Signs of pregnancy vary from one woman to the next. Commonly and most importantly missing a period is a solid sign. Some hints of pregnancy may occur within the first week following ovulation and conception. Some women may not show any signs for the first few weeks or so. In rare instances it is possible not to experience any signs of pregnancy. Following is a list of symptoms associated with pregnancy accompanied by alternative explanations for these symptoms.
- Backaches: This might also be caused by physical or mental strains, PMS, stress, or any other other type of back problem or disorder.
- Darkening of the Areolas: This might also be caused by a previous pregnancy or hormonal imbalance unrelated to pregnancy.
- Delayed or Difference in Menstruation: This might also be caused by excessive weight gain or loss, fatigue, hormonal birth control changes or fluctuation, hormonal problems, stress, tension or even breastfeeding.
- Fatigue or Tiredness: This might also be caused by common cold or flu, depression, exhaustion, stress, or many other illnesses.
- Food Cravings: This might also be caused by a depression, poor diet, PMS, stress or a lack of certain nutrients.
- Frequent Urination: This might also be caused by diabetes, increasing liquid intake, taking excessive diuretics or a urinary tract infection.
- Headaches: This might also be caused by caffeine withdrawal, dehydration, eye strain, PMS and there are many other things that can cause frequent or chronic headaches.
- Implantation Bleeding: This might also be caused by actual menstruation, changed menstruation, hormonal birth control changes or fluctuation, abrasion from intercourse, or infection.
- Nausea or Morning Sickness: This might also be caused by food poisoning, stress, or any number of other stomach disorders.
- Swollen or Tender Breasts: This might also be caused by birth control pills, hormonal imbalance and PMS.
For additional information about the signs that you are pregnant, please visit the American Pregnancy Association.