If you have been trying to get pregnant, you may be anxious or eager to know when your pregnancy symptoms will start.
You are not the only one, the two week wait after ovulation can seem like for ever. The truth is that every woman is different and when they start to feel pregnant can differ.
For example, some women can know as early as six days after intercourse that they are pregnant. While for some; morning sickness, feeling fatigued and a late period are obvious signs that they pregnant. The best way to confirm if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test after your missed period. Testing for pregnancy too early can result in a false or negative pregnancy test result.
Pregnancy Symptoms and When They Start
- Implantation cramping: Implantation is the process by which a fertilised egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus around a week after conception. The implantation process sometimes causes mild cramps but the cramps should not be painful like a woman’s menstrual cramp. Implantation occurs 6- 10 days after conception. This is around your week 3 – week 4 of pregnancy.
- Implantation Bleeding: One of the early sign of pregnancy is a light bleeding also known as implantation spotting. Implantation can sometimes be accompanied with a light bleeding that occurs as the fertilised egg burrows through the uterine lining to attach itself. Only a few women bleed during implantation. So you may still be pregnant even though you didn’t notice any spotting. Implantation bleeding happens around week 3- 4 of pregnancy.
- Morning Sickness: Also known as nausea and vomiting usually begin around week 6 of pregnancy. This is after you have had a missed period. Although it is called morning sickness it can happen in the morning, afternoon or night. Although the exact cause of morning sickness is unknown, Doctors or health care providers believe that morning sickness is caused by an increase in the level of pregnancy hormone released after implantation. After implantation, the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone is released in high quantity. If you are expecting twins, your morning sickness could start as early as week 5 because you have more pregnancy hormone present at this point.
- Fatigue and Tiredness: Fatigue and tiredness can start as early as a week after conception. This is around week 3 of pregnancy. After the sperm meets and penetrates the egg, a woman’s body immediately begins to work hard to support the new embryo. Also the level of estrogen and progesterone hormone increases. It is believed that an increase in progesterone hormone causes tiredness and fatigue in pregnancy. You may feel like you need to take more naps or sleeps than usual. But some women do not feel tired until they are in their second trimester or third trimester. Every woman is different.
- Frequent Urination: The urge to pee more often than usual is also an early pregnancy sign. It is believed to be caused by an increase in the level of pregnancy hormone. Also as the uterus grows bigger after implantation. It exerts some pressure on the gall bladder. This may make you to feel like visiting the toilet more often.
- Sore Breast and Breast Tenderness: Changes to breast in early pregnancy can around week 3 of pregnancy. After conception, your level of estrogen and progesterone hormone increases to support the growing embryo. This increase in hormones may make your breast feel sore and more sensitive than usually. You may also notice that your boobs feel fuller. The estrogen hormone is responsible for this.