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First Signs of Pregnancy

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The first signs of pregnancy will differ from woman to woman. While some women may have no symptoms of pregnancy, others will have a plethora of symptoms.

Some women may have early signs of pregnancy one week after conceiving and otherS may have symptoms a few weeks into their pregnancy. The bottom line is every pregnancy is different.

According to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), ʺThe primary sign of pregnancy is missing one or more consecutive menstrual periods. However, because many women experience menstrual irregularities that may cause missed periods, women who miss a period should see their health care provider to find out whether they are pregnant or whether there is another health problem.ʺ

The American Pregnancy Association website revealed THAT additional first signs of pregnancy may include the following:

• Implantation Bleeding
• Swollen/Tender Breasts
• Fatigue/Tiredness
• Nausea/Morning Sickness
• Darkening of Areolas
• Headaches
• Food Cravings or Food Aversions
• Frequent Urination
• Mood swings
• Sore breasts or nipples

Early in your pregnancy and due to an increase in hormones you may experience headaches. If you think you may be pregnant, it is best to take acetaminophen like Tylenol, not aspirin. While I was in the womb, my mother suffered from severe headaches during her pregnancy. As a result she took mass quantities of aspirin and when my front baby teeth grew in, they grew in green which she was told was a result of her over-consumption of aspirin.

Your breasts may feel tender or swollen. They may feel heavy and engorged. Your nipple color may also change.

The other famous sign of pregnancy is the food cravings. The cravings will range from sweet to salty. One friend of mine craved fresh-squeezed orange juice with a beef burrito followed by a watermelon slice. Bizarre food combinations are not out of the ordinary.

Don’t be surprised if certain foods make you nauseous. One co-worker could not stand the smell of coffee which made the mornings in the office grueling. For many women morning sickness may occur any time of day.

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