Whether you’re trying to get pregnant, or think you may by now be pregnant, it can be extremely frustrating waiting to find out!
Fortunately, many over-the-counter (OTC) pregnancy tests can be taken on or after the day that your period was due – and some newer generation tests can even be taken a few days previous to menstruation.
Though, if you are actually impatient to get results, you may be surprised to know that your own body can be an outstanding indicator – if you monitor yourself cautiously! Did you know that many women experience some very early pregnancy symptoms in the week before their period is due?
Or that early pregnancy symptoms can mimic pre-menstrual symptoms (although sometimes they are a little more severe)? Whereas you may feel you have a particularly bad dose of PMT, you may in fact later realize that you were pregnant! Some women experience pregnancy symptoms within just a few days of conception; others experience nothing at all until a few weeks into the pregnancy.
Implantation usually occurs within 8-10 days of ovulation. At this point, your body starts to react to Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), the pregnancy hormone. This is the hormone that pregnancy tests notice in a positive test. And, it is the rapidly rising levels of HCG which cause early pregnancy symptoms or early pregnancy signs.
If you do suspect that you may be pregnant, and are suffering from some or all of the symptoms outlined below, see your General Practitioner as soon as possible. This will enable you to get a booking-in appointment at hospital so that you can receive suitable ante-natal care.
Early pregnancy symptoms include:
Enhanced Sense of Smell
Mood Swings/ Irritability
Changes in Complexion
Increased Cervical Mucous/ Vaginal Discharge
Enhanced Sense of Taste
Enjoy your precious nine months!