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What are the symptoms of pregnancy?

Symptoms are very unreliable for determining pregnancy. Many symptoms that are associated with pregnancy, like sore breasts, bloating, and hunger are also pre-menstrual symptoms. Furthermore, most pregnancy symptoms do not start until 7 weeks of pregnancy or later. In fact, most women have no symptoms in early pregnancy.

The only symptom that is somewhat reliable is missing a period. Pregnancy is the most common reason for a woman who is sexually active to miss her period. However, it is not the only reason. Sometimes women are late or even miss a period, without any obvious cause. This is not a sign that something is wrong.

In addition, a small number of women will continue to have some bleeding on the day they expect their period, even though they are pregnant. It is usually different than a regular period (lighter flow, shorter duration), but many women interpret any bleeding as a period.