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Early pregnancy

Though a pregnancy test is the only way to know for sure, you may notice a number of pregnancy signs -- from fatigue to frequent urination. Read on to learn about the symptoms of pregnancy and find out if it's time for a trip to the doctor.

Could you be pregnant?

If you are experiencing several of these symptoms, it may be time to take a pregnancy test and make an appointment to see your doctor.

Missed period

For many women, the first sign that they are pregnant is a missed period. However, you should also keep in mind that a skipped period can be the result of other issues as well -- including extreme dietary changes, illness, side effect of medication, stress and a number of hormonal and fertility issues.

Spotting

Around 12-14 days after conception, some women have a small amount of bleeding -- spotting -- when the egg is implanted into the uterine lining. This type of spotting is usually light and lasts just a few days.

Tender breasts

Sore and tender breasts are a first sign of pregnancy for many women. The tenderness usually starts one to five weeks after conception. It's not a sure sign you are pregnant, however. Sore and tender breasts can also be due to birth control pills, your upcoming period and other hormonal changes.

Fatigue

Due to a rise in progesterone in the first one to six weeks of pregnancy, some women become fatigued, tired and lose focus and concentration. Of course, fatigue can be caused by numerous other reasons as well such as depression, excessive exercise, illness, stress and more.

Food aversions

You probably know that many women have food cravings during pregnancy, but food aversions can be an early sign of pregnancy too. If suddenly certain foods make you wince or gag, it could be an early pregnancy symptom. Of the same vein, you may become very sensitive to certain smells (often cigarettes, cologne and other strong odours) in the first trimester.

Nausea and vomiting

Nausea and vomiting often starts two to eight weeks after conception. They call it morning sickness, but for many expecting mums, it's all day sickness. The only good thing about the nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy is that it usually passes by 19 weeks.

Frequent urination

In the early stages of pregnancy, you uterus grows, pushing against the bladder and often triggering the need to urinate more often. Additonally, the extra blood and fluid in your body during pregnancy is excreted through your kidneys. If you are running to the toilet more often than usual, you could be pregnant.

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