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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