While generally reliable, pregnancy tests aren’t error proof. Many women report “feeling pregnant” while getting a negative pregnancy test only to find out later they were pregnant. Other women either don’t get a period or have irregular cycles and are left clueless as to when to take a pregnancy test. Others are just eagerly awaiting a positive or negative pregnancy test, searching for any early symptoms of pregnancy they can find. No matter the situation, knowing the first signs of pregnancy can be quite helpful when a pregnancy test fails or it’s too early to test.
What is the very first sign of pregnancy?
A sustained elevated basal body temperature is the earliest symptom of pregnancy.
As a mother of three, I’d recommend ALL women track their basal body temperature. If you are trying to become pregnant, it can help you pin-point your fertile period. If you aren’t trying to become pregnant, it can help you pin-point your fertile period. If you have an “oops” it can help ease your mind or give you a far better idea of your chances of pregnancy, and finally, it can help you catch hormonal imbalances early on by keeping your better in-tune with what’s normal for you.
How to use your body temperature as a pregnancy test:
To identify a sustained elevated basal body temperature (BBT) to know if you have this first sign of pregnancy, you have to consistently chart your BBT. BBT charting entails taking your temperature just as you wake up every morning, preferably after at least 4 hours sleep with a special BBT thermometer. (BBT thermometers are simply more sensitive, a regular thermometer will suffice in most cases) Web sites, such as fertilityfriend.com, offer online charting programs for free. You simply enter your daily temperatures and the dates of any menstrual bleeding, and the program tells you when you are fertile, when you ovulated, estimates when your next period will be and your chance of pregnancy based on any intercourse.
Your BBT follows a rough natural pattern each month which can vary slightly from woman to woman. Typically, your BBT begins low and then rises just after ovulation. It then remains elevated until your period begins or possibly just after. (Most women have temperature fluctuations during their period itself) In the case of pregnancy, your body temperature will remain elevated for at least 18 days after ovulation. This elevation is the first sign of pregnancy, often noticeable before a pregnancy test will show positive.
Note that this early symptom of pregnancy is also not error proof. It is possible to have a sustained high body temp without being pregnant. However, if you’ve noticed an elevated exceeding 18 days and your pregnancy test comes up negative, or you miss your period by over a week, its recommended you see your health care provider. Elevated BBT and missed periods can be a sign of hormonal imbalance that may be indicative of another health condition if they are not an early symptom of pregnancy.
As a first sign of pregnancy elevated BBT may not be the easiest to see and does require charting, but unlike other early pregnancy symptoms such as tender breasts, nausea and backaches, elevated BTT is something you can see and confirm. It’s an early pregnancy symptom that you can guarantee isn’t just in your head.
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