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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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Eli Nov 23, 2014 10:40:48 AM ET

I have put on 10 pounds in one month, and have been experiencing constipation for a week. i've been grumpy for two weeks. the nausea lasted for one week. two weeks ago, i was 3 weeks late for period. i have a negative pregnancy test. i don't have hot flashes at 49. i began menses at 17, and have a very light watery discharge. i am concerned, but i do not like running to doctors.

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melissa Nov 22, 2014 04:17:51 PM ET

Hey, i am confused. i have taken two tests, and both were negative. the first day after having unprotected sex i started feeling different, and had experienced pregnancy symptoms. i need advice.

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Talisa Horton Nov 20, 2014 04:36:05 PM ET

Hello, i recently had sex and it didn't seem as if the condom broke. however, i'm having symptoms. what do i do?

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Guest Nov 20, 2014 05:23:17 AM ET

I had my period on the 18th of october, and now, my breasts are paining me. am i pregnant?

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Guest Nov 17, 2014 08:15:26 AM ET

How long should i wait before i take a pregnancy test? the only symptoms of pregnancy i have is tender boobs and i'm peeing more.

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dymond Nov 14, 2014 04:00:35 PM ET

I had unprotected sex with my husband last month, and my period had not come. i've been urinating a lot. i took two tests, both were negative, but could i be pregnant?

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cassandra Nov 10, 2014 11:44:58 AM ET

I am not sure if i am pregnant or not. i get so tired, lazy, and my tummy is bloated, constipated and growing. i haven't missed my period and there is no tenderness in my breast. please help.

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Guest Nov 5, 2014 07:32:42 PM ET

Hi. i had sex and the condom broke on saturday, october 25th, 2014. i started bleeding just like a normal period on the following monday. i took a plan b on tuesday. it was just like a normal period. it was very heavy then it got lighter and lasted for precisely 7 days, just like my regular period. could i be pregnant?

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Guest Nov 5, 2014 01:29:54 AM ET

Hello. i am 25, and i had my tubes cut 2 years ago. recently, i stopped taking bc pills after taking them for a year to control bleeding due to endometriosis. i have every pregnancy symptom i can think of (tender breasts, pressure above pelvic, hot flashes, slight nausea, and an urge to pee more often). i was wondering if anyone has ever heard of getting pregnant after being "fixed". this seems impossible, but i feel very pregnant. i am not due for af for 4 more days, so it's too early to test, and i feel silly even considering it.

Rissa Nov 11, 2014 08:56:56 PM ET

You're not as crazy as you think! my mom had her tubes tied after i was born and then 10 years later, got pregnant again with my brother! i would get a test just to make sure.

sal Nov 13, 2014 02:18:16 PM ET

It's actually very possible. a friend of mine's mother was "fixed" and her youngest child was my age at the time (this was during my senior year in high school). anyway, my point being, her mom got pregnant, so age and the fact she had her tubes tied were both things one would assume would make conception much harder. none the less, she had a beautiful healthy baby!!

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Guest Nov 4, 2014 11:33:14 AM ET

Hi. on the 25th of oct, which was the day i was ovulating, my partner and i had sex about 4 times in one night. my period is 28 days and is due tomorrow, but today i have had some spotting, which is a pinkish brownish color. is there a chance i am pregnant?

Guest Nov 5, 2014 03:04:14 PM ET

It could be implantation bleeding, or just a slow start to your period. if bleeding seems very unusual than your normal period, take a test. it's not to early to test now. i personally had bleeding off and on my first trimester with my first child.

shawna Nov 24, 2014 05:30:52 AM ET

I got my period early last month on the 28th. i got it again this month on the 22nd. is that ok?

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