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7 Top Pregnancy Symptoms

Do you think you might be unexpectedly pregnant? It can be overwhelming, and you may not know what to look for. Pregnancy looks slightly different for every woman, so pinning down signs can be difficult, but we’re here to share the 7 top pregnancy symptoms.

Pregnancy Symptoms 

From the moment of conception, when the sperm meets and fertilizes the egg, your body starts to produce the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Initially, the levels of hCG are quite low but escalate rapidly. As the concentration of hCG increases, it may lead to various symptoms.

1. Missed Period

This is one of the most common indicators. If your period is a week late or more, you could be pregnant. But if your periods are usually not regular, this might not be a clear sign.

2. Tender, Swollen Breasts

During the initial stages of pregnancy, hormonal fluctuations can cause your breasts to feel tender and painful. This discomfort usually subsides after the first few weeks as your body becomes accustomed to hormone changes.

3. Nausea With or Without Vomiting

This is commonly referred to as “morning sickness” but can happen at any time of the day. 

4. Frequent Urination

You may notice an increase in the frequency of urination. This happens because, during pregnancy, the blood volume in your body rises, leading your kidneys to filter more fluid, accumulating in your bladder.

5. Feeling Tired

Fatigue is commonly experienced as an early sign of pregnancy. The exact reasons for tiredness in the initial trimester are not entirely understood. Yet, it is believed that the significant increase in progesterone levels in the early stages of pregnancy may play a role in contributing to this fatigue.

6. Moodiness

During the initial stages of pregnancy, the surge in hormonal levels can result in heightened emotions and an increased tendency to cry. It's also normal to experience frequent changes in mood.

7. Light Spotting

Light spotting can be an early sign of pregnancy. This is called implantation bleeding and happens when the fertilized egg sticks to the uterus lining, usually 10 to 14 days after the egg is fertilized. It happens around when you'd expect your period, but not everyone experiences it.

Get The Answers You Need

Luckily, you don’t have to rely on ambiguous signs and symptoms to find out if you’re pregnant. You can get a free pregnancy test from Hagerstown Area Pregnancy Clinic and a limited ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy.

Contact us today to schedule a safe and confidential appointment.