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Top Ten Signs of Pregnancy

Prickling, Tingling Nipples
Prickling, Tingling Nipples

Prickling, tingling nipples As pregnancy hormones increase the blood supply to your breasts, you may feel a tingling sensation around your nipples (Blackburn 2013, Murray and Hassall 2014). This can be one of the earliest symptoms of pregnancy, and is sometimes noticeable within a week or so of conception.

Spotting and Cramping
Spotting and Cramping

This can cause one of the earliest signs of pregnancy -- spotting and, sometimes, cramping. That's called implantation bleeding. It occurs anywhere from six to 12 days after the egg is fertilized. The cramps resemble menstrual cramps, so some women mistake them and the bleeding for the start of their period.

Feeling Sick
Feeling Sick

Feeling more tired than usual can be a sign of pregnancy. Some women describe it as extreme fatigue, like you've been hit with a truck. This can also be a symptom of PMS, however, and of many other conditions.

Tender and Swollen Breasts
Tender and Swollen Breasts

Swollen or tender breasts: The third most frequently cited symptom of pregnancy is changes in the breasts. These changes are usually indicated by swelling or tenderness. Changes to the breasts can start as early as 1 to 2 weeks after conception.

Fatigue
Fatigue

Pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy; however, one of the most significant pregnancy symptoms is a delayed or missed period. Understanding the signs of pregnancy is important because each symptom may have causes other than pregnancy.

Needing to wee Frequently
Needing to wee Frequently

Needing to wee frequently From about six weeks of pregnancy, you may notice that you're weeing more often (NHS 2015b, Rankin 2014). This is down to a combination of pregnancy hormones, a larger volume of blood in your system, and your kidneys working extra hard.

Darker Nipples
Darker Nipples

Like so many pregnancy symptoms, darkening of the area around your nipples happens as a result of surging pregnancy hormones and is preparing your breasts to feed baby. Some women may notice bumps (resembling goose-bumps) pop up on the perimeter of their areolas.

source: thebump.com
Food Cravings and Altered Sense of Smell
Food Cravings and Altered Sense of Smell

So food cravings are probably all in your head, a product of pregnancy hormones. Hormonal shifts during pregnancy intensify sense of smell (which heavily influences taste) and are powerful enough to affect food choices. "It's possible that women who are feeling nauseous, bloated, tired, or crabby due to the effects of pregnancy hormones look for foods to increase their comfort level," says Elisa Zied, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

source: webmd.com
Nausea
Nausea

Unfortunately, many of these signs and symptoms aren't unique to pregnancy. Some can indicate that you're getting sick or that your period is about to start. Likewise, you can be pregnant without experiencing many of these symptoms.

Tiredness and Fatigue
Tiredness and Fatigue

That said, if at any point during pregnancy your fatigue is severe and persistent, or if lasts throughout your entire pregnancy, talk to your practitioner, especially if you experience additional symptoms like weakness, extreme breathlessness or even fainting spells (which may mean you have iron-deficiency anemia, a common but treatable condition that most practitioners test for at your first visit, and again in month 7.).

Your Food Habits Will Change
Your Food Habits Will Change

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Spotting or a Little Bleeding
Spotting or a Little Bleeding

Spotting or light bleeding is probably from something minor, but it could also be a sign of a serious problem, such as an ectopic pregnancy, a miscarriage, or problems with the placenta. Your provider may want to do a thorough evaluation, which may include a physical exam, an ultrasound, and blood tests, to check how well you and your baby are doing and to rule out any complications.

Cramping
Cramping

Early pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness, fatigue and a missed period can show up a few short weeks after conception. Here are the most common first signs of pregnancy. Early pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness, fatigue and a missed period can show up a few short weeks after conception.

Missed Period
Missed Period

Pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy; however, one of the most significant pregnancy symptoms is a delayed or missed period. Understanding the signs of pregnancy is important because each symptom may have causes other than pregnancy.

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Nausea With or Without Vomiting
Nausea With or Without Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting can be one of the first signs of pregnancy and usually begins around the 6th week of pregnancy. It can occur at any time of the day, and for most women, it seems to stop after the 12th week of pregnancy.

Increased Urination
Increased Urination

Frequent urination in women is a common sign of pregnancy, especially in the first couple of weeks after conception, says Sherry A. Ross, MD, a women's health expert and author of She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women's Intimate Health.

source: thebump.com
Moodiness
Moodiness

Early Signs of Pregnancy Before a Missed Period If you’re trying to get pregnant, here are the early signs of pregnancy before a missed period to look for, including tender breasts, darkening areolas, fatigue, nausea, sensitivity to smell and bloating.

Nausea or Vomiting
Nausea or Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting can be one of the first signs of pregnancy and usually begins around the 6th week of pregnancy. It can occur at any time of the day, and for most women, it seems to stop after the 12th week of pregnancy.