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Early Pregnancy Symptoms And Signs of Pregnancy

    Early pregnancy symptoms are different from one woman to the other. A missed period is usually one of the earliest pregnancy signs and symptoms, though many women may have other symptoms too. Most pregnancy symptoms first show up shortly before or after a missed menstrual period and may include implantation spotting or bleeding, abdominal cramps, headaches, and lower backaches.

    Early Pregnancy Symptoms Timeline:


    Pregnancy Symptoms Timing of Pregnancy Symptom
    Temperature drop (dip) Implantation day
    Implantation bleeding or spotting:(a slight staining of a pink or brown color) 8-10 days after ovulation
    Lower abdominal cramps / Implantation cramps / hot flashes 8-10 days after ovulation
    A positive blood hCG pregnancy test 10 days after fertilization/ovulation
    A positive urine home pregnancy test (HPT)
    10-14 days after ovulation/fertilization
    An elevated BBT 15+ days without a menstrual period
    No period. A missed menstrual period
    Your period is supposed to come 14-16 days after ovulation
    Nausea 2-4 weeks after ovulation
    Nipple or breast tenderness 3-4 weeks after conception
    Fatigue and tiredness 3-10 weeks after conception
    Vomiting 3-10 weeks after conception
    Food cravings 1-2 months after conception
    Frequent urination Usually after 1-2 months
    Softening of cervix 6+ weeks after LMP
    Constipation Later
    Lower-back pain Later
    Breast changes After 14 weeks
    Fetal heartbeat on sonogram 8-9 weeks after conception
    Fetal movements 18-20+ weeks

    Early pregnancy signs and symptoms differ from one woman to the next and from one pregnancy to the next. Some women experience early pregnancy signs within a week after ovulation, fertilization and conception. In other women, early pregnancy symptoms may develop much later, well after a missed period and / or positive pregnancy test. Other women may not have early pregnancy signs at all.

    The most significant early pregnancy sign is a late or missed menstrual period, but the only definitive diagnosis is a positive pregnancy test.



    Small amounts of hCG enter the blood stream several days after implantation, about 8-10 days after ovulation and before a missed period. Therefore, pregnancy symptoms do not typically appear until the hCG has reached sufficient levels, about 1-2 weeks after you miss your period (3-4 weeks after ovulation, or 2-3 weeks after implantation). Though pregnancy symptoms may suggest that a woman is pregnant, a positive pregnancy test is needed to confirm a pregnancy.

    Read more about the day-to-day appearance of pregnancy symptoms on the Pregnancy Symptoms Timeline Page.

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