Recognizing Pregnancy Signs
If you have followed your plan for pregnancy, hopefully you
will soon conceive. But how will you know when "this
is it"? Some women have an almost uncanny knowledge of
when they have conceived. But for others, it can take a little
while. And obviously you will want to know as soon as possible
so that you can continue to be careful and look after yourself
and your unborn baby.
The most obvious first pregnancy symptom is missing a period.
As soon as your period is two days late you are able to take
a pregnancy test. However, many women wait until a week afterwards
just to be sure and avoid disappointment. And if you commonly
find that your cycles are out of whack, you might want to
wait a little longer than that.
But even before that, you may have some unusual symptoms,
such as fatigue and everyone's old favourite - pregnancy nausea.
Not all women are sick during pregnancy, but many do, or feel
slightly sick around food or when travelling. You may also
experience some constipation. And sometimes it is little more
than a feeling that "things are a little different."
Finding a Good Pregnancy Guide
If this is your first baby, or it has been a long time since
you last had one, you are well advised to buy a good pregnancy
week by week book. This will guide you through the next nine
months, teaching you what will happen to your body as you
go. By following a pregnancy calendar, you will be reassured
as you and your unborn baby go through various changes. At
the same time, however, do not expect to stick to it religiously.
For example, if it takes you an extra couple of weeks to start
putting on weight rather than when it says so in the book,
do not stress because every woman is different and to a certain
extent has her own rhythm.
Nonetheless, a good instructional book will give you general
guidelines and you will know when to ask your doctor any pregnancy
questions that could arise. Also remember that nothing in
life ever goes 100 percent according to plan. But if you have
done your best when planning for pregnancy to make sure that
you and your developing baby are well, then you should just
relax and enjoy the next nine months preparing for the next
stage - the birth of your much-awaited little one.