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Very Early Signs Of Pregnancy - Do You Know The 10 Pregnancy Signs?

by Olinda Rola

Very early signs of pregnancy - are there 10 pregnancy signs? Yes, there are signs that indicate very early that you are pregnant. Some women will experience one or two of them, others will have several of the very early signs of pregnancy.

Once you have conceived, it will take about a week for the fertilized egg to implant in the uterus. As implantation happens, it is now possible to experience one or more of the 10 pregnancy signs and begin to know you are pregnant. Around this time, hormone levels begin to change, and the body reacts to these new hormone levels.

Here are 10 pregnancy signs:

Light Spotting

If you have conceived, spotting can happen when implantation occurs before your menstrual period should begin. Pregnancy bleeding from implantation is pinkish or brownish and not heavy. A normal menstrual flow should begin light, become heavy, then taper off again before ending.

More Frequent Urination

Urinating more often is one of the very early signs of pregnancy. Many women experience more frequent urination even before a missed period, usually from about 7-12 days after the temperature rise at ovulation. The changes in hormone levels produced by implantation of the embryo, especially the hormone "human chorionic gonadotropin" (hCG), cause more frequent urination.

Elevated Basal Body Temperature

It is normal to have an increase in basal body temperature at ovulation. Your basal body temperature staying elevated after ovulation is completed and remaining elevated through when your period should begin can be one of the very early signs of pregnancy.

Missing a Menstrual Period

A missed period is one of the obvious 10 pregnancy signs. However, you can miss a period for other reasons including illness, stress, hormone imbalance and reactions to foods or medications. If your menstrual cycle normally occurs very regularly, missing a period can be a sign.


Lack of energy as one of the very early signs of pregnancy may be hard to distinguish from other kinds of exhaustion. Feeling tired is related to the change in hormones in the body, which usually disappears as the body adjusts to the new hormone levels.


The uterus can contract often and regularly. Moving around, exercise and orgasm all can trigger uterine cramping in early pregnancy.

Morning Sickness - Nausea

Morning sickness is the name given to feeling nauseated when pregnant. Of the 10 pregnancy signs, only about half of pregnant women experience nasea, and feeling nauseated can happen any time of the day or night.

Tender Nipples and Breasts

One of the very early signs of pregnancy is a feeling of tenderness in the breasts and nipples. The good news is that these feelings of tenderness go away as the body becomes accustomed to the new hormone levels.

Darker Areolas

The area around the nipples becomes darker as early as one week after conception. The bumps on the areolas may look more prominent.


You may notice a change in your bowels in early pregnancy. The intestines may relax and function less due to changing hormones and be one of the 10 pregnancy signs.

Once the very early signs of pregnancy are experienced, confirm pregnancy by using one of the better home pregnancy tests. There are major differences in the reliability of the home tests for pregnancy. A blood pregnancy test can be accurate as early as 8 to 10 days after conception, and a urine pregnancy test can be accurate as early as 10 to 14 days following conception. Pregnancy tests are not 100% accurate. If you feel you are pregnant but your pregnancy test result is negative, do the test again in a week or so and see your physician.

Remember to take good care of yourself and your body even before you become pregnant. Give up smoking and alcohol, eat healthy and begin exercising. Those first few weeks and your health are vitally important to help support healthy development of your new baby. Becoming pregnant and enjoying a successful pregnancy is a complex but wonderful experience. Besides knowing the 10 pregnancy signs, learn as much as you can about fertility, pregnancy and your health so your new baby will have the very best beginning to life that is possible.

Reprinted with permission, Copyright 2005 InfoSearch Publishing. Olinda Rola is President of InfoSearch Publishing.

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Brittany Aug 26, 2014 04:18:02 PM ET

I had my mirena removed on july 31. i have not had my period yet, but did have unprotected sex with my husband on august 14th and 18th. when should i take a pregnancy test, and is it even possible to get pregnant this soon after having mirena out? i have been peeing like crazy and my breasts are tender. thanks in advance!

