What are the signs of early pregnancy?

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I have mild cramps that occur at different times a day, I also have back aches and my body feels hot at some point. Is this all early pregnancy signs or period signs?


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The symptoms you're experiencing can indeed be associated with both early pregnancy and the approach of menstruation, as they can be quite similar. Here's a brief overview of both:

Early Pregnancy Signs:

Missed Period: This is often the first sign of pregnancy, but if you have irregular cycles, this might be less reliable.
Mild Cramping and Spotting: About a week after conception, the embryo implants in the uterus, which might cause some light spotting and cramping.
Breast Changes: Breasts might feel tender, swollen, or sore as early as one to two weeks after conception.
Fatigue: Hormonal changes can lead to increased tiredness early in pregnancy.
Nausea (with or without vomiting): Often referred to as morning sickness, this can occur at any time of the day and usually starts around the sixth week of pregnancy.
Increased Body Temperature: Basal body temperature may be elevated during early pregnancy.
Mood Swings: The flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy can make you unusually emotional and weepy.
Signs of an Approaching Period:

Mild Cramping and Spotting: Cramps are a common symptom before and during a period, and some women may also experience very light spotting known as premenstrual spotting.
Breast Tenderness: Swelling and soreness can also occur due to premenstrual hormonal changes.
Fatigue: Fatigue is also common due to the decrease in progesterone levels before a period.
Backache: Many women experience backaches and general aches and pains.
Mood Swings: Pre-period hormonal fluctuations can also cause mood changes.
To distinguish between the two, consider the timing of your symptoms in relation to your menstrual cycle and whether you have any other signs of pregnancy, such as a missed period or nausea. If there's a chance you could be pregnant, taking a home pregnancy test could provide more clarity. These tests are usually reliable around the time your period is due.

If you have concerns or your symptoms are causing you discomfort, it may be a good idea to consult with a healthcare provider for a more precise diagnosis and advice.
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