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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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Guest Jul 21, 2014 10:28:22 AM ET

My last period was the 6th of july, and it ended on the 11th. me and my partner have been having unprotected sex since the last day of my period. do you think i could be pregnant?

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confuessed17 Jul 19, 2014 10:35:37 PM ET

Hi i had my period the 2th of july, and on the 7th, i had protected sex. i know the condom didn't break whatsoever, but i've been peeing a lot lately and my tummy hurts and makes weird sounds and all. i know it's to early to tell, but do you all think could i be pregnant?

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Guest Jul 17, 2014 07:19:31 PM ET

I had my last periods on the 14th of june 2014, had unprotected sex on the 14th of july 2014. i haven't had my periods yet, and i am normally a 28 day cycle. could i be pregnant?

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Guest Jul 14, 2014 10:00:36 AM ET

My last period was on the 27th of march 2014, and i had sex around the 10th to 16th of march. when did i conceive, because my scan says i'm due on the 15 december?

GuEsT Jul 15, 2014 12:51:35 PM ET

I don't know when you conceived, but i do know you got pregnant in march. if your scan said you're due in december, it's right because your pregnant for 40 weeks. if you count it backward, you'll end up in march. congrats on the pregnancy. oh, i have a question for you? you said you had sex around the 10th-16th of march and you still had your period in march? was it light or was it a normal flow?

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Hoping and praying Jul 11, 2014 04:45:04 PM ET

I'm 12dpo and have so many pregnancy symptoms that i know aren't just in my head. i went through what i believe was implantation at 9dpo which my calendar predicted. i had no spotting just really bad cramps that could not have been af being that she was 6 days away at that time, and have never had pms symptoms that early. i've taken 5 tests so far, and all were negative. af is due in 2 days, so my fingers are crossed that she will not show up.

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Guest Jul 10, 2014 01:46:31 PM ET

I had my period on june 19th and had unprotected sex jun 27th, july 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th. i have been urinating more than often. could that be an early sign of pregnancy?

Guest Jul 13, 2014 08:38:59 PM ET

I'm the same as you, my period started on the 19th of june, and then had a similar pattern of sex as you. the calculators say that the 3rd was most fertile day. i've been feeling strange with cramps, tender boobs and started light spotting today. this could be implantation bleeding. i have done a test but it was negative. i'm convinced i'm pregnant. have you done a test ye,t or had any other signs??

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kala Jul 6, 2014 03:36:09 PM ET

My period hasn't come yet, and i've been really tired. i had a heavy period on the 30th. i have a bad cramping problem where they get sharp. what should i do? i see the doctor on the 18th.

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chikaodi Jul 5, 2014 08:24:20 AM ET

I had my period on the 7th of june, and i had unprotected sex on the 18th and 21st. my breasts are tender. could i be pregnant?

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Angel Jul 1, 2014 04:35:23 PM ET

I been having this crazy cramps in the middle of my stomach i haven't had a period since june 5th. then, today i couldn't get out the bed. that's how bad it hurts. i was throwing up everything i ate and drink last night.

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Confused Jul 1, 2014 12:41:56 AM ET

My last period was may 16. my period is a month late. i had sex around the 31st. i'm beyond tired. i'm experiencing nausea, frequent urination, gas, cramping,and headaches. i've had two negative urine pregnancy tests. i have a doctor's appointment on the 8th.

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