Pregnancy symptoms can start as early as four weeks following conception. Symptoms vary from woman to woman, and your second pregnancy may even have different symptoms or they may appear in a different order.
Pregnancy Symptoms by Week
A missed period is the first pregnancy symptom most women encounter. However, there are many other symptoms that can surface around the fourth week of pregnancy, including:
- Mild cramping
- Mood swings
- Morning sickness
Week five is a more common time for an expecting mother to find out she’s pregnant because her symptoms are intensified and it’s been five weeks since her last period. New symptoms include:
- Sore breasts
- Frequent urination
Week six may bring on the symptoms above, if they haven’t shown up yet, and with more intensity.
Week seven can bring new symptoms as well as intensifying those already being experienced, including:
- Food cravings
- Food aversions
- Extra saliva
During week eight, many women experience an increased sense of smell, often leading to nausea and constipation as well as vivid and bizarre dreams.
If you’re experiencing any combination of these symptoms, you’re likely to run to the drugstore to purchase an over-the-counter pregnancy test. While these are generally accurate, it’s best to schedule a visit with your OB/GYN to confirm the pregnancy and begin monitoring your pregnancy for the health of you and your baby. If you’re not pregnant, these symptoms likely indicate a condition that requires medical attention.