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Early Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy

Most women like to know that they are pregnant as soon as possible. Learning of your pregnancy early allows you to change your normal routines to make sure you deliver a healthy child. It generally takes at least two weeks after conception to give an accurate reading on a pregnancy test. Your body will also start to undergo the major changes associated with pregnancy around the same time. There are early signs and symptoms of pregnancy to look for if you suspect that you may be pregnant.

Missed Period

The most obvious early sign of pregnancy is a missed period, but there are several other things that can cause you to miss your period. Big changes in weight, stress and fatigue can also cause a missed period. The combination of a missed period with several other pregnancy symptoms is a good sign that it may be time to take a pregnancy test.

Tender Breasts

Your body undergoes hormonal changes as soon as you become pregnant. The first noticeable symptom of these hormonal changes is tender and swollen breasts. If your breasts start feeling overly sensitive, sore and heavier for no reason, then there is a good chance that you may be pregnant. These changes in the breasts can start occurring within a week of conception.

Extreme Fatigue

The increase in your hormone levels causes most women to feel extremely fatigued shortly after becoming pregnant. Your body is not used to these high levels of hormones, so it feels overworked and tired. The level of fatigue will be unlike anything that you have every experienced, so it should be easy to discern it from normal fatigue after a long day of work.


While morning sickness is the common name for the nausea associated with pregnancy, it can actually occur at any time in the day. Nausea caused by pregnancy usually starts to appear just under a month after conception, and it does not always cause you to vomit.

The nausea will also most likely be paired with an enhanced sense of smell. Normal smells causing you to feel nauseous is one of the biggest early symptoms of pregnancy.

Slight Bleeding

While you will not have a period after becoming pregnant, you may still experience some slight bleeding and spotting. This bleeding usually occurs two weeks after conception, and it is caused when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterus lining. This bleeding often occurs around the same time as your period, which can cause some women to believe that they are not pregnant.

Mood Swings

The increased hormones in your body can cause some women to have major mood swings in the early stages of pregnancy. If you notice yourself snapping at loved ones and coworkers for no reason, then it may be time for a pregnancy test. The increased hormones may also cause you to feel unusually sad for no reason.

Learn More Today

If you think you may be pregnant or want more information about your current pregnancy, then it is a good idea to schedule a consultation with a professional. Located in Bakersfield, The Women’s Care Center offers a full range of obstetric services. We are here to help you every step of the way in your pregnancy journey. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.