Early Pregnancy Symptoms

What exactly are early pregnancy symptoms? I happen to know many of them, if not all.  The first signs of pregnancy can vary in intensity and duration. For many, early signs of pregnancy begin within the first weeks following conception.  A  missed period may be your very first sign, but there are other signs that could help you determine if you are pregnant even earlier.

Once you are sure that you are pregnant, start planning ahead of your bundle of joy by learning about cost-saving methods such as the ones described in my How To Save For A Baby Post.  You will also find tons of useful information on my Ultimate Guide To Parenting page.

Please use this pregnancy checklist only as a guideline because many early pregnancy symptoms are similar to routine pre-menstrual discomforts.

Tender breasts

Do you feel like your breasts are heavier than usual?  If your breasts feel sore or tender, this may be your first symptoms of pregnancy.  Hormonal changes can occur as early as two weeks after conception. These changes can make your breasts sore, tender, heavy or tingly.

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Fatigue

If you feel tired or fatigued, this may signal that you are pregnant. Progesterone hormones increase during early pregnancy. Hormonal changes will cause you to feel sleepy. In addition, increased blood production, lower blood sugar, and lower blood pressure can cause energy levels to be reduced during pregnancy.

Slight bleeding or cramping

This symptom is not applicable to everyone, but a small amount of vaginal bleeding is one of the first signs of pregnancy. If you see light bleeding in your underwear, whether pink or brown spots and you suspect that you might be pregnant, it could be implantation bleeding.

Some people may mistake this for a period and assume that they are not pregnant. It’s actually the opposite. In early pregnancy when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterus lining, it may cause some spotting. Implantation bleeding is not menstruation.

The best way to tell the difference is in the duration, color, and volume. Implantation bleeding usually happens between 6 to 12 days after conception. the color of your spotting should be light and it should not last as long as your period. You may also experience cramping similar to your period.

Nausea

Morning sickness, also known as nausea whether with vomit or not is a classic symptom of pregnancy. It can happen at any time of the day or night. Some women may experience queasiness as early as 2 weeks into pregnancy. Estrogen is the main culprit in this case.

Rising levels of estrogen can reduce the rate at which stomach gets empty and cause nausea. During this period, your sense of smell will be at its highest and odors such as food,  perfume, and cigarette smoke can cause you to feel like puking in early pregnancy.   Not sure yet? See More Early Pregnancy Symptoms.

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