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Can you feel anything when you conceive?

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Conception happens at a microscopic level and cannot be felt. The earliest symptoms of pregnancy typically show up several weeks after conception and may take even longer in some women.

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The first sign that some women get is spotting or cramping caused by changes in the uterus when the egg implants, although it does not start until several days after implantation occurs. Some women also notice a thicker vaginal discharge during this time. Both of these are often mistaken for normal parts of the menstrual cycle. Most women first notice they are pregnant when they miss a period, although recurring nausea and swollen, tender breasts may alert some women earlier, according to The Mayo Clinic and other sources.

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