What Are Very Early Signs of Pregnancy?

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Sometimes a woman can detect changes in her body that could signal pregnancy before she even misses her period. This short amount of time can seem very long and fraught with anticipation. Before you are able to read a positive result on a pregnancy test, there are some signs you can look for that might help her to know whether you are pregnant.

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Time Frame

On a practical level, you should first consider the dates of recent intercourse. If it has only been a few days since the event, it is unlikely that you would feel any symptoms of pregnancy. A few weeks after conception, however, you might feel symptoms which could lead you to consider the possibility of pregnancy.

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Sign 1: Fatigue

One of the most common early signs of pregnancy is feeling more tired than usual. Increased progesterone in a pregnant woman's body along with lower blood sugar levels can make your energy level low. If you have unexplained fatigue, be sure to get enough rest in the event that you are pregnant, and try to avoid large amounts of caffeine which could affect the embryo and also affect your ability to get enough sleep.

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Sign 2: Tender Breasts

Even as early as two weeks after conception, some women feel soreness in their breasts. Hormonal releases caused by pregnancy could also create a heavy or tingly feeling in the breasts. In addition to fatigue, this change is one of the first symptoms of possible pregnancy.

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Sign 3: Sensitivity to Smells

If you are pregnant, the early stages might include a strong reaction to smells that you already disliked as well as to smells that you once liked. Rising hormone levels are the likely cause of these reactions. This increased sensitivity can also lead to food aversions. As a result of this symptom, some pregnant women find themselves unable to eat food that they previously enjoyed. Fortunately, this side effect goes away after the first trimester.

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Sign 4: Nausea

One of the most well-known symptoms of pregnancy is nausea. Many people refer to this first-trimester problem as morning sickness, yet it can strike at any time of day. An early sign of pregnancy, it can affect women who are just two weeks pregnant, but it generally takes a bit longer for nausea to affect a pregnant woman. If you feel nauseous and suspect that you are pregnant, it is best to take a pregnancy test.

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woman with nausea holding pregnancy test (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Misconceptions

Many early signs of pregnancy could also simply indicate illness or upcoming menstruation, and not a true pregnancy. Some women experience few side effects during the early stages of pregnancy. One way to be sure is to take a pregnancy test at home or at your doctor's office. If you suspect that you might be expecting, but you haven't taken a test yet, remember that it's best to be on the safe side. Until you know your status for certain, do not drink alcohol or smoke.

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