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Probable Signs Of Pregnancy

When you get pregnant you experience many signs and symptoms. On the flip side of that coin, however, is the fact that experiencing those symptoms would not necessarily mean that you are indeed, pregnant. In fact, there is a certain terminology to be learned in order to be more informed in your journey, especially at the early stages.

Probable Signs Of Pregnancy

What Are The Presumptive, Probable, And Positive Signs Of Pregnancy?

Presumptive:  possibility of being pregnant

Presumptive signs of pregnancy mean that while the symptoms may imitate early symptoms of pregnancy, they may be caused by other factors. Here are a few of those:

  • Missing your period
    Missing your period is considered one of the presumptive sings of pregnancy. However, since this can be due to several reasons like stress, illness,  etc., this sign of pregnancy can not be credible all on its own.
  • Nausea
    Other signs of pregnancy are nausea, vomiting, and morning sickness. Needless to say, these can also be caused by other influencing factors, such as food poisoning, flu, digestive system dysfunction, and even a night out that seemed fun at the time but doesn’t the next morning. Either way, just having nausea is not a reason enough to jump to conclusions. 
  • Tiredness
    Among other reasons, fatigue and exhaustion can also be a presumptive sign, yet the former can be related to many other reasons, regardless if you are pregnant or not.
  • Frequent urination
    Presumptive signs of pregnancy also include breast tenderness, frequent urination, etc. However, these symptoms can also be associated with a UTI or simply due to a large amount of fluid that you drink. 
  • Breast tenderness
    As infrequent as it is, breast tenderness can point to pregnancy at first. However, once again, it would be too early to jump to conclusions, as many women get breast tenderness before their period, or with certain conditions. If tenderness turns to pain, seek medical attention right away. 

Probable signs:

These generally have the most likelihood of indicating pregnancy

In general, probable signs of pregnancy may indicate that you are pregnant. However, these sings can not also be accurate all time, since the causes may be related to other issues rather than being pregnant.

  • Positive pregnancy test
    If you get a positive result from a pregnancy test, then its a probable sign. Still, in some cases, there are many chances of getting a false positive. These include not following the instructions of the test properly, or simply testing a urine sample that is too diluted.
  • Bloated abdomen
    Yet another probable sign is experiencing an enlarged abdomen. This dilation can be caused by several factors, such as weight gain, bloating during your period, some food you might have consumed, etc.

Positive:

Signs that confirms pregnancy

  • Fetal heartbeat
    Positive signs of pregnancy are the most accurate determining factors that truly confirm pregnancy. There are many signs that are considered positive, like fetal heart sounds, which your sonographer detects in the fetus during an ultrasound appointment, the movement, etc.
  • Ultrasound image of the fetus
    When we talk about positive signs, it is obvious that fetal heartbeat is an unmistakable sign of not only pregnancy but also the likelihood that the baby’s development has started and is progressing normally so far. This is also true of observing the fetus through an ultrasound image. A picture is worth a thousand words, after all.
  • hCG in a urine sample
    Apart from false positive pregnancy test results, which can be corrected by taking it again the next day to get better data, the detection of positive hCG hormone in a urine sample also confirms that you are pregnant.
    The pregnancy test aims to determine the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone either in pregnant woman’s urine or blood sample. After the beginning of the pregnancy, hCG is increasingly produced by the placenta.
    You can do a pregnancy test at home, which is actually one of the most reliable early methods to detect whether the pregnancy is positive.

Vaginal bleeding
In general, nearly 40 percent of all pregnant women experience vaginal bleeding when they are in the first trimester.

While the next two signs are also present in other categories, they do play an important role in detecting early pregnancies. In conjunction with other signs that might be present, they could strong indicators of pregnancy. On their own, however, they should be treated as signs of any other possible condition.

  • Nausea
    Due to the changes in hormonal balance at the beginning of pregnancy, nausea is experienced by most pregnant women, which is also known as morning sickness. Nausea is not a definite symptom that is seen in every pregnant woman, and it fades away in a few weeks.

Also read: How To Overcome Morning Sickness With Ginger Tea

  • Frequent urination
    As mentioned above, hormonal fluctuations at the beginning of pregnancy result in changes in the roles of many organs, one of them being the urine bladder. Another change is softening of the cervix, which is also referred to as Hegar’s sign, can be confirmed by a medical exam by 6 weeks of pregnancy.

Presumptive Vs Probable Signs Of Pregnancy

The difference between presumptive and probable signs of pregnancy is that, while the presumptive signs and symptoms can also be caused by other factors, probable signs are, for the majority of the time, observed when the pregnancy has occurred. Nevertheless, the most reliable signs of pregnancy are positive ones, which can not be faked, and caused by any other conditions.

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