The Am I pregnant Quiz can help you discriminate between what you are experiencing and see whether these are early pregnancy symptoms. Read below some brief info on the menstrual cycle and possible conception and on what symptoms can be connected to pregnancy in its early stages and how they can be made more bearable.
How does the Am I pregnant Quiz work?
The quiz directed towards female whom think they might be carrying a baby tries to bring together 12 different answers related to the current condition of the person who’s taking the test. Each one of them can reflect at a smaller or higher value the probability of a pregnancy.
Putting all the answers together we can then decide if there is statistically a possibility that you are pregnant.
The result you receive after completing the questionnaire will refer to your situation and even give you some piece of advice on what you should be doing next.
Menstrual cycle data and conception
The date of conception depends on the female body menstrual cycle dates as the fusion between the egg and sperm can only take place when the egg is matured and released from the ovary and this only happens half way through the menstrual cycle at a date called ovulation date.
The conception date is the date in which a sexual intercourse takes place and it is situated at a range of a few days before and after the ovulation.
Conception is also known as fertilization or fecundation and represents the moment of fusion between the male sperm and female egg. This process leads to the development of an embryo that during the pregnancy, after 38 weeks time will develop into a new born.
Early pregnancy symptoms
Amongst the things a pregnant woman should expect to experience, at a bigger or lower intensity, there are the so called first month pregnancy symptoms. These are sometimes present and sometimes not thus making it very hard to say for sure if there is the care of a pregnancy.
Sometimes even the quick pregnancy test can be wrong so this is why the best result can be given only through a blood sample. Here are listed explained the main symptoms that you might suffer of during the first period of being pregnant:
■ A delay in the appearance of the period or a light bleeding, called spotting at around the time of the period start.
■ Pain in the lower back area, similar to that before period.
■ Basal body temperature: a constant increased temperature for more than 2 weeks.
■ Nausea or vomiting: one of the most common pregnancy symptoms, especially in the mornings or triggered by various scents or flavors.
■ Heightened senses: a very sensible sense of smell and taste (food-cravings or food aversions).
■ Sensitivity in the gums and teeth aches.
■ Tender, swollen breasts: similar or at a higher intensity than the feeling in the breasts before a period.
■ Consecutively, the areolas will turn darker as the pregnancy continues.
■ Frequent urination: these unpleasant sensations will probably increase during the pregnancy.
■ Fatigue: the increased levels of hormones are an extra effort for the body and they can also cause frequent mood swings or an increased emotional response.
What helps lessen pregnancy symptoms?
One of the most common questions a carrying woman is going to ask is what helps with morning sickness or what can she do to make this period feel less exhausting and irritating.
Depending on the intensity of the symptoms, some will barely make themselves remarked while others will persist for a longer period of time, making it even more difficult to deal with all the changes that are happening with having a baby.
Here are some tips that can help you relieve these nuisances:
■ Try to relax and get as much rest as possible.
■ Eat little and more often than you usually do, try more carbohydrates than fats.
■ See which foods are refreshing you and which make you feel even more nauseous.
■ Choose foods that are rich in vitamin B6.
■ Keep hydrated and try to spike your water with a bit of lemon juice.
■ Wear comfortable clothes with loose waistbands.
■ Use appropriate bra and go for new fittings along your pregnancy, go for maternity bras.
■ Try to avoid carrying any weights, like heavy grocery bags.
■ Use pillows for the support of your back.
■ You could also use this pregnancy calculator that helps you discover the expected due date and the gestational age of the pregnancy with a weekly description.
■ Or you are recommended the conception calendar that keeps track of your menstrual cycle and of the dates such as the ovulation date for the following 12 months together with the pregnancy due date, or it can find the conception date.
Example of a result in the quiz
“According to your answers in the Am I pregnant Quiz, there are enough elements to assume that you might be pregnant. If you haven’t taken a pregnancy test yet, you should consider taking one. Then if the result is positive contact your doctor to get blood sample tested. If the result of the pregnancy test is negative watch carefully the signs of your body, any period bleeding and try taking the test again later on.”
1) Wylie L. (2005) Essential anatomy and physiology in maternity care 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
2) The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. (2012) The Johns Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics (4 ed.) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins06 Dec, 2014