The first signs of pregnancy in first-time mothers may be a cause of concern for them. More often than not, they may not be sure if they are pregnant at all. Another problem is that a woman may not have all the first pregnancy symptoms. Besides, the first signs of pregnancy are very different from what you undergo as your pregnancy week by week grows in each trimester.

The Very First Signs Of Pregnancy That Can Be Misleading

1. Periods: Missed periodis the very first sign for a woman to know whether she is pregnant or not. However, the problem here is that not every period missed is because of pregnancy. Irregularity in menstrual cycle is also observed due to stress and over-tiredness. Moreover, in some cases, periods continue albeit lightly, even after pregnancy for one or two months. This first sign of pregnancy because of their unawareness may mislead women who are pregnant for the first time.
2. Breasts: Another apparent symptom for the first sign of pregnancy is tender or swollen breasts, with tingling sensation that occur immediately after conception. However, this symptom may be the result of the side-effects of some birth control pills or PMS, the breast changes may not be taken as a definite indicator of pregnancy.

3. Morning sickness: Morning sickness is another first sign of pregnancy. Though it is called morning sickness, it may come at any time during the day. Usually, it comes for two to eight weeks after becoming pregnant. However, there may be other possible causes for the illness like food poisoning, infection etc.

4. Excess urination: It has been medically found that women immediately after conceiving urinate frequently. This is also one of the first signs of pregnancy. However, there are other causes for excessive urination as well like diuretics, urinary infection, diabetes, or even tension.

5.Fetal Heart Beat: The point here is none of the above first signs of pregnancy may be a definite indicator or proof for a woman to confirm herself about her pregnancy, more so in the case of first time pregnant women. Having said all the above, it must be mentioned here that the first confirmed proof of pregnancy comes in the form of the first fetal heart beat, that is audible to the woman during the first ten to twenty weeks [in ultrasound]. This along with the any one of the above pregnancy symtoms viz., missed period, breast changes, morning sickness, frequent urination may conclusively confirm that a woman is carrying (her baby).

The first signs of pregnancy may be a new experience for first-timers, while they may mislead or confuse others.

7 thoughts on “What Are The Beginning Signs Of Lupus

  1. Amethyst

    what are the beginning signs of skin cancer?
    my mom keeps getting these things on her arms that itch her and they bleed and then scab and she has a lot of them. she has lupus and i dunno if it’s from her lupus or if its a sign of skin cancer or not… cancer runs in my family. i’ve had 3 family members that i know of die of some kinda cancer and they were all on my mom’s side. and i’m very worried that it could be really bad.

    1. Medical Student

      Since I cannot see the “things” in person, I cannot be a 100% sure. It is very possible it is because of lupus because depending on the type of lupus, skin eruptions are often seen. I would highly recommend you take your mom to see a dermatologist to get it looked at. If the patches are asymmetrical, change in color, have irregular borders, and change in size then it is definitely serious.

      Also if there is a high rate of skin cancer in your family I would highly recommend wearing sunscreen when you are exposed to the sun. Excessive sun exposure is associated with a high incidence of skin cancer.

  2. DrasticGame

    A question about epilepsy?
    A few months ago, after 2 consecutive seizures, I was diagnosed with epilepsy (I had some tests done, such as blood tests, EEG, etc.). All tests came back clean, but based on what happened to me, they diagnosed me with epilepsy anyway.

    Recently, however, I’ve begun to notice some new symptoms, such as joint pain, a butterfly rash, severe fatigue, and more. Looking at my new symptoms (combined with the fact that I had seizures, which is sometimes seen in lupus) I was wondering if maybe I have lupus.. If I had 2 seizures, but didn’t have the other signs of lupus at the time, would they have already tested for lupus, or not?

    1. Amanda

      Did they put you on an AED (Anti-epileptic Drug)? If so, those are noted side effects. I would recommend you discuss that with a doctor. However, you might also see a rheumatologist to double check for a neurological form of SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythmatosis… not sure if it’s spelled right, but I know it’s close).

