Could you be pregnant? The Symptoms of Pregnancy “Am I pregnant? “Is probably the world’s most frequently asked question by women. The early symptoms of pregnancy could well appear in the very first few weeks after conceiving. Here’s what you may be experiencing. Of course to proof it you have to do the pregnancy test, or go to a physician for an ultrasound. Symptoms of pregnancy The Classic Clues: 1. Tender, engorged, swollen breasts. The breast tissue is one of the major targets of change during pregnancy. This is caused by the hormones (estrogen n progesterone), preparing your breast tissue for lactation. As a result, your breast may feel fuller, heavier, tender or sore. 2. Fatigue. Are you feeling unexplained fatigue and drowsiness? This is normal. Fatigue ranks rather high among the early symptoms of pregnancy. The level of progesterone soars high during this time. In high doses, progesterone will make you sleepy. At the same time, lower blood sugar level, lower blood pressure and increased blood production teams up to sap your energy. 3. Spotting, small bleeding or cramping. For some women when the implantation process happens, she may experience a small bleeding. It happens approximately 10 – 14 days after the conception. The bleeding is usually very little, spottier and lighter in color than a normal period and doesn’t last for long. Some women may also experience abdominal cramps early in their pregnancy. It is similar to menstrual cramps. If the bleeding and the cramping get worse, seek medical help immediately. 4. Nausea with or without vomiting. The Morning sickness, which doesn’t always happen in the morning as it can happen any time of the day, is one of the classic and popular symptoms of pregnancy. The likely cause is rapid rising level of estrogen and hCG (another pregnancy hormone), which causes the stomach to empty more slowly, and trigger your nausea trigger zone. When this happen you may want to avoid strong odors from food, cooking, perfume or smokes. 5. Cravings. When you're pregnant, you might find yourself turning up your nose at certain foods, such as coffee or fried foods. Food cravings are common, too. Like most other symptoms of pregnancy, these food preferences can be chalked up to hormonal changes — especially in the first trimester, when hormonal changes are the most dramatic. 6. Headaches. Early in pregnancy, increased blood circulation caused by hormonal changes may trigger frequent, mild headaches. 7. Constipation. Constipation is another common early symptom of pregnancy. An increase in progesterone causes food to pass more slowly through the intestines, which can lead to constipation. 8. Mood swings. A pregnant woman is known to suddenly burst into tears with no apparent reason. The flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy can make you unusually emotional and weepy. Mood swings also are common, especially in the first trimester. 9. Faintness and dizziness. As your blood vessels dilate and your blood pressure drops, you may feel lightheaded or dizzy. Early in pregnancy, faintness also may be triggered by low blood sugar. Are you really pregnant? Make Sure! All of these symptoms aren’t unique to pregnancy. Some may indicate an illness or that your period is about to start. Likewise, you can be pregnant without experiencing any of these symptoms. If you do miss a period, or notice any of these symptoms, it is best to first take a home pregnancy test. If the result came back positive, make an appointment with your physician. The sooner you confirm, the sooner you can prepare your pregnancy, and provide better prenatal care for your baby.
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