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Common signs of early pregnancy

Common Signs of Early Pregnancy

1. A missed period

For most women, a missed period is often the first sign they’ve entered the early stages of pregnancy. If a week or more has passed without the start of your period, especially if your cycle is regular, you may be pregnant.

2. Frequent urination

Once you conceive, the amount of blood in your body will increase. As your kidneys work to process the increased amount of liquid, you’ll experience a more frequent need to urinate.

3. Swollen or tender breasts

Early pregnancy hormones may cause increased sensitivity and soreness in breasts. This discomfort is not permanent and usually disappears a few weeks into pregnancy once your body has adjusted to being pregnant.

4. Fatigue

Progesterone levels rise once you become pregnant, which often leads to sleepiness and increased fatigue.

5. Nausea, with or without vomiting

A rise in hormone levels can cause nausea in the early stages of pregnancy. Though pregnancy nausea is often called “morning sickness,” it can occur any time of day.

6. Light spotting and cramping

Light spotting, also known as implantation bleeding, can occur when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining. This can happen about 10 to 14 days after conception, around the same time that you are supposed to have your period. Light spotting may also be accompanied by cramping, which can feel similar to menstrual cramps.

7. Bloating

Heightened hormones in the body can cause you to feel bloated, similar to how you may feel at the beginning of your period.

8. Mood swings

Once your hormone levels begin to rise, you may find yourself more emotional and subject to mood swings.

9. Constipation

The influx of progesterone experienced during pregnancy can slow down your digestive system, causing constipation.

10. Food aversions and sensitivity to smell

Sensitivity to certain smells is a common symptom for pregnant women. You may also find that your tastes have changed for certain types of food.

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