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Early pregnancy signs

21 january 2012 | yours.ie

Some very early signs of pregnancy can occur even before you miss your period. If you experience any of the following, it's time to make an appointment with your doctor and have everything confirmed.

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Tender and Swollen Breasts

Your breasts can actually provide you with one of the first signs that you are pregnant. Once you have conceived your hormones begin to change and you may find that your breasts become tender, tingly and even sore. They might even feel heavier, as if they are growing. This can be one of the first barely noticeable sure signs of pregnancy.

Slight Bleeding or Cramps

Slight bleeding can also be one of the very first symptoms of pregnancy, and this is actually called implantation bleeding, where the fertilised egg is attaching itself to the lining of your uterus.

This slight bleeding will normally occur before you are due your period, and it will also be a lighter colour and doesn’t last for long. You might also experience some pains or cramps in your stomach as implantation occurs too.

Tiredness and Fatigue

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You have to remember that from the first moment of conception your body actually starts working really hard to support the growing foetus, so another very early pregnancy symptom is tiredness and fatigue.

The levels of your progesterone hormone rise rapidly and this can actually make you feel really tired. At the same time, your energy will be zapped because of lower blood sugar levels, increased blood production and lower blood pressure. If you are trying for a baby and you feel extremely tired this could be a good sign that you are indeed pregnant and it is worth seeing your doctor for confirmation.

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Mood Swings

The very early stages of pregnancy can cause you to experience a lot of mood swings and many women just put this down to PMS. In the early stages your body is flooded with hormones and you might find yourself feeling highly emotional and even weepy. These mood swings are most common in the first trimester of pregnancy and they can start as soon as you have conceived.

Rise In Basal Body Temperature

If you are trying for a baby and you have been charting your basal body temperature then this is a great sign to watch for. Your basal body temperature increases soon after ovulation and it usually stays this way until you have your period. If you are watching this temperature and it stays elevated for more than two weeks then this could be a very good indication that you are indeed pregnant.

These signs and symptoms won’t guarantee that you are pregnant but if you do experience them there is no harm in doing a home pregnancy test just to be sure. If it does come back positive you will need to make an appointment with your doctor straight away to have it confirmed in order to start your prenatal care.

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