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10 of the Most Common Early Pregnancy Symptoms


Updated May 16, 2014

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  1. Sore Breasts
    Sore breasts are a fairly common early pregnancy symptom. Many women find a good fighting bra is a must. This helps prevent the jiggling that can be so painful.

  2. Frequent Urination
    Are you going to the bathroom a lot more than usual? Frequent urination is also a pregnancy symptom. There isn't a lot that you can do about this pregnancy symptom except to know where all the bathrooms are!

  3. Fatigue
    Not being able to keep your eyes open at night or needing a nap is a pregnancy symptom. Fatigue sets in early for some women. If you find that you are really sleepy, try learning to power nap to get through the day.

  4. Acne
    Are you breaking out like you're a teenager all over again? An increase in acne and other skin changes can also be a pregnancy symptom. Be careful of what medications that you use, some medications like Accutane and those high in vitamin A can cause birth defects.

  5. Cravings
    Pickles and ice cream? Strange cravings are something you hear a lot about as a pregnancy symptom. The truth is that it can be anything from a craving to an aversion to certain foods.

  6. Morning Sickness
    Are you feeling queasy? Sometimes morning sickness, or all day sickness can be a pregnancy symptom. It can also be a sign that you are simply ill.

  7. Cramping
    Cramping is not something you might think of as an early pregnancy symptom, but rather as a sign of your impending period. Some women experience early cramping in the uterus as it begins to stretch and changes occur. Anything severe should be reported to your practitioner.

  8. Enlarging Belly
    Early pregnancy is not when most pregnant women begin to show. But some women report an enlarging belly as a pregnancy symptom. This is typically from bloating.

  9. Strange Period
    Did your period stop and start again? Maybe it was lighter this month. A strange period can be an early pregnancy symptom. Be sure to keep track of when it started and stopped. It may alter your due date.

  10. Missed Period
    Your period being late or missing it all together is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms. It is also why women take pregnancy tests. How late is your period?

If these ten pregnancy symptoms aren't enough, here are fifteen more pregnancy symptoms. You can also take a quiz to find out if you should take a pregnancy test.

Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies. Gabbe, S, Niebyl, J, Simpson, JL. Fifth Edition.

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