Checklist For Signs of Pregnancy

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Pregnancy brings about certain symptoms and other signs that one does not typically feel on a daily basis. Some women are able to realize they are pregnant quickly, simply based upon these signs alone. However, if you are unfamiliar with the signs of pregnancy, a simple checklist of symptoms has been included below:

1. Missing a Period

This is one of the first things that women will notice. If your period is late more than a few days, you should take a pregnancy test. However, this may be difficult to determine if your cycle is irregular or if you have other medical issues happening that may also cause your periods to be missed.

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2. The Feeling of Being Pregnant

Many women have a sense of simply feeling pregnant. There is no exact reason or specific symptom, it is just a feeling that they have. Usually, these women are correct in their intuition and find that they are pregnant after taking a pregnancy test.

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3. Breast Tenderness

This is one of the most common early signs of pregnancy. The breasts can become tender, swollen, and sore and many women notice that it is uncomfortable to sleep, exercise or dress because of this discomfort. Since the breasts play an important role when it comes to feeding your baby, they must prepare in advance to be ready when the time comes for breastfeeding.

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4. Fatigue

Fatigue is often an early sign of pregnancy. You may start out feeling tired and wanting to go to bed sooner than normal. You may also find that it is more difficult to get out of bed in the morning and that you quickly grow tired throughout the day as well. Exercising will likely take a toll on you as well as does normal, day to day activities like cleaning house and shopping.

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5. Frequent Urination

You may notice that you are making more trips to the bathroom throughout the day. This is extremely normal due to the increased size of your uterus as it presses against your uterus. More than likely this will continue and may even grow worse throughout the entire length of your pregnancy.

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6. Nausea

Nausea is often related to pregnancy and may be felt as early as the first week of pregnancy. There are multiple levels of nausea; from mild all the way through severe enough to be hospitalized. While this is commonly known as morning sickness, it is actually possible to develop this at any point during the day or night.

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7. Dizziness – Fainting

This may be a bit surprising for some, but it is actually a common symptom of being pregnant. Sometimes it could be caused when you stand up after sitting for an extended period of time or going up a flight of stairs. Other times it may be caused in relation to not having eaten in a while.

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8. Food Cravings and Aversions

Most people joke about the strange things that pregnant women feel they need to eat. However, there may also be symptoms of certain foods that a woman attempts to stay away from as well. She may also find that she is more sensitive to certain perfumes, smells of certain foods and aromas as well.

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9. Morning Sickness

Morning sickness goes along with the feelings of nausea that a pregnant woman has, but involves vomiting as well. There are a number of reasons that morning sickness may occur and may be caused by certain foods that you are eating or the distance of time between your meals.

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10. Heartburn

Heartburn may be extremely powerful when you are pregnant due to the way the uterus swells and pushes upon the stomach. There is also a change to certain hormones that affect the way the body digests food and absorbs nutrients.

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11. Other Symptoms:

There are so many symptoms that a woman can feel during pregnancy that it is difficult to fully understand them all. Below is a list of some of the other symptoms that are common:

  • Irritability or Mood Swings
  • Increased body temperature
  • Lower back pain
  • Weight gain or bloating

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12. Conclusion

Every woman is different and therefore every pregnancy is different. There are even differences between the different pregnancies that occur in the same woman. While many women experience most or all of these symptoms, some women only see a few of them. It is difficult to say how many you will experience in relation to your pregnancy and if you have concerns, you should talk to your doctor.

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Dr. Lynette Weiss, MD

Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.