Am I Pregnant?
One of the big questions you’ll have now that you started the use a program like Lisa Olson’s Pregnancy Miracle or Jenny Carson’s My Pregnancy Now is “Am I pregnant?”
Are You Pregnant?
- Observing your body’s symptoms. Pregnancy has some distinct, unique symptoms that it will use to tell you that “Yes, I am pregnant.”
- Have a pregnancy test done. There are two types of pregnancy tests:
- A urine test.
- A blood test.
You will probably want to know that you are possibly pregnant so here a few of the early signs of pregnancy.
Your Body’s Pregnancy Symptoms
In today’s modern scientifically-oriented, Western world, most people use pregnancy tests to figure out whether or not they are actually pregnant. However, it is not always been so.
Throughout history, even though man had not yet developed blood tests or urine tests to determine whether a woman’s pregnant, the woman’s body has always known if it’s pregnant. Once a woman becomes pregnant there’s a lot that her body must do to prepare itself for the pregnancy.
Some of these activities produce very definite physical symptoms that can be observed to let you know that you may be pregnant… Even before your first missed period. But, before I get into all that I would like to take a moment and briefly review what’s happening in the new mother-to-be’s body.
What’s Going on Inside Your Body
When you have sex, which should occur 13 – 15 days after the start of you previous 28 day period (Women who have 30-day periods or irregular periods will be somewhat different). That is about the time when one of your ovaries will release an egg (an ovum). When you release an egg from one of your 2 ovaries, it is called ovulation. If the timing is right and all the other things that need to happen have occurred, a sperm will most likely find the egg.
Normally, fertilization of the egg occurs somewhere between your ovary and your uterus in a structure called the fallopian tube. Each ovary (you have two; one on each side of your abdomen) has its own fallopian tube which opens into the uterus near the top on its side of the abdomen.
The sperm will enter the egg and conception has occurred.
When that happens, some things happen with the now fertilized egg (now called a zygote) which will prevent any other spermatozoa (fancy name for a sperm) from entering the egg. In the event that more than one sperm enters the egg, normally things get all messed up and the egg dies.
After fertilization, the fertilized egg (called a zygote) moves through the fallopian tube and enters the uterus.
If the timing of the fertilized egg’s arrival in the uterus is right, the lining of the uterus will be ready for its arrival. The fertilized egg, now called a blastocyst, will then attach itself to the wall of the uterus (call the endometrium) in a process known as implantation.
Implantation is a process where the zygote that has now gone through many cell divisions and has become a hollow ball of cells called a blastula. Then it turns into what is called a blastocyst that literally burrows into the wall of the uterus and attaches itself there and begins to grow into your baby.
If the blastula gets to the uterus to soon, it will not implant properly because the wall of the uterus is not ready and it will probably be sloughed off during your next period. If it arrives too late, it will be discharged along with the lining of the uterus during your next period.
Naturally, there is a lot of biochemistry that occurs during this whole process.
The various steps in the process release “status reports” that your body understands. These “status reports” tell your body what to do next if conception has occurred (i.e. you are pregnant) or, in the event no “status report” is received, your next period will be as scheduled (or “whenever” if you have irregular periods).
As you might have already guessed, timing is very important in the human reproductive process.
I talk about it in my “Can’t Get Pregnant” Series: Behavior-Caused Infertility article.” If you are having trouble getting pregnant, as a first step, I recommend that you read the different articles in the my “Can’t Get Pregnant” series of articles to learn more about the timing-related causes of infertility.
Also, WebMD.com has a slide show called “Conception Slide Show: from Egg to Embryo” that I think you might enjoy… Just click the link.
Early Pregnancy Symptoms
I need to mention that pregnancy symptoms vary from woman to woman. In fact, they can even vary between pregnancies in the same woman.
A hormone called progesterone may be a culprit in many of the early symptoms of pregnancy. The levels of progesterone gradually increase until birth of the baby. It has many extremely important functions in the proper development of your baby and making sure the pregnancy works right.
Here is a list of the most common symptoms that occur during the first month or so after conception and when you can expect to be able to see them in your body.
Soon After Sex
Studies have shown that the sperm can find and fertilize your egg in as little as 30 minutes after ejaculation. When that happens, your body will begin to change in preparation for your pregnancy.
One of the first things that happens is that the vagina’s wall begins to thicken. That process may cause the discharge of a white, milky fluid from your vagina. It indicates that you are pregnant and it may not be the man’s sperm leaking out after intercourse.
