10 Common Pregnancy Symptoms

If you are trying for a baby, you may be wondering what symptoms point to a successful conception. Pregnancy tests are very accurate, giving an indication of a positive test within weeks (sometimes, within days!) of getting pregnant. But what other symptoms could you experience? HARTMANN Direct list 10 of the most common pregnancy symptoms.

There are many symptoms that suggest conception has been successful. But of course, it goes without saying that confirming your pregnancy with your doctor is the best move. What other symptoms can you expect? You may not experience all of them, but they are a sign that pregnancy hormones could be surging!


  1. Spotting and/or period-like pains

Clearly, you wouldn’t expect to bleed at any point in pregnancy but, there are women who notice spotting, sometimes accompanied with period-like pains. Scientists aren’t sure why this happens but at 6 weeks, you may notice a light pink discharge or spotting. It is thought that this is to do with the placenta forming but only lasts a short time. If you continue to bleed or spotting is bright red blood, see your GP.

  1. Tingling nipples

Your breasts will become active almost immediately you conceive and so its no surprise that changes in the nipples feature twice on the list. As pregnancy hormones surge, it can cause a tingling sensation around the edge of your nipple. Some women report this within weeks of getting pregnant.

  1. Darker coloured nipples

Your skin changes as a result of surging pregnancy hormones too and again, this can be noticeable from around 8 weeks onwards with your nipples becoming darker. You may also notice your nipples are more erect and the surrounding ‘bumps’ more pronounced.

  1. Tender, swollen breasts

With so many hormones beginning to surge through your system, it is no wonder that your breasts will start to feel different. Again, you may not notice this until later in your pregnancy, but some expectant mums say that their breasts felt tender and were swollen from very early in their pregnancies. The good news is, is that if this happens in early pregnancy, it should get easier in as your pregnancy progresses.

  1. Feeling nauseous

We refer to it as morning sickness as most women find that it is the time of day when the feeling of nausea is worse. But ‘morning’ sickness can strike at any time of day or night. It can start as early as four weeks but usually stops by around 12 to 14 weeks. This happens because the surging hormones settle into a more stable pattern.

  1. Fatigue

Feeling tired and taking naps throughout the day is no bad thing in early pregnancy and so, if this is what your body is telling you to do, then do it! Coupled with tiredness, many women can be upset and emotional but can’t quite put their finger on why. Again, pregnancy hormones must bear the brunt of the blame.

  1. Needing to urinate more frequently

Again, those surging pregnancy hormones can have an impact on the bladder too, causing you to feel like you need to urinate more. For some women, this is a nuisance but manageable. Thin and discreet incontinence pads are an ideal solution as it gives an extra layer of protection against accidental leaks.

  1. Food cravings or different sense of taste and smell

Many women reported that they knew they were pregnant almost immediately because their sense of taste, and smell in some cases, became distorted. Some women reported that food and drink had a metallic taste almost immediately. Some women also found that their sense of smell became more acute but that this, unfortunately, could trigger nausea.

  1. A missed period

The symptoms from one to eight have, so far, been those that women have reported in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Of course, the biggest symptom of pregnancy is missing a period. If you are trying to get pregnant, for an accurate due date always keep a note of the date you started your last period.

  1. A positive pregnancy test

Modern pregnancy tests are suitably reliable and can be done at any time of the day. Of course, once you get that positive indication, get your pregnancy confirmed with your doctor. And then sit back and enjoy it!

As soon as the tiny egg is fertilised in your womb, it triggers a cascade of hormones that affect the female body in many different ways. Some women seem sensitive to these symptoms, suffering from morning sickness or a very severe case of it, known as hyperemesis gravidarum. Have you experienced any of these symptoms?

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