Pregnancy Signs

November 12, 2012

Pregnancy Signs

Pregnancy begins with the implantation of the fertilized egg into the uterus of the woman. Many changes occur in her body from this moment. These are indicated by pregnancy signs, which also help diagnose the condition.

Changes in the Reproductive System

Your uterus is where the fetus grows and develops into a baby. It undergoes the most profound changes during pregnancy. In fact, in the last stages of your pregnancy, your uterus is almost 20 times larger in size and weight compared to its original form. Your cervix starts making more mucus, which forms the mucus plug. The breasts enlarge, and the nipples become more prominent and darker. In fact, changes in breast and nipples are some of the most significant, reliable and early pregnancy signs. They should give you a clue to take the pregnancy test, if you haven’t done it already. The breasts will eventually start producing milk as well. Your vagina also undergoes several structural changes in preparation of labor.

Changes in the Blood

During pregnancy, your blood is responsible for supplying nutrients and oxygen to you and to your baby. Your heart works harder. Your body will produce more blood to meet the increasing needs. You should, therefore, look for pregnancy signs such as increased heartbeat and prominent dark blue veins in legs and breasts. The increased blood pressure may make you dizzy and uncomfortable.

Changes in the Digestive System

The enlarged uterus physically affects the functioning of the digestive and the urinary tracts in your body. Many of you may experience nausea, vomiting and bloating during the first trimester of your pregnancy. These pregnancy signs are commonly known as morning sickness as they tend to occur in the morning. Some of you may, however, experience these symptoms throughout the day, well into the second trimester as well. Food cravings for pickles or ice cream are common as well. Frequent urination is common during the first and the third trimesters. Changes in the Metabolism

Significant metabolic changes occur during pregnancy as your body tries to meet the increasing nutrition and energy needs of your baby. It is important to eat healthy and nutritious food during this period. Regular exercise will also help improve your metabolism. Most women gain about 25 pounds during pregnancy. However, those with a healthy lifestyle return to normalcy faster than others.

Discomfort during Pregnancy

Many women feel highly uncomfortable during pregnancy. The additional weight, morning sickness, lack of appetite, constipation and anxiety about the whole process contribute to the discomfort. Stay close to your family and friends, and seek professional help whenever required.

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