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Am I Pregnant? Early Pregnancy Signs And Symptoms...

Am I Pregnant? Early Pregnancy Signs And Symptoms...

1. Missed Period. Perhaps the most obvious indicator of pregnancy is a missed period. If you've been trying (and even if you haven't) and you're period is overdue it might be time to take a pregnancy test.


2. Fatigue. One of the first but less obvious signs that you may be pregnant is exhaustion. As your body prepares itself for creating a child, your energy is often zapped. It's not uncommon for women to feel drained shortly after conception.


3. Spotting. Around 6 to 12 days after conception, implantation bleeding a.k.a. spotting may occur. Spotting affects roughly 30% of soon to be mothers following the embryo's implantation in the uterus. Implantation bleeding is typically light pink or brown in color and will be lighter than a menstrual period.


4. Changes In Breasts. Many women experience swollen, tender, and sensitive breasts as soon as a few days after conception. It some cases your breasts may even be painful to the touch. Pregnant boob symptoms commonly manifest early on in your pregnancy and become more pronounced throughout.


5. Frequent Urination. You can probably expect to be peeing more regularly. Most women notice they begin peeing a lot more often than usual at around 4-8 weeks after conception.


6. Nausea. Nausea a.k.a. morning sickness typically strikes to be mothers around week 6 of their pregnancy. Morning sickness is not limited to just mornings and can range from mild nausea to bouts of vomiting... 


7. Sensitive to Smell. You may notice that the scent of products you formerly enjoyed (foods, oils, shampoos etc.) are no longer enjoyable. Shifting hormones cause an extreme sensitivity to smells for many women during pregnancy. Do your best to avoid offensive fragrances and surround yourself with more soothing scents as needed. 


8. Bloating. Changes in hormones can yet again be held responsible for another women's tragedy... bloating. Your body may experience swelling long before it could possibly be attributed to the growth of your baby.


9. Cramping. Stomach cramps are a normal part of early pregnancy. As your body prepares itself for carrying a baby it undergoes physical changes. These changes often cause early pregnancy cramping, cramping is by no means unusual.


10. Mood Swings. Dramatic changes in mood may hint to you that you are pregnant around 6 to 10 weeks after conception. Pregnancy hormones can cause your emotions to bounce all over the map during the first trimester. Feeling extremely emotional serves as a clue to what your body may be going through.


Conclusion. Your body has more than a few ways of hinting to you that you're pregnant. With that said, some women don't receive the clues as plainly as others. Regardless, the only way you could know for sure this early on is to produce a positive pregnancy test. 


Mayo Clinic, Symptoms of pregnancy: What happens first, May 2019.

US Department of Health and Human Services, What are some common signs of pregnancy?, January 2017.

American Pregnancy Association, Pregnancy Symptoms – Early Signs of Pregnancy

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