Early Pregnancy Symptoms

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Below is a list of symptoms that might help you know you’re pregnant even before you’ve taken the pregnancy test. So here’s what we have.

Delayed or Late Period

This is the most common pregnancy symptom, and not only in the movies, where a woman notices that she missed her period and runs to buy a pregnancy test. There can be other explanations for this, of course, such as excessive weight gain or loss, hormonal problems, tension, ceasing to take the pill or changing to a different pill, and more.

Morning Sickness

Another well-known pregnancy symptom. Many women feel nausea between 2-8 weeks of pregnancy. There are some lucky women who hardly experience nausea, but some suffer from it throughout most of their pregnancy. There might be other explanations for your nausea, such as a simple food poisoning, but if it tends to show up in the morning, better buy that pregnancy test.

Swollen or Tender Breasts

Your breasts might feel swollen, sore or tender as 1-2 weeks of pregnancy. Other explanations might be hormonal problems, birth control pills, or even PMS.

Headache and Fatigue

Headache and Fatigue


Headaches are a possible symptom, due to the sudden rise of hormones in your body. However, any woman who suffers from chronic headaches or migraines should probably not count on that symptom.


Extreme tiredness or sleepiness are common symptoms. If you’re pregnant, you might feel more tired than usual as early as the first week after conception. Of course, it also might be that you’re just tired or caught the flu.

Implantation Bleeding

One of the earliest pregnancy symptoms can be implantation bleeding. It might happen about 6-12 days after conception, when the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall. Some women will experience light bleeding as well as some cramping. It usually lasts from one to three days; very rarely for five days.  The color of the bleeding usually ranges from pink to brown. In rare cases, it can also be black, but only rarely red. Unlike in menstruation, you’re not supposed to see any clots. However, this is where you should track your cycle, because it might be that you’re experiencing actual menstruation. Changing your pill abrasion from sex and infection might cause spotting as well.


Some experience lower backaches early in pregnancy, and even throughout the whole pregnancy as well. However, many women will feel backaches during or before menstruation. Possible back problems, and physical strain are to be considered as well.

Increased Thirst and Frequent Urination

Increased Thirst and Frequent Urination

Increased Thirst and Frequent Urination

Now this is a symptom that is easy to miss, and although many women experience it around 6-8 weeks after conception, they don’t realize the reason for it. What’s happening is that in early pregnancy your blood volume increases, which can cause frequent urination but can also make one feel thirsty. Of course, it also might be that you drink a lot, or suffer from a urinary tract infection or diabetes, but if you don’t it might be the time to check if you’re pregnant.

Darkening Areolas

In early pregnancy, the skin around your nipples may get darker. During the pregnancy and after you give birth, you may notice additional changes: Darker color can progress throughout the pregnancy, the areola diameter may increase (it differs from one woman to another). Montgomery glands become larger, the skin the areola and nipples gets thicker, the nipple gets bigger and the whole breast may enlarge as well. Your body is preparing itself for breastfeeding the future baby. You can expect the areola to return to its pre-pregnancy size after you quit breastfeeding, but it’s not always so. The color of the areola may lighten but it isn’t likely to become as light as it was before becoming pregnant. The shape of the breast may change as well.

Food Cravings or Aversions

Many women crave for certain foods when they are pregnant. Others don’t. Some won’t eat anything but bread because other food makes them sick, and some lose their appetite for meat. This can last throughout the entire pregnancy. As so many other things in pregnancy, this is strictly individual. Then again, it might be that you’re craving for a certain dish just because your body lacks a certain nutrient, or you just stressed.


Like other symptoms in early pregnancy, bloating is caused by hormonal changes. As your progesterone and estrogen levels rise, the lining of your uterus thickens, making you feel more bloated. Hormonal changes can also cause your digestive system to slow down, which can cause bloating as well. It may be hard to tell the difference between premenstrual bloating and pregnancy bloating, for early pregnancy symptoms and PMS symptoms are often similar. However, pregnancy symptoms are often more exaggerated.

Constipation or Diarrhea

Constipation or Diarrhea

Constipation or Diarrhea

In the previous paragraph we mentioned that hormonal changes in early pregnancy can cause your digestive system to slow down. In addition to bloating, this can cause constipation. Taking iron, which is often prescribed to pregnant women, can add to the problem. Try adding more fiber to your diet and drink more fluids. Hormones sometimes affect women differently though. While most women will have issues with constipation during early pregnancy, some will have diarrhea instead. As already said – each woman has her reaction.

Vaginal Discharge

Typically, around ovulation women will have an increase in cervical mucus. After ovulation cervical mucus dries up and generally stays dry through the remainder of her cycle. In pregnancy, estrogen levels increase which may cause a woman to secrete more cervical fluid, usually described as creamy, lotion like, or yellowish. However, bear in mind that normal estrogen changes can also cause vaginal discharge.

