Are you pregnant? Check your signs and symptoms
Chomas, I'm going to share something with you that you may find very shocking. There have been so many stories of young women falling pregnant and only finding out that they are pregnant extremely late into their pregnancy - in some cases even as late as when they are about to go into labour. It might sound crazy but you would be surprised at how many incidents there have been. Let's go through a checklist of the signs of pregnancy that will give you an idea around whether you should be concerned about being pregnant.
Are your breasts tender?
First on our list choma, are tender breasts as this is one of the first signs. You breasts may feel fuller and even heavier. You might even notice the area around your nipple getting bigger and darker. The reason for this is because of elevated levels of the hormone progesterone. The swelling around your breasts is also attributed to your body holding more water during pregnancy.
Are you experiencing morning sickness?
Morning sickness is a symptom of pregnancy where you might experience nausea and/or vomiting. It doesn't feel so great and creates a bit of discomfort. Yes choma, it does have the word 'morning' in it but morning sickness does not only hit you in the morning. It can also strike in the afternoon or evening. Morning sickness has been known to last between 4 to 6 weeks of being pregnant. However, not everyone who is pregnant will experience it.
Do you feel like you're having mood swings?
You may find yourself going through emotional highs and lows. Your emotional state can feel like a rollercoaster as you go through all these moods, which can be blamed on hormone changes. Mood swings can be worse when you're hungry or tired.
Do you often feel really tired?
Another symptom of pregnancy is fatigue. It can set in even from the early stages. Now don't get me wrong choma, just because you are tired, it does not automatically make you pregnant but fatigue does occur when you are pregnant. You feel tired and lethargic as a result of pregnancy hormones.
Have you missed a period?
This may seem like the most obvious question to ask but believe it or not, for many, it is not so obvious. If you generally get your period at a certain time every month and it does not start on the expected day, you should take a pregnancy test.
Are you experiencing shortness of breath breath?
Getting shortness of breath could occur because the growing foetus inside of you will also require oxygen. This may continue throughout the pregnancy and will amplify, the more the baby grows.
So if you answered 'Yes' to most of these choma, you could just be pregnant. However, these could also be caused by a number of other things so make sure you go to your nearest clinic and get a pregnancy test from a healthcare worker. While it is very important to know these things, never forget to use contraceptives if you are sexually active to protect yourself from STIs and/or if having a child is not in your immediate plans.
Lastly, if you are currently or have been sexually active in the last few months or so and you are experiencing one or a few of the symptoms that were discussed in this article, it would be a good idea to consult with your doctor to find out what is causing them. No matter how difficult of a situation you may be faced with, if you have time to prepare for it, you will be better equipped to handle the situation. DON’T FORGET THAT CHOMA.
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