PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH

Early Signs of Pregnancy

By Temma Ehrenfeld @temmaehrenfeld
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January 02, 2018

Are you breasts tender? Are you tired? Did you bleed a little? You might be getting your period or you might be seeing early signs of pregnancy.

The early signs of pregnancy may come just weeks after conception — even before you miss a period. Perhaps you have an intuition that you’re pregnant. You’ll know soon!

The most dramatic changes in hormones come during the first three months. Beginning two weeks after conception, your breasts may feel different — fuller and heavier, or tingly, or tender.

 

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It’s normal to feel tired. The hormone progesterone is surging up, which is tiring. Your blood sugar levels may fall, along with your blood pressure. You may feel lightheaded or dizzy and even faint.

Many women see some spotting — lighter in color than the blood in your period — called implantation bleeding. It shows up when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus about 10 to 14 days after fertilization. You might feel abdominal cramps, similar to menstrual cramps.

Queasiness, also among the first signs of pregnancy, may begin around the two-week mark as well. Your stomach is emptying more slowly. Your sense of smell may become more intense, and anything from perfume to cigarette smoke could bother you. Food may pass more slowly through your intestines, triggering constipation.

You might start craving certain foods and developing a dislike for others, even coffee!

You might be unusually emotional, and have crying spells.

 

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Updated:  

January 02, 2018

Reviewed By:  

Janet O’Dell, RN