When do the symptoms of pregnancy occur?

When can you tell for sure that you are pregnant? What are the early symptoms of pregnancy? Learn everything you need to know here.

Symptoms of pregnancy

When do symptoms of pregnancy start appearing?

The first thing every worried woman has to bear in mind is that this question can be different for different women living in various environments and having different lifestyles. Pregnancy truly is a mystery and a huge blessing. Maybe for this reason so many facts about it are still not explored by the scholars.

There are cases when women feel the first symptoms of pregnancy within the first week while other experience them within up to eight weeks.

In fact, here is what BabyCenter Editorial Team stated:

“In the best study on this question to date, 136 women who were trying to get pregnant kept daily records of their symptoms from the time they stopped using birth control until they were eight weeks pregnant. (That's counting eight weeks from the first day of their last menstrual period.) The results:


•    at least half of the women had some symptoms of pregnancy by the time they were five weeks pregnant.

•    70 percent had symptoms by six weeks.

•    90 percent had symptoms by eight weeks.

The first sign of pregnancy is usually a missed period. The most common symptoms to follow are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, frequent urination, and breast tenderness and swelling. These symptoms can be mild or severe.”

Keep in mind also that the first trimester can go without pregnancy symptoms whatsoever. By the end of it, your body will adjust and feel a bit more comfortable with having a baby inside of it.

The thing is that women often miss the symptoms of pregnancy as they are similar to the ones they have before the menstruation starts. However, to make sure you know everything you need, we will describe the exact symptoms you might get once you got pregnant and your body started adjusting to the egg.

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The early symptoms

Trusted mention that among many of the signs of pregnancy a woman might experience are the spotting and cramping. It is due to the fact that after a baby was conceived the egg attaches itself to the wall of the uterus. This can cause one of the earliest signs of pregnancy -- spotting and, sometimes, cramping.  That's called implantation bleeding. It occurs anywhere from six to 12 days after the egg is fertilised.

The cramping we mentioned above can feel similar to cramps you normally have before you during the menstruation. However, given this confusion such early signs of pregnancy are misread and missed.

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Apart from that, some doctor also mentions that “Besides bleeding, a woman may notice a white, milky discharge from her vagina. That's related to the thickening of the vagina's walls, which starts almost immediately after conception. The increased growth of cells lining the vagina causes the discharge.”

Moreover, your breasts will go through certain changes as well. The hormones level in woman’s body grows significantly. Thus, she might experience some swelling, growing, and even get a feeling of sore breasts.

Besides, when you touch them, you might feel some pain which affects your behaviour, as many of the things which seemed normal before can now be painful.

Make sure to take a pregnancy test if you feel tired very quickly, as it’s also one of the early signs of pregnancy.

signs of pregnancy

Scholars explain it this way: “Why? It's often related to a high level of a hormone called progesterone, although other things -- such as lower levels of blood sugar, lower blood pressure, and a boost in blood production -- can all contribute.”

One of the most popular and well-known signs often associated with pregnancy is morning sickness. However, keep in mind that not all women will have it. Most frequently hormone levels which increase significantly during the first trimester after conception can lead to this symptom, but it’s not mandatory.

In this period a lot of women star noticing that they really want some types of food while cannot be in the same room with other ones. This is all due to the changes which take place while your body is adjusting to the baby growing in you. These signs can start in the first weeks of pregnancy.

And of course, most but not all women notice that they have a missed period. If you don’t have your period on time it was supposed to take place; it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are pregnant. There are reasons, besides pregnancy, for missing a period. It might be that you gained or lost too much weight. Hormonal problems, fatigue, or stress are other possibilities. Some women miss their period when they stop taking birth control pills. But if a period is late and pregnancy is a possibility, you may want to get a pregnancy test.

On the third week of pregnancy, some women can notice that they have some spotting given that the egg implanted is going through the division state. It is at this time that most women start feeling all the smells which they did not pay attention to before. Later they will get an even more obvious craving or food aversion situation. However, for now, some did not feel any difference at all.

early signs of pregnancy

On the fourth week, some female individuals noticed an unusually frequent urination which had no place before. And those who had no nausea or morning sickness before are most likely to get it now or not get it at all till the labour.

Finally after a month, while your baby grows at a dizzying pace in your uterus, you may be growing more aware of pregnancy-related discomforts, including fatigue, achy or swollen breasts, nausea, and more frequent trips to the bathroom.

Now women’s mood can change dramatically even though they were not known as very emotional individuals before. It’s mostly common for the first trimester, and it will most likely go away after this. A lot of pregnant women report frequent mild headaches, and others experience chronic back pain.

Some also report having dizziness and fainting. These may be related to dilating blood vessels, lower blood pressure, and lower blood sugar.

A pregnant woman could have all of these early pregnancy symptoms or maybe have only one or two. If any of these symptoms become bothersome, talk to your doctor about them so you can make a plan to offset them.

Thus, answering your question of “When do symptoms of pregnancy start?” we cannot say for sure when they’ll start for you, as it’s rather individual. However, if you notice one or two of them, make sure to consult your doctor.

Apart from that, just stick to your regular healthy diet, and try to stick to the healthy lifestyle to ensure that the baby has all the conditions needed for healthy development.

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