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The First Signs of Pregnancy

by April C. Sanchez, M.D. |
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Q I'm 5 1/2 weeks pregnant. I've taken several pregnancy tests, they are all positive but I'm not having any symptoms. In fact, I feel wonderful! Is it too early to feel sick or am I just lucky?

A Congratulations on your pregnancy! If you have taken several pregnancy tests with positive results, you can be fairly sure that you are pregnant, even in the absence of any obvious symptoms. Certainly, you have had the first and most common symptom, the missed period. Yes, 5 1/2 weeks is somewhat early to experience some of the other symptoms, most of which begin to appear at about 6 weeks of pregnancy. Approximately 50-70% of pregnant women will have some degree of nausea or vomiting. This may be "morning sickness", simple nausea, or just an aversion to certain foods that would normally appeal to you. For some women, food odors may cause nausea. The symptoms usually continue for about 6 weeks, then subside as the second trimester begins. A very small percentage of women will have some degree of nausea and vomiting throughout their entire pregnancy.

Even if you are one of the lucky ones to escape the nausea of pregnancy, chances are that you will experience at least one other symptom associated with your pregnancy. Most women report easy fatigability throughout the first trimester. Again, the energy levels typically increase as the second trimester begins. Breast changes are also common in early pregnancy. Many women will have breast tenderness, which may or may not be associated with an increase in breast size.

Wishing you the best of luck as your pregnancy continues,

April C. Sanchez, M.D.

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Dr Sanchez lives with her husband and two boys ages 6 and 2 in Mandeville, Louisinana. She is a Board Certified OBGYN with a dregree from Louisiana State University Medical School. She completed her residency through the Tulane University Medical School Residency Program. She also received a Surgical Excellence Award.

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She is now practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology at Total Woman Care, in Manderville, Louisiana. The Total Woman Care website, (http://www.totalwomancare.com) is an "Advanced" Obstetrics and Gynecology Practice that cares and provides for the needs of women with total Compassion, Empathy, and Understanding. Dedicated to Provide Obstetrics and Gynecology Related Information for the Women of West St Tammany Parish.


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Lacey Dec 4, 2014 07:12:17 AM ET

I'm now three months late of my period. i do have irregular periods, but i haven't missed a period for this long. i do have heartburn and swollen ankles. i've been feeling fatigued as well, and getting headaches. i've been gaining weight and i've been bloated. what should i do?

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Guest Oct 9, 2014 03:24:32 PM ET

I got my first depo shot on sep 25th, and had unprotected sex on oct 3rd. i am due to start my period today, oct 9th. can i be pregnant?

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Guest Oct 1, 2014 08:36:37 AM ET

My period ended on sept 25, 2014. i had sex on sept 30, 2014. so will i be pregnant?

andrea Nov 12, 2014 03:47:26 PM ET

I had my period on the 18th of october, and it is now the 12th of november. am i late for my period?

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Guest May 30, 2014 12:46:53 AM ET

I'm 10 days late for my monthly and having some symptoms of early pregnancy. when would be a good time to take a pregnancy test to be 100% sure i'm pregnant?

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Guest Apr 28, 2014 04:22:19 AM ET

Hi, my name is ntombi. i missed my period and i urinate every 5 minutes. could i be pregnant?

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vevs Oct 29, 2013 09:02:59 PM ET

Hi i'm on week week 1 missed on my period, but shows no negative urine pregnancy test. i'm taking antihistamine because of my allergy at this time. what can i do to confirm if i am really pregnant?

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Michelle Aug 16, 2013 01:30:31 AM ET

I had my period on the july 11and now it is aug 15 my cycle was due on the 8th of august my cycle normally comes like clock work every 28 days i took a early first response pregnancy test a day ago and it was negative i have been extremely tired,light headed,moody,and having very faint cramping on and off for the last 2days even though the test was negative i still think i'm pregnant i'm worried and confused help

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Michelle Aug 15, 2013 01:36:52 AM ET

I had my period on the july 11and now it is aug 15 my cycle was due on the 8th of august my cycle normally comes like clock work every 28 days i took a early first response pregnancy test a day ago and it was negative i have been extremely tired,light headed,moody,and having very faint cramping on and off for the last 2days even though the test was negative i still think i'm pregnant i'm worried and confused help

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agho Jun 8, 2013 01:59:23 PM ET

I am 4weeks and 5days pregnant,after i did the pregnancy test and it came positive, but saw some blood today,i want to know if its ok or am i losing the baby?

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niesha f May 2, 2013 03:54:56 PM ET

My boyfriend and i have have been living together for a month now..we had unprotected sex just on the 30th of april and we both where selibent i dont know how to pronounce or spell it..but i had my cycle three weeks prior the sex.and its only been two days sincee so do i take a pregnancy test on the march 11th.2013...which is a week after the four days after fertilization..

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