Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms

Pregnancy can be both an exciting and scary experience. Depending on whether or not you have been trying for a baby or if this is a surprise pregnancy will determine how the new parents to be feel about the news.

Here are some signs and symptoms of pregnancy to help you answer the big question, “am I pregnant?”

Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy

  • A Missed Period. This is one of the most common reasons women believe that they may be pregnant, a missed period.  Although it is still possible to bleed during pregnancy this “period” will be lighter and/or shorter than your regular period.
  • Sore, Swollen Breasts. Quite often in pregnancy your breast will become swollen and quite tender. This may occur as early as 1-2 weeks after conception.
  • Implantation Bleeding.  When the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall it may or may not cause what is called “implantation bleeding”. Usually occurring 6-12 days after conception.
  • Morning Sickness and/or Nausea. As early as 2-8 weeks after conception a woman may or may not experience some episodes of nausea and/or vomiting, most commonly known as “morning sickness”. This morning sickness may last the entire pregnancy, end after the first trimester or never occur at all during the pregnancy.
  • Backaches. Even though the woman is not experiencing a back ache due to the excess weight carried in her abdominal region. A backache is unfortunately very common in early pregnancy.
  • Fatigue.  This symptom of feeling as if you have been drained of all your energy may occur as early as one week after conception.
  • Frequent Urination. Having to urinate often is not a rare symptom of pregnancy even as early as 6-8 weeks after conception. And unfortunately this symptom is likely to worsen as your uterus puts more pressure on your bladder.
  • Darkened Areola’s. The pigment of the area located around your nipples may darken with pregnancy.
  • A Feeling of Being Pregnant. Even if you have a hunch that you might be pregnant it is very possible that you are right. Many women “just know” before they even see a positive pregnancy test.
  • Dizziness.  Feeling faint or is dizzy can be a sign of pregnancy. As your uterus presses on arteries in your legs causing your blood pressure to drop and resulting in the feeling of dizziness.
  • Heartburn. As the uterus grows it begins to push on the stomach which may result in heartburn.
  • Constipation. As the uterus grows it puts pressure on your intestines causing digestion to slow. This may result in constipation.
  • Increased Vaginal Discharge. An increase in vaginal discharge is not uncommon in pregnancy.
  • A Positive Pregnancy Test. After receiving a positive on a pregnancy test the chances of you being pregnant are very high as a false positive is not very common. If the test results are negative, however, this does not always mean that you are not pregnant. You may have tested too soon for the test to pick up any pregnancy hormones. If you still believe you are pregnant retest in a week or so using morning urine. Or request a blood test at your doctors office.