Early pregnancy symptoms: what you need to know

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Ah, pregnancy symptoms. Some are GREAT! (I barely had to shave when I was pregnant because my growth slowed down!) and some are AWFUL! (I’m talking about you, morning sickness and hemorrhoids!)

At first, the biggest, burning question that moms have are, “is this normal?” “Is this pregnancy, or something else?” “Does THIS mean I’m pregnant?”

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How early can you actually get pregnancy symptoms?

The answer: pretty darn early!

Americanpregnancy.org reports that you can get them as early as one week after conception!

Granted, this isn’t the case for all women. Some don’t get any symptoms until a month after conception, for some it’s after that positive pregnancy test.

If you’re like me, you are probably taking notice of EVERYTHING, and asking, am I pregnant?

What kind of early pregnancy symptoms can you have?

For me, the first one was fatigue.

  • Fatigue, or extreme tiredness is a common one. Why? Because your body is working overtime to make this little nugget in your body! Implantation and then the first stages of this little embryo growing is huge, and subsequently takes energy! Thus the tiredness hits.
  • Hello, morning sickness. Usually between 2 and 8 weeks is when you get this. It also is usually accompanied with food aversions.
  • Food aversions, and cravings. My husband may or may not have gotten a picture of me eating pickles and chocolate milk. Spoiler: he did.
  • A missed period. Usually one of the first signs is a missed period, since the uterine lining doesn’t need to shed.
  • Implantation (breakthrough bleeding) this is sometimes accompanied with cramping.
  • Changes in breasts. You have to make milk! So the breasts may swell, or become really tender.

The first three most common early symptoms are: missed period, morning sickness, or breast changes.

I don’t have any symptoms. Does that mean I’m not pregnant?

Good news! 29% of women said their first symptom was missing a period! So don’t worry too much if you don’t have any obvious symptoms, it doesn’t mean you’re out!

Can I have any other symptoms?

Of course. You can have things like:

  • Backache
  • Heartburn
  • Cold like symptoms
  • Darkened areolas
  • Frequent urination
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings

Can my symptoms be something else?

Absolutely. That is why it is important to pay attention to how you feel. If you have some of these symptoms, it could be a result of new medication, stress, new exercise routines, a hormonal imbalance, excessive weight gain or loss, your thyroid, or something else.

If you feel like something is not right see your doctor.

I think I might be pregnant. Now what?

Now it’s time to take a test! Certain ones are designed to detect pregnancy early(read the fine print though, because the earlier you do it lowers your chance of detection! More on that later) and some are designed for around the first day of your missed period or later.

If you get a positive, congrats! Be sure to call your doctors clinic or OB. Some don’t want to see patients until after 8 weeks, and some, like mine, see you right away to do a prenatal screen. It is so important to get routine prenatal care.

Now the fun part: the waiting. Some find that 9 months flies by, for some, it crawls. For many, it’s a mixture of both. You have lots of planning ahead of you! How you’ll feed, hospital tours, labour details, the sky is your limit!

How to survive pregnancy symptoms:

Everyone has pregnancy symptoms that affect them in different ways. Of course, the direction for the most part is the same.

  • Drink lots of water
  • Eat a balanced diet, if possible. However like my doctor said: if you have morning sickness and all you can eat is cold pizza, eating that is better than nothing!
  • Get adequate rest
  • Try and do light exercise
  • You can try an acupressure sickness band. For some they work, and some they don’t so be prepared.
  • You can take regular strength acetaminophen NOT ibuprofen
  • Gatorade is great when you’re sick. Someone suggested putting them in your ice cube tray to suck on!
  • Take breaks at work, or with whatever you are doing
  • Practice self care! This is SO important when you’re pregnant! (See self care ideas for pregnancy)

Pregnancy is a beautiful time. Pregnancy symptoms… are not always. But the worst ones are (usually) over by the first trimester. So you can do it mama!

What did you find helpful to manage pregnancy symptoms? When did you first get symptoms of pregnancy? Comment below!

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2 thoughts on “Early pregnancy symptoms: what you need to know

  1. I have the early symptoms of pregnancy glued to the inside of my skull. I don’t know how many times I’ve convinced myself that I’m pregnant because I’m overly tired or feeling sick. There are a few on here which are lesser known than any others, thank you for sharing.

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