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

by Olinda Rola |
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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.

Fatigue

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.

Cramping

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.

Constipation

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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Amber Jan 12, 2018 08:30:02 PM ET

So, i had a period a week and a half before i slept with my new boyfriend. 3 weeks later and i had a light period for 2 days, not the usual 5. i'm going to the toilet more and feeling a little sick at night! could this be anything?

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Guest Dec 17, 2017 09:54:13 PM ET

So, my last.cycle was nov 19th. i'm due today 12/19, but haven't started. that's not normal for me, i'm normally right on time. been tired, constipated, just noticed i have to use the bathroom more and there is white discharge, no itching. also i have this constant headache and some mild cramping. any chance i could be pregnant?

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Xiluva Dec 6, 2017 02:25:06 AM ET

I last had my period on the 26-32 october. i and my hubby, we've been trying for a baby lately. so we decided to it everyday. so i missed for november and then i started experiencing tiredness, dark yellow urine, breast tenderness, i'm starting to be sexually inactive and nausea at anytime during the day. is there any chance that i could be pregnant?

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Guest Nov 10, 2017 06:50:59 PM ET

I had intercourse with my partner (unprotected), 2-3 days after, i experienced frequent urination. what does it mean? thanks.

Guest Nov 20, 2017 05:32:53 PM ET

Watch for signs of a urinary tract infection.

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tonto Nov 10, 2017 06:58:29 AM ET

Hey, i have been ttc for three years with no luck. my last period was a month ago then, yesterday i noticed a small amount of light bleeding come out wen wiping and it reminded me that i've been urinating more then usual. can i be pregnant?

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Daisy Hively Nov 1, 2017 02:59:37 PM ET

I've been having to pee constantly and i just recently started to spot but, i shouldn't be starting for another month. but, the home test that i took was negative.

Proud mommy Nov 4, 2017 04:58:11 PM ET

Try again, it's best to wait 5 days after your missed period. if it is still coming up negative, go to the doctors and take a blood test.

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Joy Oct 27, 2017 02:41:31 PM ET

I'm very hormonal over everything and the last couple of days i've had to pee a lot. could i be pregnant?

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Guest Oct 27, 2017 09:02:49 AM ET

My period was on the 12th, now i feel hungry all the time and i feel dizziness and bad headaches. does that mean i could be pregnant? please help.

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Guest Oct 25, 2017 02:18:43 PM ET

Best way to find out is to buy first response hpt or any other and take a test preferably after your period was due as you can't answer if someone is pregnant through symptoms. it stops the worrying.

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Kelsey Sep 26, 2017 07:01:51 PM ET

I'm on nexplanon, but have haf sore nipples and have to be frequently. i'm also breaking out and my skin feels oily lately. is their a chance i can be pregnant?

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