Pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy; however, one of the most common immediate symptoms is a missed period. Some women experience signs or symptoms of pregnancy within a week of conception. For other women, symptoms may develop over a few weeks or not at all.
Below is a list of some of the most common signs and symptoms.
Metro Women’s Care offers caring and confidential medical confirmation of pregnancy through Pregnancy Testing and Ultrasounds.
If you have been sexually active and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is important to take a test and confirm the results medically with an ultrasound. An ultrasound exam will verify that you have a viable pregnancy and determine how many weeks pregnant you are.
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 some cramping. Other Explanations: Actual menstruation, altered menstruation, changes in birth control pill (switching brands), infection or abrasion from intercourse.
Missed menstruation is the most common pregnancy symptom leading a woman to test for pregnancy. When you become pregnant your next period should be missed. Many women can bleed while they are pregnant, but typically the bleeding will be shorter or lighter than a normal period. Other Explanations: Excessive weight gain/loss, fatigue, hormonal problems, tension, stress, ceasing to take the birth control pill or breast-feeding.
Swollen or tender breasts are a 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. Other Explanations: Hormonal imbalance, birth control pills, impending menstruation (PMS) can also cause your breasts to be swollen or tender.
Feeling fatigued or more tired is a symptom which can also start as early as the first week after conception. Other Explanations: Stress, exhaustion, depression, common cold or flu, or other illnesses can also leave you feeling tired or fatigued.
This well-known symptom will often show up between 2-8 weeks after conception. Some women are fortunate to not deal with morning sickness at all, while others will feel nauseous throughout most of their pregnancy. Other Explanations: Food poisoning, stress, or other stomach disorders can also cause you to feel queasy.
Lower backache may be a symptom that occurs early in pregnancy; however, it is common to experience a dull backache throughout an entire term. Other Explanations: Impending menstruation, stress, other back problems, and physical strains.
The sudden rise of hormones in your body can cause you to have headaches early in pregnancy. Other Explanations: Dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, impending menstruation, eye strain or other ailments can be the source of frequent or chronic headaches.
Around 6-8 weeks after conception, you may find yourself making a few extra trips to the bathroom. Other Explanations: Urinary tract infection, diabetes, increased liquid intake or taking excessive diuretics.
If you are pregnant, the skin around your nipples may get darker. Other Explanations: Hormonal imbalance or may be a leftover effect from a prior pregnancy.
While you may not have a strong desire to eat pickles and ice cream, many women will feel cravings for certain foods. This can last throughout your entire pregnancy. Other Explanations: Poor diet, lack of a certain nutrient, stress, depression or impending menstruation.
Your Next Step: Schedule an appointment for Free Pregnancy Testing. Our nurse read tests are highly sensitive and accurate. Our tests are capable of detecting pregnancy as early as 7 days after conception.
If you have confirmed that you are pregnant, you have three choices to consider: Abortion, Adoption and Parenting. Only you can decide what is best for you. But we are here to help you understand each option and offer support.
Metro Women’s Care staff provide individual appointments so you can ask questions and receive personal support and help in your decision. Don’t wait. Call us today to set up an appointment.
This information is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.