How to detect pregnancy soon after conception

Written by bill herrfeldt
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How to detect pregnancy soon after conception
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A woman wakes up one day and something seems different. Whether it's by accident or plan, could it be that she's pregnant? While many women begin thinking that is the case when they miss a monthly period, others begin showing signs even earlier. You may be able to detect if you're pregnant soon after conception. Not every woman will experience the same symptoms; you can decide for yourself.

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    Note if you are tired, even though you have not worked harder or have had difficulty sleeping. This, along with dizziness, could be the result of a hormonal change as your body is preparing to feed and care for a growing baby. You should give in to this condition and allow more time for rest.

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    You are nauseated, even though you have eaten nothing and haven't come down with a bug. So-called "morning sickness" often happens during the first trimester of pregnancy and quite frequently within the first couple of weeks since conception. Unlike its name might imply, many women have been nauseated at all hours, day or night.

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    You have heartburn, a condition that may happen to you infrequently. At the beginning of your pregnancy, heartburn can be controlled with Tums or Rolaids. During your pregnancy, you should avoid any medication before discussing it with your doctor.

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    You notice changes taking place in your breasts. This can happen within two weeks of conception. Many women say that their breasts are tender to the touch and that they are experiencing a tingling feeling. Others experience no changes at all. Toward the end of the first trimester, you will notice a darkening of the area around your nipples as your body prepares to care for the baby.

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    You feel the need to urinate more frequently. That is caused by the pressure exerted on your bladder by your growing uterus. Frequent urination can also be caused by infections, diuretics, diabetes or stress. If you find later that you are not pregnant, you should see your doctor about your condition.

Tips and warnings

  • Take a home pregnancy test; they are more accurate and easy to use than ever before. If you get a positive result, make a prenatal appointment with your doctor to confirm your findings.

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