First Signs Of Pregnancy

Probable Signs Of Pregnancy

PROBABLE SIGNS OF PREGNANCY – These pregnancy symptoms are signs noted by the physician upon examination. These signs may include uterine changes, cervical changes, abdominal changes, positive pregnancy test done by a physician, fetal palpation and basal body temperature.

  • Uterine Changes – If pregnant, your uterine undergoes changes in size, position and form. The changes in your uterine can be checked through several techniques, such as:
  1. Size – The doctor will check if your uterine increases in size. Normally, the width and length of the uterus increases five times its normal size. The uterus would also weigh up to 1,000 grams, instead of its normal weight of 50 grams.

  1. The Hegar’s sign – By the 6th to 8th week of pregnancy, a physician will look for the Hegar’s sign by manually checking the lower uterine by finger to determine if the vaginal and abdominal walls feel tissue-paper thin.
  2. Position – If you are indeed pregnant, your uterus will rise above the symphysis pubis by the 12th week of pregnancy and reach the xiphoid process by the 36th week.
  3. Ballottement – During your physical exam between the 16th and 20th week, your examiner will check for ballottement by tapping your cervix to check if the fetus would float upward and sink back. However, this is not considered diagnostic because a presence of ovarian cyst or ascites may be the reason for ballottement.
  • Cervical Changes – Changes to your cervix can be seen through the formation of a mucous plug, Goodell’s sign and Braxton-Hick’s contractions.
  1. Mucous Plug Formation – Since hormones increase during pregnancy, hyperplasia of the cervical gland occurs and leads to the formation of a mucous plug. This plug serves as a seal to your cervix, protecting the uterus from bacteria that may enter the vagina. By the onset of labor or at the end of pregnancy, this mucous will be expelled.
  2. Goodell’s Sign – Your cervix, which is normally firm, becomes soft when pregnant. This softening of the cervix is called the Goodell’s sign, which is present at the 6th week of pregnancy
  3. Braxton-Hick’s Contractions – From the 12th week of pregnancy, a pregnant woman will experience a painless contraction of the uterine called Braxton-Hick’s contractions. However, unlike true labor, this type of contraction occurs from week 12 onwards, can be stopped with walking and does not cause cervix dilation.

  • Abdominal Changes – As your uterus grows, the abdomen gets larger as well. If there are no changes to your uterus, this abdominal enlargement may be caused by edema, ovarian cysts or uterine tumors and is not considered a sign of pregnancy.
  • Positive Pregnancy Test – Although a pregnancy test by a physician is more accurate than a home pregnancy test kit, the results of the test may still be misread if it is done too early or too late into the pregnancy.
  • Fetal Palpation – During the early weeks of pregnancy, a physician can palpate your abdomen and identify the parts of the fetus. However, this technique is not always accurate.
  • Basal Body Temperature (BBT) – Unlike other probably signs of pregnancy, BBT is 97% accurate, particularly if a persistent increase in temperature is seen within a span of three weeks.

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