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When do pregnancy symptoms start?

Pregnancy and its symptoms

When do pregnancy symptoms start?

Pregnancy is a special period in a woman's life, but it can be confusing at times. The symptoms of pregnancy differ from one woman to another, as well as the symptoms of pregnancy differ from one pregnancy to another in the same woman, and differ according to the stage of pregnancy as well. Because some of the symptoms accompanying pregnancy are similar to the symptoms that occur before menstruation, it may be difficult to distinguish and differentiate them from the symptoms of the menstrual cycle, and it is worth noting that these symptoms may be similar to symptoms that occur in cases other than pregnancy and the menstrual cycle.


Pregnancy symptoms and when they occur

  • Among the early symptoms associated with pregnancy: Simple vaginal bleeding and cramping: Vaginal bleeding is also called implantation bleeding; This is because it occurs as a result of the implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus, and the cramping and bleeding accompanying pregnancy is similar to what happens at the beginning of the menstrual cycle, but they are less severe. They usually occur six to twelve days after the egg is fertilized. Vaginal white secretions may also form due to the increased growth of cells lining the vagina, and the thickening of its wall due to pregnancy, and the presence of these harmless secretions may continue throughout pregnancy, but the presence of a foul smell, burning, or itching in the vagina requires informing the doctor To ascertain the type of infection present, whether it is a bacterial infection or a yeast infection.

  • Changes in the breast: where the breast changes begin to appear after one to two weeks of pregnancy, and these changes may occur as a result of the different levels of body hormones a result of pregnancy; The breast may appear more swollen, fuller, and heavier, as well as feel numb and tender when touched.

  • Feeling sick: Morning sickness begins during the second to eighth week after pregnancy, and although it often occurs in the morning, it may occur at any time of the day and maybe accompanied by vomiting. In most cases, nausea continues during the first trimester of pregnancy and subsides after that, but for some, it may persist throughout the pregnancy.
  • Feeling tired and exhausted: Most women start feeling tired and exhausted only one week after conception.
  • Menopause: The delay or interruption of the menstrual cycle is the most common sign, which calls for a pregnancy test in women.
  • Back pain: Back pain, especially in the lower back, is a common symptom in pregnancy. Back pain may occur at the beginning of pregnancy, but it becomes more noticeable as pregnancy progresses.
  • Headache: Headache is a common symptom of pregnancy, and the feeling of headache may begin when pregnancy begins, and experts believe that this is due to a sudden increase in the level of hormones in the body. Also, headaches may persist during pregnancy due to increased blood flow; The volume of blood flowing through the body during pregnancy increases by approximately fifty percent.
  • Frequent urination: The feeling of needing to urinate more frequently may begin from the sixth to eighth week of pregnancy, and frequent urination may continue with the progression of pregnancy due to the increase in the size of the uterus and fetus, causing pressure on the bladder.

  • Changing desire for foods: It is possible to generate a strong desire for some types of foods and an aversion to others, and this occurs in the early stages of pregnancy or at any time during pregnancy, but the reason for this is not yet known.
  • Bloating and constipation: Bloating may occur in early pregnancy; It begins in the period extending from the fourth week of menopause to the sixth week. Bloating occurs due to the slow work of the digestive system as a result of hormonal changes, which may cause constipation, which in turn increases the feeling of bloating.
  • An increase in the pulse rate: As the heart rate increases and its strength increases in the period from the eighth week to the tenth week, palpitations and irregular heartbeats may occur due to the change of hormones.
  • Mood swings: A woman may become more emotional than usual, and this may lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, etc., and these mood swings begin in the sixth week after menopause. It is worth noting that these mood and emotional changes occur as a result of the rise in estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy.

pregnancy tests

When you notice one of the common pregnancy symptoms related to pregnancy, it is recommended that you perform a pregnancy test at home, or visit your doctor for the necessary examination in order to confirm the presence of pregnancy. Among these tests:


  1. Home pregnancy test: The home pregnancy test detects the hCG in the urine, which consists of a stick containing a chemical that changes color after a certain waiting period that varies according to the type of examination when it meets this hormone. It can be used from the first day of a missed period, and some types of home tests can detect pregnancy earlier. It is recommended to perform the test twice because of the possibility of different results in the event that the test is performed very early after the absence of the menstrual cycle, it is possible that the level of the hormone is so low that the test cannot detect it at that time.
  2. Clinical urine test: A clinical urine test is performed in the doctor's office, with the aim of reducing the possibility of errors that affect the result of the examination, but it is not necessarily more accurate than home pregnancy tests. Usually, the results of this examination appear within a week of taking it.
  3. Blood test: There are two types of the blood test, namely; A qualitative test for hCG, which indicates the presence or absence of pregnancy, and a quantitative test for hCG, which accurately measures the amount of this hormone in the blood.

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