image001The degree and time of onset of pregnancy symptoms will vary in each female. How early can you have pregnancy symptoms? Mostly, women will experience certain pregnancy symptoms within the first few days of conception, while others may take several days or even a few weeks before they start to experience these symptoms. Some women may not have the symptoms at all, even though they are few. The similarity in pregnancy symptoms to those that occur just before menstruation can be frustrating to new mothers. This piece will help you with useful information about how early you can have pregnancy symptoms and what they are.

How Early Can You Have Pregnancy Symptoms?

Immediately after conception, that’s when you will start having a feeling that you are pregnant. The fertilized egg attaches to the wall of the womb or uterus at this stage. It happens mostly within 10 days of conception. Sometimes, symptoms may not show so often, and you will only realize that you are pregnant when you miss a period.

Most importantly, these early symptoms may not cause any physical changes; however, they may only become eminent at about one week after the pregnancy. These physical changes proceed from that point throughout the pregnancy period. Between 6 to 12 days after conception, cramping may be felt due to the implantation of the fertilized egg. After 7 to about 14 days, you might experience the following changes:

  • Sore, tingly, swollen and heavy breasts.
  • Low blood pressure and low blood sugar level.
  • Fatigue caused by increased progesterone amount.
  • Morning sickness or nausea caused by low gastric emptying and increased estrogen.

These changes vary widely as different bodies respond at different rates. It’s important to note that the first signs may not conclusively indicate pregnancy until after a clear positive pregnancy test or when you miss your menstrual cycle.

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What Are the Symptoms in Early Pregnancy?



High basal body temperature

If you often chart your cycle, you will realize that, the basal body temperature will remain high during your luteal phase. However, it will eventually drop down if you are not pregnant.

Missed or no period

You can miss your period and this is the most common sign that’s associated with pregnancy. However, there could be other reasons that may lead to this such as stress, surgery or illness. Some women may get period even when they are pregnant and it can extend all through their pregnancy.

Morning sickness

This is one symptom that is associated with pregnancy. Ensure to eat much so that your blood sugar level doesn’t drop. Ginger can be of great importance when it comes to nausea, but in some women it may not help and the symptom can extend to the rest of your pregnancy.

Breast changes

The breasts may become sore, tender and sensitive as deepening of the nipples’ color may occur. In addition, the veins become thick around the breast area. The areolas also enlarge and darken.

Increased cervical mucus

A sudden increase in the progesterone increases the production of the creamy cervical mucus. This varies in different women; some may experience more while others less.


When you are pregnant, your metabolism will typically rise due to the need to support the developing embryo as well as your body. This increased body metabolism leads to general body fatigue among pregnant women. The progesterone hormone also has some sedating effect on the body.

Frequent urination

This begins just after one week of conception. At this period, you may realize that you visit the toilet more frequently. This happens mainly because the embryo begins to secrete the pregnancy hormone hCG which leads to an increased blood supply in the pelvic region, irritating the bladder to pass even small amounts of urine.


This early pregnancy symptom can be frightening especially to new parents, since there is a fear of miscarriage. However, the uterus is continually contracting even when not pregnant, but when pregnant, the fetus pushes the walls of your uterus causing it to contract even more.


Light spotting may be noticed at around 8 to 10 days after ovulation. It’s usually caused by the implantation of the embryo onto the uterus lining.

Constipation and wind

The hormones are responsible for this effects, as your uterus expands the baby requires more space and thus the hormones will try to empty the intestines. As a result, you may get constipation.

Nasal colds or stuffiness

During pregnancy, your immune system may be prevented from attacking the fetus as a foreign body due to the hormones it produces. These hormonal changes in the immune system may make you to be susceptible to colds and flu as well as nasal stuffiness.

Sense of smell

When you are pregnant, the smell is heighted and you will be more specifically sensitive to any kind of smell. Smell which didn’t bother you all of sudden becomes intolerable even to an extent of causing nausea.

Acne or pimples

You may get acne or pimples during early pregnancy, even though you didn’t have them before. This is caused by the hormonal changes and stabilizes soon after your hormones’ level is stabilized.


The increasing hormone levels reflect your saliva. You will mostly have that metallic taste in your mouth and this alters the taste of the foods you like or enjoy. You will ultimately crave for some certain foods and this is normal with pregnancy.

Vaginal color changes

Your vagina will appear more purplish than usual due to the increased blood flow or supply in the pelvic region.

Get emotional

Right away from conception, your hormones will start increasing making you a bit emotional. Pregnant women will get a meltdown or even become emotional quite easily as long as they are triggered.