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Am I Pregnant? The Very First Signs Of Pregnancy

Trying to conceive can be an exciting but anxious time. Often women will eagerly wait to see if they miss their period, taking this as the first sign of pregnancy.

However, there are many early tell-tale signs that you may notice before your period is due.

Nevertheless, these signs do vary. Some women experience many symptoms, while others experience none.

Am I Pregnant? The Very First Signs Of Pregnancy

The only way to know for sure

It’s important to note that many early pregnancy signs could be related to other things, such as the start of sickness or the onset of your period.

Many early symptoms are, in fact, very similar to premenstrual symptoms.

For that reason, the only way to be sure is to take a pregnancy test.

If you are not comfortable getting diagnosed at a clinic, you can use a home Pregnancy Test kit.

Tests generally cannot be taken until five days before your due period.

So, in the meantime, here are some of the early signs to look out for.

If you are not comfortable about getting diagnosed at a clinic, you can use a home Pregnancy Test kit.

Fatigue and tiredness

Fatigue can develop at any time during pregnancy.

However, you may start to feel tired and low in energy just one week after conception, making it one of the earliest signs.

This is mainly due to the hormone progesterone rising significantly during early pregnancy.

High progesterone can make you feel sleepy and tired.

Your body is also producing more blood, which might lower your blood sugar levels and blood pressure, resulting in fatigue and low energy.

woman with early signs of pregnancy holding pregnancy test

Nausea with or without sickness

Nausea is the most well-known early pregnancy symptom, beginning as early as two weeks from conception.

The reason why so many women experience nausea in early pregnancy is not fully known, but it does seem to stem at least partly from rising levels of estrogen.

Pregnancy also activates a heightened sense of smell, which can trigger this feeling further.

Also, despite being given the name ‘morning sickness,’ it can occur at any time of the day or night, explains Cosmopolitan.

This is the symptom that prompts many women to take a pregnancy test.

However, not all women will experience nausea at all during pregnancy.

For most of those who suffer, the sickness should start to subside by the 13th or 14th week of pregnancy.

woman wrapped in blanket with early signs of pregnancy

Sensitive, tender breasts

One of the earliest signs of pregnancy is changes in the breasts, particularly the nipples.

As early as two weeks after conception, changes in your hormone levels could result in your breasts and nipples feeling sensitive, tender, tingly, or sore.

Some women also report a feeling of fuller or heavier breasts.

Friends excited with one friend's hands on other's belly at pregnancy announcement

Cramping and spotting

Around 6-14 days after conception, the fertilized egg implants itself onto the uterus lining.

This is known as implantation, which can cause implantation bleeding.

It could be seen as spotting (blood present when wiping) or looking like a very light period.

The implantation process can also cause cramping, which feels very similar to period pains.

Because of this, many women mistake these early pregnancy signs for the start of their period.

However, WebMD says implantation bleeding usually only lasts between 1 to 3 days.

Along with the light bleeding, white, milky discharge can also occur for some women.

A rise in body temperature

A more subtle sign of conception is noticing a change in body temperature.

You may feel hotter than usual, especially during exercise or in hot weather.

This is because your basal body temperature rises during the first few weeks of pregnancy.

During a normal menstrual cycle, your core body temperature increases after ovulation and remains at that level until your next period.

Therefore if your basal temperature has been high for longer than two weeks, it could indicate pregnancy.

This is not an extensive list of possible symptoms.

woman checking temperature for early signs of pregnancy

Other symptoms that have been reported during the first few weeks and months of pregnancy include:

Constipation and bloating due to elevated progesterone slow down the rate of digestion

Mood Swings due to hormonal changes

Frequent urination because of extra fluid in the kidneys that ends up in the bladder

Headaches and back pain

Dizziness due to lowered blood pressure and blood sugar levels

Remember, none of these signs and symptoms is unique to pregnancy, and none guarantees that conception has occurred.

If you experience any of these symptoms and believe you may be pregnant, the best thing to do is take a pregnancy test and book an appointment with your doctor or healthcare provider for a healthy pregnancy.

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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