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Early Signs Of Pregnancy During The First 2 Weeks

Early Signs Of Pregnancy During The First 2 Weeks

Whether or not you have planned to get pregnant, you will want to know early on. No two women are the same when it comes to early symptoms, but it is possible to experience early signs of pregnancy within the first two weeks.

This list is laid out in no particular order, and bear in mind that you don’t need to tick all the boxes. If you are experiencing just a few of these, then you would be right to go and get a pregnancy test. Then you’ll know for sure if you should have that glass of wine later on with the girls.

1. Changes In Energy Levels

As the body prepares for the growth of the embryo, you will experience a decrease in energy levels and will feel more tired than usual. You will probably find yourself heading off to bed much earlier at night, or even taking a nap during the day.

This will all change in time. A few weeks from now and you will have your energy back again just as before.

In pregnancy, there is a remarkable increase in progesterone, estrogen, and hCG. These hormones will dictate how you will be feeling at this time and over the next few months.

2. A Metallic Taste

One of the early signs of pregnancy within the first two weeks is a distinct metallic taste. Coupled with that, foods may taste different and you might find yourself preferring to eat things you normally wouldn’t.

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3. Spotting and Cramping

Spotting of blood and cramping can often be observed around the time that your period is due. Some women mistake it for a light period.

It is thought the spotting and cramping is a result of the embryo settling into the womb. It is nothing to worry about, but can be an early sign of pregnancy.

4. Tender Breasts

Many women will feel tingling and tenderness in their breasts very early on.You may also notice that your breasts have increased in size and your bra doesn’t fit as well as before. The area around the nipple, the areola, may become darker in colour and the breasts may develop marked blue veins.

5. Nausea

Nausea can come about very early on for some women. It can actually be the first tell-tale sign for many. Certain foods may bring about nausea, like spicy food, fried food, or foods with a lot of herbs in them.

Sometimes this can lead to morning sickness, but it is usually a few weeks down the line before that becomes a problem.

6. Missed Period

The most obvious sign that there is a possibility of pregnancy is a missed period. That isn’t always the case however, and some women do continue to have bleeding throughout their pregnancy. This is not a proper period, but can be confused for one.

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7. Heightened Sense of Smell

This is common early on and is not usually a good thing, as it can spark nausea. Unfortunately, there is very little you can do about it, except to stay from those aromas you have identified as offensive.

8. Bowel Changes

Around that time that you are expecting your period, you may notice that you are having problems with constipation. This is a common problem throughout pregnancy, but is also evident from the early weeks.

Drink plenty of water and eat high fibre foods to help with this. If you get no relief, then speak to your doctor.

9. Mood Changes

The increase of hormones plays a big role in the mood swings we experience in pregnancy. This can start right off the bat with periods of tearfulness followed by bouts of joy and excitement.

Don’t worry about this — it’s just those pesky hormones again.

10. Dizzyness or Fainting

Skipping meals is not a good idea during pregnancy, but early on, before we know we’re pregnant, this can result in dizzy spells or even fainting.

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Eat frequently to keep your blood sugar supply in check and never skip meals if you think you might be pregnant.

11. Appetite Changes

Some women find that they need much more food from very early on, while others are turned off by many foods. Either way, it’s fair to say that you may experience changes in your appetite.

Try to eat a balanced diet and don’t worry too much at this stage.

12. Changes in Your Vagina

Who would have thought your vagina would be the number one tell-tale sign that you might be early on in pregnancy?

The vagina and vulva change from a pink shade to a darker purple very early on in the pregnancy before a lot of the other signs we’ve already mentioned.

13. Weight Loss

At last, a sign worth celebrating. It is not unusual for women to loose a few pounds in the first few weeks of pregnancy.

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14. Frequent Urination

You may be using the toilet more often these days or even getting up in the middle of the night to go. This was the first tell-tale sign for me when I was pregnant.

So, as you can see, there are several clues to help you come up with a good guess as to whether or not you might be pregnant. But remember, everyone is different and every pregnancy is different, so it can be hard to tell despite all these pointers.

