The Other Early Signs of Pregnancy (Besides Morning Sickness)

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 | Blog Posts, Pregnancy Health Category | | Print This Article

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There’s a pretty straightforward way to know whether or not you’re pregnant: take a pregnancy test. They’re not terribly expensive, and as long as you’re three weeks or so past conception they’re very accurate. That said, you might also want to watch for some of the other signs of early pregnancy, such as morning sickness.

So, what other things can suggest you might be pregnant early on? In addition to morning sickness, you can watch for some of these signs:

  • Feeling weepy. Mood swings can be a normal part of pregnancy, especially early pregnancy. The fact of the matter is your hormone levels are all topsy-turvey, and it’s not uncommon to just feel weepy – even at a television commercial.
  • Feeling sleepy. Fatigue is one of those other possible signs of early pregnancy. Within a couple of weeks after conception, your baby is already starting to burn some of the fuel your body takes in, and thins can drop your energy level. Hormonal changes, of course, also contribute to feeling sleepy.
  • Breast tenderness. One of the first symptoms of pregnancy, for many women, is breast tenderness or soreness. Here again, changing hormone levels are to blame. For some women, your breasts may swell or feel heavier, but that often doesn’t occur until later on during your pregnancy.
  • Odd food cravings. About a third of women experience cravings for some kind of food they wouldn’t normally eat. That old stereotype about pickles and ice cream may not be too far from the truth.

These are just some of the most common signs of pregnancy beyond morning sickness. About two thirds or more of women will have some morning sickness, which is probably why it’s one of the most recognized symptoms. Even the most common of the other signs aren’t as widespread as morning sickness.

So, what about you? Are there signs you’ve noticed when you’ve become pregnant, apart from morning sickness or any of the others here?


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