Early pregnancy symptoms will differ from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy; however, one of the most significant signs of pregnancy is a delayed or missed period.
Understanding all the early signs of pregnancy is important because each symptom may have causes other than pregnancy.
Some women report they did not experience any symptom for a few weeks. So not every woman will experience all the early signs of pregnancy. If you need free testing, you can search below or order an affordable early detection pregnancy tests online.
If you would like to speak to someone about your pregnancy symptoms or the possibility of being pregnant, you may call the APA toll-free helpline at 1-800-672-2296, or search locally by your zip code below.
What are the first signs of pregnancy?
We could list off 16 early pregnancy symptoms right now but have found that most women want to know the top signs of pregnancy first.
In a poll conducted by the American Pregnancy Association, the most commonly reported first signs of pregnancy were:29% of women surveyed reported that a missed period was their first sign of pregnancy.Click To Tweet 25% of women surveyed said that nausea was the first sign of their pregnancy.Click To Tweet 17% of women surveyed said a change in breasts was their first sign of pregnancy.Click To Tweet
While implantation bleeding is oftentimes considered the first sign of pregnancy, the poll conducted by the APA revealed that only 3% of women identified implantation bleeding as their first sign of pregnancy.
Other potential early pregnancy symptoms include:
- bloating or constipation
- mood swings
- shortness of breath
More common early pregnancy symptoms, found below, could be caused by conditions other than pregnancy.
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Early Pregnancy Symptoms: A Comprehensive Review
Did you know that each symptom of pregnancy noted below could be explained by other causes? What else could they be?
- Spotting: Implantation bleeding can be one of the earliest pregnancy symptoms. About 6-12 days after conception, the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall.
Some women will experience spotting as well as cramping. Some women do not even notice implantation bleeding or cramping, so don’t worry if you are trying to get pregnant and don’t experience these symptoms; you could still be pregnant.
- Delayed or Missed Period: A delayed or missed period is the most common pregnancy symptom leading a woman to test for pregnancy. When you become pregnant, your next period should be missed.
Some women can bleed while they are pregnant, but typically this bleeding will be shorter or lighter than a normal period.
- Swollen or Tender Breasts: Swollen or tender breasts is a pregnancy symptom which may begin as early as 1-2 weeks after conception. Women may notice changes in their breasts; they may be tender to the touch, sore, or swollen.
- Fatigue or Tiredness: Feeling fatigued or more tired than usual, is a pregnancy symptom which can also start as early as the first week after conception.
- Morning Sickness or Nausea: This well-known pregnancy symptom will oftentimes show up between 2-8 weeks after conception.
Some women are fortunate to not deal with morning sickness at all, while others feel nauseous throughout most of their pregnancy.
If you experience morning sickness, take a look at our articles on morning sickness to learn how to manage it better.
- Backaches: Lower backaches may be a symptom that occurs early in pregnancy; however, it is common to experience a dull backache throughout pregnancy.
- Headaches: The sudden rise of hormones in your body can cause you to have headaches early in pregnancy.
- Frequent Urination: Around 6-8 weeks after conception, you may find yourself making a few extra trips to the bathroom.
- Darkening of Areolas: If you are pregnant, the skin around your nipples may get darker.
- Food Cravings or Food Aversions: While you may not have a strong desire to eat pickles and ice cream, many women feel cravings for certain foods when they are pregnant.
This can last throughout your entire pregnancy. Some women develop aversions to certain types of food as well, and this too can last throughout your pregnancy.
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- Remember that your symptoms could be something else.
- Having symptoms? Call our toll-free helpline at 1-800-672-2296.
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Last updated: October 6, 2016 at 19:15 pm