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Early Signs of Pregnancy. Are you pregnant? Here is the list of classic clues:

Tender, swollen breasts or nipples
One of the first physical changes of pregnancy is a change in the way your breasts feel. Starting as early as one to two weeks after conception your breasts may feel tender to the touch, tingly or sore. Or they may feel fuller and heavier. Your breasts start to grow and change in preparation for producing milk. The primary cause of these changes is increased production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. These changes in your breasts are often most dramatic for the first-time mom.

Other Explanations: Hormonal imbalance, a kind of abreaction to birth control pills. Finally, swollen or tender breasts can also be the result of (PMS).

Feeling exhausted can start as early as the first week after conception. This is understandable since the body is working overtime.
¸ It is pumping out hormones and producing more blood to carry nutrients to your baby.
¸ In order to accommodate this increased blood flow, your heart pumps harder and faster.
¸ High levels of progesterone - a natural central nervous system depressant - may make you sleepy.
¸ Finally, the possibility of pregnancy can bring about a range of feelings and concerns that may sap your energy and disturb sleep.

Other Explanations: You can suffer from fatigue because of any number of external factors like stress, exhaustion, depression, the common cold or flu.

Slight bleeding or cramping
Some women experience whats known as implantation bleeding, a small amount of spotting or bleeding that can begin as early as a week after fertilization. This happens when the fertilized egg first attaches to the lining of the uterus. Unlike a usual period, the blood is spottier and lighter in color and doesn't last long.
Other Explanations: What could be happening might be actual menstruation, altered menstruation or changes induced by taking the pill.

Nausea with or without vomiting
Morning sickness is one of the telltale signs of early pregnancy. Most women feel some sickness around four to eight weeks of pregnancy, but the queasiness can begin as early as two weeks after conception.
Although nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is commonly called morning sickness, it can occur at any time of the day. It seems to stem from the rapidly rising levels of estrogen produced by the placenta and the fetus. These hormones cause the stomach to empty somewhat more slowly, which could be part of the problem. Pregnant women also have a heightened sense of smell, so a variety of odors such as foods cooking, coffee, perfume or cigarette smoke can trigger nausea.

Other Explanations: stress or food poisoning.
Food aversions or cravings
The simple answer as to why this happens is the power of hormones kicking into high gear especially in the first trimester.
In fact, turning up your nose at certain foods is often the first hint that you're pregnant. Even the smell of some foods may cause a wave of nausea in early pregnancy. One study suggests that pregnant women experience a unique aversion to coffee in the early weeks of pregnancy. Meat, dairy products and spicy foods are other common objects of repulsion.
In the same way, and for the same reasons, many women will feel cravings for certain foods when they are pregnant. This can last throughout your entire pregnancy.

Other Explanations: impending menstruation, poor or imbalanced diet, stress, or depression.
Frequent urination
An enlarging uterus pushing on the bladder will result in many
pregnant women running to the bathroom more often than usual.
Other Explanations: Urinary tract infection, diabetes, increasing liquid intake, or taking excessive diuretics.

The dramatic increase in hormonal activity accompanying pregnancy, especially early in the pregnancy, sometimes produces frequent, mild headaches.

Other Explanations: Any number of ailments - caffeine withdrawal, dehydration, impending menstruation, eye strain - can be the source of frequent or chronic headaches.Constipation
Constipation is another common early indication of pregnancy. An increase in progesterone causes digestion to slow down, so food passes more slowly through the gastrointestinal tract, which can lead to constipation.

Mood swings
If you're a no-nonsense kind of woman you may be shocked by spontaneously crying over Hallmark commercials. The flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy can make you unusually emotional and weepy, prone to swings in your mood, from bliss to deep gloom.

Faintness and dizziness
It's common for pregnant women to be lightheaded or dizzy. These sensations usually occur because your blood vessels dilate and your blood pressure drops. Early in pregnancy, feeling faint may also be triggered by low blood sugar.

Are you really pregnant?
Unfortunately, these signs and symptoms aren't unique to pregnancy. Some can indicate that you're getting sick or that your period is about to start. And, conversely, you can be pregnant without ever experiencing these symptoms.
Still, if you notice any of the tip-offs on this list, make plans to take a home pregnancy test. Finally, take extra good care of yourself. You just might be taking care for two.


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