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Earliest and Early Pregnancy Symptoms

    1. Earliest Signs of Pregnancy

    2. When do the early signs and symptoms of pregnancy appear?

    Earliest Signs of Pregnancy

     

    Couple with positive pregnancy testWhile many women report early signs and symptoms of pregnancy, others never have symptoms. For most women, missing a menstrual period is the very first sign that they are pregnant. Nausea and morning sickness are also commonly among the earliest signs of pregnancy, as well as fatigue and exhaustion. Breasts may also become tender, similar to the way they feel before your period. Many of these symptoms usually do not appear until after a missed period when hCG levels are high enough to induce the first signs of pregnancy, often weeks after implantation.

    When do the early signs and symptoms of pregnancy appear?

    The first appearance of the pregnancy hormone hCG depends on implantation, the attachment of the fertilized egg in the uterus. Implantation occurs on average 8-10 days after ovulation (range 6-12 days). hCG then first appears in the blood about 3-4 days after implantation, or at the earliest 10-11 days after ovulation. Before a missed period and positive pregnancy test, it is difficult to assume that certain physical symptoms are pregnancy-related.

    No matter how many symptoms you have, the only way to diagnosis pregnancy with sufficient reliability is to have a positive pregnancy test.

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    HopefullyExpecting's picture

    Hi everyone! I am new to this group but really like how everyone provides so much feedback here. I am about 9-10 dpo and have been having mild cramps on both sides and in my lower back. My breasts are just now becoming tender and I shouldn't AF until Jan. 4. I have taken 2 HPT, one when I was about 6dpo and another one today...both were BFN. I feel like I am preggo but not too sure. Anyone else have these symptoms