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.
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.
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.
Lower back pain can be an early symptom of pregnancy, but it may continue
for the entire 9 months.
Women may experience headaches due to the rise in pregnancy hormones and an increase in blood flow (around 50%).
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect neurotransmitters in the brain which can cause emotional highs or lows.
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.