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6 early signs of pregnancy

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Oct 07, 2011
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  • Missed period and frequency of passing urine indicate pregnancy.
  • The darkening of the areolas is sure-shot sign of pregnancy.
  • A heavy sensation in breasts is another early pregnancy sign.
  • The body’s basal temperature tends to go up.

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Some women believe that they just know. But for a lot of others whose intuitions don’t tell them that they’re pregnant, there are other ways to tell whether or not they’ve got pregnant.

 

early pregnancy signs

 

Women’s bodies and hormones change when they get pregnant and some of those signs could give you an early indication of pregnancy. Women can usually easily detect signs like a missed period, frequency of passing urine, morning sickness, fatigue, breast changes, and skin changes. These are pretty good indicators of pregnancy.


Missed period

A missed period is one of the most obvious early signs of pregnancy. It is definitely a positive indicator for women who otherwise have a perfect menstrual cycle and who are of childbearing age.

 

Tenderness of the breasts

The very first sign that you might be pregnant is that your breasts will feel extremely tender and sore to touch. The sensation and feeling of your breasts will be somewhat similar to time when you are about to have your period. According to doctors, hormones that are released during pregnancy can cause a “heavy” sensation in one’s breasts. However, do not worry as this initial sign of pregnancy will wear away once your body adjusts to the changes.

 

Darkening of areolas

Another early and often sure shot sign of pregnancy in the darkening of the areolas of your breasts. The areolas darken because of the increase in the level of oestrogen and progesterone in the body that leads to pigmentation. This change also happens because of the increased blood circulation during pregnancy.

 

Mood swings and irritability

Mood swings too could be an early sign of pregnancy, as they could be caused by the rapid changes of hormones in the body. Some of these symptoms may seem like premenstrual symptoms, but in the case of pregnancy, they are usually far more pronounced.

 

warning signs of pregnancy

 

Nausea and morning sickness

These two begin between the fourth and the eighth week of pregnancy. Morning sickness (called so in spite of the fact that they can occur at any time of the day) is caused by the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone. Levels of this hormone usually decrease rapidly after their peak (at 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy), and the nausea generally vanishes at the start of the second trimester.

 

Higher basal body temperature

The body’s basal temperature tends to go up if one is pregnant. Basal temperature is the lowest temperature of the body when at rest. Due to a probable pregnancy, you may a feel a little warmer than usual. Keep a track of your body temperature and get in touch with your doctor.

The thing to remember is that each of these symptoms can also be caused in cases other than pregnancy, so they aren’t foolproof, but they can give a pretty good indication that it may be worth your while to buy the home pregnancy test kit or call your gynaecologist.

 

 

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Read more articles on Pregnancy Symptoms.

 


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  • Neha05 Nov 2012
    What is the chances to get pregnant if a woman have PCOD? n very irregular periods?
  • Anchal01 Oct 2012
    i am getting mood swings and have also missed my periods! I am scared!
  • Shankavi25 Sep 2012
    Hi.. i missed my period and i took HCG test but it was -neg but i have lower back pain from last week and also i feel tired ....Is i'm pregnant ?? wat can i do....please mail me...I have regular 28 days period cycle...now i am 32nd day....
  • meghansh23 Jul 2012
    I had my laparoscopy on March 5th 2012 and after that I did not get my periods but on May 14th 2012 I got my periods which was for 7days. After that I got my next period on 14th June 2012. On July 14th 2012 I did not get my periods I have waited for two days and thought of doing home pregnancy test but the test came negative. On 18th July 2012 I have sight bleeding, it was not as my regular period, I was worried up.1. I am I pregnant or not ?
  • blessing02 May 2012
    am always confused, is hard for me to indicate my ovulation,i hardly see my mucus sign of ovulation and i dont know when am ovulating pls mail me am married.
  • Raminder30 Apr 2012
    iI MISS MY PERIODS AND FEEL LIKE COMING ANY TIME. IS DIS A SIGN OF PREGNANCY. AFTER HOW MANY DAYS I WILL CHECK PREGNANCY TEST.
  • Anita12 Mar 2012
    If I Got Pregnent Then How To Abortion Without Dr. Please Mail Me Urgent
  • Dhwani27 Feb 2012
    Actually we have funtion at home so took mild medicine as doctor told how can i know i am pregant as my january date was 17 to 21 and we have relation on 28 after that in feb we have funtion on 23 so started taking medicine from 17 had left the same on 23 but till today i.e. 27 i had no periods gow can i check i am pregnant or not???
  • bhavani03 Feb 2012
    MISSED MY PERIOD BY 20 DAYES CAN I DO SUCH CONDITION.
  • Soumya02 Feb 2012
    I am 22,we intercaused 3rd and 4th day after my period.Is there any chance to get pregnant.
  • Padma30 Jan 2012
    I got married before 4 months. I missed my periods by15 days. my period date is 16th of every month. it's 30th now. I tried pregnancy strips twice. It was negative. When i consulted with a Dr she adviced me to come after a week. Why this happens. I humbly request you to answer my Question.
  • SHUBHANGI26 Jan 2012
    I MISSED MY PERIOD BY 20 DAYES.I CHECKED PRGNECY STRIPS,BUT IT IS NEGATIVE.SO PL. TELL ME THAT MY CHECKING TIME IS CORRECT OR WRONG AND ALSO TELL ME WHAT CAN I DO SUCH CONDITION.
  • Divya12 Jan 2012
    My periods date fr last mths was changing frm 8 and it changed to 3 the next mth and den 27..my due date was 27 or 28 dec..i didnt have my periods til date..wat can be the cause and how can i cure? ..please help!!
  • Manpreet10 Jan 2012
    The begining of my menstrual cycle was never on a definite date but it followed the same date since 2 months it used to followed this pattern sometimes.i got married one 41 days back and soon after my marriage my menstrual cycle started on time.But now its the second month of my marraige and mentrual cycle has not yet started and i get a daily white discharge,sometimes giving me a feeling of bleeding,i have pain in my neck and in shoulder muscles felt giddy badly.am i preganant?
  • MINALA04 Jan 2012
    I MISS MY PERIODS AND NOT FILL GOOD IN MORNING. AFTER HOW MANY DAY I WILL TEST PERMANENCY STRIP TEST.MAIL ME
  • MINALA04 Jan 2012
    I MISS MY PERIODS AND NOT FILL GOOD IN MORNING. AFTER HOW MANY DAY I WILL TEST PERMANENCY STRIP TEST.MAIL ME
  • Shipra03 Jan 2012
    I am getting feeling like I am pregnant but how to confirm it. I am putting up wait and feel like eating citrus food. I eat alot these days.
  • geet30 Dec 2011
    i missed my period but in august i missed my periods i can't understand plz mail me its urgent.
  • gauri20 Dec 2011
    i missed my periods but i feel dat at ant time my periods will be come plz tell me dis is also a one sign of pregnency. plz mail me urgent.
  • Arthur02 Jul 2011
    The majority of people are intimate with the commonplace symptoms of being pregnant. Having a baby symptoms like morning sickness and odd food hunger pangs are oftentimes talked over with a touch of humor and confusion. It can be a tiny disconcerting to abruptly hunger bologna if you've hated it for your entire existence.