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Very Early Signs Of Pregnancy - Do You Know The 10 Pregnancy Signs?

Olinda Rola


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.


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.


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.


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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Mary_q1 Mar 7, 2019 11:38:16 AM ET

My partner and I have been trying to conceive for a little over 2 years now. I have recently stopped a 6 month treatment of clomid with no success of conceiving. This is the first month with no fertility treatment and the whole counting my days and working out when ovulation is has completely gone out of the window and I haven’t thought or stressed about any of it. Today, I am on day 24 of my cycle and have noticed very light pink blood (only enough to wipe away - TMI apologies!) I’ve never experienced this as early as day 24. My cycles are usually between 28-32 days. I’ve also been peeing constantly in the night, and have had clear, runny, odorless discharge for the last day and a half. Could it possible be very early signs of pregnancy? Thanks

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Guest Oct 21, 2018 05:00:06 PM ET

I have had my period but, I am not too sure if it was spotting or my period. I had heavy flow but, I am still worried because I have still been having slight cramps, a few days after my period. Is that just the aftermath of my period or is it because I might be pregnant?

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K Jun 24, 2018 08:25:52 AM ET

I had my period a week back but before then I noticed this frequent urge to pee immediately after sex, what do you think it means?

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thandie May 24, 2018 09:14:13 AM ET

I have the signs of pregnancy butt, the urine test still shows negative .

Guest Jul 24, 2018 09:25:14 AM ET

Have you checked for uti or hormone imbalance?

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christine May 5, 2018 09:28:21 AM ET

Had mymectomy and haven't conceived.

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Guest Apr 28, 2018 04:10:37 AM ET

Can u have a withdrawal period and still pregnant

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jane Apr 26, 2018 10:27:59 AM ET

I had intercourse with a guy and two hours later I started having cramps that have gone for more than a week now. Am i pp?

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Kelly P Apr 21, 2018 06:24:06 AM ET

I've been on the repo for about 4 years now but, missed my shot on March 22. I have been having unprotected sex but, I took a few tests, all said negative. My nipples are tender and my breast feel larger. Could I be pregnant?

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Blessed Mar 13, 2018 08:18:22 PM ET

I had unprotected sex then took posting 2 on the third day two weeks after I had my period came in due time but was very light. It's about a month now. I've been tested malaria positive. Could it be that I'm pregnant? Please help me.

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Hannah Feb 19, 2018 10:12:17 PM ET

So, I have irregular periods. I have not had a period since January 5. I tested last week but it was negative and I'm keeping in mind that due to my irregular periods I don't know when I ovulate or will get my period. Yesterday and the day before I had some light pink spotting when I wiped and some light cramping but not barely as bad as with my AF. The spotting has stopped. Could this be implantation bleeding or just some spotting?

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