Attention Woman: I am not a doctor writing this article. Nor is this story a good substitute for a store-bought pregnancy kit. But these 15 early signs of pregnancy might be a tip-off — even before you miss your period. So if you’re trying to conceive, be alert for these telltale symptoms.
1. Nausea and Morning Sickness
When looking for early signs of pregnancy, this is the one everyone pays attention to. It makes sense; this is the thing that happens in every TV or movie to let the audience know what’s going on.
Although the American Pregnancy Association says that most women first realize they’re pregnant when they miss a period, nausea is the second most common early symptom affecting 25 percent of women. Nausea can begin between 2 and 8 weeks after conception. Sometimes it happens only in the morning (hence the name “morning sickness”) but it can happen at any time of day.
As if having cramps during your period wasn’t enough…
Cramps are often dismissed as PMS. They can occur with, as well as separate from, implantation bleeding. (What’s that? Keep reading.)
3. Implantation Bleeding
You might notice faint spotting between six to 12 days after conception. WebMD notes that this occurs when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall. Brown or red spotting may be accompanied by cramps and/or a thick white discharge.
4. Sore Breasts
Changes in the breasts can occur as soon as a week after conception and are often mistaken for a PMS symptom. You may notice that your breasts are swollen, sore, tender, heavy or sensitive. These changes are caused by an influx of estrogen and progesterone hormones.