Contraception and Pregnancy Medical Dictionary

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One of the most trying times in a woman’s life is when she suspects that she may be pregnant. Whether or not you have yet missed a menstrual period or taken a test, you may be experiencing symptoms that just make you wonder. Taking a look at some of the early pregnancy signs is a good way to determine if you need to take a home pregnancy test or make a doctors appointment. Some women experience no symptoms at all, but most pregnant women have at least a few body clues as to the idea that they may be pregnant.

There are many early pregnancy signs, some of which are similar to those symptoms you get around the time of your menstrual period. Mild cramping and bloating are very common in early pregnancy and can be mistaken for premenstrual issues. Mood swings due to increasing levels of hormones are also often mistaken for symptoms of PMS. Breast soreness or tenderness is another confusing sign women tend to overlook early on. However, if you are experiencing these signs and your period does not start or is nothing more than spotting, you may want to take a pregnancy test.

Stomach issues are some of the most common early pregnancy signs. Most times this is displayed as morning sickness, which is nausea or vomiting. The name morning sickness is a bit misleading, because it can occur at any time of the day. This can sometimes be brought on by sights or the extreme sensitivity to smell that some women experience in early pregnancy. Some women have strange food cravings, while others are constantly hungry. Each woman will react differently to the changes in her body and hormone levels, so none of these signs are considered abnormal.

There are various other early pregnancy signs that can seem quite random, but are not unusual or unheard of. Early weight gain can be a sign that your body is preparing to support another human being. Dizziness and faintness are also not unusual. Increased vaginal discharge can be a frightening thing, but is very common. Frequent urination is sometimes an annoyance in early pregnancy, but tends to get better for a while before returning in the third trimester. Headaches, due to all the hormonal changes in your body are not an uncommon occurrence. These are just a small sample of the various symptoms women get, so don’t be surprised if you experience other seemingly strange signs during early pregnancy.

Your body will go through many things throughout pregnancy, so be prepared. These early pregnancy signs are just a taste of what is to come. Some of these symptoms will disappear as quickly as they came, only to be replaced by a new sign. Other symptoms will stick with you until the day you deliver your baby. A trained medical professional can help you to make sense of the things you are experiencing, whether or not these symptoms are actually signs of pregnancy, so please consult a doctor whenever necessary.

Many women have used talcum powder and products containing talcum powder such as feminine hygeine products during their pregancies and may not be aware of the risks related to the use of these products. It is now believed that using these products regularly could increase a woman's risk of ovarian cancer.

- Barrier Methods of Contraception. - Miscarriage
- Post Natal Depression - Pregnancy
- Sexual Activity during and after Pregnancy - Smoking and Pregnancy
- Stretch Marks in Pregnancy - Termination (Abortion).
- The I.U.D. (or Intra Uterine Device). - The Pill (Oral Contraceptive Pill or OCP).
- The Rhythm Method of Birth Control or Natural Family Planning - Tubal Ligation.
- Vasectomy. - Signs of Pregnancy
- Pregnancy Tests - Stages of Pregnancy
- Pregnancy Due Date Calculator - Symptoms of Pregnancy
- Early Pregnancy Signs - Ectopic Pregnancy
- Pregnancy Calendar - Pregnancy Test
- Pregnancy week by week - Talc Powder
- Pregnancy 2 - Teenage Pregnancy

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