Early Signs Of Pregnancy: How Easy Is It To Tell?

Published: 05th July 2007
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Women can experience early signs of pregnancy right after the first week of conception. The fertilized egg takes about a week to implant itself in the uterus. Once this process of Implantation is over, it is possible to experience very early signs of pregnancy. Many women may not even experience these pregnancy symptoms.

Early Signs Of Pregnancy Vary For Every Woman

While the surest way to know if you are pregnant is a pregnancy test, the top 10 ways that you can suspect a pregnancy can be listed as:

Missing your period: Irregular menstrual cycles can be due to various reasons and illnesses. However, for a woman who usually has regular periods, a missed cycle is the surest symptoms of pregnancy.

Morning sickness: Nausea can start within the first two weeks of conception and can come anytime of the day. It is, therefore, one of the earliest signs of pregnancy even though not all women may experience it.

Food cravings:a new sense of taste may be acquired in a pregnancy. This leads to peculiar intolerances of certain food material along with special cravings for others. It may not be a sure sign of pregnancy but it can be taken as an alert combined with other symptoms.

Fatigue: Feeling exhausted without enough physical work to justify it can be due to high progesterone levels in your body. Hence, it can be seen as an early sign of pregnancy though in isolation it may just be stress.

Mood swings: Due to hormonal changes and chemical reactions, pregnancies can have psychological effects. This symptom is experienced throughout the pregnancy and is not just an early sign of pregnancy.

Cramps and spotting: spotting of a light pink or brown color may be seen during the implantation period or around the dates of the menstrual cycle. This can be caused by the egg burrowing into the endometrial lining.

Swollen abdomen and breasts: During pregnancy these areas can become tender and swollen similar to routine periods or even more so. This subsides once the body is accustomed to the hormonal changes.

Frequent Urination: After the implantation of the embryo it starts producing a hormone called "human chorionic gonadotropin" (hCG). This leads to more frequent urination and can start as early as the second week.

Darker areolas:The area around your nipples tends to get darker during the first few weeks of your pregnancy. This may however be the lingering effect of your previous pregnancy or a hormonal imbalance caused otherwise.

A Feeling: Many women may state that they had a feeling that they were pregnant. They also claim that they had a certain "glow" during the first few weeks.

Most of the early signs of pregnancy could mean various health issues if taken in isolation. However, in combinations, the signs are pretty un-mistakably of a pregnancy.

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