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?

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candice

Posted at 12:45 PM on December 25, 2010  

33 weeks i think i dont know yet

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candice

Posted at 4:09 AM on December 25, 2010  

how many weeks am i

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candice

Posted at 4:03 AM on December 25, 2010  

when is my do date

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candice

Posted at 4:00 AM on December 25, 2010  

is it a gril or boy

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candice

Posted at 4:04 AM on December 25, 2010  

am i having more then one baby

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candice

Posted at 4:08 AM on December 25, 2010  

how far perncgant iam i and when am i do

 
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candice

Posted at 3:56 AM on December 25, 2010  

how far perncgat am i and is it a gril or boy or twines

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evelyne oketch

Posted at 7:39 AM on December 10, 2010  

i also have a problem with my lovely husband but i don’t know how to get along well with my sisters please assist me how to get along with them in the right way.i love you too bye.

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jamie

Posted at 11:59 PM on December 1, 2010  

i new 5days after conceptoin i was pregnant sumthink didnt feel right i was unusually grumpy and my dog acted funny ussually she would lay over my tummy wen i was lying down but she wouldnt any more sje would just put her head on my stomach so gently and she refused to play ruff with me and also she tryed to protect me by only growling as ppl walked past this went on for bout 2 weeks then i went and got a pregnancy test and sure enough shes right im pregnant so it could be a good thing to listen to wat your aminals have to say (well hiw they act around you) cos i wouidnt have got that test if it wasnt for her till much later :)

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Chinenye Ezenwa

Posted at 5:58 AM on November 30, 2010  

pls 4 5yrs now ihave not take in not to talk of getting pregnant, pls i need ur help.

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candice

Posted at 3:59 AM on December 25, 2010  

can you help me find out how far long i haft 2 go and if a gril or boy

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candice

Posted at 4:01 AM on December 25, 2010  

how far am i

 
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