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7 Common Pregnancy Symptoms

A woman’s body goes through many hormonal changes during pregnancy, triggering various symptoms. However, every woman’s experience will be different.

Are you wondering if you are pregnant? According to Mayo Clinic, five pregnancy signs and symptoms might be the most common.

1. A Missed Period

When you become pregnant, your body will stop having monthly periods. This is because after conception occurs, your body will produce hormones to stop ovulation and shedding the lining of your uterus.

2. Tender, Swollen Breasts

Due to hormonal changes, your breasts might feel tender or swollen. The tenderness should subside as your body adjusts to the new hormone levels.

Your breasts can feel more swollen than usual before a monthly period. You might also notice the area around your nipples (areolas) becoming darker or larger.

3. Nausea With or Without Vomiting

Also known as morning sickness (though it can happen at any time of day), nausea is a common symptom of pregnancy. The hormonal adjustments can cause you to feel nauseous and sometimes even trigger vomiting.

4. Increased Urination

Your blood volume increases during pregnancy, leading to your kidneys processing more fluid. This excess fluid will end up in your bladder, causing you to go to the bathroom more frequently.

5. Fatigue

If you feel more tired or sleepy than usual, this can be a pregnancy symptom. No one knows why there is fatigue during pregnancy. However, increased progesterone levels might be a cause.

We’ve listed the five pregnancy signs and symptoms that the Mayo Clinic believes may be the most common, but here are two more you should know about.

6. Light Spotting

Also known as implantation bleeding, light vaginal bleeding can occur about ten to fourteen days after conception when the embryo implants in the lining of the uterus. The bleeding can happen right around your expected period and can be confused with a light period.

Implantation bleeding looks like small drops of blood or a brownish discharge. It’s light and stops on its own.

7. Moodiness

Are you feeling extra moody, weepy, or experiencing mood swings? This is due to the flood of hormones. If you’re feeling extra emotional, this could be a symptom of pregnancy.

It’s important to give yourself grace during this time.

Find Out for Sure with Pregnancy Testing

In addition to the seven pregnancy signs and symptoms above, you might also experience food aversions, bloating, constipation, nasal congestion, cramping, and even a metallic taste in your mouth.

If you think you might be pregnant, find out for sure with free-of-charge pregnancy testing at Pathways Clinic in Washougal. If it’s positive, we’ll also offer a free and confidential ultrasound.

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