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Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Early pregnancy symptoms are felt by many women even before they miss their period. However, most of the typical pregnancy symptoms and signs are directly related to the pregnancy hormone hCG, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. Small amounts of hCG enter the blood stream several days after implantation,

about 8-10 days after ovulation. Thus, typical pregnancy symptoms typically do not appear until the hCG has reached sufficient levels which is about 1-2 weeks after you miss your period (3-4 weeks after ovulation, or 2-3 weeks after implantation), at a time when the hCG has risen enough. Nothing will really confirm a pregnancy except a positive pregnancy test. A blood pregnancy test can be positive several days after implantation, while a urine pregnancy test is usually not positive until 12-14 days after fertilization or about 7+ days after implantation. The first symptoms and the time of their appearance are listed here:

Timing
Pregnancy Sign and Symptom
Implantation day
Temperature drop (dip)
Implantation day
Implantation bleeding or spotting:(a slight staining of a pink or brown color on average 8-10 days after ovulation))
Implantation day
Lower abdominal cramps
10 dpo
A positive blood hCG pregnancy test
14+ dpo
A positive urine pregnancy test (HPT): As early as 10-14 days after ovulation/fertilization or 3-4 days after implantation. The more sensitive the HPT the earlier the pregnancy test will be positive.
15+ dpo
An elevated BBT curve for 15+ days without a menstrual period
15+ dpo
A missed menstrual period (amenorrhea):
2-3 weeks after conception
Nausea
2-3 weeks after conception
Nipple or breast tenderness: 3-4 weeks after conception
3-10 weeks after conception
Fatigue
3-10 weeks after conception
Vomiting
1-2 months after conception
Food cravings
usually after 1-2 months
Frequent urination
usually 6+ weeks after LMP
Softening of cervix
later on
Constipation
later on
Lower-back pain
After 14 week
Darkening of areola (area around breast nipple)
4-5 weeks after conception
Fetal heartbeat on sonogram
16+ weeks
Fetal movements

 


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