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9 Pregnancy Symptoms: Do You Know What to Watch for?

By Darlene Oakley HERWriter
do you know what pregnancy symptoms to look for? MonkeyBusinessImages/PhotoSpin

So, you think you might be pregnant? But how do you know for sure? Since pregnancy symptoms can appear as soon as six days after conception, it’s important for moms-to-be to know what’s happening to their bodies.

Below are nine common pregnancy symptoms.

Pregnancy symptoms: Periods, Spotting, and Breast Changes

Missed period or spotting

One of the most obvious pregnancy symptoms is a missed period, although pregnancy is not the only reason for missing a period. Some women experience “implantation spotting” as the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall.

This spotting usually occurs about the same time as the expected period if not a little sooner, about six to twelve days after conception, and is much lighter than the typical period.

Breast swelling, tenderness or pain and changes in nipple color

Changes in the breasts such as swelling or tenderness, similar to what some women experience prior to the onset of a menstrual period, or the sensation of fullness can occur as early as one to two weeks after conception. This happens as the breasts prepare to start producing milk. Those who have been on birth control pills may not experience this. (2)

Pregnancy symptoms: Food cravings, Headaches, Lightheadedness and Morning Sickness

Food cravings

Both food aversions and food cravings are common pregnancy symptoms. The changes in hormones can turn a mother away from foods she used to love, and make her crave foods she might have avoided before. Hormonal changes in the first trimester are the most dramatic so changes in food preferences will likely be stronger during these early months.

Headaches and lightheadedness

Rising hormone levels can also cause headaches or hormonal migraines during the early stages of pregnancy.

Some women experience lightheadedness in the early stages of pregnancy as blood pressure decreases. This happens as hormones change and the heart beats faster to pump more blood to the rest of the body.

Nausea and vomiting

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