This is known as implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding occurs when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. It is usually pinkish or brownish blood, and only lasts a couple of days. Implantation bleeding can be really confusing if it happens around the time that your period is due, since you might think it is your actual period and that you are not pregnant. Implantation bleeding can happen as soon as 6-12 days after conception.
Not being tired, or sleepy, or feeling lazy. We are talking about full on, “don’t want to get out of bed,” or “falling asleep watching the six o’clock news” exhausted. Your hormones are on full speed and your body is working its butt off to develop and grow the new life inside of you. This can take almost all of your energy. You can notice the fatigue within a couple of weeks of conception.
Also one of the first signs of pregnancy, morning sickness can be felt as early as two weeks after conception. Not all women are throwing up first thing in the morning, though. Morning sickness might just be a queasiness, an aversion to a certain food or smell, or the feeling that you might be coming down with a stomach bug. Also, contrary to its famous name, morning sickness can hit you any time, day or night.
Most women don’t realize that your breasts begin to change as early as two weeks after conception. This change is to help prepare for your breast milk to come in so you can feed your baby. Most women attribute their sore or tender feeling breasts to PMS, or think that their period must be coming on soon. If you notice your breasts becoming full or heavy feeling, or the area around your nipples becoming darker and larger, you might want to consider whether or not you could be pregnant.
Again, another symptom that most women attribute to their period coming on. Women can feel bloated or “fatter” as early as two to three weeks after conception, but they may not think that it is due to their pregnancy. They may just see it as a sign of PMS.
Headaches are very common in early pregnancy since the blood circulation in the body is increasing. These headaches are usually pretty mild, but they may occur every day or even a couple of times a day. However, most women don’t associate headaches as a pregnancy sign, so they may not even pay any attention to them. Headaches can start at around 3 weeks past conception.
Pregnancy can cause your blood vessels to dilate, which in turn will lower your blood pressure. The lowering of your blood pressure can cause frequent feelings of dizziness, or sometimes even fainting. Most women don’t think of this as a regular pregnancy symptom either, so these feelings often go unnoticed.
These usually begin around 3-4 weeks after conception, and may be anything from you wanting a glass of OJ with breakfast, to not being in the mood for your normal favorite pizza. Hormones are going crazy, especially during early pregnancy, so your regular foods may seem yucky, or your most hated foods might sound kind of good.
If you are experiencing this symptom, you probably should have an inkling that you might be expecting. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can wreak havoc with a woman’s sense of smell. The most common smells that can turn your stomach during pregnancy: cooking food (especially frying meat), smoke, fish, and even some perfumes or candles.
If your period is late, you probably have some clue that you might be pregnant. Missing a period is that telltale sign that most women look for, and the one they wait for before taking a pregnancy test. If your period is more than a couple of days late, it might be time to find out for sure if you are expecting!