Pre-pregnancy symptoms before missed period
It’s not always easy to tell when you’re pregnant; many women don’t realize they’re expecting until they miss their period and experience symptoms of pregnancy. However, there are some symptoms that can appear before your missed period that may indicate you’re pregnant even earlier than that. Pay attention to these early signs and symptoms of pregnancy to know for sure if you’re having a baby!
The first two weeks after missing your period
As you enter into your second month of pregnancy, most women will experience two main physical changes. The first: fatigue. Fatigue can set in as early as seven to 10 days after conception, but it’s typically not a debilitating side effect. The second is nausea, which is usually accompanied by morning sickness and tends to peak during week eight to 10 of your pre-pregnancy cycle. If you’re pregnant, you can expect to feel some level of morning sickness throughout your first trimester, which typically lasts from week four through week 12.
The third week
Third week of your cycle (counting from day one of your last menstruation) is when you are most likely to get pregnant. Many women tend to have pre-pregnancy symptoms during third week like soreness in breasts, mood swings and food cravings. Now’s a good time to start tracking ovulation using an ovulation predictor kit. Best chance for conception happens 2 weeks after you’ve started getting positive results for high LH surge or 10 days before expected next period.
The fourth week
During your fourth week of pregnancy, hormone levels surge. Estrogen and progesterone double or triple their concentration in your blood, which can cause a wide range of side effects. These two hormones are responsible for both early and late pregnancy symptoms. The human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone remains relatively steady during these weeks, although its presence will also give you subtle pre-pregnancy symptoms.
The fifth week
When you’re five weeks pregnant, your baby’s eyes are already formed and her vital organs are in place. If a doctor performed an ultrasound at five weeks gestation, he would likely be able to see your baby moving around and sucking her thumb. At five weeks pregnant you might be experiencing some of the first signs of pregnancy like fatigue or spotting, but these pre-pregnancy symptoms tend to occur a little later in early pregnancy than they do at later gestational stages.
The sixth week
In your sixth week of pregnancy, you can begin to feel your baby move around, usually as early as 16 weeks. There are certain pre-pregnancy symptoms that occur during week six that may indicate you’re pregnant. If a woman finds out she is pregnant in her sixth week and decides to continue with her pregnancy, it’s important for her to schedule an appointment with her doctor and start taking prenatal vitamins.