The woman, whose menstrual period does not start on time, is eager to know whether it is pregnancy or a common delay. The most reasonable way out of this situation is to go to a specialist or conduct a home pregnancy test, but it is not always possible. Is it possible to use other methods to get to know if you are pregnant?
Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms
- delay of menstruation;
- increased frequency of urination;
- tenderness or enlargement of nipples and breasts;
- nausea in the morning;
- secretion of colostrum;
- changes in tastes (the appearance of the craving for sour and salty foods);
- changes in appetite;
- a sense of heaviness in the epigastric area;
- aversion to certain types of food (such as meat);
- vomiting on an empty stomach in the morning;
- the appearance of a special inclination to eat sour and spicy dishes;
- the desire to east inedible substances – chalk, limestone, clay.
These symptoms cannot be considered a precise indication of menstruation, since they may appear before menstruation. In addition, some women, who are nervous about the possible pregnancy, may experience nausea and other symptoms for psychological reasons.
Why Is Your Period Late?
This can occur not only due to pregnancy. The delay in ovulation and menstruation can be affected by:
- sudden weight change (for example, following a strict diet);
- changing the place of living;
Measure Your Basal Body Temperature Regularly
If you need to be able to say if you are pregnant, get to know your menstrual cycle and keep a regular schedule of temperatures. Pregnancy will be detected in a situation when the higher temperatures persist for three days longer than the normal luteal phase (this phase occurs after ovulation and until the next menstrual period, which is characterized by higher temperatures – above 37 degrees).
One of the important points in diagnosing pregnancy is palpation of the uterus and vaginal examination. The value of the longitudinal axis of the natural non-pregnant uterus is about 79 centimeters: it is a little shorter in the women who have never given birth to a baby, and a little longer in the women who have a baby. The size of uterus increases, when pregnancy is examined and during the period of mature pregnancy. Until the end of the third month of pregnancy, the uterus is still in the pelvic cavity, and it can be palpated only with the help of vaginal examination.