Babies are special gifts from God. Most women get excited once they realize they are pregnant. But the excitement does not happen to every woman especially when it occurs at the wrong time. If you are not prepared to have a baby, it can be frustrating. So, how do you know you are pregnant? Does missing a period mean you are expectant? In this post, we will answer your questions.
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Know the pregnancy symptoms
Once you are pregnant, you will start noticing some signs. Although not every woman experiences these symptoms, sometimes it doesn’t mean you are pregnant. You could be having false pregnancy symptoms. Some signs of pregnancy you should expect, include the following:
· Missed period: Your period might be the first thing that will help you to know you are pregnant. But missing a period does not mean you are pregnant. Some lifestyle changes can cause you to miss the period. But this can be easy if you track your period. You may confirm with your doctor if you are pregnant before concluding.
· Your last sexual intercourse: When did you last have sex? You must have had sexual intercourse for you to get pregnant. Think about the last time you had sex and were not on birth control. If you did not use family planning methods, then you have high chances of being pregnant.
· Changes in your breast: You will notice changes in your breasts like an increase in size. Hormones levels change in the body once you become pregnant and this can result in swelling and tenderness of your breasts.
· Fatigue: You are carrying another human, and this can cause you to feel tired. You may find it difficult working as you are used to. This can be as a result of progesterone hormone increase, and this can result in drowsiness.
Get a pregnancy test
Now, this is one of the most excellent ways to know if you are pregnant or not. Pregnancy tests are accurate whether they are done at home or the hospital. You may purchase the test kits at your nearest drug store. Some tests are correct when performed a few before the day of your period (before missing it). Ensure to carry out the pregnancy test immediately you wake up to ensure you get accurate results. You can decide if you will repeat the test to confirm your result or not.
A home pregnancy test is the not the only test you can perform to know if you are pregnant. You can go to the hospital and have a doctor check you or have a free online pregnancy test. If you find you are pregnant after taking all these steps, it is time to prepare to welcome your baby.
Since you know you are expectant, it is time to start attending the clinic. It will help you to keep the baby in check. The doctor will also be able to tell if you are in good health to have the baby or not.