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Top 10 Signs You're Pregnant


Some women are especially tuned into their bodies and they suspect their pregnant almost as soon as conception has happened. But most women have no idea they're pregnant and will have no pregnancy signs until the fertilised egg attaches itself to the uterine wall which is several days after conception. While others may not notice any pregnancy signs for weeks and will only wonder "Am I pregnant?" once they've missed a period.

Below is a list of some of the signs of early pregnancy. You may or may not experience some, all or none of these symptoms.

1. Food cravings - cliche or not, food cravings sometimes can be a sign of pregnancy but don't rely on them as a sure symptom (it may be all in your head, or even a sign that your body is low on a particular nutrient). If, however, cravings are accompanied by some of the other symptoms on this list, start counting the days from your last period.

2. Darkening of your areolas - if you have successfully conceived the skin around your nipples may start to darken. But this may also signal a hormonal imbalance unrelated to pregnancy.

3. Implantation bleeding or cramping - about eight days after ovulation, you may experience implantation spotting, a slight staining of a pink or brown colour, as well as some cramping. This is caused by the egg burrowing into the endometrial lining. You might also see some spotting around the time you expect your period.

4. Frequent urination - as soon as the embryo has implanted and begins producing hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) you may find yourself needing to wee more often than usual.

5. Fatigue - are you feeling absolutely exhausted? This is caused by high levels of the hormone progesterone and can make you feel as though you've run a marathon instead of just working in the office. This exhaustion is a hallmark sign of early pregnancy, but it's not a definate symptom on its own.

6. Tender, swollen breasts - If you're pregnant, your breasts will probably become increasingly tender to the touch, similar to the way they feel before your period, only more so. Once your body grows accustomed to the hormone surge, the pain will subside.

7. Altered sense of taste - you may notice that your sense of taste changes. Some women say they have a metallic taste in their mouth, others that they cannot stand the taste of coffee, tea, or a food they normally like.

8. Morning sickness - Morning sickness hopefully won't hit you until a few weeks after conception. But you can feel nauseous and queasy as early as a couple of days after conception. And not just in the morning, either -- pregnancy-related nausea can be a problem morning, noon, or night.

9. A missed period - If your period is normally pretty regular and it's now late, it's probably worth trying a pregnancy test. A missed period is the surest sign of pregnancy in a woman of childbearing age who usually has regular periods.

10. A positive home pregnancy test - If you've waited to test until at least the first day of a missed period and a blue line appears in the test window, you're most likely to be in the family way. Make an appointment with your doctor to confirm the good news, and head on over to our pregnancy area. Congratulations!

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