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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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Raphaelle Oct 22, 2014 01:47:27 AM ET

Good day. i just need to clarify my situation right now. ok, so here it goes. last oct 11, 2014 i had an unprotected sex (pull out method) 3 times, that day was "supposed-to-be" my 2nd day period, meaning that i had sex on my expected period. today, oct 22, 2014, 11 days after sex, i still haven't gotten my period, but have no spotting, no sore breast, no cramping and other signs of pregnancy. my cycle, per my period tracker, is 35 days on average, i didn't get my period last august either, and i also had sex on july 27 (after my last period for july). i had a period on sept 4 to sept 7, which was a 44 days cycle from july 26. would you know what am i experiencing right now? i haven't tried a hpt yet. it might be too early for it i think. i have always experience long menstrual cycles, even before i had sex.

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Kim Oct 14, 2014 11:10:06 PM ET

Question. i recently had a miscarriage. however, the past few weeks i have noticed what appears to be a baby bump. i have been extremely tired, dizzy, light headed, nauseous, and my stomach feels heavy at times. i have not missed a period, and tests come out negative. am i pregnant, or have wild imagination?

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rikki Oct 14, 2014 09:30:08 AM ET

I'm 10 days late today, 10-14-2014. i started spotting early this morning. it's a light pinkish color. i was supposed to start my period on 10-4-2014 and i didn't. i've been having cramps on my lower left abdomen and lower back pain, very tender nipples that hurt to touch, acne, but three negative pregnancy tests. please help!

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Anonymous Oct 13, 2014 12:47:46 AM ET

I had sex 6 days before my period. i started spotting the day of my expected period. it was just spotty that day. the next day, it was a little more. the 3rd day of this, i finished. by the 4th day the spotting came back. this is not like my regular period. is there a possibility i may be pregnant?

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Anna Oct 7, 2014 08:54:17 PM ET

I been getting sick. i threw up yesterday and today. i have been peeing constantly, about every 30 minutes. is there possible of being pregnant again?

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Guest Oct 3, 2014 11:20:33 AM ET

I'm trying to conceive, and i'm 3 days late on my period. what are my chances of being pregnant? my last period was on 9-1-14.

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Guest Oct 3, 2014 01:35:11 AM ET

My period came on time. but, it was spotty. then i had it "spotting" for 3 weeks. i had my period like this with my son. i just don't know if i could be pregnant. i've been way emotional like pms mood swings, but for 3 weeks. no other changes except that weird period for 3 weeks. it stopped yesterday pretty quick, but it was bright red, then spotting, then darker. i'm just curious. i have no idea.

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Britt Sep 23, 2014 09:43:56 AM ET

My period came on sept 4th. i only stayed on it for two days, then on the 7th i started spotting light pink with one drop of blood only for an hour. now i've been so tired, peeing a lot and dizzy some days. i have cravings, and my breasts hurt. am i pregnant?

Guest Sep 29, 2014 10:00:13 PM ET

You can take a test.

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kimberly Sep 22, 2014 10:06:09 PM ET

I have being going to the bathroom regularly, especially at night. my breasts and nipples get tender. i am kind of concerned of what is happening to me. my last period was on the 3rd of sept, so i shouldn't being expecting it.

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Karls Sep 21, 2014 02:25:30 AM ET

My cycle is 28 days, which came & the flow was also normal in july between the 24th and 28th. but, in august it came late and it was very dark between the 25th and 29th. just two weeks later it came again between the 9th and 12th of sept. it was not heavy, but was very dark the first three days, and the last two days it was clean. now i feel nauseated while on bed or sometimes while eating. my tommy is slightly bigger. what could be wrong.

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