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Pregnancy Symptoms

The only way to be sure whether you are pregnant or not is through a pregnancy test. But if you suspect you are pregnant, there are some common early signs to watch for.

You may not notice any of the signs and still be pregnant, but on the other hand, noticing some of these signs does not mean that you are definitely pregnant. Each woman experiences pregnancy differently, even from one pregnancy to the next. If you are pregnant, you may have all these symptoms or only one or two, or none. These symptoms can also have causes other than pregnancy. If you experience any of these indicators, though, you should have a pregnancy test.

Late Period

Not all missed or late periods are due to pregnancy, but it is the clearest early sign of pregnancy.

Cramping and Spotting

Bleeding may cause you to think you are not pregnant, but you may actually be. You may experience cramps and blood spotting, similar to during your period, but the bleeding is light and the cramps will be mild.

Changes in your Breasts

Your breast may be sore, tingly or swollen. They may also feel heavier or fuller, and may be tender. You may notice also that the area around the nipples, called the areola, may be darker in color than usual.


You may feel unusually tired. This sign may be noticed as early as a week into the pregnancy.


What’s called “morning sickness” can and often does happen at any time of the day or night early in a pregnancy, not only in the morning.

Mood Swings

Changes in hormone levels can lead to highs and lows in your mood, especially during the first three months of pregnancy.

Digestive changes

The hormone changes of pregnancy can cause frequent urination, starting around the sixth or eighth week into pregnancy. Constipation can also be an effect of pregnancy. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water, and getting regular exercise can help relieve the problem.


Light-headedness and even passing out may be early signs of pregnancy. Some women discover they’re pregnant when they see a doctor following a fainting spell.

If you are bothered by any of these symptoms, your doctor may have some suggestions for relief.