You’re not feeling your usual self and you can’t seem to pinpoint the cause. Is it a cold, stress, or PMS? Perhaps you think that this is your first sign that you might be pregnant? It can be difficult to tell the difference between PMS and pregnancy symptoms, there are symptoms that you may have thought were normal for your menstrual cycle that can actually be signs of early pregnancy.
PMS can cause such severe emotional and physical symptoms that a woman may wonder if she’s going crazy. In fact, some women are so convinced they have PMS that it is difficult for them to accept that they might be pregnant. This occurs in about 2 percent of women who don’t have symptoms of early pregnancy.
The symptoms of PMS can vary widely in different women, and it’s often difficult for anyone to tell if they are true. You may find yourself experiencing severe depression, irritability, anxiety, or a combination of all of these problems. Some women experience mental symptoms and others have physical symptoms like fluid retention and bloating.
Symptoms that you may have thought were normal for your menstrual cycle can actually be signs of early pregnancy syndrome. These symptoms include:
- Tender and swollen breasts.
- Abdorminal cramps.
- Back pain.
Another telltale sign of pre-pregnancy syndrome is if your breast sensitivity increases. For most women, this happens right before ovulation occurs, but for some, it occurs just before their period starts. These symptoms are sometimes mild and go away on their own, but they can be more severe for some women. In extreme cases, they can be signs of a serious condition called preeclampsia. Preeclampsia affects about 3 percent to 5 percent of pregnancies and can cause low blood pressure and even kidney damage.
Any signs of pregnancy are usually small and easy to miss, so it’s important not to jump to any conclusions without having your doctor give you a proper diagnosis.
Figuring out if these symptoms are related to premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or pregnancy requires taking an appointment with a doctor and getting tested. I would advise that you don’t leave your life on assumptions. It can be dangerous.
Even if you don’t want to see a doctor, there are some home pregnancy tests available on the market. These tests are easy to use and are correct 99% of the time, it also provides quick results.
Knowing your status on time will give you a rest of mind and you will be able to take necessary actions early enough.
Sis, take a test right now and stop guessing!
Types Of Test That Can Be Used To Confirm Pregnancy
- Blood Test: A blood test is done to confirm pregnancy. Blood samples are taken from a vein in your arm or a small hole made in your finger with a lance. The blood is then examined for the presence of the pregnancy hormone beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Home pregnancy tests are being used by millions of women, especially those who have a history of irregular periods.
- There are some home pregnancy tests available on the market. Though these tests are effective and can provide quick results, they do not compare to having your results checked by a medical doctor.
- Basal body temperature test – This is a simple method of determining if you’re pregnant or not. It involves taking a temperature each day (usually once every morning) and taking that number as a reading for that day. If your body temperature increases by 0.5 degree Celsius, the doctor will be able to tell if you are pregnant or not.
- Amniocentesis – This test involves injecting a substance under ultrasound guidance into the amniotic sac surrounding your baby. The substance helps to determine if there is a pregnancy present in the womb and it can also detect any problems that may arise from the pregnancy. These tests are performed by medical doctors, but there are gynecologists who specialize in early-pregnancy testing as well.
- Urine Sample: Taking urine sample at home and sending it to the doctor for testing.
Tests that can be used to confirm pregnancy include: The test detects the presence of either a human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) or, in some cases, estrogen in your urine.
- Ultrasound Exam: This is a test which uses sound waves to scan your body and determine if you are pregnant or not. An ultrasound exam also helps to detect the size and shape of your baby as well as how far along you are in your pregnancy.