The First Signs of Pregnancy

If you are trying to conceive, then you are probably expecting and hoping to experience the first symptoms of pregnancy soon. The symptoms of early pregnancy vary from woman to woman, but there are many symptoms that you can almost count on experiencing in the first few weeks after conception. This article will help you know what to look for.
A symptom many woman report experiencing is implantation spotting. This is light bleeding that occurs at around 10 days after ovulation. This may not be a first symptom of pregnancy for all women, since some women experience spotting on a regular basis. But if you do not usually experience any bleeding between cycles, and you experience spotting between 8 days after ovulation and 13 days after ovulation, it could be implantation spotting.
Another first symptom of pregnancy almost every woman reports having early in their pregnancy is breast tenderness. The tenderness can vary from extreme to mild. Some women report that even a slight breeze would cause them pain, while others say they experienced light tenderness. Many women experience breast tenderness before their period begins, however, so this may not always be a sign of pregnancy.
In addition to spotting and breast tenderness there are a few other first symptoms of pregnancy. One of those is hunger. Some women report feeling extremely hungry without being able to get full, while others say they just felt a little hungrier than usual. Some women say they experience extreme thirst rather than hunger. Other symptoms of early pregnancy include fatigue, nausea, bloating, headaches, stomach and abdominal pains, gas, and even itchiness and dizzy spells.
As you can see, the first symptoms of pregnancy vary quite a bit from woman to woman. Most experts say not to count on being pregnant if you have just one or two symptoms, since many early pregnancy symptoms are also symptoms of PMS or the flu. But if you have several symptoms that are not normal for you, it is probably a good sign. Just don’t get too excited until you get a big fat positive on your home pregnancy test!
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