It can be very confusing when your looking for early signs of pregnancy.
Many of the physical signs of early pregnancy can be similar to normal pre-menstrual signs, in the days just before a period starts.
Some women can experience some light spotting and cramping around the time her period is due which can be caused by implantation bleeding and these signs may be mistaken for normal periods.
Many women that have already experienced being pregnant before can detect the moment they begin ovulating, while many women cannot tell when or if they have even ovulated.
Some women have a "feeling" and "know" they are pregnant. The early signs of pregnancy may be obvious to them. However, for others, using one of the more accurate inexpensive home pregnancy tests is the most reliable way to know that she is indeed pregnant.
Some of the early signs of pregnancy that women may experience include:
Tender and Enlarged Breasts - very early in pregnancy, the body begins making changes in the normal hormone levels that can result in signs and symptoms of pregnancy. As early as two weeks after conception, these hormonal changes may make your breasts feel fuller and heavier, tingly, tender or even sore.
Darker Areolas - the area around the nipples may become darker as early as one week after conception. The little bumps on the areolas may look more noticeable.
Fatigue - sometimes it can be hard to distinguish if the lack of energy is from everyday work or if it's an early sign of pregnancy. When your pregnant your body is going through some extreme hormonal changes. You may not know your pregnant just yet, but your body sure knows what's going on!
Dizziness/Light Headed - this can happen because of hormonal changes in the body. Your body is getting ready to nurture a growing baby.
Frequent Urination - pregnancy causes the uterus to grow and it will start to enlarge for your growing baby immediately. The uterus puts pressure on your bladder making you feel like you need to urinate more often.
Nausea and/or Vomiting - "feeling sick" can come as early as a week into the pregnancy. Most of the time it happens in the morning, but it can occur at any time of the day.
Mood swings - this is also caused by hormone level changes. This may explain the split personality trait some pregnant women experience. Sometimes you may be more sensitive and cry all the time for no reason or you may seem meaner.
Elevated Body Temperature - it's normal to have an increase in body temperature during ovulation. If your basal body temperature stays elevated once ovulation is complete and continues to when your period is due, then this can be one of the very early signs of pregnancy.
Light Spotting - sometimes women may notice light bleeding around the time their period is due and they may assume it's their period when it's really implantation bleeding.
Increased sensitivity to odors - this may be due to an increase in estrogen levels, but no one knows for sure.
Constipation - For some women, this is a very early sign of pregnancy. The digestive tract slows down to allow the body to withdraw all the available nutrients, and as a result it leaves you constipated.
Missed Period - this is one of the most obvious signs of pregnanacy, although this can also be caused by other things such as and illness, stress, certain medications and hormone imbalance.
and then of course:
Positive Pregnancy Test - there are plenty of pregnancy tests that you can purchase that detects pregnancy as soon as 5 days before your period is due.
The only bad thing about these is that you may get disappointed before your period is due if you happen to get a negative result. Sometimes it can still be too early. It's always best to wait until your period is due, but for those of us trying to conceive...waiting is soooooooo hard!