How to identify the signs and symptoms of pregnancy?

The signs and symptoms of pregnancy varies within women. Some women experience them within days of conception, others take a few weeks before pregnancy symptoms starts and a lucky few feel no discomfort at all. The early pregnancy symptoms mentioned here generally can be felt once implantation occurs eight to ten days from ovulation and will gradually lessen after the first trimester. It is frustrating to know that many pregnancy symptoms are very similar to those that occur right before menstruating. However, combined with high temperatures and a longer luteal phase – they are key indications that you are pregnant!


Keynote: Luteal Phase is the one stage of menstrual cycle. It occurs after ovulation and before your period starts. During this time, the lining of the uterus normally gets thicker in preparation for a positive pregnancy.

SYMPTOMS OF PREGNANCY

BODY TEMPERATURE


Does your body undergoes some changes during ovulation? If you detect a small rise in body temperature after ovulation takes place, this is caused by the increase in the hormone progesterone.

Mapping the body temperature with a basal thermometer bought from the chemist each morning before getting out of bed can help tell if ovulation is around. This method is not too accurate though. For the release of eggs from the ovary, Luteinizing hormone or LH hormone is responsible and its levels in the body surge about three days before ovulation happens.


LH levels test can identify if there is a low or high levels of LH. In women, low levels may mean pituitary gland is not working correctly, has an eating disorder and malnutrition. High levels may mean not ovulating, hormone disorder called polycystic ovary syndrome(PCOS) and a genetic disorder (Turner Syndrome) that causes infertility. In men, high level may mean testicles have been damaged for some reasons: infection, alcohol abuse, chemotherapy or radiation. Low level LH in men may mean a disorder of the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus(a part of the brain that controls the pituitary gland and other important body functions).


Keynote:

Basal Thermometer is used for measuring the Basal Body Temperature(BBT). BBT is the body's lowest resting temperature, which can be measured in the morning as soon as you wake up.

Luteinizing Hormone (LH) is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland, a gland underneath the brain. It plays an important role in sexual development and functioning. It stimulates ovulation. LH helps control the menstrual cycle and triggers the release of an egg from the ovary in women(ovulation). LH levels rises quickly just before ovulation. LH causes the testicles to make testosterone (important for producing sperm) in men. LH levels in men do not change very much normally.





Ovulation Kit can help identify LH levels just like home pregnancy kits, home testing ovulation kits are available at the chemist. These kits check the LH levels in urine and tell the time of ovulation. This is a convenient and highly accurate method.

However, if you have a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome or disease (PCOS/PCOD), you may get multiple positive results, even if you aren’t ovulating, making the kits useless. If you are serious of getting pregnant you can get your All in One Fertility Monitor here: this may give you accurate results.

Ovulation can also be tracked using apps and website you can sign up here to get an insight of your ovulation calendar.


CERVICAL MUCUS METHOD


Cervical mucus is secreted by glands found in and around the cervix. When you notice some part of the vaginal discharge that deposits on the crotch of underwear it has a real purpose. It is either to prevent things from entering the uterus through the cervix or to provide nourishment and help move the sperm through the cervix into the uterus.

The consistency of the cervical mucus changes through all phases of the menstrual cycle. Cervical mucus becomes clear, watery, stretchy, and slippery; and is often seen as like the texture of raw egg whites, it pushes the sperm to move up towards the ovum (female eggs).


The texture of this discharge can be tracked and makes you aware when ovulation is happening, and is known as the Cervical Mucus Method.



Other Symptoms of Pregnancy:


Every women's experiences varies, it could be one of these symptoms.

· A brief pain on one side of the abdomen.

· Slight cramping or pain on the left side of pelvis or abdomen.

· An increased desire for sex.

· A feeling of bloating.

· A keener sense of vision, smell, or taste.

· A light blood spotting.

. Breast tenderness .

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