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Early Signs of Pregnancy & Symptoms

Being pregnant is a wonderful and momentous time in a woman’s life. Although the early pregnancy symptoms can bring on many discomforts, the feeling of being pregnant can make these discomforts very worthwhile. Below is a list of the most common early signs of being pregnant. Some woman may show all the symptoms where most only a few. The most common symptoms are nausea and missing your period. If you have either of those symptoms your next course of action of course is a pregnancy test and making an appointed with your doctor.

Fatigue & Feeling Sleepy

Feeling more tired than normal or extreme fatigue is one of the first signs that you might be pregnant. This is especially true if other symptoms are present. This symptom can show as early as the first week of conception. Usually a nap a day will help while pregnant to maintain normal daily activities.

Tender/Swollen Breast

Tender or swollen breast are another early pregnancy symptom. Tender breasts may also be a symptom that you are about to start your menstrual cycle. However, swollen or enlarged breast are usually a sign of pregnancy. This symptom may begin as early as one to two weeks after conception.

Darkening of Areolas

Another sign of pregnancy is the darkening of the skin around your nipples. However if this is not your first pregnancy, the darkening may be left over from a previous pregnancy.

Frequent Urination

Although not usually an early sign due to the fact it usually occurs six to eight weeks after conception, frequent urination is common symptom of pregnancy. If you find yourself needing to use the restroom more often than normal, you might be pregnant.


Due to the rise of hormones that occur after conception, headaches are common in early pregnancy. However they may not occur until after the sixth week. If you are getting headaches you should consult with your doctor due to the fact that preeclampsia or toxemia can begin with headache and can be dangerous to a pregnant woman. As with being tried or fatigued, taking a nap can help with headaches brought on due to pregnancy.


As with headaches, backaches can also occur early in pregnancy. However, backaches are common throughout pregnancy. A back massage or nap can help with this symptom.

Heartburn and Indigestion

Although there can be many other reasons, hormonal changes due to pregnancy can affect the digestive system and cause heartburn. This pregnancy symptom usually starts in the first month due to the hormonal changes however it can occur through out the entire pregnancy due to the pressure the baby makes on your stomach and other organs. You should try to eat frequent but small meals throughout the day and stay in an upright position after each meal to relieve heartburn.


Another sign of pregnancy is constipation. As with heartburn, hormonal changes due to pregnancy can affect the digestive system and cause constipation. Drink plenty of water and consult with your doctor for proper exercises to help relieve this symptom.

Food Cravings and Always Feeling Hungry

One common symptom of pregnancy is having cravings for certain food that you usually do not eat often. You may also feel more hungry than normal. This can occur throughout your pregnancy.

Nausea/Morning Sickness

Another very common early sign of pregnancy is feeling nausea especially in the morning. This may occur two weeks before your normal menstrual period and usually before any other symptom. If you are having unexplainable nausea it is time to take a pregnancy test.

Missed or Delayed Menstrual Period

If you are pregnant, you should miss your next menstrual period. This is the most definite early sign of pregnancy. If you miss you period you should take a pregnancy test as soon as possible. Some women may notice spotting or light bleeding while being pregnant. This is usually a sign of implantation. This occurs when the embryo attaches to the uterine wall. You may also feel cramping when this occurs.

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