Are You Pregnant? Watch Out for These Signs

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Pregnancy is not the same for every woman. Some women may experience symptoms that others don’t and vice versa. Perhaps the only sign of pregnancy experienced by all is a missed period. If you experience a delayed period and are experiencing any of the following, then you might be pregnant.

Morning sickness

Morning sickness is one of the most common signs of pregnancy that could occur in as early as two weeks after conception, notes an OB/GYN center in Provo. More than 80% of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting. However, not all women suffering from morning sickness experience vomiting. Morning sickness may be present the entire pregnancy.

Swollen and tender breasts

Hormonal changes cause the breasts to become swollen and tender. The breasts may also feel a bit fuller and heavier starting two weeks after the conception.

Slight bleeding

Implantation bleeding, or what many refer to as spotting, is light bleeding which usually occurs six to 12 days after conception. This happens as the embryo attaches itself to the uterine. You could still be pregnant even if you don’t experience spotting, because only 25% of pregnant women experience implantation bleeding.

Frequent urination

This is another sign of pregnancy, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. You may urinate more often than usual because of the body producing another hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin. This adds pressure to the pelvic as blood flow in the area increases.

Food cravings

There is no scientific evidence that backs up why pregnant women have intense food cravings. However, it could represent nutrients in the body that the pregnant woman is lacking, based on theories.

See an OB/GYN specialist if you missed your period to get an answer right away. In your visit, you may be asked to take a pregnancy test. If positive, the doctor will prescribe vitamins for you and your baby and schedule your next checkup.

Pregnancy milestones for every woman are different. However, these are the most common early signs of pregnancy. Whether you are experiencing all of these is normal.