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How Early Can You Get Pregnancy Symptoms?

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If you have just had your positive pregnancy test, you might be wondering how early pregnancy symptoms begin. The fact of the matter is that pregnancy symptoms that can definitely indicate pregnancy do ton occur until after you have missed your period. Nevertheless, here are some questions you may be asking yourself:

  • How early can you experience pregnancy symptoms? Even if you have not yet missed your period, you can have cramping and breast tenderness. These can feel identical to symptoms to the premenstrual state so you can consider yourself pregnant if you have had a positive test and feel pregnant. The breast tenderness can begin as early as a week before you get your period and usually cramping starts a few days before the missed period.
  • How early do pregnancy symptoms start if you have twins? You will usually begin pregnancy symptoms at the same time as single pregnancies but, over time, the symptoms will be more severe and cans start earlier than with a singleton pregnancy. This is because there are usually twice as much pregnancy hormones in twin pregnancies, and you tend to have more nausea and vomiting, although this is not universally true.
  • How early do pregnancy symptoms begin if you are having a miscarriage? Sometimes, you will only have pregnancy symptoms in a healthy pregnancy and no pregnancy symptoms when the pregnancy is destined to end in a miscarriage. Other times, you will have early pregnancy symptoms, but these will decrease as the pregnancy begins to deteriorate.
  • How early do pregnancy symptoms show if you have an ectopic pregnancy? Usually, you will have symptoms of pregnancy that are really normal, even before your missed period. Unfortunately, these symptoms are not very specific for pregnancy and, if an ectopic pregnancy is allowed to continue, the pregnancy symptoms usually give way to increased cramping, bleeding, and abdominal pain. See your doctor if any of these symptoms occur.
  • How early can pregnancy symptoms be detected after a positive pregnancy test? The positive pregnancy test is usually present much before you get any real symptoms of pregnancy. Breast tenderness and cramping are usually the first symptoms along with an increase in vaginal discharge. These symptoms usually don’t have a lot of meanings until you have missed your period.
  • How early can pregnancy symptoms show up after you miss a period? The pregnancy symptoms of breast tenderness and cramping tend to be present before your missed period and persist after your period is missed. Obvious symptoms like morning sickness do not usually show up until you have reached 6 week’s gestation.
  • How early can you start having pregnancy symptoms that need a doctor’s attention? You can write off most pregnancy symptoms as normal and not in need of a doctor’s attention. If you develop heavy vaginal bleeding, which can occur around the time of the missed period or if you develop serious nausea and vomiting so you can’t keep food or liquids down, it is possible you have “hyperemesis gravidarum”. In some cases, hospitalization with IV fluids is necessary, so you don’t get too dehydrated.

How Early Do Pregnancy Symptoms Start?

Most women don’t have unmistakable signs of pregnancy such as severe fatigue, morning sickness, and round ligament pain until they are at least 6 week’s gestation. Subtle and less accurate symptoms like breast tenderness, cramping pain and spotting happen around the time of the missed period but aren’t really obvious pregnancy signs or symptoms. If they persist past the missed period, they are better signs of pregnancy because the period didn’t happen, and the symptoms persisted.

First trimester symptoms usually require the pregnancy to be more advanced than just the date of the missed period. You need to have high levels of HCG and progesterone to have the obvious signs of pregnancy. Remember that not every woman will have obvious signs of pregnancy, no matter how far along they are and it is only the expanding belly and the feeling of fetal movement that make it clear to everyone that you are pregnant.

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How Early Can You Feel Pregnancy Symptoms?

Some women do not feel pregnancy symptoms at all while others have pregnancy symptoms from the time of their missed period. Things like breast tenderness, cramping and an increase in white vaginal secretions can occur shortly before or after your missed period. Other symptoms don’t happen for many weeks into the first trimester (from the 1st week till the 13 weeks).

You will definitely feel pregnancy symptoms by about 6-8 weeks. You will have things like round ligament pain (groin pain from stretching the uterine round ligament, nausea and vomiting, the revulsion of certain odors and foods, and extreme fatigue. Every woman and every pregnancy are very different so that what you feel in one pregnancy might be absent in the second pregnancy and vice versa.

How Early Can You Have Pregnancy Symptoms in a Twin Pregnancy?

If you have twins or more, you may feel your symptoms earlier than if you have a singleton pregnancy (with one fetus). This is because the HCG levels are often higher in a twin pregnancy, so you get symptoms earlier than average. In the beginning, the pregnancy symptoms will feel the same regardless of how many fetuses you have but, as the pregnancy advances, there is a greater risk of having nausea, vomiting, round ligament pain (because the uterus is expanding faster), and an expanding belly before most people do.

What Can You Do About Early Pregnancy Symptoms?

Early pregnancy symptoms are for the most part tolerable. You can wear a firm supportive bra to combat breast tenderness, and you can use a warm water bottle on your abdomen or back so that you can ease cramps. They make medication for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy; however, if science has told us anything, it tells us that no medications for these symptoms may be better than taking a medication that can profoundly affect the development of the fetus. We just don’t know enough about these medications in pregnancy so things like IV fluids, rest and lifestyle changes can really do the best for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.

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