A missed period is one of the most common and obvious signs that you may be pregnant. Even with a missed period, further confirmation of pregnancy will be required since menstrual cycles may be effected by such things as rapid weight gain or weight loss and stress. But in addition to a missed period, there are a few other pregnancy symptoms that you may notice.
In fact early signs or pregnancy vary from woman to woman. Some women will experience implantation bleeding. About 8-12 days after conception, the uterine wall is implanted with the embryo and this may result in some cramping and spotting in some women. However, some of this untimely bleeding may also be a false symptom and may simply be the result of altered menstruation, infection or other external factors.
One other early symptom of possible pregnancy may be tender breasts or swollen breasts a few weeks after conception. However, just like a general condition of a missed period, there may be other explanations for tenderness in breasts – such as hormonal imbalances or for some women just a pre-menstrual symptom. So once again, a pregnancy test will be required to fully confirm this early symptom.
Some women have reported fatigue and being tired – a condition which may start as early as 1-2 week after conception. Unfortunately this is also not a strong indicator of pregnancy and may be explained by many other environmental factors like stress, common cold, working too many hours and many other factors.
Morning sickness and nausea are symptoms all too familiar to many pregnancy women. These conditions may start as early as 3-8 weeks into the pregnancy and may last in some women throughout their entire pregnancy. Other pregnant women experience no such early symptoms of pregnancy and feel no morning sickness during their complete pregnancy cycle. As with other early pregnancy symptoms, nausea is not a full-proof indication of pregnancy, and similar symptoms may be caused by food poisoning, intestinal disorders, stress and other external non-pregnancy factors.
Early pregnancy signs like backaches and headaches while common, may be easily the result of many other non-pregnancy conditions and ailments.