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.

  • Kaite m

    Hi, so I’ve been having unprotected sex for about 2 months with my boyfriend and not I’m having just horrible nausea and my last period was June 12th & I’m 11 days late for my period this month. Everything I’m experiencing is nausea, vomiting, I’m tired all the time, I’m smelling things others can’t and the smells make me sick to my stomach, I have been a lot more hungrier and I have spotted yesterday at 10 days late and I have taken 4 tests days apart 3 negative, 1 faint positive but it was the first test I took and had a check up and they said everything looks fine and there’s nothing they can see growing in me. Has anyone had this? Like could I have gotten pregnant befor my period was due and be a few weeks ? Like would that explain negative tests? I really need help here.

  • Elizabeth S

    Hello there ..
    So I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend on July 4th.. my cycle usually is 25-26 or 28 days.. got my period may 3. Then May 28. Last one was June 23rd.. im a week late but have milky discharge really tender breasts and sick to my stomach. Also tired all the time . Dizzy … could my cycle be changing? Or should i take a test??

  • Hanne

    Hi, I recently found out I got PCOS and started Metformin on the 12th of July 500mg a day for a week and am now on 1000mg a day and my last period was on the 25th of June. My cycle can average from 27-28 days, my period was due on the 21st or 22nd of July, but it has not arrived. I took a test on the 24th late afternoon which was negative. I am incredible bloated, sore breasts, cramping and feeling a little queasy, but that can be due to the Metformin. On the day my period was due I had stretchy clear discharge. I am very confused. We are currently trying to conceive. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.

  • AJ Williams

    Hey guys need help….my period has been regular for the past few years…I knew when it was coming and when it was leaving. I normally start around the 17th maybe the 18th but always on time. Me N my bf had been doing alot between the 9th-14th more than 3x a day… so from the 17th til yesterday I’ve had horrible lower back problems, cramps were off and on…my breast were itchy, I was doing alot of crying for sum strange reason and the milky discharge. Last night I seen sum pink N brown ishh when I wiped and I have on a pad and I’m still seeing pink and brown ishh but not alot Now that was weird because I have a heavy flow and normally if i start my cycle it’s going to come down heavy and end heavy it’s been that way for years. I haven’t been on BC since 2009 and I’ve never been pregnant before so I’m kinda hoping I am… I know ALL women are not the same my sister was on her period when she found out she was only a few weeks. So I really need answers can someone help me please

  • Lili

    Hello. Ok this might be a little long please forgive me. I had unprotected sex with my partner on the 3rd of July since then I’ve been having the worse symptoms ever ! Cramping, but extreme back pain, hip pain, nausea, hungry all the time but desire sweets rather than food, moody and irritable and really fatigued. Anyway on the 17 July I had pink water liquid when i wiped! the next day I was bleeding heavy with blood clots I suppose i was meant to have started my period but this period was really off . I must add I have a 3 year old and bled heavily till I was 6 months pregnant with blood clots! My periods last 7 days this was 5 days. had to change my pads continually 1-2 hours throughout the first 3 days then the 4 and 5 I was still having blood clots. I had bad headaches, extreme back pains, fatigue and cramping with this ‘period’ . Which never ever happens! Bleeding stopped (21 July) with light spotting and some little clots today I feel nauseated again really sick and cramping. Since the bleeding stopped im still having these weird symptoms. When i found out i was pregnant with my son i also had intense back aches eary on! What’s going on !! Could I have miscarried or am I pregnant I just don’t feel right ! I’m aboard atm on holiday so can’t see a doctor until I’m back home. Could someone shed some light!

  • Mimi

    Did u have it???

  • Natalie

    Hi I really need help I’m confused. So about a month or so ago me and my boyfriend had a slip up with a condom. I wasn’t too worried about when I got my normal period symptoms. But on the days I was supposed to get my period there was just brown discharge and a tiny amount of blood and it has been like that for about 5 days now. And I still the same thing but it was weird last night I was working and I got super sick. I felt like I had to throw up really bad. Everything I smelled made it worst.I woke up this morning feeling a little better but my stomach still hurting a little. I’ve also noticed that I have been eating a more than I usually do and also being a bit moody with my boyfriend but those are all still period symptoms so I’m not sure if I’m pregnant or not because I still haven’t got my actually period yet. If you can give me any advice or anything it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  • Felicia

    So I had my period 3 weeks ago. The past few days I’ve had slight cramping in my lower abdomen and in my back. I’ve also had a brown colored discharge for the last few days not enough to wear a pad or anything. Just when I wipe. I had sex a day after my period stopped. I’ve been moody more than usual. Very tired. And it’s like I can’t get enough to drink! I haven’t tested yet I’m waiting to see if I get my period next week. I already have a 2 year old son and I don’t remember anything from the beginning of the pregnancy really. I didn’t. Even know I was pregnant with him until I was 10 weeks.

