At this instant moment you realize that you have an important responsibility: the healthy development of your child. There are some changes you may have to make to your lifestyle now: no more beer or alcohol on weekends, smoking must be stopped and you have to be conscientious about your diet and any medications that you are taking.
Pharmacies and many supermarkets (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.) sell pregnancy tests. Name brands such as EPT, ClearBlue Easy, etc. are very reliable. Generic brands sold at national and local pharmacies also provide accurate results.
The first problems that you will typically report during your first OB appointment will include your early pregnancy symptoms: nausea, frequency of urination, etc. Of all your pregnancy symptoms, breast tenderness could be your very first physical sign of pregnancy: your nipples or your breasts themselves are noticeably tenderer. Just turning slightly over in bed at night will be difficult without groaning. The breasts become larger and fuller: the husbands start complaining, “And I cannot even touch them!” You can no longer even be hugged!
Author note: The author always tells patients that your breasts will be your first clue to pregnancy. Your breasts become sensitive prior to your period but when you are pregnant, they just become even tenderer. Nipple tingling is a sure sign of pregnancy!
Your sense of smell will become heightened: suddenly perfumes, food smells, etc. will become noxious. One patient stated, “I can even smell my husband eating Fritos and he is all the way downstairs in the kitchen!”
Lastly, you have become very sleepy all day long: patients go to bed or fall asleep on the couch at 7:30 (so called pregnancy sleeping sickness).
Some foods and meals that sound good will just no longer seem appetizing or desirable.
As one pregnant patient said, “you know you are pregnant when you throw up one minute and then, during the very next minute you are looking for something to eat!”
The author has recently heard of this pregnancy test that was developed by Hollywood reporters, i.e., the celebrity paparazzi. Apparently they have developed the technique of detecting an unannounced pregnancy of celebrities by observing the small bump protuberance in their lower abdomen. The early pregnancy bump is best observed when these stars wear their little black dress.