What are the first signs of pregnancy?

If you are pregnant, you can experience signs within a week following conception. The first signs of pregnancy could also be symptoms for several other conditions, so you should schedule a pregnancy test with Hopeline and we will perform an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy.

Here are the most commonly reported first signs of pregnancy:

Missed Period

Of all the pregnancy symptoms, 29% of women surveyed report missing a period was the first sign they noticed. If a pregnancy is a possible outcome of your situation, a missed period means that it’s time to take a pregnancy test.

Breast Changes

Swelling or tenderness in the breasts is also a commonly reported first sign of pregnancy and can occur as early as a week following conception. This is caused by the sudden change in hormones that pregnancy brings on.

Onset of Fatigue

An onset of tiredness is noticed by many women as early as the first week of pregnancy. This is thought to be caused by the increase of progesterone in pregnant women.

Nausea

Nausea is another commonly reported first sign of pregnancy. Most women experience it, but the intensity varies greatly. It typically makes an appearance between the second week and eighth week following conception and is thought to be related to low blood sugar. To help, eat small frequent meals throughout the day.

While the above are the most commonly noticed first signs of pregnancy, there are others you might experience as well, such as:

  • Frequent urination
  • Headaches
  • Cravings or aversions to food
  • Mood swings

The above symptoms could be present due to hormonal changes during pregnancy.

If you have experienced any of the first signs of pregnancy, your next step is to take a pregnancy test. We offer these at no cost to you, as well as pregnancy confirmation services and counseling to help you consider your options. No matter what the results are, we are here to offer compassionate support and care.

Schedule your appointment with Hopeline today!

Author: Nina RN, BSN

Sources: American Pregnancy Association