Early Signs of Pregnancy

Topic: What Are the Early Signs of Pregnancy?

While a missed period is one of the more obvious early signs of pregnancy, there are several other symptoms to be on the lookout for if you’re trying to conceive. Symptoms vary from person to person—including those who experience no early signs of pregnancy.

Implantation bleeding is often the earliest sign of pregnancy; however, it most often goes unnoticed. About one in four women experience light bleeding in early pregnancy. This spotting or light bleeding happens when a fertilized egg implants into the lining of the uterine wall about six to 12 days after conception.

This timing would be around day 20 or later of a 28-day cycle and is easily mistaken as an early period. However, implantation bleeding is much lighter and usually has a shorter duration than your period. Implantation bleeding is normal and requires no medical care.

The most common first sign of pregnancy is a missed period, with almost one-third of women reporting it as the earliest sign.

Once you become pregnant, the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) stops the uterine lining from being shed, which is what your menstrual flow is made of.

Pregnancy is not the only reason you may miss your period. Several other factors can cause a missed period, including:

  • Stress
  • Too much exercise
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Dieting
  • Menopause

Nausea and vomiting—or morning sickness—are difficult early signs of pregnancy that can happen at all times of day, not only in the morning.

About 30 to 75% of women will experience nausea, and nearly 10% will have some vomiting early in pregnancy.

Most often, nausea begins around weeks five to eight of pregnancy and peaks at week nine, typically subsiding at week 12.

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