That discharge can continue to occur throughout the entire pregnancy and normally does not require treatment. This is normal for some women and can begin to occur immediately after conception. If this discharge begins to smell bad or you begin to itch or you have a burning sensation you need to tell you doctor immediately because you may have an infection. Do NOT attempt to treat it yourself.
The following day counts assume that you ovulate on day 14 of your cycle and have sex at that time.
A Day or Two after Sex
At this point, your body knows that it’s pregnant. Certain subtle changes may begin to occur in some women. Primarily these are associated with the position of the cervix as well as the consistency of the fluid (cervical mucus) associated with the cervix and the feel of the cervix itself.
Some women who have been tracking their ovulation by cervical position and consistency of the cervical mucus may be able to notice these changes. Most women will not know what is normal for them unless they are checking for and tracking their cervical-related changes.
Generally, your doctor is the one you need to rely on for these sorts of things. Ultimately, the cervix, after the first few weeks of pregnancy, will become dry and what is called a cervical plug will form. This is a defense mechanism that your body uses to protect the baby growing in your womb from external contamination.
6 – 7 Days after Sex
Probably the first symptom that you are pregnant which will occur results from the implantation of the fertilized egg (now called a blastocyst) into the wall of your uterus (the endometrium) which your body has prepared to receive the fertilized egg.
The implantation process (literally burrowing) will often cause a small amount of bleeding that you will probably find as spotting on your underpants. Sometimes there will be various degrees of cramping that you will experience because of the blastocyst’s burrowing process.
Two to Three Weeks after Sex
Starting about 2 weeks after sex, if you have conceived, you will begin to notice that your period seems to be late.
I’d like to share a word of warning here. If you are extremely stressed due to your desire to become pregnant, your mind will literally play tricks on your body and you will begin to exhibit pregnancy symptoms. This is called a “false pregnancy” or pseudocyesis. It is also sometimes called a “hysterical pregnancy.”
This condition is quite rare and occurs 1 to 6 times per 22,000 births.
According to a New York Times article that I found called “All the Signs of Pregnancy except One: a Baby”, the only ways you can tell that a false pregnancy is not real are
- You don’t hear heart tones from the fetus,
- You don’t see the fetus on ultrasound, and
- You don’t get a delivery.
Sometimes, even doctors may be fooled by pseudocyesis. I have found some reports on the internet that indicated that, very occasionally, the symptoms of a false pregnancy will even include hormonal changes and will produce a positive pregnancy test because of them.
The mother-to-be may begin become quite tired. This is because her body is changing to accommodate her new condition. Hormone levels are adjusting, cells are dividing at a rapid rate and the uterus is changing dramatically… all of which require energy… a lot of it.
Often, the fatique is caused by increased levels of a hormone called progesterone.
Abdominal Bloating and Urge to Urinate
Also, the woman may begin to feel bloated and the urge to urinate may become more frequent. This generally begins 3 to 4 weeks after sex.
Constipation may begin soon after you conceive. This is caused by changes in the level of progesterone, which increase rapidly after implantation of the blastocyst.
Her breasts will begin to change.
Nipple sensitivity will increase and the nipples may begin to swell. The “disc-like” or circular region around the nipples (the areolas) may begin to darken, swell and grow larger.
The breasts themselves may begin to swell and ache or tingle or become sensitive to touch.
Blood vessels not even noticed prior to pregnancy may become prominent as her mammary glands prepare to produce nourishment for the baby after it is born.
Morning sickness may begin to occur as early as three weeks after sex. Actually, morning sickness can occur any time of the day or night. While the exact cause of morning sickness is not known, it is thought by some authorities to be caused by hormonal changes related to pregnancy.
Overly Sensitive to Smells
In addition, about the same time as the morning sickness begins to occur, a pregnant woman may become increasingly sensitive to smells. Some of these smells will bring on varying degrees of nausea and sometimes vomiting.
After the First Month after Sex
There are also a number of other symptoms or signs that you are pregnant that may happen. Some of those are:
- Back Pain
- Mood Swings
- Dizziness & Fainting
Please, pay attention to the following warning!
Any symptoms that you experience should discussed with your physician. Some of the symptoms of pregnancy that I have listed may also be caused by other conditions that could require treatment. Also, if you notice unusual symptoms in your body, don’t just assume they are symptoms of your pregnancy. They may be warnings to you from your body that something serious is wrong.
Only your physician is qualified to make a determination as to the significance of any symptoms that you might have.
There only two types of pregnancy tests:
- A urine test.
- A blood test.
All home pregnancy kits are urine tests. The test that a doctor will order are usually blood tests. The blood tests are much more accurate and can even give a hint to the doctor if something is wrong.
