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When Do Pregnancy Symptoms Begin?

by Katlyn Joy | February 19, 2012 9:18 AM

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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Guest Mar 29, 2015 01:39:46 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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Guest Mar 29, 2015 01:23:33 AM ET

Hi, i was wondering if someone could help me out. i have irregular periods, and i just started the nexplanon bar in my arm in august. my last period was at the beginning of january, and sometimes i go months without one, so it didn't bother me when i didn't get one in february. but, march 9th was the last time i had sex since july of last year. anyway, i started cramping a week and a half to two weeks ago, and i kept thinking it's my period, but i haven't had one yet. i should have already started a few days ago. i'm very skeptical about it being pregnancy because i have the bar. but, my friend had the bar and ended up pregnant with her daughter. any thoughts?

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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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