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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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Ana Apr 11, 2015 04:57:45 AM ET

I have to urinate like every 5 minutes, literally. i get cramps here and there, but i've always had an irregular period. so i can't depend on a missed period. i also get lower back pain a lot, and my boobs hurt on and off. could i be pregnant?

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myrrh Apr 8, 2015 05:19:45 PM ET

I have kids, and i’m dating a guy who doesn’t have any kids we has sex without a condom, and he told me that he can’t have a baby. my problem is am that i’m peeing every 5 to 10 seconds. we had sex on 4 april. am i pregnant? please help.

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nafatazi Apr 7, 2015 10:46:35 PM ET

My last period was on 14 march, and i had unprotected sex since then until now. i am having tired feelings, feeling sick on and off, lower back pain, and now i'm peeing a lot. can i be pregnant?

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duh Apr 5, 2015 05:47:19 PM ET

Ok people. asking, "could i be pregnant," after stating that you had unprotected sex is just crazy! yes, you could be preggo!!!! how many of you ended up being pregnant?

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Jossey Apr 3, 2015 12:26:43 AM ET

I had my menses on the 2nd of march, and had unprotected sex on the 20th of march. can i be pregnant?

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althea Mar 31, 2015 05:20:53 AM ET

Hi, my last period was on the 24 feb 2015, and i still haven't gotten my period for march, and it’s already the 31st. i have been getting pains in my lower back, breast tenderness, but i assumed my period was coming. when pregnant with my 1st born, i never had any symptoms. please help.

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Debbie Mar 26, 2015 06:41:58 PM ET

My last period was on the 4th of march. i never had sex all through until after my ovulation on the 22nd of march. my period was supposed to come on the 29th, but i started spotting on the 25th. could i be pregnant?

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Guest Mar 24, 2015 07:49:58 PM ET

My last period was on feb 19th. i had sex on march 14th. today is march 24th, and no period for march yet. i have been getting sick, feeling light headed, and not so good. could ii be pregnant?

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sandra Mar 23, 2015 04:39:40 AM ET

I had unprotected sex on january 4th 2015. now i'm pregnant. when would my due date be??

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bicia Mar 23, 2015 12:27:14 AM ET

Me an my boyfriend don't use condoms and we had sex 3 times. then i started my period on the 16th, and it ended on the 19th. the next day or two, i've be peeing a lot everyday about every 5 minutes, and that's never happened before. could i be pregnant?

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