First signs of pregnancy

November 12, 2012

First signs of pregnancy

The first signs of pregnancy vary greatly in different women and some may not experience any. However there are some fairly standard symptoms that suggest the first signs of pregnancy.

Some women believe they can feel a change in their bodies from the moment of conception. Others will begin to notice first signs of pregnancy a week in and some may not show any symptoms at all. The thing to remember is that every woman and every pregnancy differs greatly and is not necessarily predictable. Doctors and medical experts consider the primary sign of early pregnancy to be one or more consecutive missed periods. Whilst this is one of the common first signs of pregnancy, there can be a number of reasons that a woman might miss her period. Additionally some women have irregular periods throughout their life so one late or missed period may not raise any suspicions in her mind. For these women, they need to look out for further first signs of pregnancy and if there is any doubt in their mind, take a pregnancy test or visit their doctor, who will be able to confirm pregnancy or diagnose the problem.


Some of the common first signs of pregnancy include:

  • Swollen or tender breasts
  • Sore nipples
  • Fatigue and general tiredness
  • Nausea and morning sickness
  • Implantation bleeding
  • Darkening of the Areolas
  • Frequent headaches
  • Aversions to food or food cravings
  • Frequent urination
  • Mood swings

Headaches are a common symptom and one of the first signs of pregnancy. If you think your headaches may be due to pregnancy, avoid taking aspirin and replace it with an acetaminophen such as Tylenol as it is safer for the baby. Swollen or painful breast is also common and some women claim that there breast feel heavy. It is also normal for nipples to darken in color. Strange or unusual cravings are another famous sign of pregnancy and often involve sweet or salty food. Pregnant women will often create bizarre food combinations as well that other people may find unappealing. Despite its name, morning sickness does not necessarily occur in the mornings and can in fact occur at any time of the day. Certain foods and smells may make a pregnant women feel nauseas to the extent that they cant have the item anywhere in the house or workplace.

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