The Nookie Know-It-All: Pregnancy Signs

Uh, I think I might be pregnant. What are the earliest signs of pregnancy? How soon after conception will a home pregnancy test work? — Bun In The Oven?, Burlington, VT

The # 1 sign of pregnancy is a missed period. It might sound super obvious, but unless women are on the pill they can sometimes miscalculate their period and not recognize when they’re late. Other early symptoms include breast tenderness, darker areolas, morning sickness (aka vomiting or nausea), strong aversions to smells and foods, general fatigue, low back pain, constipation, and frequent urination. Minus the urge to yell at most people, these are all signs I exhibit before my period, so it’s sometimes hard to distinguish the symptoms. If you think there’s a chance you might be pregnant, you should take a test as soon as possible.

A blood pregnancy test can be accurate as early as 8 to 10 days after conception, and a urine test can be accurate up to 10 to 14 days. In-office tests are the most accurate, so you should call your gynecologist and schedule an appointment. That way you’ll have someone to talk to about the positive OR negative sign you get.

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