For most women, the obvious sign of a missed period is the first pregnancy symptom they will see. However, what about those women who do not have regular menstrual cycles and have no idea when and if they even ovulated that month? There are several other pregnancy symptoms that can alert you whether you least expect it or whether you were hoping to expect it for years. Here are a few things you can keep your eye out for and reach for the phone to make an appointment with your OB/GYN.
If your breasts hurt and you find it hard to lie on your stomach, then the stork may be paying you a visit soon. However, this and other pregnancy symptoms alone can not be taken as sure signs in any way, so don’t keep your hopes too high (or be disappointed too soon in case this was an unplanned pregnancy) unless you check with your doctor
The most dramatized pregnancy symptom you see in movies and have heard of is morning sickness. If you feel nauseated and fatigued and feel like or do throw up without any signs of food poisoning or stomach trouble, it could be a pregnancy symptom. However, contrary to popular belief, morning sickness can last all day (unfortunately) or can occur only at night.
There are other pregnancy symptoms which moms with several children swear by. Lower back pain, mood swings and other such things just tell them that they are expecting another addition in their family.
Regardless of which pregnancy symptom or symptoms catch your attention; make an appointment with an OB/GYN or a midwife as soon as possible. Don’t shrug it off as a natural occurrence which doesn’t need any medical intervention. Even if you are lucky to have an absolutely uneventful pregnancy, you should always be under the care of a medical professional because they may be able to detect if something goes wrong and be there to give you the green light that everything is okay.
If you have three children already and have pregnancy symptoms, don’t think you can handle it till the ninth month on your own because you’ve been through it already. You may not have as many questions for your doctor as you had the first time around, but you owe it to yourself and the new life that is growing inside of you to take the best care possible.