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Early Pregnancy Symptoms & Signs

  • Early Pregnancy Symptoms & Signs

 

Do you think you could be pregnant? Then take a pregnancy test to find out. 

WHEN DO EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS APPEAR?

 

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.

How Many Women Have Typical Early Pregnancy Symptoms?

Very early pregnancy 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, they may develop much later, well after a missed period and / or positive pregnancy test. Other women may never have any symptoms 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.

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
Thick White or Milky White Vaginal Discharge 8-14 days after ovulation/fertilization
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
(amenorrhea)
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

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