  • Bella

    Hi all. I stopped taking BC in June (my husband and I were ready to try to get pregnant) I was a bit spectacle that I could be pregnant so quick when I noticed that I missed my period this month. About two weeks ago I started to experience lower back pain, cramps that come and go and milky discharge (I thought it was a UTI) so I started to drink water like crazy because of that UTI fear. Anyway, I went ahead and bought a pregnancy test to put my mind at ease. I did the test today first thing in the morning and I got a positive, the first line was very clear and the second line was faint but very there. I’m going to take another test tomorrow morning and see what I get, going to make a doc appointment first thing Monday morning just to confirm my suspicions.

  • Gli

    I was on birth control pills for about 4 months. I stopped taking them may of 2016. I had a period in June for 3-4 days. I had sex on the 28th, 30th, and 3rd and then on July 4th I saw the egg white discharge. 5 days later I saw a pink discharge(but it was really confusing because I also developed an UTI in which I needed antibiotics). I have been feeling increased thirst, I had nipple pain for couple of weeks, lower back cramps that come and go, feeling tired, light ovary cramps that Come and go. At 10 dpo I tested negative. I haven’t tested since

  • Bev

    Hi there
    I was suppose to start my period monday 11th July
    Baught pregnancy test on 14th, but showed Negative. Went for blood test friday 15th July, also negative. That evening I started, but not sure if it was my period, I narmally have very heavy flow with my periods, and 6-7 days. But this one stopped monday 18th July, and it was a much lighter pinkish than what im used to, and brownish when it stopped. Ive been having some cravings for some foods and salty and sweet stuff (I dont really have a sweet tooth). Constant light nausea feeling, always hungry feeling, headaches everyday!! (I never get headaches, I maybe get 1 megrain every few months, but I dont suffer from headaches), frequent urinate, always tired, dizziness – a lot. A little moody. And I just feel different. My tummy feels like its making bubbles inside some times, mostly at night when I get into bed.
    Ive done anothe HPT again today 23 July, but got another negative.

    Ive never skipped my period before, im always on time, normal 28 day cycle.

    Any advise?

  • Nez

    Hi there I missed period for 8 days and noticed a light spotting that’s bright red to pinkish brown. Abdominal cramps and I’m so tired… I went for blood test last week it was negative hmmm also frequent urination. And diarhea. Tender breast sore lower back.

  • alisa

    Hello, im 8 days late on my period. I thought it was because my cycle is changing due to the fact that i had an early period last month.Last month i had 2 periods both for only 2-3 days from June 5th-7th and June 22nd-24th I have been having alot of white discharge. And i have a lost of apetite.Ive been cramping and I have thrown up a brown liquid like.Ive been feelin very nausious lately , and emotional ive also experienced some constipation. And headaches I never experienced any of that while being on my period before .But now im bleeding.Im not sure if that could mean i could be pregnant or just me period has arrived. PLEASE ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED

  • Hi! Were you on birth control until recently?

  • I’m not sure what you mean by chemical babies, but quitting birth control can mess up your cycle – irregular periods and lighter or heavier bleeding with cramps are all very common, which means we cannot know for sure when you ovulated in the last month or two.. No choice but to wait, or have a blood test, if you’re OK with waiting for the results a bit.

  • Thank you. So you had sex about 3 days after your period ended..Sounds a bit early for implantation bleeding, unless you have a very short cycle (do you?). A very early miscarriage is possible. If your cramps have subsided, you’re probably fine, but I’d pay a visit to the gynecologist, if only for your peace of mind.

  • Hi again Ashleigh. If your nausea gets worse and you keep getting a negative result, maybe you should see a doctor. are you sure it’s not a virus? No fever?

  • Hello again. You don’t have to explain anything. It is your body and your life, you have a full right to make any decision you make.