If you think there may be a chance you’re pregnant, now’s the time to go out and grab a test and see if your guess is right. You can get an accurate result from a home pregnancy test four days before your period is due or seven days after you had unprotected sex.

I hope you get the result you are hoping for, whatever that may be!

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Published on December 14, 2018

14 Helpful Tips for Single Parents: How to Stay Sane While Doing it All

14 Helpful Tips for Single Parents: How to Stay Sane While Doing it All

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 27% of children under the age of 18 are living with a single parent.[1] That’s over 1/4th of the U.S. population.There is a common misconception that children who grow up in single parent homes are not as successful as children living in two-parent homes.

One crucial detail that was often left out of studies when comparing single and two-parent homes was the stability of the household. There is a correlation between family structure and family stability, but this study shows that children who grow up in stable single-parent homes do as well as those in married households in terms of academic abilities and behavior.

But providing stability is easier said than done. With only one adult to act as a parent, some tasks are inherently more challenging. However, there are a few helpful things you can do to make the parenting journey a little easier for yourself and stay sane while doing it.

1. Don’t Neglect Self-Care

Before anything else can be done, you must be caring for your own needs adequately. Only when you are feeling well-rested and healthy can you be at your best for your children.

Many parents tend to put their kids’ needs first and their owns last, but that will result in a never-ending cycle of exhaustion and feelings of inadequacy. Make time to eat regularly and healthfully, get plenty of rest, and squeeze in exercise whenever you can. Even a short walk around the neighborhood will help your body get much-needed movement and fresh air.

Your children depend on you, and it’s up to you to make sure that you are well-equipped and ready to take on that responsibility.

2. Join Forces with Other Single Parents

At times, it may seem like you’re the only person who knows what it’s like to be a single parent. However, the statistics say that there are many others who know exactly what you’re going through.

Find single parents locally, through your kid’s school, extracurricular activities, or even an app. There are also numerous online communities that can offer support and advice, through Facebook or sites like Single Mom Nation.

Although single moms make up the majority of single parents, there are more than 2.6 million single dads in the U.S. A great way to connect is through Meetup. Other single parents will more than happy to arrange babysitting swaps, playdates, and carpools.

Join forces in order to form mutually beneficial relationships.

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3. Build a Community

In addition to finding support with other single parents, also build a community comprised of families of all different types. Rather than focus solely on the single parent aspect of your identity, look for parents and kids who share other things in common.

Join a playgroup, get plugged in at a church, or get to know the parents of the kids involved in the same extracurricular activities. Having a community of a variety of people and families will bring diversity and excitement into your and your kids’ lives.

4. Accept Help

Don’t try to be a superhero and do it all yourself. There are probably people in your life who care about you and your kids and want to help you. Let them know what types of things would be most appreciated, whether it’s bringing meals once a week, helping with rides to school, or giving you time to yourself.

There is no shame in asking for help and accepting assistance from loved ones. You will not be perceived as weak or incompetent. You are being a good parent by being resourceful and allowing others to give you a much-needed break.

5. Get Creative with Childcare

Raising a child on a single income is a challenge, with the high cost of daycares, nannies, and other conventional childcare services. More affordable options are possible if you go a less traditional route.

If you have space and live in a college town, offer a college student housing in exchange for regular childcare. Or swap kids with other single parents so that your kids have friends to play with while the parents get time to themselves.

When I was younger, my parents had a group of five family friends, and all of the children would rotate to a different house each day of the week, during the summer months. The kids would have a great time playing with each other, and the parents’ job becomes a lot easier. That’s what you would call a win-win situation.

6. Plan Ahead for Emergencies

As a single parent, a backup plan or two is a must in emergency situations. Make a list of people you know you can call in a moment’s notice. There will be times in which you need help, and it’s important to know ahead of time who you can rely on.

Look into whether or not your area offers emergency babysitting services or a drop-in daycare. Knowing who will be able to care for your child in the event of an emergency can relieve one potential source of anxiety in stressful situations.

