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Pregnancy Symptoms

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Knowing pregnancy symptoms can help a woman to decide if she needs to follow up with her physician to determine if she really is pregnant. Knowing what symptoms to look for when a potential mom-to-be thinks she may be pregnant, can be very helpful, although pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman. Some women start noticing signs within a just a few weeks after conceptions; others don't start noticing them for a few months.

Implantation Bleeding or Spotting

Approximately six to twelve days after conception, a woman may notice some spotting or light bleeding. This implantation spotting happens when the embryo is implanted into the uterine wall. This symptom is one of the most common but is sometimes overlooked at the time because other symptoms start several days later.

Missed Menstrual Cycle

One of the earliest and most significant pregnancy symptoms is a missed menstrual period. When a woman becomes pregnant, menstrual periods are delayed or stopped completely, starting with the very next cycle. Some women do continue to bleed while they are pregnant although the bleeding will be shorter and lighter than normal.

Tender and Swollen Breasts

Tender and swollen breasts are a pregnancy symptom that may occur as early as one to two weeks after the egg has been fertilized. Women notice other changes in their breasts besides being sore throughout their pregnancy, including a darkening of the areola.

Tiredness and Fatigue

Tiring easily, and feeling fatigue, is common starting in early pregnancy, normally easing up or ceasing during the second trimester, then will many times start again during the third trimester.

Morning Sickness and Nausea

Morning sickness and nausea is a well-known pregnancy symptom that is many times the woman's first real sign of pregnancy. Morning sickness normally starts approximately two to eight weeks after conception, although some women are fortunate enough to never experience it. Others may experience nausea during their entire pregnancy.

Frequent Urination and Backaches

At about six to eight weeks after the egg is fertilized, a woman will begin to notice an increase in urination that will not normally subside until after the baby is born. Backaches are another symptom that may start at about the same time and continue throughout pregnancy.

Dizziness and Fainting

A more surprising pregnancy sign is dizziness and fainting while going up stairs, standing up quickly, going an extended time without eating or just standing still for an extended period of time. Many women confuse this with low blood sugar, which is also common during pregnancy.

Bloating and Weight Gain

Bloating and weight gain is another sure pregnancy symptom. A woman will notice her clothes getting tighter and the scale going up. A pregnant woman should gain 25 - 35 pounds, beginning with 2-4 pounds in the first three months, also known as the first trimester.

Many women experience more than one of these pregnancy symptoms before they start to wonder if they may really be pregnant. Once a woman realizes it, she should start taking better care of herself and her unborn fetus to help assure a healthy pregnancy and baby.