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Nursing Beyond the Vital Signs

Nursing is so much more than simply popping a thermometer in a patient's mouth or recording a blood pressure. In my time as a nurse, I have participated in life saving efforts when time was critical, I have held a mother's hands when her newborn baby was being prepped for surgery, and I have looked into the terrified eyes of an elderly person in pain. Nurses literally go into battle, serving in military operations all over the world. They also learn and implement the latest in medical technology. This blog is to highlight nurses and prove that they deserve respect and appreciation for all that they do.

What Are The Signs Of Pregnancy?

In the earliest weeks of pregnancy, many women are often not yet aware that they're pregnant. In addition, many pregnancy tests will not accurately detect a pregnancy until two weeks after ovulation, at the time when their period is due. However, some signs and symptoms of pregnancy are detectable even in those early days of pregnancy. Being sensitive to these changes can help you predict pregnancy before the tests have detected the rise in your hormone levels.

Nausea, Vomiting, Sensitivity to Foods and Smells

Nausea and vomiting, often referred to as morning sickness, is often one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. What many women don't realize is that morning sickness doesn't have to happen in the morning. Some women are only sick in the morning, some feel ill all day, and others only feel nauseous when exposed to certain smells and certain types of foods. If you're newly pregnant, morning sickness can seem more like the flu than pregnancy. However, you'll start to realize that it's not the flu when the symptoms persist well beyond normal.


Even while your body is rejecting certain types of foods for their smells, your may find yourself craving other types of foods. One of the clearest indications that your cravings are pregnancy-related is the way that pregnancy cravings tend to be random and unconnected to normal food preferences. The reason for the body's cravings remain a scientific mystery, although some theorize that cravings are the body's way of supplying the mother and baby with necessary nutrients.

Tender Breasts

In the early days of pregnancy, your surging hormone levels affect your body in much the same way that your period affects your body. One example of this phenomenon is the way your breasts may feel swollen or tender. You may even notice your breasts feeling heavier than they normally would.

Mood Swings

One of the other effects of rising hormone levels is a general moodiness.  Your moods may feel intense and only loosely connected to the events taking place around you. These moods may also change quickly. One minute you may feel the need to cry, the next minute you may be laughing out loud.

If your body is displaying the symptoms of pregnancy but your pregnancy tests are still coming up negative, now may be the time to stop in at an obgyn clinic such as Abortion Care. Your clinic may be able to supply you with more a sensitive pregnancy test, which can give you a more accurate reading.