This information is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.
Below is a listing of some of the most common pregnancy signs and symptoms. Each woman’s experience during pregnancy is different. Some women can experience these symptoms within a week of conception. For others, symptoms may develop over a few weeks or may not be present at all.
It’s also possible that these pregnancy symptoms may be unrelated to pregnancy, so if you have been sexually active and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s important to take a lab-quality pregnancy test and then have an ultrasound scan to ensure an accurate diagnosis.
One third of all pregnancies end in natural miscarriage; therefore, a positive pregnancy test is not always conclusive. If you believe you may be facing an unplanned pregnancy due to a missed period, positive at-home test, or other early signs (see list below), the next step is to medically confirm that you are pregnant.
At Legacy, we offer lab-quality pregnancy testing (99.8% accurate) and a confidential ultrasound scan free of charge. Contact us or schedule an appointment to learn more.
Early Pregnancy Symptoms
- Implantation Bleeding:
Implantation bleeding can be one of the earliest pregnancy symptoms. About 6-12 days after conception, the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall. Some women will experience spotting as well as some cramping.
Other Explanations: Actual menstruation, altered menstruation, changes in birth control pill, infection, or abrasion from intercourse.
- Delay/Difference in Menstruation:
A delayed or missed menstruation is the most common pregnancy symptom leading a woman to test for pregnancy. When you become pregnant, your next period should be missed. Many women can bleed while they are pregnant, but typically the bleeding will be shorter or lighter than a normal period.
- Swollen or tender breasts:
Swollen or tender breasts are pregnancy symptoms which may begin as early as 1-2 weeks after conception. Women may notice changes in their breasts; they may be tender to the touch, sore, or swollen.
Other Explanations: Hormonal imbalance, birth control pills, impending menstruation (PMS) can also cause your breasts to be swollen or tender.
Feeling fatigued or more tired is a pregnancy symptom which can also start as early as the first week after conception.