What are the top 10 signs of pregnancy?

(June 26, 2010)

Top Pregnancy Signs

There are many signs associated with pregnancy. Most women do not notice any of these signs, till a fertilized egg gets attached to the wall of the uterus, which could take quite a few days, after conception. At times, women may not see any of the symptoms associated with pregnancy, making them wonder if they are pregnant, only when they miss their periods. Given below are the top ten pregnancy signs, of impeding motherhood.

1.    Morning sickness: Morning sickness does not affect some pregnant women at all, but some women experience this symptom a few weeks after they conceive. Even in the absence of morning sickness feeling nauseous or queasy very often, throughout the day, is quite normal.

2.    Missed periods: A missed period is one of the most important signs of pregnancy in a woman, who has regular periods, but is planning a baby. Read more on pregnancy symptoms before missed period

3.    Fatigue: Pregnant women, even those who don’t know that they are pregnant yet, tend to feel tired a lot faster and more often. Feeling sleepy or sleeping longer than you normally could also be a signs of pregnancy.

4.    Food cravings: As clichéd as this may sound, food cravings can also be a sign of pregnancy. Although, on its own, it is not a very reliable symptom, however, when accompanied by any other pregnancy symptom, it can be one way of identifying that you are pregnant.

5.    Change in taste:
Many women have observed that their food preferences change drastically during pregnancy. Some can’t stand the sight or smell of the food they previously liked. In some instances, women have also complained of experiencing a metallic taste in their mouths.

6.    Frequent urination: Women in the early stages of pregnancy may need to urinate more frequently, as the embryo gets implanted and starts producing HCG.

7.    Tender or swollen breasts: In pregnancy, it is quite common for the breasts to become larger and become a lot more sensitive and tender than before.

8.    Darkening of the areolas: The skin around the nipples often becomes darker when you are pregnant. This is due to the changes and the imbalance of hormones.

9.    Implantation bleeding / cramping: About 8 to 10 days after ovulation, mild spotting or noticing a pinkish discharge is quite common.

10.    Home pregnancy tests:
If you suspect that you may be pregnant, it is best to get it checked, using a home pregnancy test first. It is advisable to wait at least for the first day of a missed period, before taking the test.

It is quite normal to go through all, a few or even none of these symptoms.

Submitted by N H on June 26, 2010 at 08:02

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