Urine tests are not exact but simply indicate that you may be pregnant.
Most of the pregnancy tests, blood or urine, use the level of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin or hCG as it is usually written. hCG is produced by the placenta that begins to form after implantation of the blastocyst.
The placenta is a tube-like organ that attaches the baby to the mother. It supplies nutrients (food) and oxygen to the baby from the mother’s body. Like progesterone that I mentioned earlier, hCG is important in the early stages of pregnancy because it helps things happen when and like they are supposed to.
Home pregnancy tests actually have mixed results for different woman. While they all work because of the presence of hCG levels in your urine, there are many variables that may affect their accuracy.
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Normally, we each have 46 chromosomes which are the structures that are used to hold the genes which control how our body is made, how it looks and how it works. The chromosomes are contained in what is called the nucleus of each cell in our body. And, our bodies are made up of billions of cells. The genes that are present on the chromosomes in the nucleus of each of our cells make us the way we are.
Sadly, sometimes things are not put together correctly, don’t work right or have missing “stuff” because the blueprint of our body… i.e. out genes… contain errors.
What Is Our Genetic Blueprint?
The “blueprint of our body” is contained in the chromosomes. The blueprint itself is made up of the various genes and the relationships between the genes on those chromosomes.
If that blue print becomes “damaged” our bodies will not look right, will not work and/or will not feel right to us. One of the things that is sometimes affected by our body not being put together right is our reproductive organs, structures and processes better know as our reproductive system.
Sometimes the blueprint is so messed up that it is impossible for a woman to become pregnant due to her genetics. And, sometimes the blueprint is so messed up that it is impossible for a man to get a woman pregnant.
But, before you give up hope, you need to realize that there can be various degrees of being “messed up.”
Without getting into a deep scientific discussion let me simply say that if you or your partner’s reproductive system is just a little bit messed up, you can sometimes correct the problem using various techniques to get around whatever the problem an individual’s genetics is causing.
From the simplest perspective, there are two ways to go when the genetic problem(s) are minor and correctable.
- Modern Medicine – Some of those techniques are clearly in the bailiwick of modern, conventional medicine such as surgery to correct deformities (congenital or condition caused) or deformed or missing fallopian tubes which can be helped with various ART (Assisted Reproductive Technologies) procedures. In the right situation, they may be appropriate.I, personally, would probably never use ART (including fertility drugs) because of the increased risk of some cancers caused by fertility drugs and/or the increased risk of birth defects in the baby. There are scientific studies that have proven beyond a doubt that there is an increased chance of getting cancer from fertility drugs as well as an increased probability of having a baby with birth defects.If everything goes well, all is good. But, if it goes poorly, such as if you get ovarian cancer and die because of the fertility drugs you took… I seriously doubt that you would think it was worth the risk.Or, in my opinion even worse than getting cancer, what if, instead of having a normal, healthy baby, you or your partner gave birth to a viable (a baby that will live) but horribly deformed and/or mentally handicapped child? Could you do that to a helpless, innocent baby? I know that I couldn’t!
- Holistic and Alternative Medicine – Some of the techniques that help you get around mild genetic infertility fall into the areas normally dealt with by Holistic or Alternate Medical Approaches to various fertility problems. For the most part, these techniques are safe and effective. And, if you asked couples that have given birth to healthy, normal babies, without spending their life savings (or more), or without risking their health or the health of their child if it was worth it, there is no doubt in my mind that they would, almost without exception, shout in unison… “Yes!”How do I know?Because many of them repeat the process two, three or even more times and each time give birth to healthy, normal babies… You can’t argue with successes like that! (Click here to find out more about Holistic Cures for Infertility.)
All that said, let’s take a quick look at various topics in the Genetic Infertility subject that I suspect you might be interested in.
What Is Genetic Infertility?
The number of genes and the interactions between those genes in a human being (the human genome) is enormous. It is completely impossible for me to discuss all the different genetic problems that conceivably could happen and become responsible for infertility.
If certain genes are missing or damaged somehow, the mother or the father’s body may not function properly. When that happens, it may not be possible for the couple to be able to conceive.
Or, if they are able to conceive, it may not be possible for the baby they make to survive and be born as a healthy, normal child. If the baby is not put together properly, it may die during development or, if it lives, there may be various birth defects which could run the gamut from trivial or inconsequential thru severe and/or life threatening.
Sometimes, such as in the case of a genetic-caused disease like celiac disease, the infertility is a secondary side effect of the actual disease itself.
For instance, while celiac disease is genetic it is essentially an autoimmune affliction at the gene expression level. Autoimmune responses typically have a significant inflammatory component.
