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Signs of pregnancy

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Aches and pains, or something more?

Conception triggers immediate changes in a woman’s body, but you may not be aware that the outward signs of pregnancy can appear very soon after, as early as within the first two weeks.  It’s easy to put these signs down to other things, but if you’ve noticed any of the following symptoms it may be that another very tiny factor is already at play in your body,here are some clues on looking for signs of pregnancy.

Backaches and Headaches

The body knows a baby is on the way even if you don’t yet, and so it starts to prepare.  Early backaches are a sign that you body is already changing to accommodate a growing baby.  Headaches are also common, and can be triggered by the initial rush of hormones and increased volume of blood and circulation that occur.


Growing a baby is hard work from the word go, and in early pregnancy unexplained lack of energy can be another sign of the changes in your hormones after conception.  It can range from a general feeling of tiredness, to full-blown debilitating exhaustion – the good news is that this normally disappears as your body gets over the shock and adjusts to the new hormone levels!

Frequent Urination

Need to pee again?  And again?!  This is a common factor of pregnancy, and although later it is due largely to the fact that the bladder is literally being squashed by your baby, early on in pregnancy it is often a sign that the embryo has implanted in the wall of your uterus, sparking the release of the hormone  hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin).

Raised Body Temperature

Your body temperature normally increases slightly at ovulation, and stays raised until a few days before your next period, when it drops off again.  If you conceive, this drop in temperature doesn’t happen, and can be a good indicator of pregnancy.  The change in temperature is very small in real terms (only 1/2 to 1 degree at most), so to notice this change you need to be taking your temperature daily at the same time.


Light spotting is not uncommon in many women during their menstrual cycle, but when it occurs around 5-10 days after ovulation and conception it can be the result of the embryo attaching to the wall of the uterus.  It is sometimes accompanied by a light cramping similar to, but much less intense than, period pains.  Implantation bleeding is not heavy, and normally pink or brown in colour, lasting only a day or so.

signs of pregnancy

Tender Breasts

When you conceive the body is flooded with hormones, and it can take a while for it to adjust!  You may find your breasts protest at the onslaught by swelling and becoming very tender for a while – an uncomfortable but good early sign of pregnancy!  A darkening of the areola (the area around your nipples) sometimes also occurs as early as one week after conception, with the little lumps on the areolas becoming raised and harder too.  All these are signs that your body may already preparing for breastfeeding!

Food Cravings or Aversions

Those sneaky little hormones are at work all over you body, and although not common until later, it is possible that as an early sign of pregnancy you may experience is an aversion to certain foods, or unusual cravings.  Some women report a slight metallic taste in their mouth after eating certain foods, and others can’t stand certain smells.


Some women swear they just “know” when they are pregnant.  This is reported so regularly that there has to be some degree of truth in it!  So if you have a funny feeling that you can’t put your finger on, it may just be that the tiny collection of cells that will eventually become your baby is already communicating with you!

Pregnancy Test

The only way to confirm you are pregnant in the first week after suspected conception is to have a blood test done by your doctor to check for the presence of the hormone hCG – this can be done as early as 7 days after conception, but this is still very early, and the results may be inaccurate.  A urine test can be done (by your doctor or with a home-pregnancy test) from 10-14 days after suspected conception, but again it may still be too early to rely 100% on the results.

Patience is a virtue you will need a lot of as a parent, and it starts now!  Reliable testing can be conducted from 14 days after your conception date.



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