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Guest Aug 18, 2014 02:46:53 AM ET

Hi. i had my period this week. but it was nothing like a period. i don't even have to ware a pad at all. but i always bleed for 5 days. but, i only bleed for 3 days, and today i have had frequent urination about every 15 min. could i be pregnant?

Angeline Aug 24, 2014 03:22:06 AM ET

I think so, because i've been doing the same.

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Guest Aug 17, 2014 02:25:41 PM ET

I had my last period on 7/24. i was on the pill prior but then tried nuvaring. that wasn't working out, so i switched back to the pill less than a week later. unfortunately, i was late taking some & missed quite a few even prior to ovulating(around 8/2-8/5). had protected sex twice on 8/3. had spotting/bleeding on 8/11-8/13, way to early to be my period(expected on 8/23). since i have gotten pregnant several times while on more than 1 bc, how likely is it i could be pregnant? i've been nauseous, extremely tired, breast are fuller and tender, and certain smells now bother me.

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Guest Aug 13, 2014 01:19:33 AM ET

I had sex on the days that my ovulation calendar says, and i've had more urinating than usual, sore breasts. i crave chicken and yellow fried peppers! nausea is random. could i be pregnant?

Guest1 Aug 26, 2014 12:25:13 AM ET

You could be pregnant. those are early signs of pregnancy. good luck!

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jennifer18 Aug 11, 2014 12:57:04 PM ET

Hey guys. i last had my period on june 14th and it ended on the 21st. i had sex the same day it finished. i have cramps on and off, urinate more, and have sore nipples lately, and still haven't had my period. could i be pregnant?

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Jessica Aug 11, 2014 03:01:36 AM ET

My last period was july 9-13. my bf and i had unprotected sex the 14th. he just got back yesterday from working out of of town, and again we had unprotected sex the 7th and the 9th. i haven't gotten my period. could i be pregnant?

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Guest Aug 8, 2014 01:20:19 PM ET

Af is always on time with my 28 day cycle, but in the month of july i had 2 periods. one was july 3-july 8. the second from july 27- 30. i had unprotected sex the 31st, and august 1st. it's barely been a week. can i get pregnant or just when i'm ovulating?

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Guest Aug 3, 2014 08:36:04 PM ET

I had sex the 25th of july, and i got my period in july 30th. it's been heavy, and then not so heavy. i have hardly been able to eat because the smell of certain foods make me sick, and i use the bathroom a lot lately. my stomach hurts and been having cramps. could i be pregnant or not?

Amandag1001 Aug 11, 2014 11:31:43 AM ET

Hormones during your period can also be similar to hormones as if you were pregnant. some women have severe nausea even during their periods so it almost makes them think they might be pregnant. i would say if your period came 5 days after having sex, you're probably not pregnant. however, if you are ovulating 5 days before and you had sex i guess its possible. but typically ovulation is about two weeks before your period.

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Guest Jul 30, 2014 09:39:20 PM ET

My period was on june 30-july 4th, and my boyfriend and i had unprotected sex on july 7th, 9th, 10th, 13th, and 18th. my ovulation date based on my icalendar was due july 14th. my period was due july 29th, but is now two days late. i've been having cramps, peeing a lot, and my areolas look darker than normal. could i be pregnant? should i wait until friday after i've missed my period for the entire 5 days to test for bfp?

Guest Aug 25, 2014 12:07:48 PM ET

I would test now. you had sex the week of fertility, especially the day before ovulation. pregnancy is possible.

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Guest Jul 25, 2014 06:50:30 PM ET

I had a period on the 19th of june and haven't had one since. i have taken 22 tests, all negative. i have all the signs of pregnancy. am i pregnant?

Amandag1001 Aug 11, 2014 11:34:44 AM ET

You could be having similar signs as if you are pregnant a lot of times it happens to me, even when i'm on my period. sometimes i get really bad nausea, certain smells make me sick, and i pee a lot. it's all normal during your period for some people. 3 days is not too big of a deal. i would wait another day or two and then see if it starts when that happens. have you started yet?

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