When Do I Know If My Wife Is Pregnant?
When Do I Know If My Wife Is Pregnant?
“I am pregnant!”… I know you want to hear your spouse tell you these three words. Without doubts, one of the best things that can happen to a couple is the joy of expecting a child. However, there are some telltale signs and symptoms that usually accompany pregnancy which will most likely let you know that your spouse is pregnant— much before a medical test can confirm the pregnancy. I will supply a few tips in this article on how to tell that your spouse is pregnant.
- Understand her menstrual cycle
The menstrual cycle is the changes that occur in a woman's body. This is in preparation to carry a child in the womb. It lasts for an average of 28 days (from the first day of menstrual bleeding to the first day of the next menstrual bleeding). It is, however, not uncommon to have a cycle that is slightly shorter or longer. Day 1 of her menstrual cycle is the day that menstrual bleeding starts, and the cycle lasts until the first day of the next menstrual bleeding.
- How does the cycle help you know if/when she’s pregnant?
During the cycle, an egg is released (to be fertilized), and the uterus grows a new type of lining (the endometrium) where the egg would implant if fertilized. If the egg is not fertilized (that is, pregnancy does not occur), the uterus will shed its lining. This is what is responsible for the monthly menstrual bleeding.
So basically, it’s either pregnancy occurs or the usual monthly bleeding occurs. If your spouse has missed her period, that is if the menstrual bleeding does not occur as at when due. You should begin to suspect that she’s probably pregnant. A missed period is among the first signs and symptoms of pregnancy.
- Signs to watch out for
I have made a list below of some signs to watch out for, especially if your partner has reported a missed her period. If she has missed period or a good number of the following signs below are present, then it is almost certain that she’s pregnant.
- Increased sensitivity in her breasts - This feeling may be just around her nipples, or it may extend to the entire breasts. This is caused by the hormonal surge in progesterone and estrogen that occur in early pregnancy.
- Morning sickness - If you begin to notice that your spouse is having issues of nausea, vomiting, and sick feeling every morning consistently for more than two weeks after her missed period, then it is almost certain that she is indeed pregnant.
- Mood Swings - Women have mood swings typically shortly before their menstruation, or in the early stages of pregnancy. Watch out for signs of mood swing and hysteria after a missed period; it may help you tell whether she is probably pregnant or not. Erratic mood swings are very common in the early stages of pregnancy.
- Hunger Pangs - If you notice that your spouse eats all the time and she is still hungry or she is beginning to revert from certain foods that were on her ‘best foods’ list, then you can tell that she may be pregnant already.
- Fatigue - The first trimester (that is, the first three months) of pregnancy is usually marked by experiences of general body fatigue. If your spouse is constantly complaining of fatigue after a missed period, and you have also noticed some of the signs listed above, then there is a very strong chance that she’s pregnant.
• Tests that can be done at home to confirm
There are some few home tests that can be done to confirm pregnancy. I have listed two of such tests below:
- hCG Film Test - When the fertilized egg has been implanted into the wall of the uterus, the body begins to produce the hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This hormone mixes with urine and would form a white film on the surface of your spouse’s urine if left untouched in a bottle or vessel for about 3-4 hours. If this white film appears, then your spouse is most likely pregnant.
- Pregnancy Test Kit - Virtually everyone knows about the pregnancy test kits used for a home pregnancy test. Remember that upon the implantation of the fertilized egg into the wall of the uterus, the body begins to produce the hCG hormone or human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This is the hormone that pregnancy test kits look for in the urine.
Home pregnancy tests will give results as soon as one day after a missed period for some women, but most women may have to wait for a week before they can get an accurate result. Each test kit has instructions on how it is to be used, but be sure to check the expiry date.
In conclusion, you need to handle the early signs of pregnancy with care. You might get so excited about all the signs you are seeing, but if in the end, the test proves otherwise, it’s important to keep your head up. Your expectation isn’t a mistake; it’s just a normal and healthy part of conceiving.