The body changes in pregnancy leads to multiple signs and symptoms that often vary in degree of severity from one woman to another. The rising pregnancy hormone (estrogen) levels are responsible for most of the early symptoms while the later signs may result from certain other factors such as the growing uterus and the increased blood volume.
The time for the beginning of possible pregnancy symptoms generally varies from one woman to another, depending on one’s age, medical history, genetic factors etc. However, most women start experiencing the early signs in the 3rd or 4th week of pregnancy with implantation bleeding or spotting (brown vaginal discharge) often being the initial sign. However, the missed period is usually the major symptom of pregnancy.
Following are the earliest physical signs, usually occurring within the first 2 to 4 weeks, even before you notice the missed period:
However, it is completely normal to have no noticeable signs at this stage. It is also possible to experience the above symptoms and yet have a negative home pregnancy test. In such cases, it is recommended to wait one week and do another test. Because sometimes, the symptoms may start too early for a HPT to detect the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone in the urine.
The above symptoms usually continue throughout the first trimester, sometimes even the whole of your pregnancy, often along with:
Here are some other common symptoms that can occur any time from the first month to the last few weeks of your third trimester:
The symptoms of a multiple pregnancy is usually the same as any singleton one. But, you are likely to experience them in a more severe form when carrying twins or triplets. The pregnancy hormone levels, responsible for most of the signs, are even higher in a multiple pregnancy while the elevation of blood volume is also greater to provide oxygen and nutrients to multiple fetuses. So, the symptoms of nausea, vomiting, appetite changes, stomach pain, frequent urination, stress, depression, tiredness and fatigue are likely to occur much earlier and are felt with more emphasis.
After reading about all the common, uncommon and weird signs of pregnancy, you should also know about the warning signs that might indicate a serious complication. Here are a few danger signs that call for a visit to your doctor or midwife:
Published on May 19th 2014 by Pregmed Editorial Team.
Article was last reviewed on 15th November 2014.