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Your period has been delayed. Does this mean that you are pregnant? What are the other early signs of pregnancy?
  • The earliest signs of pregnancy can happen 7-10 days after ovulation. This is when the embryo starts to produce HCG, which can be detected by a blood test. Ideally, pregnancy testing should be done after the day your period is due.
  • High BBT: if you measure your BBT, you will notice a rise.
  • Morning sickness: many (but not all) women experience this in early pregnancy. You need to see your doctor if vomiting is severe and it causes a lot of disturbance. Ginger is a great natural remedy for nausea, so it’s worth a try.
  • Breast changes including:
    • Nipples may be tender and sensitive.
    • Breast may be sore and/or lumpy.
    • Nipples may become darker in colour.
    • Veins may become more noticeable and enlarged in the breast area.
    • Areolas (the circles around your nipples) may darken.
    • The little ‘bumps’ on your areolas (Montgomery’s Tubercles) may increase and/or enlarge.
  • Cervical Mucus production.
    Some women experience a surge of creamy cervical mucus production.
  • Tiredness. Hormonal changes during pregnancy may cause a woman to feel tired. Not everybody is affected in this way. Some women feel great during the first month of their pregnancy.
  • Urination becomes more frequent due to the pregnancy hormone HCG, which signals the body to increase the blood supply in the pelvic area. The bladder becomes irritable and this results in frequent urination.
  • Spotting can be noticed at about 8-10 days after ovulation. It is different than a normal period and normally pinkish in colour (not red). Spotting is caused from the implantation of the embryo into the uterus.
  • Some women experience constipation and a lot of wind. Increased hormones have an effect on your intestines, making them more relaxed; this helps with making more space for the baby as your uterus expands. As a result you may become constipated.
  • Increased sense of smell. Many pregnant women become extremely sensitive to all sorts of smell or some particular smells. These changes in smell are caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy. The sensitivity to smells normally goes away in the later stages of pregnancy.
  • Heartburn is common in many pregnancies. Heartburn is caused by the expanded uterus pushing your stomach up. Antacids normally help to stop the problem. If the problem persists, you should see your doctor.  
  • Changes in taste and cravings. The rising hormone levels in your blood can be detected in your saliva. You may notice a metallic taste in your mouth, which alters the taste of foods you usually enjoy. You may experience a different sensation in the feeling of food in your mouth too.

    You may have heard stories of women craving strange things which are not foods at all; some of these cravings include dirt, clay or chalk. This is a condition called Pica.
  • Changes in the colour of your vagina. Due to the increased level of blood in the pelvic region, you may find your vagina will appear more purplish than normal.
  • Low back pains.
  • Bloating and weight gains.

Exercises during pregnancy.

Physical activity is necessary during pregnancy. The health of your heart and blood vessels can be maintained or even improved during pregnancy.

Improving muscular strength is a good preparation for carrying a baby.

Being fit will help you feel well and relaxed, and cope with the demands of labour.
Below is an exercise program which is recommended for pregnant women. This program is safe and you can start doing it during pregnancy.  

By developing your upper body strength and your abdominal muscles, you can improve your posture which helps to overcome the forward pull of the growing baby's weight and ease potential back pain.

 

Common disorders often associated with pregnancy, such as lower back pain and leg cramps, can be eased by exercise. Exercise also helps prevent varicose veins by improving your circulation.



When you should stop exercising?  You should stop if any of these symptoms occur: pains, vaginal bleeding, dizziness, and shortness of breath. If you have any pre-existing health or physical conditions or problems, discuss exercise with your doctor before starting any kind of program.

 


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