When Do You Start Noticing Pregnancy Symptoms and What Are They?

Have you ever wondered: “When do you start noticing pregnancy symptoms?”. For sure, whether you’re trying for a baby or not, there comes a time when you might start looking for clues, so here are some of the common ones.

Before we start, did you know that some women start noticing symptoms of pregnancy as early as one week into the pregnancy when a fertilized ovum (egg) attaches to the uterus wall? While others haven’t noticed any symptoms until after a few months of pregnancy!

Some pregnancy symptoms may be a missed period, inexplicable fatigue, and nausea. And other signs include enlarged or sore breasts, frequent urination, and headaches.

The most accurate way to know if you’re pregnant is to have a pregnancy test. You can take the test anywhere, but not anytime. Did you know that it’s best to do this in the morning right after you wake up? And have you ever been instructed to ‘start collecting midstream’ for urinalysis? The same thing applies! Did you really think health professionals say those lines just because? 😄

Exactly When Did You Have Pregnancy Symptoms?

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A woman will likely start noticing symptoms around 4 weeks after conceiving. But all women aren’t the same and many can feel differently two weeks after conceiving while others many never feel any signs of pregnancy until several months into their pregnancy.

In general, notable symptoms of pregnancy like fatigue and nausea won’t be obvious until week 6 to 8 of pregnancy. But you might begin to experience the ‘uniqueness’ of pre-motherhood at about week 5.

At 3 weeks pregnant, you’re approaching the implantation phase and might notice a little spotting due to the ovum displacing the lining of the uterus when it attaches itself to the uterus. Too technical? Just don’t panic when you suddenly little drops of blood on your undies. Most first-time moms do. Yours truly is not an exception!

Around this period, you might experience fatigue, nausea, tender breasts, frequent urination, food aversions and an enhanced sense of smell.

At 4 weeks pregnant, the clearest symptom of pregnancy is a missed period. One-third of women who starts suffering from morning sickness is around the fourth week. 

Different symptoms of pregnancy are extremely important so that you can prevent yourself from eating something that may harm your baby.

10 Early Signs of Pregnancy

These early pregnancy symptoms are just a guideline. Many of these symptoms may closely resemble routine pre-menstrual symptoms:

1. Missed period One of the most noticeable early signs of pregnancy is a missed period. This is usually what makes women search for more information about other pregnancy symptoms.

2. Tender breasts: Sore and swollen breasts are one of the earliest indications that you’re pregnant, but this symptom goes away after your first trimester.

3. Nausea: Morning sickness isn’t just limited to mornings but it fades away on your second trimester.

4. High temperature: An elevated basal body temperature can be an indication that you’re pregnant.

5. Fatigue: The rising progesterone levels in your blood might make you feel knackered.

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6. Mood swings: Lower lows and higher highs are a sign that pregnancy is interfering with your hormones.

7. Food aversions/cravings: Some food smells may make you nauseous. There may be cravings as well. Like most other pregnancy symptoms, these food preferences may be down to hormonal changes—especially in trimester one when these changes are most drastic.

8. Headaches: In early pregnancy, increased blood circulation due to hormonal changes can cause frequent, mild headaches.

9. Abdominal bloating: Your clothes may feel tighter around the waist as your hormones may make you feel bloated.

10. Frequent urination: You might find yourself making more trips to the bathroom as your body keeps extra fluid that fills up the bladder faster.

How Many Pregnancy Symptoms Do You Have Now?

While a pregnancy test and ultrasound is the only way to really find out if you’re expecting, these are other symptoms to watch out for based on other moms’ experiences. So based on our list, how are you feeling? Excited? Nervous?

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