Probable Signs Of Pregnancy – All You Need To Know | The Right Parenting

Have you been trying to get pregnant lately? You may experience a range of symptoms that can be taken as probable signs of pregnancy. However, classification and a good understanding of these signs is important as most of them are not exclusive to pregnancy and maybe a part and parcel of other disease processes.

Presumptive signs of pregnancy

These are the signs indicating the possibility or speculation of a pregnancy. These signs are subjective- that is you report them yourself, indefinite and not precise as they may also be indicative of PMS (premenstrual syndrome), menopause or any other local or systemic disease. Some of these signs are as follows:

Amenorrhea (Absence of periods)

Missing a period is often the first thing that leads you to think of a possible pregnancy. However, that is not always the case as amenorrhea. It can also suggest changes in hormonal levels as occurs before or during the menopause, or even in some tumors.

Vomiting and nausea

Often termed as ‘morning sickness’ as nausea and vomiting usually occur early in the morning, mostly in the first trimester, though you may even continue having episodes of nausea and vomiting throughout the duration of pregnancy till delivery occurs. These symptoms are not very specific as they are also a part of other conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders, indigestion or food poisoning, stress, side effect of medications, and even a result of head trauma.

Changes in breasts

The breasts increase in size and become more tender and firm as pregnancy proceeds. The veins also become more visible due to an increase in the blood supply. You may experience soreness in the breasts as well. By the 12th week, you may be able to express a thick yellowish secretion (colostrum). However, these changes aren’t restricted to pregnancy and can also occur in injury, breast disease as well as hormonal factors.

Fatigue

It’s pretty natural for you to feel drained as your body is nesting your baby for a period of nine months. But it’s obviously not a pregnancy – exclusive event.

Quickening

A fluttering sensation felt by the mommy to be in her lower abdomen from the movement of the fetus. Quickening normally occurs around the 1620th week of pregnancy.

Frequent urination

You may feel the need to pee again and again but this can also occur in diabetes, an infection of the urinary tract, tumors, excess drinking and some medications such as diuretics.

Lassitude (A lack of energy)

You feel like drained all around the day and have no energy or motivation even to do house chores.

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Probable Signs of Pregnancy

These are the signs pointing towards an increased likelihood or possibility of you being pregnant. However, the probable signs of pregnancy again are non-confirmatory. You still require definite testing to make sure if you’re pregnant or not. These signs are as follows:

Positive pregnancy test

Although in majority of the cases, a positive UPT (urine pregnancy test) means you are expecting, it may be falsely positive for a number of reasons:

  1. The urine is too dilute at the time of the test.
  2. You’re on fertility medications that resulted in an increased level of HCG hormone (the hormone that the stick test picks up).
  3. The test was expired.
  4. An ectopic pregnancy – pregnancy outside the uterus.
  5. Early signs of a miscarriage.
  6. You took the test the wrong way.

Goodells Sign

Softening of the cervix (the inner opening of your vagina that leads to the uterus) usually occurs around the 6-8th week of pregnancy.

External Ballottement

Upon applying pressure on the lower part of the tummy where the uterus is, the growing baby bounces back against the fingers when the uterus is pushed.

Braxton Hicks contractions

These are false contractions of the uterus that are similar to labor, often putting you in distress as you’re not even due yet. However, these contractions can not dilate the uterus or cause the delivery of the baby.

Chadwick’s sign

Increased blood flow to the uterus, cervix, and vagina results in a bluish coloration. This occurs around the 4th week of pregnancy

An enlarged abdomen

The tummy can be enlarged from other reasons too – from bloating as occurs in PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and menstruation or from a slight weight gain.

Increase in the skin pigmentation

  1. Striae Gravidarum: These are stretch marks that appear on the tummy and /or buttocks. They are also sometimes present in patients with sudden weight gain or loss and patients of Cushing’s disease.
  2. Linea Nigra: This is a dark-colored line that appears on the tummy in the midline, around and about the belly button. It may be a probable sign of pregnancy in a mum-to-be that has never been pregnant before.
  3. Chloasma: This is a bronze– brown discoloration that appears on the face of pregnant women especially those with dark-colored hair.

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Positive Signs of Pregnancy (Signs confirming the presence of a pregnancy)

These signs are definite, absolute and objective – as your doctor or nurse tells you about them. These signs are as follows:

  • Detection of fetal heart rate: This is no doubt one of the most reliable signs of pregnancy. The heart of the growing baby beats an average of about 110-120 times in one minute.
  • Detection of fetal movements: Your doctor can feel the movements of the baby after 24 weeks. In the beginning, you can only feel a few movements of the baby but as the baby keeps on growing, the movements become more rapid. And apart from keeping you up at night sometimes, these movements spark joy and happiness as you prepare yourself to welcome your new guest into this world.
  • Detection of fetal outline: Outline of the baby’s body parts, specifically back and head as well as arms and legs can be easily felt after the 24th week of pregnancy.
  • Ultrasound Detection of Fetus: Ultrasound is a non-invasive test that helps to confirm the status of your gestation, that is how far you are down the lane as well as making sure that the baby is doing well.

Also read: How Do Babies Get Hiccups In The Womb?

Probable Signs of Pregnancy: How to confirm it?

The probable signs of pregnancy do point to a current pregnancy in the majority of the cases. As these symptoms are felt by you yourself, they drive you to wonder whether there is a pea in the pod or not. However, these are still not definite. You would be needing a complete workup to confirm your pregnancy status, which includes blood tests and an ultrasound. This is important as adequate and timely prenatal care is necessary. So that you may have smooth and uneventful pregnancy and delivery of a healthy, happy baby.

