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Early Pregnancy Symptoms
(Am I Pregnant?)

Early Pregnancy Symptoms, Am I Pregnant?

Women in the early stages of pregnancy may experience a number of different symptoms that may signal a pregnancy. While a missed menstrual period is often the characteristic sign of pregnancy, women who do not have regular menstrual cycles may not recognize that a menstrual period has been missed. In some cases, breast tenderness or other symptoms are the first sign of pregnancy. Still other women may not experience any particular symptoms at all during early pregnancy and may not be aware of their condition. The experience of pregnancy symptoms is highly individualized and differs among women. In fact, a woman may experience different symptoms in a second or subsequent pregnancy than she did in her first pregnancy.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Signs

Many women have questions regarding the early symptoms of pregnancy and may wonder if their symptoms are suggestive of pregnancy. This article focuses on the most common symptoms a woman might experience in the first trimester of pregnancy. In addition to a missed period, these include breast tenderness, nausea and vomiting, food cravings, fatigue, abdominal cramping and bloating, frequent urination, elevated basal body temperature, changes in nipple color, darkening of the skin, mood swings, and headaches.

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