Have you been pregnant before? How did it go? For me, pregnancy period is like a trip to the sahara desert. It is that serious!

Some women may experience early signs and symptoms within the first weeks of pregnancy in the first trimester, while others may develop symptoms later on in the pregnancy. The first signs and symptoms of early pregnancy can also be similar to symptoms experienced prior to the menstrual period, so a woman may not recognize the symptoms as related to pregnancy. Cramping is part of early sign of pregnancy.

Facts about early pregnancy

Not all moms-to-be experience the same symptoms when pregnant, and symptoms vary in severity.

A woman will not necessarily experience the same symptoms in the same way in subsequent pregnancies as with her first pregnancy.

Certain early signs, like absence of menstruation and weight gain, are common to all pregnancies.

Other possible early symptoms and signs of pregnancy include:

✓Mood changes

✓Increased urination


✓Low backache and/or pain

✓Sore breasts

✓Darkened areolas(Mine came in the 3rd trimester)

Though it may sound odd, your first week of pregnancy is based on the date of your last menstrual period. Your last menstrual period is considered week 1 of pregnancy, even if you weren’t actually pregnant yet.


The expected delivery date is calculated using the first day of your last period. For that reason, the first few weeks where you may not have symptoms also count toward your 40-week pregnancy.


Signs and symptoms: Timeline from your missed period.


  • mild cramping and spotting week 1 to 4
  • missed period week 4
  • fatigue week 4 or 5
  • nausea week 4 to 6
  • tingling or aching breasts week 4 to 6
  • frequent urination week 4 to 6
  • bloating week 4 to 6
  • motion sickness week 5 to 6
  • mood swings week 6
  • temperature changes week 6
  • high blood pressure week 8
  • extreme fatigue and heartburn week 9
  • faster heartbeat week 8 to 10
  • breast and nipple changes week 11
  • acne week 11
  • noticeable weight gain week 11
  • pregnancy glow week 12


Cramping and spotting during early pregnancy

From week 1 to week 4, everything is still happening on a cellular level. The fertilized egg creates a blastocyst (a fluid-filled group of cells) that will develop into the baby’s organs and body parts.


About 10 to 14 days (week 4) after conception, the blastocyst will implant in the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. This can cause implantation bleeding, which may be mistaken for a light period.


Here are some signs of implantation bleeding:


Color: The color of each episode may be pink, red, or brown.

Bleeding: Bleeding is usually compared to your regular menstrual period. Spotting is defined by blood present only when wiping.

Pain: Pain may be mild, moderate, or severe. According to a study of 4,539 women Trusted Source, 28 percent of women associated their spotting and light bleeding with pain.

Episodes: Implantation bleeding is likely to last less than three days and doesn’t require treatment.

Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, or using illicit drugs, which are associated with heavy bleeding.



Missed period during early pregnancy

Once implantation is complete, your body will begin producing human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This hormone helps the body maintain the pregnancy. It also tells the ovaries to stop releasing mature eggs each month.


You will likely miss your next period four weeks after conception. If you have an irregular period, you’ll want to take a pregnancy test to confirm.


Most home tests can detect hCG as soon as eight days after a missed period. A pregnancy test will be able to detect hCG levels in your urine and show if you are pregnant.



Take a pregnancy test to see if you’re pregnant.

If it’s positive, call your doctor or midwife to schedule your first prenatal appointment.

If you’re on any medications, ask your doctor whether they pose any risk to your growing baby.

Have a jolly cool pregnancy

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