You may have an inkling that you’re pregnant soon after you’ve conceived, when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the wall of your uterus (womb). This usually happens within about 10 days of conception.
When do the signs of pregnancy first start?
The time for the beginning of possible pregnancy symptoms generally varies from one woman to another, depending on one’s age, medical
history, genetic factors etc. However, most women start experiencing the early signs in the 3rd or 4th week of pregnancy with implantation bleeding or spotting (brown vaginal discharge) often being the initial sign. However, the missed period is usually the major symptom of pregnancy.
Some women notice changes in their energy level, mood, or breasts – a lot like having PMS. Other signs might take you by surprise, like
fainting, a shift in your sense of smell, or more bathroom visits.
Here are the 10 most common early signs of pregnancy:
1. Frequent Urination: If you suddenly find yourself unable to sleep through the night without a trip to the loo, it might be a
2. Tender Breasts: Tender breasts and nipples are often the first pregnancy sign (like when you get your period, only worse).
3. Nausea: If you’re lucky, you’ll escape this completely. However, morning sickness is a common symptom of early pregnancy.
4. Cravings or Food Aversions: Suddenly, you cannot get enough citrus. Or perhaps fish now turns your stomach. If you notice food
issues that weren’t there before, it could be your body telling you you’re pregnant.
5. Mood Swings: Those hormone changes that make you emotional during your monthly cycle stick around for early pregnancy, too.
6. Spotting: Light bleeding may occur 5 to 10 days after conception; this is called “implantation bleeding” and it is a sign
that the embryo has implanted itself in the uterine wall
7. Darker nipples: Skin changes are common during pregnancy. One of the first changes you may notice is the circle of skin round your nipples (areolas) getting darker.
8. Heightened Sense of Smell: If you’re repulsed by certain smells, or have an increased sensitivity to odors, it may mean you’re pregnant.
9. Fatigue: Women who have never been able to nap before often suddenly start needing naps during the first trimester. At this
point, it’s the extra progesterone that’s making you feel wiped out.
10. Bloating: A boost in progesterone and estrogen cause many women to swell up early in pregnancy.
You’ll need a home pregnancy test or a blood test to know for sure, but until you can take one (the best time is once your period is late).