Pregnancy Symptoms

Pregnancy symptoms fluctuate from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy; nevertheless, one of the most important pregnancy symptoms is a delayed or missed menstrual cycle.

Understanding the signs and symptoms of pregnancy is important because each indicator may be related to something other than pregnancy. Some women encounter signs or symptoms of pregnancy within a week of conception. For other women, pregnancy symptoms may develop over a few weeks or may not be present at all.

Below is a listing of nine most common pregnancy signs. If you have been sexually active and experiencing any of these symptoms it is imperative to take a pregnancy test.

Implantation Bleeding:

Implantation bleeding can be one of the earliest pregnancy symptoms.  Between six and twelve days after conception, the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall. Some women will encounter spotting as well as some cramping.

Other Explanations: Actual menstruation, altered menstruation, changes in birth control pill, or infection.

Delay or Difference in Menstruation:

A delayed or missed menstruation is the most typical pregnancy symptom guiding a woman to test for pregnancy. When you become pregnant, your next period should be missed. It is important to note many women can bleed while they are pregnant, but usually the bleeding will be shorter or lighter than a normal period.

Other Explanations: Excessive weight gain/loss, fatigue, hormonal problems, tension, stress, discontinuing the birth control pill, or breast-feeding.

Swollen/Tender Breasts:

Swollen or tender breasts, is a pregnancy symptom which may begin as early as 1-2 weeks after conception. Women can notice changes in their breasts; they may be tender to the touch, sore, and 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 pregnancy 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.

Nausea/Morning Sickness:

This pregnancy symptom will often show up between two to eight weeks after conception. Some women are lucky to not deal with morning sickness at all, while others will feel nauseous all the way through most of their pregnancy.

Other Explanations: Food poisoning, stress, or other stomach disorders can also cause you to feel queasy.


Lower backaches may be a symptom that occurs early in pregnancy; however, it is not uncommon to experience a dull backache throughout an entire pregnancy.

Other Explanations: Impending menstruation, stress, other back problems, and physical or mental strains.


The sudden rise of hormones in a women’s body can cause her to have headaches early in pregnancy.

Other Explanations: Dehydration, caffeine withdrawal (please reduce your caffeine intake while pregnant), impending menstruation, eye strain, or other illnesses can be the source of frequent or chronic headaches.

Frequent Urination:

Between week six and eight after conception, you may find yourself making a few extra trips to the bathroom.


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