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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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jesica Dec 17, 2014 06:19:41 PM ET

I had my period last month on nov 15th, and sex on the 22nd of nov, protected. and on the 9th of dec unprotected. until now, i didn't get my periods, and there is no sign of pregnancy.

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Robinson Dec 13, 2014 09:18:34 AM ET

It has been five weeks and two days since my period. i tested last week and early this week. i'm pretty sure they were negative. but, i'm having a lot of the symptoms, especially frequent urination for no reason!!!! please help. is it to early for a positive result?

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rebecca Dec 12, 2014 10:11:19 AM ET

Can i get pregnant while breastfeeding?

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rebecca Dec 12, 2014 10:10:10 AM ET

I started my period in the beginning of dec. on the 10th, i had unprotected sex. then, today the 12th, i had light pink blood when i wiped. could i be pregnant that fast and have spotting? also, my left ovary hurts a little.

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Darcy Dec 10, 2014 04:52:25 AM ET

My boyfriend and i had sex, but it was unprotected and he didn't climax inside me. today is the day that my period was supposed to come but it hasn't. help.

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Kaye Dec 9, 2014 07:49:11 PM ET

Hi all. i'm experiencing what i think are very early pregnancy symptoms: really sore tender breasts, really tired all the time, and emotional, but i've had three negative tests. today is first day of my missed period. i'm feeling like something is happening in my tummy! pregnant or pms? help!

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anonymous Dec 9, 2014 10:51:12 AM ET

Hi. i recently have been having sex regularly with my boyfriend. we've been trying for about 2-3 months, and i'm still not pregnant. do you have any advice that can help me out? thanks.

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roma Dec 9, 2014 12:49:54 AM ET

I had unprotected sex on nov 19th, 21st and 23rd. my period was due on december 7th, but on december 4th i experienced bleeding which lasted for two days. today i took a hpt and it was negative, but i'm experiencing pregnancy symptoms.

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Guest Dec 8, 2014 09:50:50 PM ET

Hey. me and my boyfriend never use protection, and i had a period (well at least i thought it was a period) in november. it was supposed to start that sunday, but it didn't. it ended up starting the next day, but it ended two days later. now it's december, and my period was supposed to start last week, but it didn't. my breast are very itchy. could i be pregnant!!??

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jade Dec 8, 2014 02:50:46 AM ET

I had sex on the 12th of october, and condom broke. then, i got my period on the 20th of october and in november. both of them were normal, but i have been feeling nauseous. could i be pregnant?

Witty Dec 9, 2014 04:09:46 PM ET

-_- no

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