10 Signs and symptoms of early pregnancy

Signs and symptoms of pregnancy
Early pregnancy symptoms

The most common early signs and symptoms of pregnancy might include:

Missed menstrual period

Once implantation is complete, your body will begin producing human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This hormone helps the body maintain the pregnancy. It also tells the ovaries to stop releasing mature eggs each month. If you’re in your childbearing years and a week or more has passed without the start of an expected menstrual cycle, you might be pregnant. If you have an irregular menstrual cycle take a pregnancy test to confirm.

Breast changes

Early in conception hormonal changes might make your breasts sensitive, tender and sore. Or perhaps your nipples are darkening and protruding in preparation for breastfeeding. Your areolas may also get larger. The discomfort will likely decrease after a few weeks as your body adjusts to hormonal changes.

Nausea with or without vomiting

Morning sickness, which can strike at any time of the day or night, often begins one month after you become pregnant. However, some women feel nausea earlier and some never experience it. While the cause of nausea during conception isn’t clear, hormones likely play a role.

Increased urination

If you find yourself urinating more often than usual it could be an early sign that a fertilized egg has begun implantation on the uterine wall. The amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy, causing your kidneys to process extra fluid that ends up in your bladder.

Easily Fatigue

Fatigue also ranks high among early symptoms of pregnancy. At conception, progesterone levels begin to rise rapidly and will continue to do so throughout your first trimester. This which might make you feel sleepy.


The flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy can make you unusually emotional and weepy. Mood swings also are common during pregnancy.

Bloating and cramping of the abdomen

Hormonal changes and implantation of the egg during early pregnancy can cause you to feel bloated, similar to how you might feel at the start of a menstrual period. Some women experience mild uterine cramping early in pregnancy.

Light spotting

Sometimes a small amount of light spotting is one of the first signs of pregnancy. It is 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 occurs around the time of a menstrual period which may be scanty and cannot fill a pad.


Hormonal changes particularly progesterone causes your digestive system to slow down, which can lead to constipation. Drink enough water and fruits that you can tolerate as much as possible.

Food cravings and aversions

When you’re pregnant, you might become more sensitive to certain scents, aroma’s, odors and your sense of taste might change. Like most other symptoms of pregnancy, these food preferences can be related to hormonal changes.

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