Pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy; however, one of the
most significant pregnancy symptoms is a delayed or missed menstrual cycle. Understanding the signs and symptoms of
pregnancy is important because each symptom may be related to something other than pregnancy. Some women experience
signs or symptoms of pregnancy within a week of conception. For other women, pregnancy symptoms may develop over a
few weeks or may not be present at all.
Many women claim that they know they are pregnant as soon as they conceive. While this may be
true, only a pregnancy test will be able to tell if you are pregnant. But you may see other signs before you take
the test that may prove your suspicions including:
Below is a listing of some of the most common pregnancy signs symptoms. If you have been sexually active and
experiencing any of the following symptoms it is important to take a pregnancy test.
PHYSICAL SIGNS OF PREGNANCY
There are many physical signs that can tell a woman if she is pregnant.These signs may not
necessarily mean that you are pregnant, but the chances are very good that you are. These signs will vary from
woman to woman and in the intensity of which they are felt. But one thing is for sure, you will notice physical
changes after you become pregnant.
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 some
Other Explanations: Actual menstruation, altered menstruation, changes in birth
control pill, infection, or abrasion from intercourse.
Delay/Difference in Menstruation:
A delayed or missed menstruation is the most common pregnancy symptom leading a woman to test
for pregnancy. When you become pregnant, your next period should be missed. Many women can bleed while they are
pregnant, but typically the bleeding will be shorter or lighter than a normal period.
Other Explanations: Excessive weight gain/loss, fatigue, hormonal problems,
tension, stress, ceasing to take the birth control pill, or breast-feeding.
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.
Other Explanations: Hormonal imbalance, birth control pills, impending
menstruation (PMS) can also cause your breasts to be swollen or tender.