Mood Swings

Women are famous for their PMS mood swings. The bad news are, that during early pregnancy, some women experience similar symptoms. It’s more tears than breaking plates, though, so warn your husband to get the tissue-box ready!

Other possible symptoms of early pregnancy may be heightened sense of smell (possibly due to the increase in estrogen levels) and cramping, though it can easily be mistaken for PMS or menstrual cramps. You might notice it as your embryo implants into your uterus.

Remember, none of the symptoms (except maybe nausea) is 100% reliable. Many of them, such as breast tenderness, backaches and cramping, are common PMS symptoms. A blood test will always give you the answer, and most of the home pregnancy tests are reliable as well, though the tests’ sensitivity level varies.

  • Dana w.

    Hey everyone. I’m 16 years old almost 17 in about a month. I normally start my period every 24th or 25th each month. I am 12 days going on 13 dags late. I haven’t taken a test yet, but have been having slight nausea, milky colored discharge, had some light pink discharge but only for a day or two, and I’ve had really tender breasts. Could I be pregnant? Please help?

  • Meghan

    Hi guys
    Question my partner and I last had unprotected sex 9 days ago, we were on holiday and were unprotected for the week previous, i was due on my cycle 3 days ago and nothing just discharge, cramping and a funny tummy, I took a clear blue test today and it was neg…. any ideas? Was that long enough time to test x

  • Bere

    Hello, I have 2 days going to 3 with light pink discharge only when i wipe and a little on the pad i had no cramps till now i have sore niples i took a pregnancy test it came out negative! Should i wait? Can i be pregnant

  • Erica

    I was on birth control for 5 years. Mostly on depo but I had the iud for about a month and it didn’t agree with me so i had it taken out and I had the implant for about 6 months. I didnt like the side effects from that either. My husband and I just decided to take out the birth control completely and not go back onthe depo again. I’ve been off birth control since may now. My cycles haven’t been regular. I actually skipped a whole month twice. But my cycle is about 43 days. About 2 weeks ago, I noticed I was constantly eating. I was always ugly. Then I noticed I was peeing a lot more. I also have been really gassy and been to the bathroom more often for that reason. I also noticed cramping on my right side of my stomach for about 3-4 days. Today I felt watery discharge coming out on my underwear. It was milky looking and I’ve been cramping all day along with having a really bad headache. I also noticed I’ve been very forgetful. I will be talking about something then completely lose my train of thought and be like what was I just talking about? Lol. I’m 6 days late for my period. Could I be pregnant?

  • Sha

    Hello to all, just want to get some advice, we had sex last October 15 and got my period Oct 24 which lasted for 6 days (my normal no. Of days) but this Nov. I supposed to have my menstruation on the 23 based on my period tracker but until now it is not coming, I am now 12 days late any ideas to that?

  • Unknown

    I’m getting the same just mine is more brown discharge x

  • Lilly

    I posted a comment here yesterday and unfortunately no longer see it. I stated that I am 42 and am today 16 days late. I’m usually very regular and quite honestly, I’m concerned if I am pregnant and probably even more concerned if I’m not. I just purchased the pregnancy test this evening and said I would take it first thing Monday morning, again mostly scared. Any advice or words of wisdom?

  • Lilly

    Esther, as I’ve stated before I’m no expert. I thought blood tests were supposed to be pretty reliable. I would definitely see a doctor if at all possible.

  • Lilly

    I’m no expert, but if you haven’t started by now I would test again. If you’re anything like me you’re probably scared, I know I am (just bought the pregnancy test tonight), again if you haven’t started by now test again.

  • lisa jackson

    Hiya. Me and my partner have been trying for a baby for about 4 years now. 2 years ago I had my last miscarriage, I have been taking clomid and this is my 4th cycle. This month I took 100mg instead of 50. We had sex lots at the right times. I have been testing every morning for a week and still negative. Today is my 28th day, my boobs are still sore and I feel bloated.could also be menstrual but I have been getting discharge too
    Wanted some Christmas news as I’m starting to give up hope.

  • Emma

    Hi thank you for your response I’ve now been getting extreme bloating which makes me look about 5 months gone, just fingers crossed.

  • Hello! If you’ve been having unprotected sex and haven’t been on birth control until recentl, wait another three or four days and test.

  • Yes, you could.

  • Hi! You should have taken that test about a week after your period was supposed to start. If you took it earlier than that, repeat now.

  • Hello! Many couples use the pull out method for years, but it is not fail proof, so there is a certain chance you could get pregnant.

