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Online Pregnancy Test, Check Out the Symptoms

It is important to know if you are pregnant as early as possible so you can start taking prenatal vitamins, begin to eat right, and stop bad habits, like smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs.

This pregnancy quiz will clue you into some of the typical early pregnancy signs so you can take a pregnancy test and begin the process of staying healthy for the rest of the pregnancy:

1.Do you have regular cycles? You are more likely to get pregnant if you have regular menstrual cycles. This is because you need to ovulate once a month in order to have regular cycles. If your periods are far apart or if they are too close together, you may not be ovulating as often as you should be or may not be ovulating at all. If you have irregular cycles, talk to your doctor about finding out if you are ovulating and going on medications to create ovulations if you are trying to get pregnant. There is a slightly higher risk of twins if you take these medications, but it is usually the only way to get regular cycles going.

2.Do you find yourself urinating more often than normal? If you are pregnant, you may find yourself going to the bathroom and urinating more than normal. This is because the uterus is growing and is pushing on the bladder. It can also be because of some of the hormones of pregnancy acting on the bladder, causing the bladder to become more irritable. This can be an early sign of pregnancy, but it tends to last throughout the pregnancy until you deliver.

It is important to know if you are pregnant as early as possible so you can start taking prenatal vitamins, begin to eat right, and stop bad habits, like smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs.

This pregnancy quiz will clue you into some of the typical early pregnancy signs so you can take a pregnancy test and begin the process of staying healthy for the rest of the pregnancy:

1.Do you have regular cycles? You are more likely to get pregnant if you have regular menstrual cycles. This is because you need to ovulate once a month in order to have regular cycles. If your periods are far apart or if they are too close together, you may not be ovulating as often as you should be or may not be ovulating at all. If you have irregular cycles, talk to your doctor about finding out if you are ovulating and going on medications to create ovulations if you are trying to get pregnant. There is a slightly higher risk of twins if you take these medications, but it is usually the only way to get regular cycles going.

2.Do you find yourself urinating more often than normal? If you are pregnant, you may find yourself going to the bathroom and urinating more than normal. This is because the uterus is growing and is pushing on the bladder. It can also be because of some of the hormones of pregnancy acting on the bladder, causing the bladder to become more irritable. This can be an early sign of pregnancy, but it tends to last throughout the pregnancy until you deliver.

3.Do you have persistent breast tenderness? Many women will get breast tenderness just before getting a period. If you miss your period and still have breast tenderness, it is likely that you are pregnant. The hormones estrogen and progesterone are still high in early pregnancy so that you will continue to have breast tenderness throughout much of the first trimester. Persistent breast tenderness and enlargement are a typical sign of the first trimester of pregnancy.

4.Is there a change in your cervical mucus? The cervical mucus tends to be greater in quantity if you are pregnant. The mucus is usually white in color and does not burn or itch. If you have white discharge and there is a lot of itching, you may have a yeast infection in early pregnancy, which is not uncommon. Don’t worry about a little bit of extra vaginal discharge in pregnancy as this is common. If you have burning or itching, or if the vaginal discharge has an odor, you should seek the advice of your physician who might prescribe medication to get rid of an infection from yeast or another microorganism.

5.Are you more tired than normal? This is a typical sign of early pregnancy that usually lasts throughout the first trimester. If you feel more tired than normal, allow yourself to rest as much as you can and don’t be afraid to take a nap during the day if you have the opportunity. Most women in their first trimester will feel extra tired, but this usually wears off by the time you reach your second trimester. At that time, you will have more energy and will feel more vital. Tiredness returns again in the third trimester when your uterus is large and you have gained more weight. Just carrying around all that extra baby weight will cause you to feel more tired and you will hopefully be able to take more naps at that time.

6.Do you have nausea and vomiting? If you are experiencing nausea and vomiting but haven’t had a positive pregnancy test, you may be further along in your pregnancy then you think. Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy usually don’t start until the sixth-week gestation and lasts until the end of the first trimester. It is due to elevations of HCG in pregnancy that cause you to have intolerances of the smells of certain foods and nausea especially when the stomach is empty. During this time, it pays to have a small amount of bland food in your stomach at all times. Avoid spicy and rich foods which will only upset your stomach further. Any food that just doesn’t seem tasty to you might set off nausea and vomiting so these foods should be avoided as well.

7.Do you have enough folic acid in your diet? It is important to have extra folic acid in your diet as a measure of preventing neural tube defects in the fetus. Neural tube defects happen when the neural tube that encloses the spinal cord and brain fail to close properly during development. The end result is spina bifida, which is an opening at the base of the spine or anencephaly, a condition where there is no skull covering the brain. If a child is born with spina bifida, there is a chance that he or she will be born with paraplegia and will need a wheelchair for the rest of his or her life. If the child is born with anencephaly, this is not compatible with life and the child will be stillborn or will die shortly after birth. In order to have enough folic acid, it is a good idea to take prenatal vitamins even before you are pregnant, especially if you are trying to get pregnant. The neural tube closes fairly early in fetal development and you will want to have your folic acid levels up at the time you get pregnant.

