Some women experience pregnancy symptoms within a week of conception, but for others, it may take a little longer.⁸ There are many physical and emotional changes during pregnancy.⁸

IMPLANTATION BLEED / SPOTTING⁸

When the embryo embeds into the uterine wall there may be some spotting (blood) as well as some cramping. This can happen a little earlier than the expected monthly bleed (or 6-12 days after conception).

AMENORRHOEA / MISSED PERIOD⁸

One of the first real signs of pregnancy would be that the menstrual period fails to start when it should.

BREAST TENDERNESS⁸

Quite often women experience breast fullness and discomfort just prior to their menstrual period. If pregnancy occurs, these symptoms can continue and increase as the breasts become fuller / more tender.

FATIGUE / TIREDNESS⁸

Fatigue and drowsiness are symptoms that may be experienced as early as a
week after conception.

NAUSEA AND VOMITING / MORNING SICKNESS⁸

Morning sickness can begin 2-8 weeks after conception, and may last between 6-8 weeks, or may even continue through most of the pregnancy, while others are lucky enough not to experience morning sickness at all.

BLADDER IRRITABILITY / FREQUENT URINATION⁸

At the beginning stages of pregnancy, around 6-8 weeks after conception. Increased urination will continue throughout pregnancy as the expanding baby and uterus places pressure on the bladder.

CONSTIPATION⁹

The progesterone produced during pregnancy relaxes the bowel and slows down digestion.

FOOD CRAVINGS OR FOOD AVERSIONS⁸

These can occur early in pregnancy or throughout. Women are generally drawn to or put off by certain foods. Some cravings can be caused by a lack of specific nutrients.

BACKACHE⁸

Lower back pain can be an early symptom of pregnancy, but it may continue
for the entire 9 months.

HEADACHES⁸

Women may experience headaches due to the rise in pregnancy hormones and an increase in blood flow (around 50%).

MOOD SWINGS⁸

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect neurotransmitters in the brain which can cause emotional highs or lows.

SKIN CHANGES¹⁰

Further on in your pregnancy skin changes can occur, such as:

Not all of these symptoms will be experienced by every women and not to the same degree. Most symptoms will not continue once the baby is born.