If chronic inflammation is present in a living body’s systems, the potential exists for hormonal secretions of the endocrine glands to get messed up.
A lot of the “stuff” that happens in the fertility cycles of human beings is highly dependent upon timing and levels of hormones and related biochemistry. When any of those issues are “out of synch,” a viable conception often will not occur, the pregnancy may abort or birth defects may occur.
Many genetic issues are manifested as physical problems known as “Mechanical Infertility.”
Genetic Issues Manifested As Mechanical Problems
As I just mentioned, many times genetic problems will manifest themselves as mechanical issues. And some of these mechanical problems can be successfully corrected surgically using conventional medical techniques.
The Pregnancy Miracle method can sometimes help your body function better in the reproductive arena after the surgical correction of genetically caused mechanical problems.
Also, if the mechanical problem caused by the genetics of a person is truly minor, the Pregnancy Miracle book will teach you how to help your body to operate at peak efficiency which may make it possible for your fertility cycle to work in spite of the genetic issue.
Biochemical Problems Created by Genetic Errors
Likewise, genetic errors (issues) which manifest themselves in the body’s biochemistry may or may not be correctable. Some of these issues can be dealt with using Assisted Reproductive Technology from the conventional medical world. Contact your fertility specialist to find out for sure.
Want More Information?
If the genetically caused biochemical issue is causing a substance required for the correct functioning of your fertility process to be malformed or missing, it may be appropriate to supply the missing or malformed chemical to your body by supplementation. But, you need to recognize two things if you consider using the Pregnancy Miracle approach to do this.
First, much that happens in the fertility cycle is highly timing dependent. This means that if the substance is present at the wrong time, as it probably would be in a supplementation situation, the wrong thing may happen at the wrong time and so the process you are supplementing for will “misfire” and won’t work as necessary for the fertility problem to be corrected.
Second, if there is malformed chemistry occurring in the infertile person’s body, the addition of a foreign substance that is not naturally occurring in the body may disrupt the chemical balances of the processes that are occurring naturally and effectively become a poison to that person’s body and produce grave consequences that are unpredictable and possibly very harmful.
If you feel that it is appropriate to try Pregnancy Miracle to “see if it will work” and this is your situation, I strongly recommend that you do so only with your physician’s approval and supervision.
Human Body Energy/Electrical Issues
And, finally, genetic issues may cause problems with the electrical processes in your body. When this happens, organs in your body may not work properly. Things like nerves, your brain or other organs which rely on electrical energy for their correct functioning may not work properly.
The Pregnancy Miracle method utilizes acupuncture and acupressure to deal with the body’s energy pathways and relationships. This gets into Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) approaches to malfunctions in the human body. These approaches are reputed to have been used successfully for thousands of years and Lisa Olson recommends them highly in her book.
This is a delicate and controversial area and I recommend medical approval and supervision by a medically qualified physician who is familiar with your condition and related prognosis before you use the Pregnancy Miracle method to deal with your infertility if that infertility is caused by genetic issues.
My rule of thumb for determining whether a holistic approach will work comes down to the nature of the genetic problem’s expression.
My Thoughts on Pregnancy Miracle and Genetic Issues
If there are no gross, surgically uncorrected blockages or structural malformations resulting from the genetic anomaly (error) and if all the necessary organs are present and positioned properly and the biochemistry and related hormonal/enzymatic production is okay AND all electrical activity is normal, it may be possible for a couple with genetic-based infertility to overcome their fertility-related problems using the information contained in the Pregnancy Miracle book.
If this is your situation, please seek the approval of an appropriately qualified physician and use the Pregnancy Miracle system only with that physician’s approval and medical supervision. Genetic problems express themselves in a person’s body in unobvious and highly interdependent ways. You must be extremely careful that in attempting to fix your infertility that you do not create a worse problem.
Pregnancy Miracle is safe and usually quite effective if used by a genetically normal individual who is having difficulty conceiving or carrying a baby successfully… However, someone who is suffering from genetic problems is not normal. If you have genetic issues seek competent medical advice, approval and supervision, as appropriate for your situation.
How Can Pregnancy Miracle Help You?
Are you, your partner or a friend victims of genetic infertility and meet the criteria I talked about above?
Or, have you been diagnosed as infertile for other reasons or do you Just Want to Get Pregnant FAST?
If you answered “YES” to any of those 3 questions, then you can find out what Pregnancy Miracle does and how good it really is according to my high quality, objective standards by clicking here to read our thorough, revealing Pregnancy Miracle Review article.