There are 3 types of signs of pregnancy: possible, probable, and positive.
Possible Signs of pregnancy are things that look like they could be signs of pregnancy, but could also be caused by something else:
- Missed period - could be caused by TONS of things, but pregnancy is always the first thought
- Nausea and vomiting (morning sickness)
- Need to pee constantly
- Enlarged, tender breasts
- Just “feeling” pregnant
- Fatigue, tiredness
- Ptyalism (Excessive saliva)
- Montgomery’s Tubercules
- Stretch Marks
- Spider Veins
- Quickening (Feeling fetal movement)
- Chadwick’s Sign (Bluish tinge to the vagina and cervix)
- Colostrum (discharge or milk) from your breasts
Probable signs of pregnancy are symptoms that indicate pregnancy most of the time. However, there is still the chance they can be false or caused by something other than pregnancy, like presumptive signs.
- Enlarged or growing belly
- Positive Pregnancy Test
- Change in the shape of the uterus
- Softening of the cervix (Goodell’s Sign)
- Braxton Hicks Contractions
- Being able to feel a fetus
Positive signs of pregnancy are signs that are definite, and cannot be caused by anything but pregnancy.
- Palpation of fetal movement by a trained examiner
- Hearing fetal heart tones (the fetal heart beat)
- Ultrasound or Xray showing a fetus
Surprising, right? You would have thought that a positive pregnancy test would be a positive sign, and I would have too, to be honest. Still, there are other things that can cause a positive pregnancy test, such as a defective test, incorrect usage of the test, certain medications, certain other conditions affecting one’s hormones.
If you have any of these possible or probable signs and you think it’s possible that you’re actually pregnant, take a pregnancy test and make an appointment with a midwife or doctor to see if you are pregnant, and figure out your options.
In my FAQ I have this:
Q: I get weird bumps on my genitals, what could it be?
A: If it’s a large, red, painful bump with a head it sounds like a cyst. If you put a warm compress on it it’ll help with the pain. If the bumps are on either side of your vaginal opening it could be a bartholin gland cyst. If it’s painful you need to go to a doctor. Usually the infection goes away before it gets painful but if it doesn’t it’ll need treatment. If it’s a clump of bumps that looks like a cauliflower it’s genital warts. if it’s a few to a lot of painful red blister looking things that pop and crust over it could be herpes. If it just looks like regular acne, vulva acne is common and will go down as you age just like regular acne. If it kind of looks like gooseflesh (or your arm whenever you get “goosebumps” and you’ve always had them, it’s probably fordyce spots. They can occur on both penises and vulvas and are totally harmless. If it is small, painless and kind of resembles a pearl it could be Molluscum contagiosum. It can also occur in a line of bumps. This is a viral infection and you should see a doctor for it. If you have multiple red lesions and blackheads that enlarge, break open and drain pus it could be Hidradenitis suppurativa. It is a skin problem that’s considered a severe form of acne.
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