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Symptoms of PregnancyThere are some common symptoms that many women experience when they are pregnant, but alone, they are not “proof” that you are pregnant.  However, if you are experiencing a few of these symptoms, you MAY be pregnant

  • Late or missed period
  • Nausea or vomitingNausea seems to stem at least in part from rapidly rising levels of estrogen and progesterone, which cause the stomach to empty more slowly. A heightened sense of smell might also cause waves of nausea in early pregnancy.
  • Tender or swollen breastsAs early as two to three weeks after conception, hormonal changes might make your breasts tender, tingly or sore. Or your breasts might feel fuller and heavier.
  • Increased urinationespecially at  night
  • Fatigue or increased tirednessHigh levels of the hormone progesterone can put you to sleep. At the same time, lower blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and increased blood production might team up to sap your energy.
  • Food aversions or cravingsHormonal changes during pregnancy may cause you to turn up your nose at certain foods, such as coffee or fried foods. Really wanting a particular food may be common too.
  • Slight bleeding or crampingImplantation bleeding happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus — about 10 to 14 days after fertilization. Some women experience mild cramping as well.
  • Mood swingsPregnant women are often unusually emotional and weepy with mood swings, especially in the first trimester.
  • DizzinessAs your blood vessels dilate and your blood pressure drops, you might feel lightheaded or dizzy. Early in pregnancy, faintness also can be triggered by low blood sugar.
  • ConstipationAn increase in progesterone causes food to pass more slowly through the intestines.

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Source: Mayo Clinic