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Last updated January 6, 2022

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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.

Abortion pill

If you are pregnant and need to end the pregnancy, you may be a candidate for a medication abortion (also called the abortion pill) if your pregnancy is 10 weeks or less. About 40% of all abortions in the U.S. are done using the abortion pill, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

The abortion pill consists of two pills. The first, called mifepristone, blocks your body's progesterone, stopping the pregnancy from growing. The second pill, which can be taken up to 48 hours later, causes cramping and bleeding to expel the pregnancy. It’s very similar to an early miscarriage. Some women, like those at risk of an ectopic pregnancy, cannot take the pills.

You can get the pill at a specially certified doctor or health clinic like Planned Parenthood. It is also available online in some states.

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