First Symptoms of Pregnancy

The female body works in an impressive way, with each phase change, signs are given of these changes . So it is also when a pregnancy begins and the body begins to show the first symptoms of pregnancy.

Obviously there are cases where the signs are imperceptible, or even the woman does not usually control or pay attention to changes in her body. Or, also, confuse the presence of some signs with other external or even hormonal issues.

But the great truth is that, even if almost imperceptible, the first signs and symptoms of pregnancy happen. Just confirm the pregnancy, everything is clearer!

What Are the Main Pregnancy Symptoms?

The main symptoms of pregnancy are well known, but there are some others that are not usually observed and may indicate the beginning of a pregnancy, the first symptoms.

When we talk about suspected pregnancy, the first symptom to come to mind is menstrual delay . Sickness, vomiting and aversion to strong smells and perfumes is also on the list of the first indications and suspicion. However, some other changes in the body are also signs, let’s list them:

  • Swollen and sensitive nipples;
  • Intense mood swings;
  • Dizziness;
  • Increased urge to urinate;
  • Excessive salivation;

Changes in hair and especially in the skin can also be observed. The skin may appear more oily and with the presence of a lot of acne and pimples . A lot of tiredness and abdominal swelling can also be noticed.

When Do the First Signs of Pregnancy Appear?

We usually hear, even from some doctors, that signs of pregnancy can only occur or be observed after 2 or 3 weeks of sexual intercourse. But some other experts and studies point out that it is possible to check for signs that the pregnancy happened, just a few days after sexual intercourse, by nesting bleeding.

Since fertilization may not occur on the same day as the sexual act and take 2 to 3 days to occur, nesting bleeding occurs on the day the sperm is implanted in the egg.

With the appearance of a pink discharge , the nesting bleed is nothing more than the natural mucus in the vagina with traces of blood, which is caused at the exact moment of fertilization. Often imperceptible, nesting bleeding can be noticed by wiping yourself with toilet paper after urinating or by soiling your panties.

Along with nesting bleeding, some women report feeling a slight cramping or abdominal twinge at the time of fertilization. Another symptom that can be noticed in the first days is abdominal swelling.

When the egg is fertilized, there is an intense increase in blood flow and with that the hormonal levels also change in order to preserve and guarantee the development of the embryo. As a result, the abdomen region is usually more swollen than normal.

This abdominal swelling and cramps can easily be mistaken for PMS symptoms and therefore are not usually taken into account as the first symptoms of pregnancy. They go unnoticed until menstrual delay occurs to confirm the pregnancy test.

When to Take the Pregnancy Test to Confirm?

The ideal to carry out the pregnancy test and confirm the suspicion is to wait until you notice the menstrual delay . However, we currently find pharmacy tests that are more sensitive to the hormone HCG and that can detect an increase in hormone levels even without delay.

IMPORTANT: Ideally, wait as close to your menstrual date as possible to ensure that your HCG levels are quite high.

If you do the pharmacy pregnancy test, come back negative and the pregnancy symptoms persist, wait 2 to 5 days and repeat the test . HCG levels double every 24 hours and the negative can be a recurring drop in the hormone that day.

If you do not feel confident in the pharmacy pregnancy test, the safest option to guarantee an object and reliable result is through a blood test. In addition to the result, the blood test will carefully inform the amount of the Beta HCG hormone in your blood, which is produced only if you are really pregnant.

In fact, through the amount of HCG hormone, it is possible to have an idea of ​​how many weeks of pregnancy you are in, as shown below:

  • Up to 25 mUI / ml – 7 days after fertilization;
  • 1,000 mUI / ml – 4 weeks of gestation;
  • 3,000 mUI / ml – 5 weeks of gestation;
  • 6,000 mUI / ml – 6 weeks of gestation;
  • 20,000 mUI / ml – 7 weeks of gestation;
  • 100,000 mUI / ml – from 8 to 10 weeks of gestation

Obviously, these are estimated numbers and each laboratory can do the verification with different references . In the blood test result, next to the result, the laboratory always provides the references to be considered.

The Result Was Positive, Now What?

Whether a pregnancy is desired or unexpected, after confirming the pregnancy through the test, it is time to start prenatal care . If you confirmed the pregnancy through a pharmacy test, the ideal is to perform the blood test to confirm the references, but if you go to your gynecologist, he will give you the request himself.

In the first consultation after confirmation of beta HCG, prenatal care should be started . In this consultation, your information will be collected for registration and monitoring and also to make your pregnant card where your pregnancy development, as well as your health, will be recorded at each consultation.

The first data requested will be from the DUM (date of the last menstruation), as well as your weight and blood pressure, which will be carefully monitored throughout pregnancy.

In this first consultation, the first ultrasound will also be requested. The gynecologist will do the calculations using your DUM, to recommend when it is best to do it. Transvaginal ultrasound can be performed after 5 weeks of gestation to observe the development of the gestational sac and whether it is properly inside the uterus.

From the 7th gestational week , it is also possible not only to observe the gestational sac, but also to be rewarded with the best sound in the world of the parents, the baby’s heart.

When the ultrasound is performed from the 8th week to the 13th gestational week , it is possible through the embryo measurements to confirm the gestational age and the DPP (expected date of delivery), which will be when 40 gestational weeks will be completed.

It will still be necessary to wait a little for the anxiety to find out the sex of the baby . At this stage, the embryo is still very small and its genitalia are still developing. Only around 20 weeks will it be possible to confirm accurately.

When to See the Gynecologist / Obstetrician?

The visit to the gynecologist must be regular, at least annual visits to ensure routine exams are up to date. But if you notice any difference in your body or notice any different signs or symptoms of pregnancy that cause you doubts, see your doctor for confirmation.

If you did the pharmacy test and it was positive, you should see your doctor immediately to start prenatal care. The sooner it starts, the better the gestational follow-up and also the care, including the use of vitamin supplements that will ensure a good development of the baby.

Dr. Alexis Hart
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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