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  10/18/2014Symptoms of pregnancy: What happens right away - Mayo Clinichttp://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/getting-pregnant/in-depth/symptoms-of-pregnancy/art-20043853?p=11/3 Healthy Lifestyle Getting pregnant Could you be pregnant? The proof is in the pregnancy test. But even before you miss aperiod, you might suspect — or hope — that you're pregnant. For some women, earlysigns and symptoms of pregnancy begin in the first few weeks after conception. Knowthe first signs of pregnancy.In addition to a missed period, the earliest signs and symptoms of pregnancy mightinclude: Tender, swollen breasts.  Early in pregnancy hormonal changes might make your breasts tender, sensitive or sore. Or your breasts might feel fuller and heavier. Nausea with or without vomiting.  Morning sickness, which can strike at any time of the day or night, sometimes begins as early as three weeks after conception. Whilethe cause of nausea during pregnancy isn't clear, pregnancy hormones likely play arole. Pregnant women might also find that smells that never bothered them beforenow cause nausea. Increased urination.  You might find yourself urinating more often than usual. Fatigue.  Fatigue also ranks high among early symptoms of pregnancy. During earlypregnancy, levels of the hormone progesterone soar — which can make you feelsleepy. Food aversions or cravings.  When you're pregnant, you might find yourself turningup your nose at certain foods. Food cravings are common, too. Like most other symptoms of pregnancy, these food preferences can be chalked up to hormonalchanges.Sometimes symptoms of pregnancy are less familiar or obvious. If you're pregnant, youmight experience: The earliest symptoms of pregnancy can appear in the first few weeks after conception. Here's what you might experience, from nausea and tender breasts todizziness and mood swings. By Mayo Clinic Staff   10/18/2014Symptoms of pregnancy: What happens right away - Mayo Clinichttp://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/getting-pregnant/in-depth/symptoms-of-pregnancy/art-20043853?p=12/3 Slight bleeding.  Sometimes a small amount of spotting or vaginal bleeding is one of the first signs of pregnancy. Known as implantation bleeding, it happens when thefertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus — about 10 to 14 days after conception. Implantation bleeding generally lasts for a short time and occurs aroundthe time of a menstrual period. However, implantation bleeding is usually much lighter than menstrual bleeding. Cramping.  Some women experience mild uterine cramping early in pregnancy. Mood swings.  The flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy can make youunusually emotional and weepy. Mood swings also are common. Dizziness.  Pregnancy causes your blood vessels to dilate and your blood pressure todrop. As a result, you might find yourself feeling lightheaded or dizzy. Constipation.  Hormonal changes cause your digestive system to slow down, whichcan lead to constipation.In addition, your basal body temperature — your temperature when you first wake up inthe morning — might provide an early clue about pregnancy. Basal body temperatureincreases slightly soon after ovulation and remains at that level until your next period. If you've been charting your basal body temperature to determine when you ovulate, itscontinued elevation for more than two weeks could mean that you're pregnant.Unfortunately, these signs and symptoms aren't unique to pregnancy. Some can indicatethat you're getting sick or that your period is about to start. Likewise, you can be pregnantwithout experiencing any of these signs and symptoms.Still, if you miss a period or notice any of the tip-offs on these lists, you might want to takea home pregnancy test — especially if you're not keeping track of your menstrual cycle or if it varies widely from one month to the next. If your home pregnancy test is positive,make an appointment with your health care provider. The sooner your pregnancy isconfirmed, the sooner you can begin prenatal care. References 1. Bastian LA, et al. Clinical manifestations and diagnosis of early pregnancy. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed March 19, 2013.2. Lockwood CJ, et al. Initial prenatal assessment and patient education. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed March 19, 2013.3. Norwitz ER, et al. Overview of the etiology and evaluation of vaginal bleeding in pregnant women.http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed March 19, 2013.4. Hatcher RA, et al. Contraceptive Technology. 20th ed. New York, N.Y.: Ardent Media; 2011:417.5. Frequently asked questions. Pregnancy FAQ126. Morning sickness. American College of Obstetricians andGynecologists. http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq126.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20130318T1105352029. Accessed March 18, 2013.6.  American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Your Pregnancy and Childbirth Month to Month. 5thed. Washington, D.C.: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; 2010:17.  10/18/2014Symptoms of pregnancy: What happens right away - Mayo Clinichttp://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/getting-pregnant/in-depth/symptoms-of-pregnancy/art-20043853?p=13/3 Jul. 12, 2013Original article: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/getting-pregnant/in-depth/symptoms-of-pregnancy/art-200438537. Moore KL, et al. Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.:Saunders Elsevier; 2013:326.8. You and your baby: Prenatal Care, Labor and Delivery, and Postpartum Care. Washington, D.C.: AmericanCollege of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; 2011:1.9. Hill CC, et al. Physiologic changes in pregnancy. Surgical Clinics of North America. 2008;88:391.© 1998-2014 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. All rights reserved. Any use of this site constitutes your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy linked below.Terms and ConditionsPrivacy PolicyNotice of Privacy PracticesMayo Clinic is a not-for-profit organization and proceeds from Web advertising help support our mission. MayoClinic does not endorse any of the third party products and services advertised. Advertising and sponsorship policy Advertising and sponsorship opportunities A single copy of these materials may be reprinted for noncommercial personal use only. Mayo, MayoClinic, MayoClinic.com, EmbodyHealth, Enhance your life, and the triple-shield Mayo Clinic logo aretrademarks of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

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