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    Other Early Symptoms of Pregnancy

    Pregnancy brings changes in your hormonal balance. And that can cause other symptoms..

    • Frequent urination. For many women, this starts around the sixth or eighth week after conception. Although this could be caused by a urinary tract infectiondiabetes, or overusing diuretics, if you're pregnant, it's most likely due to hormonal levels.
    • Constipation. During pregnancy, higher levels of the hormone progesterone can make you constipated. Progesterone causes food to pass more slowly through your intestines.  To ease the problem, drink plenty of water, exercise, and eat plenty of high-fiber foods.
    • Mood swings. These are common, especially during the first trimester. These are also related to changes in hormones.
    • Headaches and back pain. Many pregnant women report frequent mild headaches, and others experience chronic back pain.
    • Dizziness and fainting. These may be related to dilating blood vessels, lower blood pressure, and lower blood sugar.

    A pregnant woman could have all of these symptoms, or maybe have only one or two. If any of these symptoms become bothersome, talk with your doctor about them so you can make a plan to offset them.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Trina Pagano, MD on October 08, 2014
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