Becoming pregnant can bring great joy and reward to a family. Sometimes, however, women have questions regarding the early symptoms of pregnancy and may wonder if their symptoms are suggestive of pregnancy. This article focuses on the most common symptoms a woman might experience in the early stages pregnancy.
Early Signs of Pregnancy
Spotting: Implantation bleeding can be one of the earliest pregnancy symptoms. About 6-12 days after conception, the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall. Some women will experience spotting as well as cramping. Other women do not even notice implantation bleeding or cramping, so don’t worry if you are trying to get pregnant and don’t experience these symptoms; you could still be pregnant.
Delayed or Missed Period: A delayed or missed period is the most common pregnancy symptom leading a woman to test for pregnancy. When you become pregnant, your next period should be missed. Some women can bleed while they are pregnant, but typically this bleeding will be shorter or lighter than a normal period.
Swollen or Tender Breasts: Swollen or tender breasts is a pregnancy symptom which may begin as early as 1-2 weeks after conception. Women may notice changes in their breasts; they may be tender to the touch, sore, or swollen.
Fatigue or Tiredness: Feeling fatigued or more tired is a pregnancy symptom which can also start as early as the first week after conception.
Morning Sickness or Nausea: This well-known pregnancy symptom will oftentimes show up between 2-8 weeks after conception. Some women are fortunate to not deal with morning sickness at all, while others feel nauseous throughout most of their pregnancy.
Becoming a mom is an exciting time. You can give your and your baby the best possible start by taking good care of yourself and learning the symptoms associated with being pregnant. Not all women will experience the same symptoms in early pregnancy or experience these symptoms to the same degree. We are here to help! Contact us if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.
(Some information provided by the American Pregnancy Association).