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Different Signs of Implantation

While I focus on developing and improving my fashion designs for pets, I do not dismiss the possibility of settling and having a family of my own in the future. I have several friends who already have their own families now. And they shared to me some of their challenges when it comes to first-time pregnancy.

There are tons of resources online about pregnancy, and almost half of them discuss the long list of dos and don’ts for pregnant women. For instance, taking alcoholic drinks and medications is prohibited for pregnant women and they may affect the development of the child. But what if you didn’t know that you are pregnant and you were able to take these things? Your child will be the one to suffer the consequences.

Most women only know that they are pregnant once they experience some signs like morning sickness, frequent urination, and of course, a positive pregnancy test result. But most of these signs normally appear when you are already several weeks into pregnancy. Fortunately, there is another effective way to give you a clue that pregnancy has already begun. And that is through observing signs of implantation. It could be easier to detect these signs if you are using implantation calculator like this one. But if you don’t, here are some of the recognizable signs which you may also notice.

1. Spotting

Also known as implantation bleeding, spotting is perhaps one of the most noticeable symptoms of implantation and it normally occurs around seven to ten days after ovulation or when a fertilized egg embeds itself in the uterine wall. The spotting is normally pinkish and not red in color and scanty unlike the regular menstruation.

2. Cramping

Implantation cramping is more like the regular cramps that some women experience before and during their period. The cramping that affects the lower abdomen can be moderate to mild, and it could last for a day or two.

3. Breast Changes

Many women also complain about breast changes such as tenderness, soreness and swelling as part of implantation symptoms. These changes can be attributed to the hormonal changes that occur rapidly after conception. Breast changes can be noticeable as early as seven days after ovulation.

4. Frequent Urination

If you find yourself visiting the bathroom more often than usual because of the urge to urinate, it could also be an early sign of pregnancy. You may experience it as early as one week after successful conception.

5. Hot flashes

Although not a very common symptom, a significant number of women reported having experienced hot flashes that could last for about an hour on the day that implantation occurs. Hormonal changes, particularly the sudden drop of estrogen level in the body, are one of the reasons why some women feel the sudden surge of heat in their body.

While early pregnancy can be detected as early as one week after conception using the abovementioned symptoms, the best way to confirm a pregnancy is still the pregnancy test. You could test for pregnancy as soon as you experience any or a combination of those symptoms.

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Side Effects of Antihistamine

Do you have any allergies? Many people have certain allergies like allergy to dust, mites, pollen and others. I don’t have any serious problem with allergies but sometimes when I am exposed to too much dust and pollution, I also suffer from nasal problems such as sneezing which could last for a day of two. But I know of some people who suffer more serious allergic reaction when they are exposed to certain allergens. And when it comes to treating allergies, the first thing that comes to mind is antihistamine.

When the body is exposed to an allergic trigger such as pollen, the body will produce a substance called histamine to fight off the allergen. As a result, a person suffers from allergic reactions ranging from itchy rashes, stuffy or runny nose and itchy eyes. Some cases of fluid in lungs are also triggered by allergens. Antihistamines block the histamines to stop the allergy symptoms. That is why most doctors recommend this form of remedy before recommending steroids and other kinds of medication.

Commercial and natural antihistamine products work well for many types of allergies including food allergies, hay fever and indoor allergies. But antihistamine alone may not be very effective in treating nasal allergies. That is why some doctors would also recommend a decongestant. There are already drugs that combine decongestant with antihistamine.

However, taking an antihistamine is not without side effects. There are different types and brands of antihistamines available and the severity of their side effects greatly varies depending on whether they are first-generation, second-generation or third-generation antihistamine. The first-generation antihistamines are some of the oldest antihistamines produced. They are generally normally cheaper than the newer generations and are widely available as over-the-counter or prescription drugs. The second and third generations, on the other hand, are the newer developed drugs. The great different between the first and newer antihistamines is that the former lacks receptor selectivity while the latter has more receptor selectivity. Receptor selectivity reduces the occurrence of side effects.

First-generation antihistamines such as Chlor-Trimeton, Travist and Benedryl are known to cause several side effects including drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble in urinating, blurry vision, impaired thinking and others. Children taking them may also experience moodiness or restlessness. Newer generation antihistamines, on the other hand, such as Clarinex, Aleegra and Zyrtec have fewer side effects, which include drowsiness, dry mouth, dry nose and headaches.

Among the side effects of antihistamines, drowsiness is one that should not be underestimated. Drowsiness can impair coordination, judgment, concentration and reaction time, just like alcohol consumption. That is why it is important not to fight off drowsiness but instead, just let it pass. So if you are taking an antihistamine which is known to cause drowsiness, it is recommended to take your medication before bedtime and not during the day when you have to drive or go out to work. Additionally, if you are pregnant or are suffering from medical conditions like heart disease, an enlarged prostate, high blood pressure, thyroid problem, liver disease, glaucoma or bladder problems, you should first inform your doctor about your condition to avoid even more serious complications.

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