10 Signs of Pregnancy

By Jordan Meyers
10 Signs of Pregnancy

There are many signs that may indicate a pregnancy. However, there are 10 that stand out as the most commonly experienced signs of pregnancy. If you have any of these, it may be time to see your doctor for an in-office pregnancy test.

Identification

A missed menstrual period is often the first and most obvious of the 10 most common signs of pregnancy. Other common signs a woman may experience include swollen, tender breasts, fatigue, bleeding at the time of implantation, nausea and/or vomiting and sensitivity to smells. Other signs are abdominal bloating, increased need to urinate, higher-than-normal basal body temperature. The final, and perhaps most important, of the top 10 pregnancy signs is a positive result on a home pregnancy test.

Effects

When you're considering pregnancy signs, remember that most women don't experience any symptoms at all until they've missed a menstrual period. In fact, many women don't experience signs until 1 to 2 weeks have passed since their periods were due to start. However, there are some women who notice signs of pregnancy, such as tender breast tissue and nausea, before they've even missed a period.

Considerations

If you've experienced one or more of the 10 most common signs of pregnancy, you may decide it's time to take a home pregnancy test. There are some pregnancy tests that are sensitive enough to detect a pregnancy as soon as the first day of a missed period. However, many are not reliable until about 1 week has passed since your period should have started. If you receive a negative result on a pregnancy test, but you still have signs of pregnancy, take another test in a few days. Keep in mind that there is potential for false negatives and false positives. To be sure of your pregnancy status, it's best to see your doctor for an in-office test.

Misconceptions

Often, women view any type of vaginal bleeding as a sign that they are not pregnant. However, this is not a reliable method of determining whether or not a woman is expecting. Some pregnant women actually experience implantation bleeding 11 to 12 days after conception. Implantation bleeding happens when a fertilized egg implants in the lining of the uterus.This bleeding typically occurs close to the time when a woman would have had her period . It often appears as pink, red, or brown spotting, and it usually lasts for just 1 or 2 days. To make sure you're not overlooking a problem, however, it's best to let your doctor know if you experience any amount of bleeding while you are pregnant.

Warning

If you have signs of pregnancy, but you're also experiencing pain and/or bleeding that amounts to more than simple implantation bleeding, see your doctor right away. There is a chance that you may have an ectopic pregnancy, which is a pregnancy that is developing in one of your fallopian tubes. An ectopic pregnancy is dangerous for your health and can even be fatal if left unchecked. If caught early, however, it is possible to have the pregnancy terminated without damaging your fallopian tubes.

About the Author

Jordan Meyers has been a writer for 13 years, specializing in businesses, educational and health topics. Meyers holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Maryland and once survived writing 500 health product descriptions in just 24 hours.