10 Early Signs You Might Be Pregnant, Never Ignore #7.
Pregnancy sparks different feelings for different people. It truly depends on the context. Unplanned pregnancies might trigger feelings of fear in younger folks, especially as they're still exploring their sexuality, while others can't wait to start a family.
In recent years, the rate of pregnancy in women under the age of 30 have consistently decreased while the rate of pregnancy in women over 30 have consistently increased. According to a data report made by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in 2009, the highest rate of pregnancies were seen in women aged 25 - 29, which proves that more and more women have been getting pregnant later and later.
Whether or not you're planning to get pregnant, it's useful to learn the signs and symptoms of pregnancy. It's also important to pay attention to your body and listen to what it's telling you. Just remember that the only surefire way of knowing whether or not you're pregnant is taking a pregnancy test. Many times, women jump to conclusions by ignoring the timeframes of the signs, which result in false negatives from home pregnancy tests.
You haven't been using birth control methods consistently and correctly.
Condoms are known to be an effective form of birth control. According to an article titled Contraceptive Technology, "only two of every 100 couples who use condoms consistently and correctly will experience an unintended pregnancy."
Birth control pills are also highly effective. Planned Parenthood reported that less than 1 out of 100 women get pregnant each year when using the pill as directed.
For some people, these statistics are good enough but for others, the risk is still too high.
If your condom broke, you didn't take your birth control pills, or you simply forgot or neglected to use any sort of protection, then you'll want to take a pregnancy test. Please note that you cannot rely on pulling out is not considered "safe sex." It doesn't matter how fast you slick he thinks he is.
You've missed your period.
It's important to log your period every month, even if you consider yourself irregular. You can do it the traditional way by marking the start and end dates in your planner or calendar. If you're always on your phone, you might as well download one of the many period trackers.
Missing your period is one of the biggest signs of pregnancy, but that doesn't mean you should assume you're pregnant if you miss it. Your cycle is also affected by hormonal and physical changes, including exercise, drinking, smoking, and stress.
You've experienced some implantation bleeding.
Implantation bleeding is light bleeding or spotting that occurs 6 to 12 days, give or take, after conception. It is easy to mistake this occurrence as your period, because you'll notice some pink or brown spots in your underwear.
This happens because your fertilized egg travels down to the uterus, which may result in some damage to the blood vessels in that area.
You're experiencing some changes in your digestive system.
Pregnant women can expect morning sickness in their first trimester, usually around week six. The discomfort includes dizziness, nausea, and vomiting as well as constipation and sensitivity to smell.
These symptoms alone do not determine whether or not you're pregnant. It depends on your hormonal changes. Some bodies are able to tolerate all the changes, while others react against it. When in doubt, take a test.
You're more tired than usual.
We're not talking about feeling lazy or tired, we're talking fatigue, or extreme tiredness. When pregnant, your body has lower blood sugar levels and blood pressure. Your body is also producing more blood than usual, and your hormones, such as progesterone (a hormone produced by the ovaries), can make you feel extremely tired.
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