Pregnancy 101: The 10 Key Signs That You’re Expecting (So Exciting!)

Mon, October 25, 2010 10:00am EDT by 12 Comments

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Guess what? Drugstore pregnancy tests aren’t the only way to know if you’re pregnant (and they’re not always right, anyway…). Our BFFs at ivillage.com have a list of the 10 most common signs you’re expecting.

Some women are sure they are pregnant from the moment of conception. For others, it may take five positive pregnancy tests, as well as a host of symptoms, until they are really sure. If you’re thinking you just may be pregnant, we hope our list of the most common signs of pregnancy will help you find the answer you are hoping for!

Remember, all women are different so you may not experience all (or any) of these 10 common signs of pregnancy:

1. Tender breasts/nipples: If you are pregnant you will notice that your breasts and nipples become tender around three weeks after conception (when your period is about one week late). They may also feel swollen — similar to the way they feel when you expect your period.

2. Slight spotting or cramping: If you are pregnant, light pink spotting can occur at the time of implantation — when the embryo attaches to the lining of the uterus. This happens around eight to 10 days following ovulation, a bit earlier than your menstrual period is due. You can usually differentiate implantation bleeding from your menstrual period if it occurs a bit earlier than expected, if it is scanty, spotty, pinkish (and not red and heavy like a period), and does not follow the normal pattern of a period (light, progressing to heavy and then again to light). Cramping can also be common in early pregnancy. Until the uterus assumes its mid-position and becomes better supported by the bony pelvis in the second trimester, it is prone to menstrual-like cramping. Contractions of the uterus occur regularly, increasing with exercise, orgasm and even simple changes in position.

To read more, go to ivillage.com.

Tell us: Did you know you were expecting before you even took a pregnancy test?