- What are the symptoms of pregnancy?
- Could I be pregnant?
- I missed my periods can I be pregnant?
Ans: Symptoms of pregnancy:
- i) Swollen, tender breasts: Hormonal changes happening during pregnancy make the breasts fuller and heavier. Or your breasts may become sore and sensitive.
- ii) Nausea accompanied by vomiting: Nausea with or without vomiting may occur as early as three weeks from conception. While the exact reason of the same is unclear, it may be attributed to hormonal changes in the body.
iii) Fatigue: The levels of progesterone increase during pregnancy, thereby inducing sleepiness.
- iv) Constipation: The digestive system slows down owing to hormonal changes happening during pregnancy.
However, one must note that these symptoms may not confirm pregnancy as symptoms of any other medical condition can overlap with those of the former. Conversely, you may be pregnant without experiencing above mentioned symptoms. If you have missed your periods and experiencing these symptoms, you ought to confirm with a home pregnancy test followed by a visit to a gynecologist.
- Can I get pregnant after hitting menopause: Most likely, no! This is mainly because for pregnancy to occur, the ovaries need to ovulate i.e. release egg cells which get fertilized by a sperm cell. After hitting menopause, the ovaries stop ovulating hence the probability of getting pregnant diminishes. However, it must be noted that the stage at which women hit menopause is loosely defined.
- Consuming alcohol during pregnancy? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently came up with a study in this regard, but was not well received. It is well established fact that excessive alcohol intake damages liver, cardiac system and other parts of the body. In addition, it is not considered safe at all for pregnant women. The kids of such women who happened to consume alcohol during pregnancy may suffer from a condition known by the name Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), symptoms of which are mentioned here:
- Small head size
- Shorter-than-average height
- Low body weight
- Poor coordination
- Hyperactive behavior
- Difficulty with attention
- Poor memory
- Difficulty in school (especially with math)
- Learning disabilities
- Speech and language delays
- Intellectual disability or low IQ
- Poor reasoning and judgment skills
- Sleep and sucking problems as a baby
- Abnormal facial features