How early can you get Pregnancy Symptoms?
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.