7. Create a Routine

Routines are crucial for young children because knowing what to expect gives them a semblance of control. This is even more important when in a single parent home.

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If the child travels between homes or has multiple caretakers, life can seem extremely chaotic and unpredictable. Establish a routine and schedule for your child as much as possible. This can include bedtime, before/after school, chores, meal times, and even a weekend routine.

Having a routine does not mean things cannot change. It is merely a default schedule to fall back on when no additional events or activities are going on. When your children know what to expect, they will be less resistant because they know what to expect, and days will run much more smoothly.

8. Be Consistent with Rules and Discipline

If your child has multiple caretakers, such as another parent, grandparent, or babysitter, communicate clearly on how discipline will be handled. Talk to your ex, if you are sharing custody, as well as any other caretakers about the rules and the agreed-upon approach to discipline.

When a child realizes that certain rules can be bent with certain people, he/she will use it to their advantage, causing additional issues with limits, behavior, and discipline down the road.

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9. Stay Positive

Everyone has heard the saying, “Mind over matter.” But there really is so much power behind your mentality. It can change your perspective and make a difficult situation so much better.

Your kids will be able to detect even the smallest shift in your attitude. When the responsibilities of motherhood are overwhelming, stay focused on the positive things in your life, such as your friends and family. This will produce a much more stable home environment.

Maintain your sense of humor and don’t be afraid to be silly. Look towards the future and the great things that are still to come for you and your family. Rediscover and redefine your family values.

10. Move Past the Guilt

In a single parent home, it is impossible to act as both parents, regardless of how hard you try. Let go of the things that you cannot do as a single parent, and instead, think of the great things you ARE able to provide for your children.

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Leave behind the notion that life would be easier or better with two parents. This is simply not true. There is a multitude of pros and cons to all family dynamics, and the one you are providing for your kids now is the one that they need.

Don’t get bogged down by guilt or regret. Take control of your life and be the best parent you can by being present and engaged with them on a daily basis.

11. Answer Questions Honestly

Your kids may have questions about why their home situation is different from many of their friends. When asked, don’t sugarcoat the situation or give them an answer that is not accurate.

Depending on their age, take this opportunity to explain the truth of what happened and how the current circumstances came about. Not all families have two parents, whether that is due to divorce, death, or whatever else life brings.

Don’t give more detail than necessary or talk badly about the other parent. But strive to be truthful and honest. Your children will benefit more from your candor than a made-up story.

12. Treat Kids Like Kids

In the absence of a partner, it can be tempting to rely on your children for comfort, companionship, or sympathy. But your kids are not equipped to play this role for you.

There are many details within an adult relationship that children are not able to understand or process, and it will only cause confusion and resentment.

Do not take out your anger on your kids. Separate your emotional needs from your role as a mother. If you find yourself depending on your kids too much, look for adult friends or family members that you can talk to about your issues.

13. Find Role Models

Find positive role models of the opposite sex for your child. It’s crucial that your child does not form negative associations with an entire gender of people.

Find close friends or family members that would be willing to spend one-on-one time with your kids. Encourage them to form meaningful relationships with people that you trust and that they can look up to.

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Role models can make a huge difference in the path that a child decides to take, so be intentional about the ones that you put in your kids’ lives.

14. Be Affectionate and Give Praise

Your children need your affection and praise on a daily basis. Engage with your kids as often as possible by playing with them, going on outings, and encouraging open dialogue.

Affirm them in the things that they are doing well, no matter how small. Praise their efforts, rather than their achievements. This will inspire them to continue to put forth hard work and not give up when success is not achieved.

Rather than spending money on gifts, spend time and effort in making lasting memories.

Final Thoughts

Being a single parent is a challenging responsibility to take on. Without the help of a partner to fall back on, single parents have a lot more to take on.

However, studies show that growing up in a single parent home does not have a negative effect on achievement in school. As long as the family is a stable and safe environment, kids are able to excel and do well in life.

Use these tips in order to be a reliable and capable parent for your kids, while maintaining your own well-being and sanity.

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