Early Signs of Pregnancy

Some women know their bodies very well that when some changes happen, they seem to know that they are pregnant. Other women seem to be clueless unless they have finally missed their period which is deemed as the widely recognized early sign of pregnancy.

You must know that the early signs of pregnancy vary from one woman to another. Usually, early signs of pregnancy resemble the things that happen before and during menstruation so there is a tendency for a woman not to recognize these. The following is a list of symptoms of early pregnancy.

1. Spotting and Cramping
The cramps resemble menstrual cramps and the bleeding may be mistaken as the start of a woman’s period. The cramps and the bleeding are slight but these can also be caused by using birth control pills, infection, abrasion from sexual intercourse, or the actual start of menstruation. A few days after your conception, the fertilized egg will attach itself to the uterine wall and can bring about implantation bleeding that causes spotting and cramping. This occurs from six to twelve days after the egg is fertilized by the sperm.

2. Changes in the Breasts
This is another very early sign of pregnancy. Your body undergoes a rapid change in hormone levels once you conceive, and you will notice that after a week or two, your breasts will become swollen, sore or tingly. The area around the nipples, the areola, may also darken.

3. Fatigue
When you start to feel unusually very tired, it can be a sign of pregnancy. This occurs a week after conception. Fatigue is often related to high levels of progesterone in your system, but it can also be linked to other conditions such as low level of blood sugar, low blood pressure, and increased blood production.

4. Morning Sickness
When your body has elevated levels of estrogen, this can slow the emptying of the stomach and contribute to morning sickness or nausea. It should be clear, however, that not every woman experiences this, and “morning sickness” is actually a misnomer because the nauseous feeling can occur any time of the day.

5. Food Aversions or Cravings
When a woman becomes pregnant, she may develop either of these two. Her favorite foods may become her least favorite and vice versa.

6. Missed Period
This is the most obvious symptom of pregnancy. Missed periods often push women to get pregnancy tests, but not all missed periods are indicators of being pregnant.

7. Other Signs
Frequent urination, constipation, mood swings, mild headache, chronic back pains, dizziness and fainting are just some of the other early signs of pregnancy that some women may experience when they get pregnant.

When you are pregnant, you can have all of these symptoms or maybe just only one or two.

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