What were your first pregnancy symptoms?

(July 13, 2010)

First Pregnancy Symptoms

The entire cycle of a pregnancy is one of the distinctive pleasures of being a woman. A little over nine months of grueling pain and constant emotional, physical and chemical imbalances and changes within your body will all seem worth it when you hold your child in your arms. Because of the fact that a pregnancy is a rather long process, most of the initial pregnancy symptoms are a little hard to recognize – probably the main reason that most mothers will only realize that they are pregnant at a much later stage. Most mothers will only be able to tell that they are pregnant if they are completely in tune with the body’s rhythms. However, most mothers will only notice any significant change when the fertilized egg has been able to attach itself to the uterine wall – which takes place a few days after conception. Once this happens, there are a number of significant pregnancy symptoms that will prompt the mother to conclude that something has changed within her body. One of the most well known of these pregnancy symptoms – food cravings is a very prominent one. However, one must never conclude pregnancy simply from a symptom of food cravings as it could also be indicative of the body requiring certain types of nourishment or your overall diet lacking in a certain nutrient.

Physical changes are rather visible and the darkening of the areolas is also considered to be one of the foremost pregnancy symptoms, although it could also be indicative of a hormonal imbalance. Once the embryo is implanted and begins the production of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) – the expecting mother will start to frequent the bathroom more often. Pregnancy will also see noticeable change take place in the woman’s breasts with the mammary glands seeming rather tender to the touch – very much like during the woman’s period. As is well documented, a missed period is more often than not the first pregnancy symptom that alerts a woman to her conception. A pregnancy test is currently the best method of making sure and the convenience of being able to accomplish the same in the comfort of your own home allows you to take in the sudden shock if the pregnancy comes as a surprise. Pregnant women will also experience a sudden change in their taste patterns as almost anything will suddenly have a metallic zing to it. Their bodies will also suddenly develop an aversion to certain tastes such as coffee, tea or foods that they were previously fond of.

Submitted by P T on July 13, 2010 at 04:02

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