Early Pregnancy Symptoms

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The onset and degree of pregnancy symptoms will vary within women. Many women experience them within days of conception, others take a few weeks before pregnancy symptoms kick in and a lucky few feel no discomfort at all. The early pregnancy symptoms listed on this page generally can be felt once implantation occurs (8 - 10 days from ovulation) and will lessen after the first trimester.

It is frustrating to realize that many pregnancy symptoms are very similar to those that occur right before menstruating. However, combined with high temperatures and a longer luteal phase - they are key indications that you have achieved pregnancy success!

Nausea & Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting may come as early as a week into the pregnancy. Many women experience illness in the morning (morning sickness), some in the afternoon or evening, others feel feel nausea throughout the entire day. There is no explanation as to why pregnant women feel this or even a solution as to how to prevent it - however, eating small frequent meals, and snacking on saltine crackers seems to give some kind of relief. Eating a protein/carboy hydrate at bedtime (try an apple and a glass of milk) tends to lessen the nausea that occurs in the morning.

Breast Tenderness

Breasts may be very tender, swollen and start to enlarge. Many times the veins within the breast will become more visible. Your nipples may start to darken in color, become more erect and be extremely sensitive. These symptoms are due to increasing amount of HCG hormone that begins at implantation.

Frequent Urination

Pregnancy causes the uterus to swell and it will start to enlarge for the growing fetus immediately. The uterus puts pressure on your bladder making you feel the need for more frequent urination. Many women start to feel this symptom within a week or two after pregnancy has occurred.

Feeling Tired / Sluggish

This one is pretty obvious. When pregnant your body is going through some major hormonal changes. HCG levels alone go from 0 - 250,000 mIU/ml in just twelve weeks. Your temperature is also higher due to the amount progesterone circulating through your body which will also make you feel a little sluggish.

Light Bleeding

ight bleeding (spotting) may occur approximately 8 - 10 days from ovulation. It usually happens around the same time you would have gotten your menstrual period. Some women assume they have started their period when in fact they are pregnant. The spotting is caused from implantation which is when the fertilized egg burrows into the endometrial lining.

Dizziness and/or Fainting

When standing in one place you may feel dizzy or even faint. The growing uterus compresses major arteries in your legs which causes your blood pressure to drop making you extremely light headed. Skipping meals or going too long without eating may cause you to feel dizzy or faint. When not eating frequently enough it causes low blood sugar. Blood sugar is the primary source of food for your baby so it will be depleted much more quickly.


Pregnancy hormones will slow down bowel functions to give maximum absorption time of vitamins and nutrients. Unfortunately, this symptom usually only gets worse as the pregnancy progresses.

When to call your midwife/doctor, 0-12 weeks


Contact your provider if you notice any of the following warning signs:

  • Vaginal bleeding or a marked change in vaginal discharge (amount /odor/color)
  • Unrelieved abdominal or intestinal cramping. Pain, or tenderness (with or without diarrhea or constipation)
  • Vaginal / pelvic tenderness
  • Lower backache
  • Pain or burning during urination, or a decrease in the amount of urine flow
  • Unrelieved vomiting
  • Unrelieved diarrhea or constipation
  • Chills or fever
  • Soreness or redness in one or both legs
  • Marked swelling or puffiness of the feet, hands or face (edema), or sudden weight gain
  • Severe or constant headache
  • Visual disturbances such as blurred vision, spots before the eyes, or flashes of light
  • Dizziness or mental confusion
  • Something just doesn't feel right

You may notice other symptoms not included in this list, when in doubt, call.

The ideal outcome for all patients, of course, is to have an uneventful pregnancy that results in a healthy baby. However, some pregnancies do involve complications that may affect the mother, the baby, or both. Because these complications can range from relatively minor to life-threatening, it's important to recognize possible warning signs. Remember that you are the most important gauge of your body and, in turn, your pregnancy. Don't compare your experience with those of friends or relatives. Even if you've been pregnant before, this pregnancy will probably be different. Trust your instincts, but don't attempt to diagnose yourself. If something "just doesn't feel right," check with your doctor/midwife.

අපගේ සම්පත් දායකයකු වන කොළඹ "ලංකා හොස්පිටල්ස්" ආයතනයේ නාරී හා ප්‍රසව රෝග පිළිබඳ විශේෂන්ඥ වෛද්‍ය විජිත් විද්‍යාභුෂණ මහතා විසින් සකස් කල ලිපියක් ඇසුරිනි. Thanks to our kind resource person Dr Vijith Vidyabhushana, Consultant VOG at Lanka Hospitals, Colombo 05.

Dr Vijith Diyabhushana, MBBS (Colombo), MS (Colombo), MRCOG (UK), DFFP (UK), RCR/RCOG, Dip Advanced Obstetric Ultrasound (UK), Accredited Ultrasound Specialist

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