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When Do Pregnancy Symptoms Begin?

Katlyn Joy |19, February 2012


Am I pregnant, or aren't I? Every woman who is pregnant began with those nagging questions? And if I'm pregnant when will I start feeling that way?

We have all heard those women who swear seconds after sex, they just "felt pregnant." It's easy to believe so in retrospect, but in reality the symptoms of pregnancy don't start for at least a week or two or more after the actual moment of conception.

The earliest symptoms of pregnancy may include cramping or slight spotting of blood about a week or up to a week and a half after conceiving. This implantation bleeding occurs when the embryo attaches itself to the wall of the uterus.

Another early symptom that may be seen as early as a week after getting pregnant is tender or sore breasts. This is often a woman's strongest initial pregnancy symptom. While many woman report breast tenderness associated with PMS, pregnancy will cause a much more sore breast sensation. It may begin as simple PMS discomfort but as the days build toward the date of the due period, the breasts continue becoming more and more tender and continue to do so past the date of the missed period.

Extreme tiredness or fatigue is often seen quite early in pregnancy, as soon as a week or two after conceiving. Women often feel completely void of energy for much or even all of the day and must nap. This symptom will improve several weeks later in almost all cases.
Unfortunately, one of the more common pregnancy symptoms, morning sickness, may be one of the first to show up in pregnancy. Typically seen as early as a couple weeks after getting pregnant, or about the time you expect your period to arrive, nausea can cause food aversions or even vomiting.

However, many women just have "a feeling, an odd sensation," that something is different in their bodies. First just a suspicion, each day that passes a woman will often feel more confident that she is carrying a new life.

Of course, the validation of a positive pregnancy test will allow a woman to be surer of the symptoms she thought she was experiencing earlier. Once she knows for sure she is pregnant, she may be more aware of the signs of pregnancy at work in her body. And of course, symptoms also often grow stronger and more numerous the further in the pregnancy she goes.

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Rs Jul 27, 2018 01:48:59 PM ET

The last day of my period was 19th July, 2018. And on 23rd July and 26th July, had unprotected intercourse. Today on 27th, I am suffering from severe headache and vomiting. Should I take a pregnancy test ? Need advise. Will b very thankful.

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Cecilia Jul 17, 2018 09:51:27 AM ET

Hi, I was supposed to have my period on the 10th of July,up to now I can't see anything but my stomach is not hurting. Please help.

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Amie Jul 12, 2018 01:00:40 PM ET

I don't know whether I am pregnant or not. Had unprotected sex after my periods, and after 9 days there is a sudden change in my normal routine. I've not had any spotting, kind of thing, but have been suffering from mood swings, constipation,urge to rush to washroom, craving for food, etc. Could it be pregnancy or should I wait for my Period cycle?

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Shifa Feb 1, 2018 01:19:21 AM ET

I had unprotected sex on 7th. After 2 weeks I got my periods. It was kind of regular period, just for 3 days. After that I started bleeding brownish in colour, and some kind of white watery discharge. I also have some cramps and backache,headache,leg pain. I did a pregnancy test on 31st. It was negative. Please help me. What should I do?

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Angel Dec 25, 2017 08:10:55 PM ET

Please, I had sex ten days ago. After the sex, i noticed I had an infection and got my self treated. After the sex that very day I took postona 2 And now I feel very hungry recently and had to eat all the time . I feel soreness on my nipples,my waist aches,my tummy is now bigger, I used to have a very flat tummy before. I am afraid I might be pregnant. Please help me out.

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yayra Sep 23, 2017 08:19:54 AM ET

Hi. I had my period last month twice, and I use to enter into this month on the 16th day. I had unprotected sex, and then the following day I started feeling some pain in my breast and started giving off gas frequent. Could I be pregnant?

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Star Jan 5, 2017 05:59:23 PM ET

Hello I was wondering if someone can help me. I had unprotected sex five days ago. Sex did not Last long maybe a few seconds or so because I felt uncomfortable and told him to stop. So he did not get to finish at all like ejaculation but I am still scared of precum even if sex was just in seconds. I don't know if I was ovulating or not so on that same day I went to the store and took an emergency contraception pill, it was called Take action. Ever since that day I have been having cramps for four days after that situation with unprotected sex and taking that pill. Does anyone know if I have a huge chance of becoming pregnant? Or are these cramps a sign of something because I think five days is probably way too soon for pregnancy symptoms unless you cramp if your body is already having conception I don't know how it works.

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jenjen Sep 20, 2016 06:19:49 PM ET

Please help me out. I'm not sure if I am pregnant. I am eating a lot and my abdomen keeps feeling like pins and needles.

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Guest Aug 23, 2016 08:37:24 AM ET

Hi, I had sex before 2 days on 23rd august. I'm feeling bloated and crampy. No other symptoms. I have to go on vacation on the 3rd of September. My period cycle is due on 6th of September. Should I take pills to postpone my periods? Will it affect my pregnancy?? Please help... I don't want to lose my pregnancy.

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Guest Mar 29, 2015 05:39:46 AM ET

Also, I've had all but three early pregnancy symptoms. So that's why I've been skeptical along with these cramps and they're only on my right side.

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