  3. Unknown

    What are the signs/ symptoms that you might have lupus and how do they test you for it? My lower back?
    has not been healing up and its been 1 year I am fixing to be refereed to a specialist and I am beginning to think it may be lupus. Lupus runs in my family in the women side. I have lost 2 relatives to lupus and I have several relatives suffering from it. What are the symptoms of lupus? Can it affect the lower back? How do they test you for it? Can a MRI detect if you have lupus or not? What about a blood test can it detect it?

  4. Mercury Pearl

    Please HELP, doc doesn’t know what’s wrong with me?
    My doctor has done many blood tests but she hasn’t found anything wrong with me, so naturally, she now thinks I have psychological problems.
    I KNOW for a fact this has nothing to do with my mental state. I am not depressed.

    Here are my symptoms:

    Extreme fatigue/weakness/exhaustion
    Mild fever (when my pain gets worse I begin to heat up)
    Weight loss
    Muscle aches (all over my body, along with joint pain)
    Mouth sores (canker sores) (recently started getting sores in my mouth and tongue, 3 so far)
    Shortness of breath (I thought my asthma had come back, but since this is a lupus sign, then that would make sense. when my pain gets really bad I feel like I can’t breathe and begin gasping for air)
    Chest pain (along with shortness of breath makes me feel like I’m about to throw up. chest/heart feels pressure.)
    Easy bruising (I’ve noticed, and it takes a very long time for my bruises to heal)
    Memory loss and loss of concentration
    Sensitive to light (and I’m also sensitive to heat)

    I’ll try to explain my symptoms in more depth…
    my muscles ache but it’s not an intense muscle pain, more like a constant dull pain in my back, my legs/knees, my shoulders, my neck.
    I get slight headaches now which is almost daily, but they aren’t intense headaches, again more like a dull pain.
    usually during the night I wake up because I first feel very nauseous, and then my chest feels tight and I begin feeling short of breath, so I start gasping for air.
    throughout the day I feel very exhausted, taking up to 2 naps a day, and it has impacted my personal life by not being able to do certain activities. If I do those physical activities, I feel extremely drained and my muscle aches become more pronounced, then I just go take a long nap, and when I wake up I never feel refreshed, sometimes I even feel worse.
    there are really two things that really scare me, one being the extreme exhaustion all day long, and the other being those terrible nights where I wake up feeling sick all over my body, nauseous, tight chest, and it makes me toss and turn, I cannot sleep when I’m in that kind of pain, I have thrown up from it and it gets very bad to where I even start to cry. I also start heating up. it almost feels like I have a case of the flu for a few hours (that’s the feeling of sickness that comes over me). so this is why I know it’s not psychological, it’s extremely painful and it wakes me up out of a dead sleep.

    Does anyone have any ideas?
    She tested me for Lupus, currently I am waiting for that test back.

    I took one before, it was slightly elevated..but now I’m waiting for the definitive test.
    Actually yes she has said Fibromyalgia might be a possibility, she even gave me a number to call. Thank you for your input.

    1. Been there!

      Your symptoms are many and can apply to many diseases/illnesses.

      What type of blood tests did the doctor have ordered? It could be the thyroid gland.

      Knowing what blood tests she/he ordered is really necessary to answer this question more completely.

      Sounds like you are not happy with your doctor. You can change doctors or get a second opinion (be sure to bring all the blood work results with you).

      Have you had any tick bites, mosquito bites, etc.?

      Wait for the results of the Lupus test. I recommend you also see an endocrinologist (specializes in the hormones of the body – and I don’t mean just testosterone, estrogen). The thyroid gland and pituitary gland are important glands that secrete hormones, just like the pancreas secretes insulin.

      So you see, not knowing what kinds of blood tests were done is hard to say what could be wrong. Be advised that we are not doctors and even if there were some answering, they couldn’t give a diagnosis just by your symptoms.

      BTW you are not crazy or imaging any of this. This is very real and needs definite medical attention. It is not psychological – so be at ease 🙂

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