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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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Kiki Guinda Sep 17, 2014 04:32:11 PM ET

Hey, last two months i started spotting between periods, never done that before. this month too, but heavier this time, also started feeling pain/cramps in the pelvic/groin area at that time, and for about two days i had very frequent urination, but that stopped. the week before, i got pains in my left breast that went away after a few days. they come back sometimes, but only briefly. when those pains are not there, the breast does not feel painful or tender at all. the nipple does still seem to stick out a tad bit more than the other one. still have the groin pain today, but it's just there, nothing causes or exacerbates it, and it's not that painful, just its presence is somewhat alarming. i have my periods regularly starting on the 1st or 2nd. my bf and i have never had sex, nor have we touched in those areas, though sometimes we have had somewhat close proximity. we have never gotten undressed, and he has never ejaculated... but is there any way i could somehow have gotten pregnant by accident? :s the most recent times we've been together were july 14, august 15, and august 30.

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laura Sep 15, 2014 11:42:30 AM ET

I had my period last month, but normally it's heavy and lasts for 7 days. last month i only bled for 5 days and it wasn't like my normal period. i've had frequent urination, and my areola is brown. can i be pregnant??

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Mary Sep 13, 2014 03:55:09 AM ET

Ovulation can occur from 12 to 16 days before your period if you have a 21 day cycle.

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sithi Sep 10, 2014 10:43:08 PM ET

My last period was on 18 sept. i took clomid and had sex about 3 times between day 10 to 20. i started having cramps and leg pain since day 19 onwards. no period yet. is this sign of pregnancy, or sign of next period? any advice please??? i wish i'm pregnant though.

Mary Sep 13, 2014 03:51:02 AM ET

Cramps can be an early sign of pregnancy, but i don't know about the leg pain. wait 2 weeks after your missed period to test. if you are hoping to get pregnant, start taking prenatal vitamins to prepare your body.

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fatima Sep 8, 2014 05:37:52 AM ET

My period started on the 22nd of august. i'm trying to conceive. i had sex on 1 sept and onwards. my due date of period is 22 oct. now on 6 sept, my breasts became sore. that never happened before. also, frequent urination. i am worried about the reason. are these not very early signs? i think its too early.

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Karen Sep 7, 2014 10:14:39 AM ET

I have been back on depo since my youngest son was born he's almost 2. i was 2 weeks late for the shot before last and just a week late for the last one. i know it takes a while to conceive after the shot but with my 1st son i was on it for 4 years and the doctor told me it would be a while before i got pregnant but my cycle came back immediately after i was off and i was pregnant within 1 month of stopping the injections. when i was late for my shot i got a pt but it was negative. now i have been more tired than ever, having very frequent urination, and yesterday at dinner i got nauseous after i smelled something. could i be pregnant?

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sia Sep 6, 2014 11:35:36 AM ET

Hey my last period was the 8/12th of last month and it last five days. it ended on the 8/17th and now its the 6th, and my cycles is back on. it's real light and my breast are very sore. i took a test on wednesday on 9/3, and it said negative.

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Guest Sep 5, 2014 07:23:44 AM ET

My lmp was 10 weeks ago tomorrow, and i normally menstruate every 4.5-5.5 weeks. i have been super tired, nauseous, moody, etc, etc. today i had very light pink (and then light brown) spotting when i wiped. no cramping with it. i have done about 4 hpts, the last one yesterday, and all have been negative. could i be pregnant? has anyone experienced this?

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Monica Sep 4, 2014 04:17:27 AM ET

My last period was aug 4-11, and my ovulation calendar said i was fertile from the 14-17. it said i ovulate on the 18th. i had unprotected sex on the 16th. two days before ovulation, aug 21 i had pinkish blood when i wiped, but then it went away after awhile. the next day, aug 22, i wiped and it was red. i was spotting, but no pad was needed after next day. it completely went away. now it's sept 2, and i began spotting again. on sept 3, it was a little more blood than the day before but wasn't a heavy flow. my expected period isn't suppose to be until sept 4! could i be pregnant?

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Guest Aug 31, 2014 06:53:12 AM ET

I menstruated on july 4, and had sex july 31. i menstruated the following day which was august 1st, but am now worried because i feel i should have started another. also, i experienced some kind of unusual discharge after that august 1st period and the period was heavy too.

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