When Do Pregnancy Symptoms Begin?

If you recently had unprotected sex or a birth control failure, it’s easy to think every little twinge or symptom you feel is a sign you are pregnant. But it’s important to know most women will not experience symptoms of pregnancy until they are at least 5-6 weeks pregnant. 

 

Mild Early Pregnancy Symptoms

 

In some cases women may experience minimal spotting around three weeks when the fertilized egg implants on the uterine wall. Also during the third and fourth week you may notice little hints of pregnancy, like a loss of appetite for certain foods, fatigue, or urinating more frequently than normal. 

 

As your pregnancy progresses into the 4th and 5th week these symptoms can become more pronounced, and you may have periods of nausea and begin to notice breast tenderness. Pregnancy symptoms can become more pronounced during this time because your body is beginning to make changes to care for your pregnancy. These changes are caused mostly by the hormone levels in your body beginning to adjust. 

 

Other Pregnancy Symptoms

 

Hormone level changes are the major contributor to many of the symptoms you may begin to notice in the 6th and 7th week as well. During this time, morning sickness, or just overall nausea, can become more prevalent. You may also notice mood swings and an increase in fatigue. At this point your uterus and pregnancy are also growing rapidly leading to more frequent urination. Spotting during this time is not unusual.

 

Pregnancy symptoms become more pronounced by the 8th week. In addition to all the earlier symptoms, you may begin to experience bloating, heartburn, and sleep disruptions. Food cravings and food aversions may join the list, and of course, your clothes may begin to feel a little tighter with weight gain and pregnancy progress.

 

Get the Answers You Need

 

While all these symptoms can be indicators of pregnancy, the best way to know if you are pregnant is with a pregnancy test and a visit to your local healthcare provider. The medical staff at BSideU for Life can discuss these symptoms, provide free pregnancy testing, an ultrasound at the right time, and provide you the information you need to make the best decision for your health. 

 

Contact BSideU for Life today to schedule your free appointment.