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8 Early Signs of Pregnancy

Think you might be pregnant? Here are 8 signs to watch for that may indicate that a little one is on the way!

1. You’re Unusually Tired

Extreme fatigue is one of the main signs of pregnancy at the start. Suddenly, you may feel like falling asleep during the day at times when you normally would not. Staying awake in meetings becomes a challenge. Or, you may notice how drowsy you are while driving. Because being tired can be due to so many different things in our hectic lives, it is often overlooked as an early sign of pregnancy.

2. Change in Menstrual Cycle

Women who have regular periods know when they are “late.” Sometimes, being late is a result of stress, but it is also the telltale sign that you could be pregnant.

3. Morning Sickness

You may feel nauseous, throw up, or find you have an aversion to certain foods or smells. Even though it is called morning sickness, you may be feeling sick any time of the day. Morning sickness is most common in the first trimester of pregnancy, but can continue into the next two trimesters for some women.

4. Breasts that Hurt or are Tender

You have probably experienced uncomfortable breasts just prior to, or during, your menstrual cycle. This is what your breasts will feel like when you first get pregnant. 

5. Abdominal Cramping or Bleeding

You may not even notice the cramping, as it is not usually really bad cramping. It may just feel like some pressure in your abdomen, similar to what you may feel at the start of a period. You may even mistake it for the start of a period when, in fact, you are pregnant.

6. Enhanced Ability to Smell

This sounds weird, but it is true. Your sense of smell becomes very sharp during pregnancy. Suddenly, you may notice the scent of someone’s tea from across the room. It may feel like the scents of everything have become stronger overnight!

7. Gustatory Changes

You may have always enjoyed a particular food, but now it tastes bad (it may also smell bad). You may find that you develop unusual cravings for foods that never interested you much before.

8. Lightheaded

This can be very subtle, but you may suddenly feel like the room is spinning, or you may feel faint. Make sure to eat during these times, as your blood sugar is probably a bit low.

To conclude, some of the early signs of pregnancy have been covered. There can be more, but the ones mentioned are quite common. The next thing that you need to do is find out if you are, in fact, pregnant. The sooner you find out if you are pregnant, the sooner you can begin taking good care of that precious little baby growing inside of you.

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