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If you believe that you are pregnant, there are likely some symptoms that you are currently feeling. Sometimes the symptoms of a pregnancy can be difficult to recognize because they can vary so much from one woman to the next and one pregnancy to the next. However, there are some particular ones that are more prevalent than others and below you will find the 15 top early signs of pregnancy.

1. Swollen or Tender breasts

Because your breasts are instrumental when you have a baby, these are likely to be one of the first things that you notice. They begin preparing to carry the milk that your baby will need when it is born early on in your pregnancy.

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2. Darkening Areolas

It is common for the area surrounding the nipple to begin to widen and darken after you find that you are pregnant. This is also in preparation for when the baby is born and will need the breasts for breastfeeding purposes.

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3. Spotting

Spotting is another symptom early on in a pregnancy because some light spotting may occur when the embryo implants. Even if you have had a lighter period for the month, you may find that you are actually pregnant.

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4. Strange Dreams

Due to an increase in your hormones, vivid dreams can be expected when you are pregnant. If you find that your dreams have increased or become strange in the recent past, you may learn that you are pregnant in the near future.

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5. Constipation or frequent urination

Because of the position of the uterus, this is a major complaint of pregnant women. Since there is an increase of pressure in this area, you may also find that you are constipated as well. Unfortunately, this will only increase as the uterus continues to grow throughout the pregnancy and presses even harder on these organs.

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6. Funny Taste in your Mouth

While there is no known cause for this sensation, many pregnant women have noted that they have a metallic taste in their mouth before they learn that they are pregnant. Many say that it even continues throughout the pregnancy as well.

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7. Fatigue

Fatigue is a very common occurrence early on in a pregnancy. It is likely that you will begin to regain your strength by around week 12, which is right around the time that the placenta is fully formed.

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8. Nausea

Many women experience morning sickness during the first trimester. Some even carry the ailment throughout the pregnancy. Sometimes, nausea can hit at any time of the day and is not necessarily reserved for the morning time.

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9. Dizziness

A change in your hormones may also make you feel faint or dizzy early on in your pregnancy. Your heart will also be working harder to make sure that you are receiving the proper amount of blood throughout your body and cause the same sensation.

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10. Headaches

If you are prone to migraines, you can expect them to increase during pregnancy. This is due to the changes in hormones and may decrease after you pass the first portion of your pregnancy.

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11. Sensitivity to Smell

Although the reason is currently unknown, sensitivity to smell is also a symptom of pregnancy and it is likely that you will begin noticing it early on in your pregnancy.

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12. Food Cravings

When we are pregnant, our bodies need about 300 extra calories every day. Because of this, you may notice that you are craving strange foods or that you simply feel hungry at all times of the day.

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13. Missed Period

Most women first begin to suspect that they may be pregnant when they miss a period. This is often a major indicator that you are pregnant, but could be caused by other factors as well. It is always best to take a pregnancy test if you miss a period just to make sure.

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14. Mood Swings

Pregnancy hormones are notorious for affecting the mood of women when they become pregnant. If you find that you are especially emotional these days, you may find that you are in the early stages of a pregnancy.

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15. Changes to Basal temperature

If you have been keeping track of your basal temperature for ovulation tracking purposes, you will see a constant rise when you become pregnant. If you see a constant increase of about a degree for longer than a couple of weeks, you should take a pregnancy test.

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16. Conclusion

Since every woman reacts differently to a pregnancy, it is likely that you will notice some of these symptoms but not all of them. While some women may see drastic signs of these, others may be very subtle. However strong your symptoms are or the ones that you are experiencing, it is best to take a pregnancy test if you suspect that you are pregnant.



Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.

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