By: Breannia Stillwell

Sometimes women are not aware of the early signs of pregnancy. They may not notice the symptoms, or they may mistake them for premenstrual syndrome. Some pregnancy symptoms are more common than others, which varies effects from woman to woman. Here are some common signs of pregnancy and tips to help cope with the changes.

Missed Period

You will likely miss your next period four weeks after conception. Sometimes implantation bleeding may occur, but do not mistake this for a period. You can tell the difference between implantation bleeding and menstrual bleeding from the presence of blood clots. If there are blood clots, then you are having a regular period. You may want to take a pregnancy test to confirm.


Nausea is a quite common sign of pregnancy and may or may not be accompanied by vomiting. Generally known as “morning sickness”, it can be experienced at any time of the day. Severity can differ from person to person. Hormonal changes are believed to be the cause of morning sickness and in most cases will not last past the first trimester.

Raised Body Temperature

A higher body temperature may also be a sign of pregnancy. Your body’s core temperature may increase more easily during exercise or in hot weather. Be sure to drink more water and exercise cautiously.


Fatigue is a common symptom during pregnancy. Your progesterone levels will be high, which causes you to feel sleepy. Be sure to get enough sleep and keep your bedroom cool to help with your body temperature.

Breast Changes

You are likely to develop tender or swollen breasts due to hormone changes. The areola, the area around the nipple, may change to a darker color or even grow larger. You can relieve breast pain by wearing a comfortable, supportive maternity bra.

Frequent Urination

Your body increases the amount of blood it pumps during pregnancy. The increase of blood causes the kidneys to process more fluid, which leads to more fluid in your bladder. You may find yourself running to the bathroom frequently or accidentally leaking.

Bloating and Constipation

Like your menstrual period, you will experience bloating. Bloating is caused by hormone changes, which slows down your digestive system. You may feel constipated as a result.

High Blood Pressure

High or normal blood pressure will drop in the early stages of pregnancy. Blood pressure change may cause dizziness. Be sure to drink water and snack regularly to help prevent dizziness.

When will it end? 

Many of these symptoms will start to fade once you reach the second trimester. Talk to your doctor about any symptoms that interfere with your daily life.

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