Am I pregnant? Pregnancy signs and symptoms
If you’re sexually active, then you may have had this scare at least once in your life - a while after sex you get a panic and wonder "Am I pregnant?"
Here's a few signs that you can look out for to help you figure things out. So if you think you're going through any of these chomas, it might be time to see the doctor.
- Your period is either late or very light. Missing your period is usually the first sign of pregnancy. This is the point that most girls will start to wonder if they are pregnant or not. Remember chomas, there are other things that may affect your period besides pregnancy. This could be your diet, your stress levels, illness, medication or your hormones. So read on for other symptoms just in case.
- Breast tenderness. We all know that our breasts tend to feel tender when we are close to having our period. But this could also be a symptom of pregnancy, especially when you realise that you've missed your period. When you're pregnant, your breasts tend to feel fuller and heavier. Your nipples tend to look darker and bigger.
- Nausea/Vomiting In the early stages of pregnancy, you might feel like vomiting (even if you don't). Vomiting often occurs when you're a few weeks further into the pregnancy. Many people say that vomiting often occurs in the mornings, but it could happen at any time of the day.
- Feeling dizzy Some girls get the feeling of being dizzy early in their pregnancy. So you might feel like fainting – and sometimes you might actually faint. If this is the only sign that you have so far, you should still go see a doctor. Fainting could also be associated with something else other than pregnancy.
- Gaining weight. Have you suddenly gained a bit of weight recently? Are your jeans suddenly a bit tight and your sweaters feeling a bit small? This could be as a result of being pregnant.
- Feeling tired You might find yourself not being able to control your tiredness. You feel like you want to sleep all the time and might even fall asleep at your desk. If you're someone who is not used to experiencing this, then this might be a huge red flag for you (especially if you have the other symptoms).
These are only a few signs of pregnancy chomas, others include having sudden cravings, needing to pee often and of course, your belly starting to swell. If you are experiencing all these symptoms then it might be time for you to see a doctor and perhaps also speak to a counsellor. It would be best to get someone you trust to help you through this.
If you realise that you're not pregnant, it may still be a good idea to go the clinic. While children are a beautiful blessing, you should be able to choose when you start a family. Speak to a doctor or nurse about contraceptives and take the initiative to carry your own condoms. Don't have unprotected sex - having safe sex is not just about avoiding pregnancy, but also avoiding infections, diseases and HIV.
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