  • Hello. You should definitely test if you still haven’t do so.

  • Hello. You should definitely test if you still haven’t done so.

  • Hi! There’s nothing much to say, as you have said it all yourself so well – There is a chance you could conceive, and then again, the morning after pill could have caused the symptoms you described. Nothing to do but wait for your period and take a test. Good luck.

  • Hi Emma. Your impatience is quite understandable:) Your doctor advised you to wait because of your irregular periods – you may take the test too early without knowing. Sounds like you could be pregnant, and it won’t hurt to buy a few cheap tests.

  • hi. Depends on when you took the tests. Generally speaking, 6 days after the first day of your expected period is a good time to test. If you have been on birth control until recently, this could explain the late period as well.

  • Lauren Hazelwood

    Hey ladies, I’m 3 days late and I’ve been experiencing lower abdominal pain, slightly nauseous, very tender breasts and off and on headaches.. haven’t taken a test yet.. what should I do?

  • Unknown

    I was on the depo shot. I only received 2 in which my last one was jun 23 which i shouldve received another one in September but didn’t go back. Ive been having unprotected sex with my fiancée. I havent had a period since i started the depo, but after i stopped here lately ive been having back pain, lower abdominal cramping, and a light pink discharge. Could i be pregnant?

  • -Star

    Hi Yall,
    22 Year Old, Sexually Active.
    My Period is 13 Day Late.
    Took a Pregnancy Test on 11/18…Results-Negative
    No Cramps, no symptoms.

    My cycle length is usually 31 Days.

    Any advice on when i should take another pregnancy test?

  • Esther Makore

    Good Day.I have a regular 28day menstrual cycle, but this month my period was late by 12days. (My husband and I are trying to conceive for years, we do have a son who is 14). My nipples are very sore and tender, cramping sometimes and feeling very hungry every hungry every morning. However, the blood tests results which were done 5days ago (day 9) was negative. On my day 12 l started spotting wth some pinkish blood that only apears is l wipe, today its day 3 still staining a bit. Has anyone ever experienced this before. Help!

  • Katy

    Good day, I am 35 years old and have a normal and regular cycle, but not this month. I was suppose to start last week Thursday, but it is more like spotting. I dont see anything when I wipe, but there is a little on my tampon, (SORRY FOR THE DETAILS), It is not red, but more pink and brown. My fiance and I had unprotected sex on the 9th of November but used the pull out method. My breasts/Nipples was tender last week and now it is tender on the sides and in the middle. I am very tired also. I had a hernia repair in my abdomen, but had my period after that, but for the last 2 weeks i have been experiencing some pain on my right side ovaries. What could it be??

  • Katy

    Good day, I am 35 and am never late or never skip a period. I was suppose to start my period last week Thursday, but only started with very light spotting. There is nothing when I wipe and only see it my tampon, but VERY little. It is still there though. My nippels were very sensitive last week and this week it is sensitive on the sides. I am very tired and sleepy the whole day. Me and my fiance had unprotected sex on the 9th of November, but we used the pull out before method. I am too scared to take the test, Dont want it to be negitive!! Could I be pregnant?

  • Keelolo

    My period was due 6 days ago and my breast are extremely sensitive and I had brown discharge a few days before my period was supposed to come but I didn’t test yet

  • Keelolo

    I think your pregnant lol

  • Keelolo

    I think you maybe pregnant sorta the same thing is happening to me but I am 6 days late but no bleeding at all you may have ovulated late

  • keisha

    your pregnant

  • Shay

    Hi, I need advice, so around 11/11 I had unprotected sex, which he ended up finishing in me. Now I went out that same night and bought a plan B, I took it and thought that I was fine. Just to be sure nothing like this ever happened again I went to see my ob/gyn to be placed on birth control, I brought it to her attention that I am on meds that decrease the effectiveness of birth control, which she then gave me three options to choose from as a form of birth control, because I’m not allowed to take the pills. I chose one, and then asked her about the plan B and if my meds would have affected that, she said very much so, and that for it to be effiective with my meds I should have taken too 😳 Which put me in a panic, and she also said there is a chance that I could end up pregnant. So last week I experienced some light bleeding(not my period) and I know that some people experience that after taking the plan B but also some people experience that from inplantational bleeding. Now this week I’m experiencing bloating gas and cramps. I’m just a little worried because my period is due in five days, now bloating and cramps are something that usually happen the day that I’m about to start, and I’ve never had gas before a period, and I’m also getting white discharge in my panties and a clear discharge when I whipe myself. So I don’t really know what to think. And I just need others opinion on this matter.

