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The most common reason for women to take a pregnancy test is a missed period. But some women experience pregnancy symptoms days before their period is due. As a result of the shift in hormones, tiny changes take place in the body that alert the woman that she may be pregnant even before a positive pregnancy test.
Here are the top 8 signs that you may be pregnant.
1. Tender Breasts
This is a very common pregnancy symptom. Your breast tissue is extremely hormone-sensitive. When progesterone and hCG start flooding the body after the egg is fertilized, they increase your blood volume that makes your breasts swell and feel heavier than usual.
There’s tired, and then there’s this: If all you can think about at work is taking a nap or if you’re too exhausted to keep up with everyday activities like hitting the gym, then it may be your body telling you one of the earliest signs of pregnancy.
Many women mistake some light bleeding for a period, but as many as 25 percent will have some spotting during implantation. If you notice that your “period” seems way shorter or different from usual, it may be a sign of pregnancy.
You may feel crampy like you have or are about to get your period, but this pregnancy sign is actually triggered by implantation. When the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall, your uterus may be stretching a little now to prep for its massive expansion over the next nine months.