Some mothers feel certain they're pregnant at the moment of conception. Others don't believe the news until they have a positive pregnancy test—or two. For most mothers, a missed period is an early sign of pregnancy. It may not be the reason to be so certain. There are other signs as well.
Here Are Some Other Pregnancy Symptoms:
Breast changes: Tenderness and enlargement can occur as early as one week after conception. You also may notice the areolas, or rings around your nipples, darkening and the veins becoming more visible.
Nausea and vomiting: Morning sickness can occur anytime, day or night, and may begin one or two weeks after conception.
Fatigue: Although this is common in the early weeks, it often continues late into your first trimester or may even last throughout your pregnancy.
Slight spotting or cramping: About 8 to 10 days following ovulation, when the embryo attaches to the uterus lining, you may experience a light pink spotting. It usually comes earlier than your expected period and is not as red or heavy.
Frequent urination: About six to eight weeks after conception, your uterus starts to exert pressure on your bladder. This means you may feel the need to use the bathroom more often.
Other signs: Other early signs of pregnancy include: constipation, elevated body temperature, headaches, dizziness, backaches, lower abdominal cramps, excessive salivation, heartburn and food cravings.
Take A Pregnancy Test Or Two
Early pregnancy symptoms can be misleading. There are many possible reasons for how you're feeling. If you think you're pregnant, take a home pregnancy urine test. About 10 to 14 days after conception—or about a day after a missed period—a urine test can detect the pregnancy hormone hCG (human Chorionic Gonadotropin).
Pregnancy tests aren't foolproof. Sometimes, you get a negative test even when you're pregnant, or a false positive, showing you're pregnant when you're not. Consider taking the test a week later to double-check the results.
Confirm The Results
Follow up with your doctor and have a medical exam to confirm the pregnancy and get on track with prenatal care. In the doctor's office, you can take a blood pregnancy test as early as 8 to 10 days after conception to detect hCG.
The ultimate positive sign, of course, is seeing the foetus. With sonography, it’s possible to identify the gestational sac (the fluid-filled structure that will develop into the foetus) about five weeks after the last menstrual period, and about two weeks later, the beating of the foetal heart can be seen.
It is the most important and happy news of your life. Be extra sure about the result. And then follow the best practices to have a happy motherhood.