What can cause pregnancy symptoms?

(July 8, 2010)

Pregnancy Symptoms Causes

Do you have a feeling that you might be pregnant? This could be because you have experienced some pregnancy symptoms that are normally related to pregnancy. Yet, somewhere at the back of your mind you know it’s not true.  If so, you will be happy to know that symptoms that are similar to pregnancy are caused by other conditions and this may mislead you into thinking you’re pregnant. So lets examine a few of these symptoms and try and see what causes them.     

Morning sickness is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms.  It’s basically a sick feeling where you have a constant urge to vomit which may lead you to think that you are pregnant. Morning sickness can be due to an excess of stomach acids created in your stomach due to an expanding uterus. It can also be due to the human chorionic gonadotropin rushing into the blood of a woman who is pregnant.  The feeling of nausea could be also due to a gall bladder disease.  

Another pregnancy symptom is that you may have cravings for certain foods. This happens because of certain hormonal changes that take place in your body during the first trimester of pregnancy. Craving for food need not necessarily be due to pregnancy but due to a nutrition deficiency. For example, the world would be full of pregnant women if we took into consideration the number of women who craved for chocolate.

Having sore and tender breasts does not necessarily mean that you are pregnant. Yes, tenderness of breasts can start two to three days after you conceive, but it can happen around the time you menstruate as well.  

The “missed period” could also be a sign that you are pregnant. But pregnancy is not the only reason that you are missing your period. You could miss your period due to a number of reasons such as stress, illness, change in medication, zoverweight, being underweight, and menopause. Vaginal bleeding can also indicate that you are pregnant. This bleeding could be menstrual bleeding. Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy is usually a pinkish brown color, whereas menstrual bleeding is a “light or dark” red color.

Birth control pills can cause you to have pregnancy symptoms. Frequent urination can be due to the growth of your organs and subsequent pressure on your bladder, diabetes, or if you consume large quantities of carbonated drinks or soda. It does not necessarily mean that you are pregnant.  

If you experience pregnancy symptoms, do not panic but get a simple home pregnancy test done. If it is confirmed that you are pregnant get a prenatal appointment with your GP who will be the best person to guide you.

Submitted by P T on July 8, 2010 at 01:43

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