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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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rinkie Jan 20, 2015 09:35:39 PM ET

I had my period on the 28th of dec. i was ovulating on the 10th. i had sex on the 8th through the 10th, and now i feel uncomfortable. it is possible to be pregnant?

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bec10 Jan 19, 2015 02:01:21 AM ET

I had my last period on 19th dec 2014. i had unprotected sex on the 5th of january with my ex. i have symptoms and i have take a pregnancy test, and both showed up negative. how soon can a test check if there is hcg levels. i'm due for period today, and still nothing. i'm never late.

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yan Jan 18, 2015 06:10:41 AM ET

I had my period on jan 6, 2015 until jan 9, 2015. me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex on jan 10th, 11th and jan 15th. but, ii started taking pills as of jan 11th, until today. could i be pregnant? thank you.

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Shante Jan 16, 2015 10:00:26 PM ET

I came on my period december 31, 2014 and came off january 6, 2015. i had sex two day before my ovulation, and i had sex on my ovulation day. could i be pregnant or not? how long would i have to wait to take a pregnancy test??

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Nicky Jan 16, 2015 06:42:27 PM ET

I had my period on the 27th of dec until the 31st. my boyfriend and i had unprotected sex on the 1st of january. now, i'm feeling lower back pain, and i'm always tired. could i be pregnant?

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ronnex Jan 16, 2015 10:30:35 AM ET

Hi. i always have my period on the 6th or 7th day of the month, and have missed it for 9 days now. does this mean that i am pregnant?

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baby j Jan 15, 2015 11:41:46 PM ET

You all could be pregnant. i wish all of you ladies luck. my period is supposed to come on january 21, 2015. could i get pregnant before my period starts? i am having severe lower back pains.

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Cutie Jan 15, 2015 01:08:06 AM ET

I had my last period on dec 29th. me and my boyfriend had sex the on the 8th and 10th of jan. i have 3 symptoms of early pregnancy. can i be pregnant?

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charmaine Jan 14, 2015 01:51:27 PM ET

I have been peeing more than normal. ccan i be pregnant?

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crissy Jan 14, 2015 10:13:06 AM ET

So, i have irregular periods. in early december, my period came late. then, i had unprotected sex one day before ovulation, and came on my period two days later for 5 days. then, 6 days later, i'm bleeding somewhat heavy, but not like a period tho. could i be pregnant?

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