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Are you pregnant?
The earliest sign of pregnancy is typically a missed period, but many women do experience symptoms shortly after conception.
- You may have mild cramping with spotting or light bleeding 6 to 12 days after the fertilized egg implants itself into the lining of the uterus.
- You may experience fatigue and increased desire to sleep within a week of conception.
- Breast tenderness can start as soon as 1 to 2 weeks of conception.
- Nausea (“morning sickness”) can occur in 2 to 8 weeks.
- You may experience weight gain.
At-home pregnancy tests
If you think you may be pregnant, take an at-home pregnancy test as soon as possible. These are available over-the-counter at any drugstore. These test your urine for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which begins to increase at the moment of conception.
It takes about 3 to 4 weeks from the first day of your last period for hCG to be high enough to be detected on a pregnancy test so taking it before you’re supposed to have your period may be too soon to detect a pregnancy.
A positive test is almost certainly correct, but a negative test in the face of other symptoms may be a false negative and should be tried again after a week.
See your doctor or go to a health clinic to confirm that you are pregnant. They will confirm the pregnancy by doing a pregnancy test and an ultrasound.