Hey everyone, welcome to Medical Advice Channel and in this article, I will be taking you through the signs of pregnancy that you need to know. I know these will help you in your maternity exams and daily practice as a physician or a nurse.
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For your exams, you need to know that signs of pregnancy are categorized into 3. These categories include;
Knowing each of these categories and how they are present is very important for your exam because you might get a scenario that will have the signs and symptoms of pregnancy, and you’ll have to identify whether the signs are presumptive or probable.
In English, the word presumptive means unconfirmed, or speculation. You will get these signs from you history of the lady, meaning she is the only one who experiences them.
Now getting these signs does not necessarily mean she is pregnant, but raises our suspicion and will make us do further investigations to rule out pregnancy and other diseases we might suspect they don’t necessarily mean that a baby is growing in the uterus that can be attributed to other things.
For example, you can note these signs when you are just about to get your periods. these are known as PMS symptoms.
Presumptive signs of pregnancy include;
Now the word probable means it’s likely she probably is pregnant, and our index of suspicion just went a little bit higher. With probable signs, the doctor, the nurse, or whoever’s examining, the woman will be able to observe and document these signs.
Now one thing that’s going to help you remember this category is all those fancy sign terms that you have to know for your exams such as gadelle sign, Chadwick sign, and Hagar sign. So if you see one of those signs, it’s pointing to the probable category for the signs of pregnancy. These signs include;
Just as the word indicates, these signs are conclusive, absolute or definitive. We have a foetus growing in the uterus. Knowing these signs is easy because the fetus itself will be providing us with evidence of its existence. Positive signs of pregnancy include;
Visible fetal movement.
That wraps up my article on signs of pregnancy, feel free to access my free quiz to see how much you have grasped on this topic.
Also read: 7 steps on how to take a pregnancy test