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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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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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Guest Sep 20, 2014 10:11:23 PM ET

I think i've been having signs lately. i have a regular period on time every month. my fertile window started from sept 2nd, ovulation was on sept 7th, and my fertile window ended sept 8th. after that, i don't know if it's all in my head or what, but i've been using the bathroom so much it's not even funny. my breasts have been so sore it hurts bad. i also have fatigue a little nausea, headaches, acne, a backache, and everything. my period is suppose to be today sept 20th, but it hasn't come on yet. i've been having cramping and like a pulling feeling on my left side of uterus, but it comes and goes. i don't know if i'm pregnant or not, but i hope so.

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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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