Classic Signs of Pregnancy

 Besides a missed period, early signs and symptoms of pregnancy may include:
  • Tender or swollen breasts. Early in pregnancy hormonal changes might make your breasts tender, sensitive or sore. Or your breasts might feel fuller and heavier.
  • Feeling nauseous. Morning sickness, which can strike at any time of the day or night, sometimes begins as early as three weeks after conception. While the cause of nausea during pregnancy isn't clear, pregnancy hormones likely play a role. Pregnant women might also find that smells that never bothered them before now cause nausea.
  • Rise in urination frequency. You might find yourself urinating more often than usual.
  • Fatigue. Fatigue also ranks high among early symptoms of pregnancy. During early pregnancy, levels of the hormone progesterone soar — which can make you feel sleepy.
  • Food cravings. When you're pregnant, you might find yourself refusing certain foods. Food cravings are common, too. Like most other symptoms of pregnancy, these food preferences are due to hormonal changes.

 

 

Other Signs of Pregnancy

 Sometimes symptoms of pregnancy are less obvious:

  • Implantation bleeding. Sometimes a small amount of spotting or vaginal bleeding is one of the first signs of pregnancy. Known as implantation bleeding, it happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus — about 10 to 14 days after conception. Implantation bleeding generally lasts for a short time and occurs around the time of a menstrual period. However, implantation bleeding is usually much lighter than menstrual bleeding.
  • Spotting & Cramping. Some women experience mild uterine cramping early in pregnancy. The cramps resemble menstrual cramps, so some women mistake them and the bleeding for the start of their period. The bleeding and cramps, however, are slight
  • Mood swings. The flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy can make you unusually emotional. Mood swings also are common during the first trimester.
  • Dizziness. Pregnancy causes your blood vessels to dilate and your blood pressure blood sugar levels to drop. As a result, you might find yourself feeling lightheaded or dizzy.
  • Constipation. Hormonal changes cause your digestive system to slow down, which can lead to constipation. To minimze the problem, get plenty of exercise, stay hydrated, and eat plenty foods rich in fiber.