10 Early Pregnancy Signs

Nov 20, 2010 5 Comments by

The only way to be positively positive that you’re pregnant – at least this early on – is to produce that positive pregnancy test. But that doesn’t mean your body is staying mum on whether you’re about to become a mom.In fact, it may be offering up plenty of conception clues. Though many women never feel any early pregnancy symptoms at all, others get lots of hints that there’s a baby in the making.

Experiencing any of these symptoms or noticing any of these signs may be just the excuse you need to run to the store for a home pregnancy test:

1. Tender breasts and nipples.  Tender, full, swollen, tingly, sensitive, and even painful-to-the-touch breasts are some of the first signs many (but not all) women notice after sperm meets egg. Such tenderness can begin as early as a few days after conception, and as your pregnancy progresses, it could get even more pronounced. Make that a lot more pronounced.

2.Darkening areolas. Not only might your breasts be tender, but your areolas (the circles around your nipples) may be changing colors. It’s perfectly normal for the areola  to darken in hue during pregnancy and even to increase in diameter somewhat in the weeks after conception.  You can thank the pregnancy hormones already surging through your body for these and other skin color changes.

3.Spotting. Some women experience spotting when the embryo implants in the uterus. Such so-called implantation bleeding will likely arrive earlier than your expected monthly flow (usually around 5 to 10 days after conception) and will probably appear light to medium pink in color (rarely red, like a period).

4. Urinary frequency.  Has the toilet become your seat of choice lately? Appearing on the pregnancy scene fairly early (usually about two to three weeks after conception) may be the need to pee with frightening frequency.

5.Fatigue. Extreme fatigue. Make that exhaustion. Complete lack of energy. Super sluggishness. Whatever you call it, it’s a drag – literally. And as your body starts cranking up that baby-making machine, it’ll only get more draining.

6.Nausea. Here’s another reason why you might want to  consider moving into the bathroom, at least until the first trimester is finished. Nausea and vomiting – aka morning sickness (if only it were limited to the morning) – can strike a newly pregnant woman fairly soon after conception, though it’s more likely to begin around week 6.

7.Smell sensitivity. Since a heightened sense of smell is one of the first changes some newly pregnant woman report, pregnancy might be in the air if your sniffer’s suddenly more sensitive – and easily offended.

8.Bloating. Feeling like a walking flotation device? That bloated feeling can creep up (and out) on you very early in a pregnancy – though it may be difficult to differentiate between a preperiod bloat and a pregnancy bloat. It’s too soon to attribute any swelling to your baby’s growth, but you can chalk it up to those hormones again.

9.Rising temperature. Basal body temperature, that is. If you’ve been tracking your first morning temperature with a special basal body temperature, you might notice that your basal body temperature rises around one degree when you conceive and continues to stay elevated throughout your pregnancy.

10.Missing period.  It might be stating the obvious, but if you’ve missed a period, you may already be suspecting pregnancy – even before a pregnancy test confirms it.


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5 Responses to “10 Early Pregnancy Signs”

  1. suea says:

    Did not mention dizzyness. That’s how I knew the first time. I don’t think the stereotypical fainting woman is totally myth, although I was slinging boxes of paper on top of a step ladder when it hit me. (Did not fall- don’t worry)

    Tender, tingly boobs was a sure sign for me the 2nd time.

  2. jean says:

    can sorness in the lower back be a earily sign of pregnancy

    • Kitty says:

      Yes. You can get extrodinary back pain, but if you have back pain before you conceive, pregnancy is supposed to all but diminish all back pain. So really back pain as being a symptom is an unreliable method of diagnosing pregnancy. to know for sure, buy a reliable pregnancy test (eg. Not the cheapest one in the shop)

  3. Amanda says:

    Well i know i may be having some spotting,its hard to know if its only spotting n not a period. Um,felt fatigue definently,lil nausea,n a bit smell sensitivity. Also sum bloating and rising temperature & small back pain. I had 2 kids already n both pregnancys were different from beginning to end. I have no idea if i am plus having “babies” on the mind. Dreams,daydreaming alot. This not knowing for certain is quite frustrating

  4. Jessica says:

    My period is due to come on in 2to3 days and I have no symptoms. Usually, my breasts are very sore, I get a huge migrane a few days before that lasts for hours no matter how many pills I take and I get pimples all over my face. To answer any questions yes I have had unprotected sex. I found out I am not that fertal and my boyfriend and I are trying to have a baby so I did a few things to try but Im not sure whats going on right now?

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