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Pregnancy Symptoms

Some women know that they are pregnant even before they miss a period. But keep in mind that the only way to know for sure if you are pregnant is to miss a period and take a pregnancy test. There are some early signs of pregnancy.

These vary from woman to woman and each of them can be signals of conditions other than pregnancy. Call today for a free pregnancy test to find out for sure. Early signs of pregnancy include, but are not limited to:

Tender Breasts/Nipples:

If you are pregnant, you will notice that your breasts and nipples become tender around three weeks after conception (when your period is about one week late). They may also feel swollen – similar to the way they feel when you expect your period.

Slight Spotting or Cramping:

If you are pregnant, light pink spotting can occur at the time of implantation – when the embryo attaches to the lining of the uterus. This happens around eight to ten days following ovulation, a bit earlier than your menstrual period is due. You can usually differentiate implantation bleeding from your menstrual period if: (A) it occurs a bit earlier than expected, (B) it is scanty, spotty, pinkish (and not red and heavy like a period), and (C) it does not follow the normal pattern of a period (light, progressing to heavy and then again to light).

Cramping can also be common in early pregnancy. Until the uterus assumes its mid-position and becomes better supported by the bony pelvis in the second trimester, it is prone to menstrual-like cramping. Contractions of the uterus occur regularly, increasing with exercise, orgasm and even simple changes in position.

Darkening Areolas:

In very early pregnancy – around the time of your expected period – you may notice that your areolas (the darker areas that ring the nipple) begin to darken and increase in diameter.

Extreme Fatigue:

If you are pregnant, a very common symptom in the first eight to ten weeks is exhaustion. When you are pregnant, your body is going through significant metabolic changes. Your entire body needs to adjust to the new process of growing a baby. For most women, the fatigue starts to go away by the 12th week of pregnancy.

Nausea and Vomiting:

If you are pregnant you may find quite early on – as early as a week after conception – that you are experiencing morning sickness. And you may also find that morning sickness is a misnomer. Nausea can occur any time – day or night.

Frequent Urination:

By the time your period is one to two weeks late, you may find that you are emptying your bladder more frequently than usual. This is because the baby growing in your uterus is putting pressure on your bladder.

Constipation:

You may notice a change in your bowels in early pregnancy. The extra hormones produced during pregnancy cause the intestines to relax and become less efficient.

Missed Period:

This may be your first sign of pregnancy, especially if you are normally regular.