Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Am I pregnant? For some women, this question brings thoughts of joy and for some feelings of uncertainty. The two weeks, between conception and verifying your pregnancy with a home pregnancy test, can be very stress filled. Luckily, there are certain pregnancy symptoms that you can be on the look out for that may indicate that you are pregnant.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms

* Missed period or a period with less bleeding than normal

* Backaches

* Constipation
This symptom is caused by hormone changes, and the growing uterus pressing against the bowel.

* Darkening of areola (breast nipple)
This can be one of the first symptoms which can appear as early as one week after conception and then throughout pregnancy.

* Excessive salivation

* Exhaustion or feeling sleepy
Can occur one to six weeks after conception and last your entire pregnancy.

* Food cravings

* Frequent urination
You may see this symptom six to eight weeks after conception and it will be with you for your entire pregnancy. This is caused by hormone changes and growing pressure on the bladder.

* Headaches

* Increased sense of smell

* Lower abdominal cramps

* Nausea and vomiting
This symptom usually shows up two to ten weeks after conception. The degree in which you feel sick varies from none to full fledged vomiting. The terminology for this nausea is “morning sickness” by can happen at any time of the day. Hormone changes in your body cause this symptom.

* Tender or swollen breasts
This symptom is one that can appear rather quickly after fertilization – one to two weeks after conception and will most likely be with you your entire pregnancy.

Stress, illness, changes in diet and other situations can cause the pregnancy symptoms as well. The only way to confirm your pregnancy is to take a pregnancy test and then visit your doctor for confirmation.

Home pregnancy tests are very reliable and most can show results as early as 10 to 14 days after fertilization.

Even if you have a postitive pregnancy test and have some or all of these pregnancy symptoms, you will need to visit your health care provider and get a blood test done to get the absolute confirmation of your pregnancy.

If you have these pregnancy symptoms and you believe that you are pregnant, be sure to take care of your health. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. If you are taking prescription or over the counter medication, be sure to check with your doctor to make sure they are safe to take while pregnant. Start taking folic acid to help ensure the health of your unborn child.

Enjoy your journey, your life will never be the same!

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  • Mary Katlyn

    I had sex the last 3 days of ovulation, and 2 times on day of. After ovulation I checked my cervix and it was low and hard, now I check it and it’s higher up and feels kinda soft kinda hard. I have a lot of white gooey cream every day. A few days ago I had cramps in my lower stomach for like 15 minutes then just nothing. My breasts feel heavier and just look bigger, I’m constantly tired like with no energy. I miscarried in early July, my periods due this Saturday. Could I be pregnant? And is it too early for a test because I’m tired of waiting for an answer-I just wanna know already.

    • Did your period start of did you get a positive test?

      • Mary Katlyn

        No period yet and I’m waiting a few more days before I take a test

  • Brittany kimberland

    I am trying to get pregnant, I do not take ovulation tests, but I had sex about a week and a half ago, and about two times the week before those times and also the week before that. I usually get my period on the 27th of each month. Last month it came on the 24th. All of the test I’ve taken have been negative. But today I spotted and it’s way to early for period symptoms. Should I tAke a test? I’ve also had heart burn, and I’ve never had issues with it before other than once in my last pregnancy.

    • It could be that you were testing too early. If you haven’t tested again, I would suggest that you do.

  • hazelp1

    Need bit of help

    Got my coil out 1st April 2015

    I don’t no when my period is due or when I ovulate
    As had it in for 5 years

    I have do it on 2nd 6th 9th 12th

    But from the 2nd I have been having cramps
    On 5th I have a small brown bleed but thought it was to soon for implant bleed

    Still cramping feeling sick n hot sore heads too
    Could I have conceved

    • It’s hard to say without knowing when you were ovulating. As you were having unprotected sex, the possibility of pregnancy is there though.

      • Gabby

        Since March my periods have came on time but only lasted Two days and we’re light instead of using 5 tampons a day only used one or two and I usually have my period 5 days March 13 I took two home test both had faint positive this month I went to the doctor April 15 and my urine test was negative they gave me blood test found out yesterday it was also negative thus would be baby #6 I don’t think I’m going crazy I want it bad but nit enough to make myself believe I also assume I may be pregnant with twins I feel fluttering mostly at night or after i eat cookies lol I feel it mostly on my left side and randomly on my right Idk what to do giving up hope

    • Your body trying to regain hormonal balance is more likely the cause of your symptoms. Did you get a period or a positive pregnancy test?

    • hazelp1

      Period came hun

  • Country girl

    I need bit of help. My shortest period
    Is 25 longest is 30 it says on an app that my cycle is 28 days. I had my period may 23-27,2015 4days. I have had sex everyday once a day since then it says yesterday was my ovulation what is my chance of being pregnant. We are trying just wondering !?

    • It looks like you covered your bases and had sex at times that would be good no matter what cycle length you have this month. Even if your cycle is 30 days, sperm can survive 4-5 days after ejaculation so pregnancy should be a possibility for you this month.

