregnancy. However, some women experience light bleeding around the time of expected menstruation. Apart from pregnancy, amenorrhoea can be caused by other factors including:


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I found out I was pregnant a few weeks ago. In the beginning I had unbelievable heartburn which went away within a week. Since then I have been a little tired but nothing out of the ordinary. This concerns me because I have no symptoms of being pregnant. This is my first pregnancy so I am not exactly sure what to expect but is pregnancy really this easy?