Signs of Pregnancy
Let me start by saying this, a baby is a precious, precious gift. One that should be cherished, nurtured, and loved all the days of its life. Being a parent is one of the greatest gifts you could ever be given. The thought of a baby can be scary, paralyzing, and even downright unwanted. But regardless of that, I pray for you to realize the miracle that is being created inside of you.
Are you sexually active?
Being sexually active means there is always a chance that you could be pregnant. Using contraceptive is a way to prevent that chance, but nonetheless, sexual activity can always lead to pregnancy.
I have missed my period. Does that mean I am pregnant?
For most women, the most common sign of pregnancy is a missed period. If you are trying to conceive and have missed your period, then you need to begin to treat your body as though you were pregnant. Take extra good care of yourself. Take your favorite wine and trade it in for water. ‘Cause mama, you’re gonna wanna drink a lot of it! Water, that is!
Though missing a period is usually a good indication of pregnancy, it is not always 100% the case. There are a few other reasons for missed periods. These can include stress, a change in birth controls, too much exercise, and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). If you ever miss your period and are not sexually active it is important to seek advice from your doctor to make sure there are no underlying problems.
Early signs of pregnancy.
- Sore breasts
- Frequent urination
- Nausea or morning sickness
- Excessive fatigue
- Darkened nipples
- Food cravings
It is important to understand that these symptoms can be signs of different medical issues and not just pregnancy. Nausea or fatigue can be caused by a virus, sore breasts can occur anytime throughout your cycle regardless of pregnancy or not, and frequent urination could mean you have a UTI or that you are overly hydrated.
Steps to take in early pregnancy.
If you have been sexually active, regardless of contraceptive, and are experiencing these symptoms, taking a pregnancy test is generally the first step to take. First Response is a very good brand of pregnancy tests and I highly recommend them. My favorite thing about First Response is the “6 Days Sooner” tests they provide. If you are showing signs of pregnancy, but yet aren’t to the point of missing your period, this is generally accurate in giving you an early answer. Clearblue or the store brand tests are also good.
Once you have taken a test, make an appointment with your OBGYN. If you do not have one, call local offices to get yourself set up with a doctor. This is a very important step in your pregnancy journey. Once you go to the doctor, they will do a urine test to confirm or deny pregnancy.
The next step you will need to take is taking a prenatal vitamin. NatureMade Prenatal Multi + DHA is what I took during both of my pregnancies, and they were highly recommended by my OBGYN. The folic acid, iodine, iron, and calcium are very important. Along with the vitamins and minerals they provide. Prenatals can fill any nutritional gaps in your diet, which is why it is important to take the vitamins plus change your eating habits to be healthier.
Regardless of the situation that brought about your pregnancy, you are about to be a mother to the most precious thing you have ever been blessed with. Motherhood is the craziest journey, yet the most rewarding. Remember to enjoy this time. Though there will be weight gain, vomiting, and awkward doctors visits, there is nothing like feeling those first flutters and laying your eyes on your precious little one for the first time.