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Early Signs of Pregnancy

  • Early Signs of Pregancy: discharge, sore and hard nipples, and more.

"What does it mean if my nipples are hard and sore?"
"Does my spotting mean I am pregnant?"
"I have a discharge, could I be pregnant?"

These are all questions asked by women who think they may have early pregnancy symptoms and who have noticed some typical implantation signs and symptoms and who may have wondered "Am I pregnant?"

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Many women start having typical pregnancy symptoms shortly after ovulation which they attribute to being pregnant. These typical symptoms may include increased appetite, weight gain, nausea, abdominal dicomfort, vomiting, and other symptoms commonly attributed to typical pregnancy symptoms.

A couple of symptoms you could possibly notice in early pregnancy are:

  • Missed menstrual period
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Breast changes and breast tenderness
  • Frequent urination
  • Abdominal cramping or PMS cramping 
  • Hard and sore nipples, soreness or changes to your nipples
  • Veins appearing on your breasts
  • Increase in vaginal discharge
  • Spotting or light bleeding about a week after having unprotected sex

Most symptoms are not really noticeable until after you miss your period.

  • YES, your breasts do hurt and tingle a lot. I would wait until your period was due and if you don't get it go get a pregnancy test.
  • About 3 or 4 days after (estimated) conception I experienced strong symptoms of nausea, tender and sensitive nipples. This occurred for about 2 to 4 days.
  • I had cold-like symptoms.
  • About a week before my period was due I noticed that the veins on my breasts were very prominent.
  • Some women don't have any symptoms of pregnancy, and it is normal.
  • My earliest symptoms is always excessive salivation, I have to swallow and swallow, this usually hits me about 3-4 days before my period is due. Everyone reacts differently to HCG (pregnancy hormone) and has different symptoms, some people don't even know they are pregnant until they feel something moving around at 20 weeks, others seem to know the exact moment of conception!
  • Two weeks prior to my finding out I was pregnant I noticed that my breast seemed to be very swollen. They were also very tender and sore to the touch. My nipples were always hard and I seemed to be hungry after I had eaten a full course meal.
  • You don't have to miss a period you can be pregnant and still have a period.

You could be pregnant if:

  1. You had sex during your fertile days
  2. You are having certain pregnancy symptoms
  3. You missed your period
  4. You had signs of implantation

The chances of being pregnant rise dramatically if you are not using birth control, but it is also possible to get pregnant even if you are using birth control, especially if you are not using it regularly or exactly as prescribed. 

Many women start having typical pregnancy symptoms before they miss their period and before they have a positive pregnancy test and they ask themselves "Am I pregnant?" But many women who are not pregnant may also experience these symptoms because they want to be pregnant and they are trying to be pregnant.

Early signs of pregnancyThe bottom line is that only a positive pregnancy test will tell you for sure. Most home pregnancy tests will not be positive until you miss your period, about 15+ days after ovulation and you need to be patient until you get there.

The most common first symptom of pregnancy is a missed period (amenorrhea). Other typical pregnancy symptoms include breast tenderness, bloating and nausea but they are not reliable enough for diagnosing pregnancy because many pregnancy symptoms are also premenstrual symptoms.

Am I Pregnant?

If you are wondering "Am I Pregnant?" then the best way to find out is to do a pregnancy test. Until the pregnancy test is clearly positive, there is no way knowing for sure whteher you are pregnant or not.

Women who ovulate and men who have a normal sperm count have a 1 in 5 chance (20%) of getting pregnant in any one cycle. If you have had unprotected intercourse during your 5-6 fertile days prior to and the day of ovulation, then there is a 20% chance that you are pregnant.

It is also possible to be pregnant even if you are using birth control, though some birth control methods like the pill are more reliable than the diaphragm or a condom. It is rare if you are using a medically approved form of birth control, but it becomes more likely if you don't always use your method every single time, or take your birth control pills every single day. Withdrawal (the pull out method) is a very unreliable form of birth control. If that is your choice of birth control, your chance of pregnancy rises dramatically.

The only way to answer the question "Am I Pregnant?" is to do a pregnancy test but many pregnancy tests will not be accurate until after you miss your period. A positive pregnancy test means that you are pregnant but a negative test does not necessarily mean that you are not pregnant.

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