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Pregnancy Symptoms Week 15 – Week By Week Pregnancy

What you really expect if you are experiencing pregnancy symptoms week 15? Less than 30 minutes until lunch and you even cannot wait that long. You are feeling so hungry all the time. You are maybe feeling highly energetic, which may mean high libido too.

If you are feeling sexy, that is okay. While having sex this week, no need to freak out. Remind your partner that the baby has no idea what is going on. If your doctor has not given you any activity restrictions, sex will not harm your baby.

At pregnancy symptoms week 15, you are finally looking pregnant because now your belly growing quickly each week. Now you are 4 months pregnant, only 5 months left. We know you have a lot of questions related to your pregnancy but do not worry, everything will be fine.

Baby at 15 weeks pregnancy

At 15 weeks pregnant, your baby is as big as an apple and weighs about two and a half ounces. As far as height concerned, your baby is 4 inches long now. So, you are probably thinking about what keeps your baby busy all day? Mostly, baby at 15 weeks is in rehearsals, practicing and getting ready for that big debut.

Your 15 weeks old fetus is working on breathing, sucking, and swallowing so when he or she will leave your comfy womb, he or she will have the necessary skills to survive. The sense of hearing is developing now, the baby is might be able to hear your voice. She or he might also start to sense bright light outside of your belly.

15 weeks pregnant ultrasound

You might not be able to feel it yet, but an ultrasound this week would reveal that he or she is moving all joints and limbs now. The baby may be even hiccupping inside your 15 weeks pregnant belly. For your satisfaction, you can choose multiple screening tests, you will have blood drawn between week 15 and week 20.

These tests will measure levels of specific proteins and hormones in your blood so that doctors can give you a more accurate assessment of the risks of neural tube defects. Amniocentesis is another optional test, by this test you may come to know about neural tube defects, chromosomal abnormalities, and other genetic disorders.

All these tests and results can be stressful, in between all this, find some time for yourself. Be prepared for ups and downs in your journey. Pamper yourself, you deserve it!

15 weeks pregnant bump

Your body is making a big transition now. During the first trimester, your uterus fits accurately into your pelvis. But now in the second trimester, it is stretching to accommodate your growing fetus inside your belly. Every pregnant woman has a different journey and the rate of growth can be varied. That is why when pregnancy symptoms week 15 occur, it is completely normal to not show much or have an obvious baby bump.

Showing at 15 weeks first pregnancy could take a little longer as compared to the second pregnancy because the uterus has already been stretched. So, you might have a little earlier visible bump in repeat pregnancies.

15 weeks pregnant what to expect?

•    15 weeks pregnant cramping

Once you get pregnant, the uterus will begin to grow. As it begins to expand, you will feel mild to moderate cramping, that is normal. It happens for a short period of time. In the first and second trimester, you may feel cramping every now and then.

The reasons behind cramping can be uterus growth, exercise, urinary tract infection, sex, constipation, gas or bloating, and ectopic pregnancy.

•    Heartburn and indigestion

In pregnancy symptoms week 15, you may feel hungry all the time. This will lead you to eat a large amount of food in one sitting that can cause heartburn and indigestion.

•    Faintness and dizziness

As your body doing so much hard work day and night to grow your baby. You may pass through faintness and dizziness. The best solution is to sleep more and do not worry about upcoming events.

•    15 weeks pregnant headache

Headache during pregnancy is common. You can treat it by taking acetaminophen, sit in a dark room, or put a cool compress on your forehead. However, if you develop a severe headache, speak with your doctor. There can be numerous causes behind headache including high blood pressure, fatigue, hormones, and stress.

•    Stomach pain 15 weeks pregnant

Stomach pain can be very stressful for a pregnant woman as it can be a sign of miscarriage or placental abruption. It is important to listen to your instincts and contact your doctor if you feel anything wrong. It is best to get things checked out.

Pregnancy transformation during pregnancy symptoms week 15

Experiencing pregnancy symptoms week 15 for the first time can be exciting and daunting. Your body will go through a lot of transformations, both mentally and physically.

Gain in weight

Recommended weight gain during the 15th week is 1 to 2 pounds so, add 300 extra calories per day in your diet. Try to eat healthy food. If you feel sudden weight gain, notify your doctor immediately. This could be a sign of a serious pregnancy condition known as preeclampsia.

Swollen gums

Your gums are more sensitive now so, take good care of your teeth. See your dentist for regular checkups.

Nosebleed

We know that nosebleed is not a likable symptom in pregnancy, but it happens due to an increased blood volume in your body and sensitive nasal passage.

Precautions during 15th week of pregnancy

  • Ask about the preeclampsia to your health care provider.
  • Learn about the baby’s fundal height, it reflects your baby size.
  • Eat frequent but short meals during your pregnancy.
  • Change your wardrobe and buy some comfy clothes.
  • Confirm the gender of your baby.
  • Consult your doctor if you feel anything wrong.
  • Spend more time with your partner for a better understanding.

Also Read: 10 Things To Avoid During Pregnancy

Checklist – pregnancy symptoms week 15

  • Pamper yourself as much as you can.
  • Schedule your Amino test.
  • Keep an eye on our website for more amazing content about the upcoming weeks of pregnancy.

Also Read: Pregnancy Symptoms Week 16

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