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The most obvious early sign of pregnancy is:

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The most obvious early sign of pregnancy is:

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Having sore breasts, being tired or not being able to stand food you usually like, may all be early symptoms of pregnancy. However, other things can cause those symptoms too. If you're usually regular, the most reliable early sign that you're pregnant is missing a period. Some women don’t notice any early symptoms at all when they're pregnant.

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It's rare to have mood swings in your first trimester.

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It's rare to have mood swings in your first trimester.

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Changes in hormones can cause mood swings early on. In fact, mood swings are one of the most common early symptoms of pregnancy.

Many early symptoms of pregnancy are similar to things you feel when your period is about to start.

Many early symptoms of pregnancy are similar to things you feel when your period is about to start.

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Bloating, sore or enlarged breasts and moodiness are all early symptoms of pregnancy as well as being premenstrual symptoms.

How long do feelings of breast tenderness typically last before decreasing?

How long do feelings of breast tenderness typically last before decreasing?

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Good news: As your body adjusts to hormone changes during pregnancy, your breasts should start to feel less sore or full.

Any spotting around the time you expect your period is a sure sign that you are not pregnant.

Any spotting around the time you expect your period is a sure sign that you are not pregnant.

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Some pregnant women may have some light spotting around the time they would expect their period. This is called implantation bleeding which happens when the embryo attaches to the lining of the uterus. Usually there is no need for alarm, but it’s best to check with your midwife or GP. 

Some women may lose weight during the first trimester.

Some women may lose weight during the first trimester.

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Morning sickness may cause some women to lose a few pounds in the first three months of pregnancy. If concerned about weight loss, a woman should seek medical advice. However, most women don’t gain much weight in the first trimester. Pregnant women gain the most weight during the second and third trimesters.

Morning sickness can happen at any time during the day.

Morning sickness can happen at any time during the day.

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The term “morning sickness” is misleading. It does often happen in the morning, but it can happen at other times, too. Usually it goes away within12 to 14 weeks. Some women find that eating small, frequent meals helps, as does having a snack (like toast) before they get up. Other tips include getting enough rest and drinking plenty of fluids. It's uncommon, but some women have severe nausea and vomiting that needs to be treated by their GP or in hospital.

In the first weeks of pregnancy, you may have to pee a lot.

In the first weeks of pregnancy, you may have to pee a lot.

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Even though the baby is still tiny, your uterus is growing – and pushing on your bladder. Hormone changes may also cause you to go to the toilet more often. It may get better for a while – and then come back with a vengeance in the last few weeks, when the baby is bigger and space is at a premium in there! Try going to the toilet just before you go to bed, to minimise your night-time trips.

What causes fatigue in early pregnancy?

What causes fatigue in early pregnancy?

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It may be related to hormone changes. During the first few weeks, your body starts to produce a lot of progesterone quickly. But no one knows for sure. Whatever causes it, fatigue usually goes away during the second trimester. Many women say they have more energy then. But fatigue returns as you get closer to your due date, when you're carrying additional weight and pregnancy-related discomforts can make it hard to sleep.

The area around the nipple usually gets dark right after you become pregnant.

The area around the nipple usually gets dark right after you become pregnant.

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Some women do notice a deepening of the colour of the area surrounding the nipple, called the areola, but this usually doesn’t happen until the second trimester. In the first trimester, your breasts may become more tender and the nipples may stick out more.

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