when do you feel pregnancy symptoms?

(July 13, 2010)

Symptoms For Pregnancy

Pregnancy is the result of the fertilization of an egg in the woman’s body and the successful implantation of this egg in the uterus wall. During unprotected sexual intercourse, semen is deposited in the woman’s reproductive tract. When a woman has ovulated, a mature egg leaves the ovaries and moves down the fallopian tubes. If there is no sperm present, the egg will pass into the uterus and be discarded in the next monthly cycle. Along with the egg some of the uterus lining also gets discarded. The interaction of the sperm with a mature egg can lead to a successful fertilization. Once implantation occurs, a woman is said to be pregnant. From this day onwards, it will be 9 months before a baby is born unless there are complications in the process.

The first and most obvious among pregnancy symptoms is the missing period. A woman’s menstrual cycle is usually about 28 days long although this can easily vary by up to a week. The days are counted from the first day of menstruation. When a woman has intercourse in the subsequent time, she can get pregnant. If the time for the period has passed by more than a week then the woman may suspect that she is pregnant.

The question of when do you feel pregnancy symptoms is a complicated one. Many women experience pregnancy symptoms very soon after implantation has occurred, whereas others will pass through the initial stages of pregnancy without feeling any difference at all. Pregnancy symptoms can occur within a week of implantation. Apart from the missed period, other symptoms include a feeling of heaviness, sensitive breasts, enlarged uterus and the desire for frequent urination. Frequent urination occurs because the uterus is expanding to accommodate the soon-to-be-growing fetus. When this expansion occurs, the uterus puts physical pressure on the bladder, reducing its size and increasing the pressure within it. This makes a woman feel like she wishes to urinate more often than normal.

A woman who has had more than one child may have different pregnancy symptoms when compared to a woman who is having her first child. Some women even report no symptoms at all when having their 2nd or 3rd child because their bodies are a little stronger after the first delivery. When a woman experiences pregnancy symptoms, she should visit a doctor or take a home urine pregnancy test to confirm whether she is pregnant. This is important if the pregnancy is unwanted or unplanned.

Submitted by P T on July 13, 2010 at 03:55

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