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10 Early Signs Of Pregnancy
Some of us have the wrong notion that a missed period and morning sickness would be the only way to predict a pregnancy. However, the truth is that there are more than a few subtle signs that can indicate whether you are pregnant or not from the second week onwards. Here is a list of the top 10 signs you can expect to experience early on in your pregnancy.
Various Early Signs Of Pregnancy
Change In Breasts
Pregnancy would stimulate the production of excess hormones in the body which would in turn increase the blood flow to the breasts. This would cause the latter to become tender and sore at the same time.
In addition to becoming tender, your breasts would start appearing slightly bluish in color. This would be due to the presence of bluish veins beneath the skin surface that would become more visible as the pregnancy progresses.
The area under the nipples would also start changing color during this period. Accordingly, your nipples would become darker than usual and the area around the same would become hard. Your nipples may also feel prickly or tingly due to the hormone surge during pregnancy. And this would start off from the first week itself.
Implantation Spotting And Cramps
If you notice a light brown or pink colored discharge in your undergarments, especially a few days before or after your regular monthly cycles, chances are you may be pregnant. The spotting occurs when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall. This is usually followed by slight abdominal cramps and can be taken as an early sign of pregnancy.
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At about the time you get pregnant, you would start experiencing an urge to visit the bathroom frequently. This urge to pass urine frequently would be due to the increase in blood flow throughout the body, presence of pregnancy hormones or the extra work put in by the kidneys.
The release of excess hormones in the body would slow down digestion to an extent. This in turn would make it longer for the body to digest the food, thus causing gas in the process. Therefore, if you seem to get frequent abdominal cramps and seem to notice other possible signs of a pregnancy (as mentioned above and below), better get checked by a doctor for the same.
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Of course how can we ever forget the trademark symptom that signifies a pregnancy? Almost every other pregnant woman out there would experience morning sickness and nausea at least once during her pregnancy.
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It is only a very few privileged individuals who manage to escape scot free from this particular symptom. So if you have been feeling pretty nauseous, dizzy or queasy lately, better get checked for pregnancy.
If you have been feeling pretty tired lately and seem to never want to get out of bed, chances are you may be pregnant. The early days of pregnancy can leave the body exhausted as it tries to cope with the hormonal changes that occur in the body. While these changes are initiated by the body automatically to adjust to the fetus, you will bear the brunt of it all by feeling tired, disoriented and completely exhausted throughout the day.
Sudden Food Cravings
Pregnancy can trigger of a sea of changes in the body. And one particular change can have you abhorring certain foods completely (you would develop a metallic taste in your mouth when you eat them) while digging into others constantly. Pregnancy can alter your sense of taste and make you develop a liking for certain foods. And this sign would probably start showing up somewhere during the first and second weeks of pregnancy.
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So if you find yourself rummaging through the food counters more often than necessary or if you find yourself eating certain foods you never thought you would eat before, you can be rest assured that your body is changing big time; maybe for a pregnancy!
Although this cannot be taken as a definite sign of pregnancy, it can possibly indicate the same. For example, if you miss your periods despite having regular menstrual cycles every month, chances are you are pregnant.
However, it would be hard to tell whether you are pregnant via a missed period if your menstrual cycles are irregular. In this case, you would have to rely on other symptoms to find out if you are pregnant or not.
A sure shot way to find out if you are pregnant or not would be to do a pregnancy test at home. Accordingly, if you have missed your periods and seem to experience the above mentioned symptoms as well, get a home pregnancy kit from a medical store and do a pregnancy test.
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If a blue line appears in the indicator field (along with a red line that is already present there), chances are you are pregnant. Follow up with a medical checkup and a blood test to confirm the same.