Early Signs of Pregnancy

Early signs of pregnancy # 1 – Tender, swollen breasts – Your breasts may give one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. As early as 2 weeks after conception, hormonal changes may make your breasts tender, tingly or sore. Or your breasts may feel fuller and heavier.

Early signs of pregnancy # 2 – Fatigue – Fatigue also ranks high in the middle of early symptoms of pregnancy. During early pregnancy, levels of the hormone progesterone soar. In high sufficient doses, progesterone can put you to sleep. At the same time, lower blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and increased blood production may team up to sap your energy.

Early signs of pregnancy # 3 – Slight bleeding or cramping – For some women, a small amount of spotting or vaginal bleeding is one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. Known as implantation bleeding, it happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus about 10 to 14 days after fertilization. This type of bleeding is typically a bit earlier, spottier and lighter in color than a normal period and doesn’t last as long. Some women also experience abdominal cramping early in pregnancy. These cramps are similar to menstrual cramps.

Early signs of pregnancy # 4 – Nausea with or without vomiting – Morning sickness, which can strike at any time of the day or night, is one of the classic symptoms of pregnancy. For some women, the vomiting begins as early as two weeks after conception. Nausea seems to stem at least in part from rapidly rising levels of estrogen, which causes the stomach to empty more slowly. Pregnant women also have a sharp sense of smell, so various odors — like foods cooking, perfume or cigarette smoke — may cause waves of nausea in untimely pregnancy.

Early signs of pregnancy # 5 – Food aversions or cravings – When you’re pregnant, you might find yourself turning up your nose at certain foods, such as coffee or fried foods. Food cravings are common, too. Like most other symptoms of pregnancy, these food preferences can be chalked up to hormonal changes — particularly in the first trimester, when hormone changes are the most dramatic.

# 6 – Headaches – Early in pregnancy, increased blood circulation caused by hormonal changes may trigger frequent, mild headaches.

# 7 – Constipation – Constipation is another common early symptom of pregnancy. An increase in progesterone causes food to pass more slowly through the intestines — that can lead to constipation.

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