8.Have you missed your period? This is one of the first indications a woman has that she might be pregnant. This is especially true if you have regular periods. If you know exactly when to expect your period but have not gotten it, it is time to do a pregnancy test to see if you are pregnant. If you have irregular cycles and don’t know when to expect a period, it may take a couple of weeks for you to become suspicious enough to do a pregnancy test. If you miss a period and aren’t pregnant according to your over the counter pregnancy test kit, see your doctor to find out why you have missed your period. The most common cause of a missed period is pregnancy, but there can be other hormonal imbalances that cause missed or spaced-out periods so you need to find out what these are in your case. Likely, nothing severe is wrong but it is worth it to know why you don’t have regular periods.

9.Do you have persistent cramping? Normally, there is cramping in the days before you miss your period and then the period happens and the cramping eventually goes away after a couple of days. If you have days of cramping and have no period, you might be pregnant. Cramping is a common issue in early pregnancy and comes from the stretching and growing of the uterus in the first trimester. Do not worry if you have cramping in the early days of your pregnancy as long as you have no bleeding or severe abdominal pain. The cramping eventually goes away sometime in the first trimester.

10.Do you have round ligament pain? Many women do not know what round ligament pain is but, when they have it, it is easily identifiable. Round ligament pain comes from stretching of the round ligament in the first trimester. It usually occurs when a woman stands up too fast or twists her body in a certain way as to pull on the round ligament. This causes significant pain on one side of the groin or the other and feels like a pulled groin muscle. It comes on suddenly and can be frightening but usually goes away after a few minutes. Some women get no round ligament pain while others get round ligament pain all the time?

11.How do you know if you have an ectopic pregnancy? An ectopic pregnancy is one in which the implantation of the embryo did not occur in the uterus but occurred some other place. The most common place for an ectopic pregnancy is the Fallopian tubes. The pregnancy implants but the Fallopian tube cannot accommodate the pregnancy and there is increased pain, bleeding, and breaking down of the pregnancy products of conception. The main symptoms are abdominal/pelvic pain, cramping and bleeding in the first trimester. This can be a medical emergency so it is important to seek medical attention right away. If the ectopic pregnancy happens when the pregnancy is early, no surgery is necessary and methotrexate can be given to “dissolve” the pregnancy. If the Fallopian tube ruptures, surgery is necessary to remove the products of conception and possibly the entire tube. Efforts are made to save the tube if at all possible but if it isn’t possible, it is removed along with the products of conception. Usually, both ovaries remain and fertility is cut by about 50 percent.

12.Are there different symptoms with a twin pregnancy? In a twin pregnancy, there can be more nausea and vomiting and the uterus grows faster so there may be a round ligament pain or more cramping than with a singleton pregnancy. This is not universally true and some women only find out they are having multiple fetuses because of an ultrasound showing more than one baby in the uterus. There is an increase in twins and higher order multiples (triplets or more) in patients who are receiving some kind of fertility help. If the ovaries are stimulated medically, there will be an increased chance of more eggs being released and an increased chance of twins. If a person is having IVF, there is a recent trend toward putting just one or two embryos into the uterus. If one takes, there will be a singleton pregnancy. If both take, there will be fraternal twins. There are fewer doctors putting many eggs in the uterus at once so the incidence of higher order multiples has gone way down.

13.Do you have to have any special treatment if you are Rh negative? If you are found to be Rh negative at your first prenatal visit or know that you are Rh negative from giving blood, you will be treated slightly differently during the pregnancy. Being Rh negative means that you are missing the Rh receptor on your blood cells. If your baby also is missing these same receptors, there is no problem. The mother will not make any antibodies against the fetus. If the fetus has Rh receptors on his or her red blood cells, the baby is determined to be Rh positive. This is not usually a problem in the first pregnancy unless there is sensitization from the mixing of blood between the fetus and the mother.

When this happens, the mother makes antibodies against the Rh factor and attacks the fetal blood cells, causing anemia in the fetus. This can be fatal for the fetus. Fortunately for the first pregnancy, this sensitization doesn’t happen until the infant is born. The second and subsequent pregnancies may be affected because the mother has become sensitized in the first pregnancy. Mothers are given Rhogam in all pregnancies unless it is proven that the fetus is Rh-negative, too. Rhogam is given at 28 weeks and at any time there is vaginal bleeding that causes a mixing of fetal and maternal blood. The Rhogam blocks the formation of antibodies so that subsequent pregnancies aren’t affected. In the years before there was Rhogam, there were many lost pregnancies from sensitized fetuses who were being attacked by maternal antibodies. With Rhogam, there are fewer problems with Rh sensitization and Rh disease.

14.Do you have to take prenatal vitamins in pregnancy? Prenatal vitamins are a good idea to take even before you get pregnant if you are trying to conceive. This is so you have plenty of vitamins and minerals to support the pregnancy from the start. If you are not on prenatal vitamins but find that you are pregnant, start taking prenatal vitamins right away. They are available over the counter and provide the right amount of nutrients for a growing pregnancy.

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