  • Madison

    I meant 26 of October

  • Madison

    Hey ladies I need some advice. My last period was 23 Oct.- 26 Nov. My boyfriend and I had sex on one of my ovulation days also before and after that (or at least I think it’s one of my ovulation days according to the app). I had very light off and on bleeding the 23 Nov and 24 Nov. then it stopped and nothing since so I’m thinking possible implantation bleeding? I have never had this happen before. I am now 5 days passed when my period was supposed to start. My breast are a little sore on the sides and ache off and on at times. I also feel a little bloated with light cramps around my pelvic area. I took a hpt yesterday afternoon but it came back negative. Could I be pregnant even though the test came back negative or am I just over reacting? Please help.

  • SaaaaannD


    Basically I’ve have sex with my boyfriend quite a few times during this past month, not regularly but around my ovulating time and other times as well. My period is normally on the 19th each month. It’s been irregular in the past, but hasn’t been in the past 5 months. I’m now 7 days late and during those past weeks I felt a bit weird. I am very emotional lately, white discharge, bloating most times, headaches sometimes, i feel so tired all the time ( i will literally sleep anywhere) , I’m sometimes very hungry or not hungry at all. I’ve been peeing quite often even though I don’t always do , I’ve been going to poo quite a lot of times( and I normally don’t that often at all) , I sometimes feel nauseous when I smell food and even though I used to smoke before, having a cigarette to me now just feels disgusting. I’m having back pains quite often and belly cramps. My boyfriend and I been trying for a baby though. I took a test today and it came out negative. Should I just wait a week more or go to the doctors for a blood test? I really really want it to be positive but I’m scared. H E L P!!!

  • Emma

    Hi ladies, I had my last irregular period on 31st October this year, I’m unsure as to when my next one will be but I’ve had tests done to show I’ve Brennan ovulating since august this year 😄 My hormonal tests have all come back normal, ( I had the depot last year and stopped in Nov 2015) so all my checks came back normal. Me and the husband are trying for a baby. These last few weeks my breasts have become somewhat uncomfortable, severe bloating, light cramps, lightheadiness, nausea and fatigue. With low blood pressure which I had in my last pregnancies! I’ve also been having creamy white discharge. (Sorry) I’m just curious whether you ladies think I should take a test or whether it’s just pms symptoms. The doctors think I should wait and then test but I want to know asap. I feel pregnant but I’m not sure if it’s just because I want a baby. Please help me

  • Mary


    I need help. My period is late by 2 weeks and I feel tired, with white vaginal discharge and slight cramping but no spotting. I did a pregnancy test and it turned out positive.

    Is the pregnancy test right or wrong?

  • Hi Tara. You better visit your doctor. With so many negative results, it’s best to rule our hormonal imbalance.

  • Hi Briana. The worst that can happen is that you will be a lovely young mother.. with your whole lie ahead of you, and this will not go anywhere! It’s not easy, but there will be so much happiness in your life. Go for that test.

  • it sounds like you should take a test!

  • Quitting birth control may cause these symptoms, and discharge may mean you were ovulating, but if you’ve been having unprotected intercourse during those 3-4 months, it’s best to take a test.

  • Hello. You may experience implantation bleeding even if you didn’t experience it with previous pregnancies.

  • Hi. I’m sorry for your loss! If your periods were regular before you got pregnant, it’s best to see your obgyn. You may have a hormonal imbalance, and the obgyn may prescribe you something to help regulate your cycle. Get well soon.

  • Hi Katie. Taking out the implant could have caused the bleeding. Theoretically, you could get pregnant (though chances are slim), but that bleeding says otherwise. You can test after the day your next expected period is supposed to start – and don’t panic if it doesn’t come – your periods can be irregular months after removing the IUD.

  • Hello. You might have tested too early. Wait three more days, then repeat.

  • Belle

    Hey my period is 6 days late I had slight cramping a few days ago but nothing major. It usually lasts up to 4 or 5 days I haven’t seen anything. I took 2 home pregnancy test and they both were negative. Can I still be pregnant?

  • Unknown

    I need help, I’m a day later for my period, I’ve been feeling headaches, light cramps and pitching feeling down below and my breast on the sides are sore when I put slight pressure and I have a also spotted 7 days before my period was due and I thought my period was coming but it hasn’t yet, suppos to start yesterday and I taken a pregnancy test and it was negative.

  • YPD

    All the best! For me it turned out negative!

  • Katie

    I’ve had unprotected sex I know that sperm can live inside for up to 5 days I did have sex the weekend before my implant came out it got took out on the 10th November2016 and I had a weird bleeding session on the 13th and came off 2/3 days after. And have had sex since but Friday 18th November 2016 I couldn’t stop being sick but I felt fine is there a chance I could be pregnant and when should I take a test.? Really need help with this