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Every woman experiences pregnancy differently, but there are some telltale signs that are common among many pregnant women. Since over-the-counter tests are not always conclusive, always confirm pregnancy by seeing a licensed obstetrician who will prescribe a blood test.
One of the oddest symptoms of early pregnancy involves breast tenderness. Discomfort around the breasts, occurring consistently or during times of affection, surprises many women.
Nausea, Morning Sickness, and Heightened Sense of Smell
Many pregnant women experience a heightened sense of smell and an aversion to smells typically unnoticed. Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy in the first trimester but is actually a misnomer: many women experience nausea and/or vomiting at various times throughout the day.
Cramping, Bleeding and Constipation
During early pregnancy, cramping may be felt in areas other than what is typically associated with menstruation. These cramps are especially common in the cervix and are sometimes termed cervical twinges. Women may have light or spotty bleeding, and stools may change in color and consistency.
Exhaustion, Lightheadedness, Dizziness and Headaches
Physical characteristics indicative of pregnancy include exhaustion, feeling lightheaded or dizzy, and headaches, although these symptoms may also be a natural part of a woman's menstrual cycle.
Typical to pregnant women, moodiness intensifies in the first trimester due to the sudden increase in hormones.