What Are the Signs of Pregnancy in the First Weeks?

10/2/10 by Cynthia Lennon

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Do you suspect that you might be pregnant?  If so, perhaps your instincts are trying to tell you something.  Although there’s no way to know for sure unless you go to the doctor and get a blood test, you may be able to determine whether or not you’re pregnant by looking out for the signs of pregnancy in the first weeks.

About a week after I conceived, I could tell that I was pregnant because I felt some changes in my body.  For example, I remember running to catch a train to work at the metro station and noticing that my breasts felt oddly tender.  I brushed it off at first, but then I started to notice other signs of pregnancy in the first weeks, such as diarrhea and mild cramping.  I suspected that I was pregnant, even though only a few days had passed since conception.  And lo and behold, I took a pregnancy test and discovered that there was indeed a bun in the oven!

Common Signs of Pregnancy in the First Weeks

The most obvious symptom of pregnancy in the first weeks is a missed period.  Many women start researching the early symptoms of pregnancy once they realize that their period is late.

Another common sign of pregnancy is just “feeling” like you’re pregnant. Often, this intuition ends up being correct.  If you think that you might be pregnant, watch out for some of the signs of pregnancy in the first weeks:

Increased fatigue –Fatigue is one of the signs of pregnancy in the first weeks that happens because of all the changes that your body is going through.  In early pregnancy, you may find yourself going to bed sooner, feeling exhausted after normal daily activities, and having a harder time getting out of bed in the morning.

Lower abdominal cramps – Around eight days after ovulation, you might experience some mild cramping as the egg is implanted in your uterine lining.

Breast tenderness – Are your breasts tender, swollen, or sore?  Changes in the breasts occur in pregnancy because the body is preparing them to produce milk for the baby.

Frequent need to urinate – Have you been using the restroom more frequently than usual?  Pregnancy makes you urinate more frequently because it causes the uterus to expand and puts pressure on your bladder.

Food cravings – Since your body is craving certain proteins and nutrients, you may experience food cravings in early pregnancy.  Sometimes, you might even crave bizarre things like soil or the ever famous combo, pickles and ice cream.  You may also find that you have an aversion to foods that you once enjoyed.

Moodiness – Pregnancy brings with it a range of emotions, including excitement, depression, joy, and sorrow.  Moodiness during pregnancy is the result of hormone fluctuations.

Nausea – As early as one week into pregnancy, you may start to feel nauseous.  Although this nausea is commonly referred to as morning sickness, most women feel it at other times of the day and night, as well.

Dizziness – Another one of the more common signs of pregnancy in the first weeks is dizziness, which occurs because the uterus swells and compresses the arteries in your legs, causing your blood pressure to drop.

Weight gain – If you feel bloated and your clothes are getting tighter, but you’ve been eating well and getting enough exercise, you might be pregnant.  Weight gain is a normal part of pregnancy, and most women can expect to gain anywhere from 25-35 pounds throughout their entire pregnancy.

If you notice any of the above signs, you might be pregnant, but the only way to know for sure is by taking a pregnancy test.  If you take a home pregnancy test and the results are positive, you’re most likely pregnant, but you can visit your doctor and get a blood test done to be 100% sure.  Home pregnancy tests can be performed on the first day of your missed period and blood tests can be performed 7-10 days after conception.

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3 Responses to “What Are the Signs of Pregnancy in the First Weeks?”

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