  • Shay Baby

    I had a miscarriage on June 26, I did normal bleeding from that. My husband and I were internet on July 3rd 2015 and I think I am pregnant again because my cycle has not come on. And because of miscarriage it threw my knowing of my cycle off, its been 2 weeks and I feel like I might be pregnant again when should I take a testtest?

  • anonymous189

    Hi ! I Have a few questions which I would really like to have some answers for ! Me and my girlfriend went on holiday on the 28th of june this year ! We made love 9 times or so ( excuse the detail but I need to mention it ) during the holiday and almost each time ( if I remember correctly ) I just rubbed myself against her and put it in for a few seconds without wearing a condom including the last night we did it ! ( Next time I will be sure to wear one ) ! I am 100 % sure that I did not ejaculate inside her ! Our last time was the night before we came home ( It was the 13th of June ) and I again rubbed myself against her and put it in for a few seconds without wearing a condom but each time we really got into it I put a condom on and ejaculated inside the condom ! So she got her period about a day or two after we came home ! What I wanna know is what are the chances of her getting pregnant after this current period of her has finished ? We haven’t had sex since her current period has started or after it was over ! Just the day before her period started,we did not know her period would be then ! Can she still get pregnant now even if she got her period and it is over ?? I already had a few people on various websites which looked trustworthy and I asked them the exact same questions and they told me she is not pregnant and won’t get pregnant but maybe I am still just being paranoid but I would really like to know the answers to those questions ! Thanks so much !

  • blezza

    hi ms.vicky,ill need help,my child born last may 27,2015 then i got my first mens. Last july 19 me and my husband contacted july 26 without any protection but he did not ejaculate inside me,then i started taking a pills this day,if theirs a possibility that i am pregnant?and it is safe to take a pills?thank u hoping for ur reply,how many days can i take a pregnancy test after contacted?

  • jaleca Lewter

    Hello everyone well today makes 14 days I’m late for my menstrual. Ok I have been taking pregnancy tests for the pass week and all I’m getting is faint positives. I have taken first response and all ok I have gotten results from a minute to three minutes after never went over. So Friday just pass I went to the doctor they gave me a urine test and they said it was negative. Today is sunday 6 2015 I have taken two test and they were also faint positive but gotten darker after sitting am I pregnant

    • Morgan Casteel-De’Weese

      This Is Happening To Me Now . I Was Supposed To Get On My Period Two Weeks Ago . Home Test Came Up Faint Positive . Went To The Hospital And Got A Pee Test And They Said Negative . I Dont Believe It . ME and My Boyfriend Started Having Sex Auguest 22nd . Its September 7th Now .

      • jaleca Lewter

        I would wait a little longer and see if it gets darker and if it does then call your daughter and order blood work like they said up here cause I have gotten over 10 faint positives and still getting them but went to the doctor and got a negative so I would wait a little longer and see if they get darker

      • jaleca Lewter

        If u have taken any test and they’ve came out positive than like the doctor at the hospital said a positive is a positive I wish u the best and keep me posted

      • jaleca Lewter

        Wait awhile and take a digital cause I took a digital last week and got a negative but I was getting faint positives on the other ones so today I took a digital right when I woke up and it said yes so try again

      • jaleca Lewter

        Well I went to the hospital and finally their test came up positive and my hcg levels are 45 they said either I’m losing my baby or I’m very early

  • Morgan Casteel-De’Weese

    Wassup , I Got A Faint Positive On A Home Pregnancy Test . &’ Missed My Period Two Weeks Ago . Went To The Hospital Today And They Said Im Negative. Cuz I Took A Pee Test There . I Asked For A Blood Test , But They Didnt Give Me One . I Have Early Signs Of Pregnancy . Lots Of People Been Telling Me This Happened To Them . And Wait Till Im Six Weeks And Itll Change . DO you Think I Am Pregnant ??

    • Morgan Casteel-De’Weese

      I Have Cramping , Feeling Like Imma Throw Up , But Dont , I See My Heart Beat In My Belly , Tender Breats , Ect .

      • Morgan Casteel-De’Weese

        I Just Spotted .

  • Mary

    Im 10 weeks postpartum and me and my husband had unprotected sex and I think I got my period a week ago but only lasted 3 days and very light to nothing I have been Brest feeding every night and day Since birth can I be pregnant he did ejaculate inside me ? Today will be the third day after it happened

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  • Unknown

    I’m 29 Days from lmp.. I had hcg shot before 17 days n took a home test yestrdy tat came positive … N blood test showed hcg 348 .. but my doc ask me to wait for 10 more days since t May be a false positive… is it a good sign ??

    • It might be, it really depends on the concentration of hcg that was in the shot you took. The doctor wants to make sure the readings that you are getting are not due to the shot. Good Luck! That 10 day wait is going to the longest 10 days for you!

Last modified: February 10, 2013