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Early Pregnancy Symptoms

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Implantation bleeding

Spotting, or implantation bleeding, is caused when a fertilized egg begins to embed itself into the endometrial lining of your uterus. This light bleeding (it only lasts for a day or two) is sometimes mistaken for a menstrual period and may occur anywhere from 6 to 12 days after conception. Because not all women experience spotting, it is not considered one of the most common symptoms of early pregnancy.

Food cravings or aversions

From the very beginning of your pregnancy, you may crave food combinations that would repulse someone who isn't pregnant, like pickles and ice cream. But while stories of food cravings are often humorous and may be discussed more than food aversions, both are equally common. Foods you previously found appetizing may start to totally repulse you. For some women, this symptom comes and goes, while others will experience it throughout pregnancy.

Sensitivity to smell

Much like your changing reactions to foods, it is not uncommon during early pregnancy to experience an increased sensitivity to certain odors. Even aromas you used to enjoy, such as the smell of cookies baking in the oven or the scent of your favorite perfume, may now trigger your gag reflex. This sensitivity to smell is thought to be a side effect of all the estrogen running through your body.

Irritability and mood swings

When you take raging hormones and mix them in with all the other symptoms of pregnancy, it can only be expected that you'll be irritable and moody. Physical discomfort, hormonal changes and anxiety about the future may all contribute to sudden changes in your mood. Expect to experience emotional fluctuations during your entire pregnancy, even though they are generally more prevalent during the first trimester and in the weeks before delivery. Getting moderate exercise, maintaining a healthy diet and getting plenty of sleep will help keep your emotions under control.

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