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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 and webmaster of

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Guest Apr 4, 2014 10:27:15 AM ET

I've had sore breasts for a week now and i've been feeling really tired and drained. i had a period 2 weeks ago but it lasted for 6 days and that's not normal for me. my period always lasts for 4 days tops. i've taken pregnancy tests and they've come back negative? i had sex continuously while ovulating. i've been pregnant 4 times & these are exactly the same symptoms. could i be pregnant and testing too early?

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Guest Mar 21, 2014 01:25:45 AM ET

I started my first depo shot september 6. my appointment for my second shot was november 12, but i didn't go. my last period was february 12,2014. neither of us use protection. my next period was due around the 12th or 13th, but i didn't. i'm 9 days late and have no bleeding, mild cramping, and back pain! my breasts are tender but not that tender. could i be pregnant? help!

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Guest Mar 3, 2014 07:48:31 PM ET

I've been off the depo injection for 6-7 months. i had one period in december after coming off depo, then me an my partner had sexual intercourse 5 days later i had the lightest bleed for 2-3 days with no blood loss over night? i never had a period. i'm wondering if this could be a sign of pregnancy? i have a child who is 10 years old. my friend said not all pregnancies are the same and it's very common to have a light bleed and is usually a sign of pregnancy? i'm very unsure as i didn't have one like this with my first child. could someone help me out please?

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Guest Mar 3, 2014 03:39:34 PM ET

Hey. i have been having swollen tender breasts. the bumps on my breast are more visible now and my nipples are peeling. i have back pains, stomach pains, frequent headaches everyday, i urinate a lot. i wake up hungry at all times of the night, and i'm hungry all the time. i was walking yesterday and my feet were really sore and itchy! i took a hpt about a week ago and it was negative?

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Guest Feb 26, 2014 11:57:02 AM ET

I need advice. my husband and i have been trying to conceive for a year and and a half now. i found out about 6 months ago i have pcos. they started me on medication but then i stopped taking them. well i starting them back about a month or so ago. but for the last week my nipples have been very sore. i've been short tempered and feel different. i took 2 home pregnancy tests. they both said negative. do you think it's to early or am i just getting my hopes up again?

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Guest Feb 17, 2014 08:57:53 PM ET

Hi. i need some answers. i have pcos and my doctors put me on birth control pills. i have been taking it for a few months, but i want kids so i stopped taking it for about 2 week but my period came last month on the 25th of jan. i had unprotected sex on the 16th of feb but woke up and had some light bleeding, some pink discharge, a little cramping, and still having some spotted bleeding. what does that mean? is that normal?

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Guest Jan 31, 2014 06:36:31 PM ET

What is up with these kids having unprotected sex? where are the parents?

Guest Apr 16, 2014 01:16:04 PM ET

Parent's can't always be around. it is normal for teenagers to have sex. my mom did everything within her power to talk me out of having sex young, but my brain wasn't fully developed and i did it behind my parents backs. i don't think it's fair to always blame parents, especially of teens.

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Guest Jan 30, 2014 06:02:10 PM ET

I need an answer asap, i took a plan b pill and a week later during my fertility, i had unprotected sex. we used the pull out method for 4 days out of that week and on one of those days we had sex twice. after that day i had sex twice i had a light pink discharge. it has been 4 days now after the last time i had unprotected sex and i've been feeling nauseous and having upper and side stomach aches. i need an answer!!!!

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Guest Jan 29, 2014 01:21:27 AM ET

Hi, i had my period on january 13 it stopped on the 20th. me and my boyfriend had sex on the 26th. two days later i had light-pinkish discharge. could i be pregnant? i hope i am. we've been trying but no luck yet.

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Guest Jan 28, 2014 08:36:39 PM ET

My boyfriend and i had sex about 12 days ago. during that time i was ovulating and forgot to take my birth control for 3 days during the time. i took all the pills i missed on the 4th day. i spotted dark brown for the past 4 days and today is the first day it stopped, i also feel bloated, tired and some sensitivity to smell but nothing too bad. i am supposed to get my period within the next couple days. i took a pregnancy test 3 days ago to rule that out and it came back with one definite negative and one very faint positive line. i took a digital test today and it said negative. could i be pregnant?

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