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When Do Pregnancy Symptoms Begin?

by Katlyn Joy | February 19, 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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lora Dec 9, 2014 12:20:51 PM ET

I feel very sleepy at the random times of the day. could this be a symptom?

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Alexis Struckland Oct 1, 2014 12:09:53 AM ET

Hi. i had sex, and i was 15 days late. now i'm bleeding, and it seems like i'm on my period. could i be pregnant?

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zinzi May 27, 2014 12:44:25 PM ET

I had sex with my boyfriend. the first round he use a condom, and second round he didn't use a condom. its being long not having my periods am wondering if i am pregnant. please help cause i am about to test.

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Guest Oct 30, 2013 02:53:24 PM ET

Hi.. i had my period october 1st. it lasted five days. i had unprotected sex two days ago. i have really light red discharge and a little bit of cramping. i eat more, could i be pregnant?

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mark May 16, 2013 04:58:35 AM ET

Hi my girlfriend says that.. when she woke up in the morning she feels like different..she didnt take a breakfast yet but know..puke or somthng and lately she feels head ache and feels dizzy..hmm i dont know why its happening to her.. it already 5 days when we had sex.. but i use condom ofcoures... help me

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tammy May 5, 2013 04:25:58 AM ET

I thought i was pregnant because my last period was three days late and o was having tender breasts i took two test one that night and the next morning both said negative yet i can't suck in my stomach and o get sharp pains in my vagina when i bend over it only happens rarely but they hurt help if u can

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Jani Feb 14, 2013 09:54:06 AM ET

I've been experiencing a lot of cramping a little dizziness my brest and belly have been itchy . i have also been feeling super bloated . i had protected sex on the 27th of january and had my period on the 29 of january but it was light which i thought was weird. i just don't know if it has to do with me taking the plan b on january 9 because i had "protected sex" on january 6. omg....sorry i wrote it all end to start . i haven't tested myself because its to early to know right ?? could i be pregnant ???

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marie Jan 3, 2013 06:47:43 PM ET

I've been on birth control for a year now and my periods have continued to be the same. start light get medium heavy and lighten up. sunday decemeber 23 i began my sugar pills. my period usually arrives about the third fourth sugar pill. on the 27th i got very light spotting. mostly brown and it was snotty like slimy at some points with a hint of red. again not heavy at all and only when i wiped. all i got was a dark brown spot my pad not tiny but not big and that's all that came and that's unusual for me. it stopped after a few days. i began my active pills december 30 anyways and yesterday january 2 i began cramping a little bit and it felt like my period was coming nothing. i've been a little quesy but i could be coming down with something i maybe? i took a home pregnancy test this afternoon(the 3rd) and it said negative it was one of those droppers. what's wrong with me

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shonaa Nov 19, 2012 06:12:13 AM ET

Hi i was supose to get my period on the 12th of dis month while then i was having most of the pregnancy symtoms but i got me period five dayz late am i preg or not plz help

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Amy Sep 20, 2012 01:45:54 AM ET

I have taken the clomid pill on 5-9 days of my cycle and on the 12 cycle day i went to the dr and was told i had a nice follical (or egg i guess) according to the dr i was supposed to have sex on the 12 14 16 and 18 day of my cycle. tomorrow (09-20 2012) will be the 18th day... how do i know if the clomid worked and im pregnant. i dont know if i should be showing symptoms or if i am just wishing so hard that i am pregnant that i making myself think i am pregnant. when should i take a test to see or should i wait till my next dr apt?

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