Earliest Signs Of Pregnancy

| January 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Earliest Signs of Pregnancy

What are the Earliest Signs Of Pregnancy?

Your period is late, and you are dying to know, “am I pregnant?” The signs of early pregnancy can be remarkably similar to PMS symptoms, so taking a home pregnancy test is the only way to know if you’ve conceived. If it’s too early to take a pregnancy test, you will have to rely on your symptoms and what they might mean.

The very early signs of pregnancy are different for every woman. You may notice symptoms right away, before you even miss your period. Another woman may be oblivious to the signs until she realizes her period hasn’t arrived that month. In general, the signs of early pregnancy include the following:

Light Spotting and Cramping – If you have unprotected sex and you conceive, you may experience light spotting and cramping 6 to 12 days afterwards. This is implantation, and it’s a very early sign of pregnancy. During implantation, the fertilized egg imbeds itself into your uterine lining, where it is making a comfy home for itself for the next nine months. The spotting should not be bright red, and it should be similar to a light day of your period. Likewise, cramps should not be severe.

Fatigue – Extreme fatigue and tiredness is one of the signs of early pregnancy. It can strike within a week after conception. You may feel so tired that it’s hard to get anything done. This fatigue is caused by the soaring levels of the hormone progesterone, which helps support the pregnancy. Your exhaustion won’t let up until the second trimester, when your hormones begin to level out.

Tender, Swollen Breasts – Within one or two weeks after conception, you may notice that your breasts become sore, swollen and tender to touch. This is one of the very early signs of pregnancy, and it’s caused by hormonal changes. To ease your breast discomfort, you may want to invest in a maternity bra. Your breasts will continue to grow larger in the first trimester, as they prepare for breastfeeding after birth.

Morning Sickness – Nausea with or without vomiting has to be one of the universal signs of early pregnancy. Despite its name, it can occur at any time – day or night. Some women just feel queasy in the morning; others are nauseous all day long. You might be constantly throwing up. Morning sickness can be mild or severe, and it can start three weeks after you conceive. Pregnancy hormones are also to blame for this symptom.

Heightened Sense of Smell – In the early weeks of pregnancy, you may find that common smells suddenly make you nauseous. These scents can be pleasant ones (like the smell of perfume, or freshly baked cookies) or unpleasant ones (like cigarette smoke). If you notice that your sense of smell is heightened, this should be a major clue that you’re expecting.

Frequent Urination – If you always have to run to the bathroom to urinate, you may be pregnant. Frequent urination is a classic sign of early pregnancy, and it can strike six weeks after you conceive.

If you’ve missed your period, and you have noticed any of the above signs of early pregnancy, take a home pregnancy test or make an appointment with your doctor.

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Tara Bianca is a spiritual and transformational coach, facilitator and author whose inspirational mentorship empowers everyday people to transform their lives to access joy, aliveness, clarity, focus and direction.

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