Exactly how early do the signs of pregnancy come?
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  • Nausea and fatigue may occur as early as 2 weeks after conception.
  • Changes in the cervix, such as softening, occur as early as 4 weeks.
  • Fetal heart tones can be heard as early as 7 weeks by transvaginal ultrasound, and around 8 to 10 weeks by hand held Doppler under ideal conditions.
  • The breasts become enlarged after 6 weeks and colostrum secretion may begin after the 16th week.
  • Braxton Hicks contractions usually begin after 28 weeks.
  • The first fetal movement is first appreciated (on average) at 19 weeks during the first pregnancy, and as early as 14 weeks during subsequent pregnancies.

    Created: 11/2/2004


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