  • Hello. If you haven’t missed any pills ( Assuming you’re on pills) and received several negative results, it doesn’t sound like you’re pregnant.

  • Christina

    OK, so literally the same you posted this in got my period. Heavier and longer than normall but it came. It’s 16 days later and I’m spotting, some cramping and headaches. Now what? Lol I took PT and both were negative. Once my period came I didn’t think of it again ND now this. The spotting just started today.

  • Lexy

    I was on birth control but stopped about two months ago because i heard things about chemical babies but i had unprotected sex two months agao, then two weeks ago, and then two days ago. So therefore anytime around now i could be having any type of symptoms. I still havent gotten a full period.

  • Susan C

    I had mirena removed on June 21st had a very heavy period from the 23rd to the 27th. Had some spotting the 6th and 7th. I started my next period on July 14th and finished on the 16th. I am having some light pink spotting today when I wipe…. Feeling dizzy, a little nausea, and some cramping. What could this be? Some advice would be great!

  • Jayne

    Hi any help would be great. I’m 11 days late for my period. I have taken 3 pregnancy tests and all negative. I have bloated ALOT! And have lots of discharge & can’t stay off the toilet. I have unprotected sex with my fiancé as we are not trying to avoid getting pregnant. Just so stressful as we lost a baby last August at 12 weeks and been trying ever since. Never been late before

  • Jessica

    Hi. First day of my last period was June 5, i was supposed to have my period on July 5. I had dark brown discharge on July 3 and i thought it was my period but it never came. i am 16 days delayed today, i tried a pregnancy test after a week when i missed my period but it was negative. i’m having abdominal cramps,back pains,slight mood swings, sore breasts, a little diarrhea, and last night when i pressed my right nipple, a little clear sticky liquid came out. Could i be pregnant? Me and my husband are following the standard calendar method and never missed. please help

  • tabin

    Hi girls any help would mean a lot to me ..
    Supposed to be my period will come last June 11 but it was delayed of 12days then AF showed June 23, it was heavy and im having bad cramping that time. Before my period came Im having pregnancy symptoms sore breasts, headache, backache, diarhea, cramps, white creamy discharge back then I was so hopeful that pregnancy on my way but unfortunately my period came after 12days delayed. But i didnt loose my hope bcoz my sister got her period while c knew c was pregnant of 2months…
    then this month my period came early of 4days but its not normal,,, it lasted only for 2days and 1 pad i didnt made it full.. now im just having headache now and then… cramps still.. sore breasts not that much. I took hpt last month when i was 5days delayed bt came neg ;(
    then I didnt take another bcoz i think i cant afford another disappointment..
    help me.. is there anyone out there have my problem?

  • Tini

    Hi, I’ve been having very light brown cm for the past 3days only when wiped in average 2-3times seen in a day, if not just sticky yellowish cm and makes me keep checking as it feels like menses started. No period and negative hpt throughout(FMU and evening urine tested). My last menses was 1Jun which lasted for 7days. I’m usually around 42days cycle. If based on ewcm, I think I was most fertile btwn cd32-cd38. Late ovulation? We tried on cd27, cd34 and cd42. Having cramps and breast was very sore and tender last week. Now only very mild cramps and breast are less sore but still tender. Does this sounds like menses coming or pregnant? I’m ok with either one. I just hope there’s no serious medical issues. I had a miscarriage with my 1st pregnancy(8weeks) back in may 2014. Any advise? Thank you

  • Ashleigh

    This is ashleigh again, for the last few days i have been more and more sick. off n on and i have been tired as hell more and more and hungry and when i do drink soda or water i taste throw up/acid reflex. and i would be like ick! and i have been sick and crampy and shit. but it lasts for about 12 mins and i am not sure what this cause may be

  • Ashleigh

    well i took 2 the other day and shown the same mark and i wanna be able to know but at the same time i really dont have financial stability me and my new boyfriend have discussed this before. and i am trying to get a second shift job where i am in waupaca. and i have been trying to get money for years.

  • Amber

    Hello, I have been on birth control and my periods have never been consistent (on time) with the birth control. I am very active, and I’m usually late. However, today is day 11 of being late. I took a pregnancy test Saturday night and there was a very faint positive line. I took two more tests after that which were negative. I also took one this morning (my very first pee of the day) and that was negative as well. I am really confused. I have been extra cranky lately, hungrier than usual, very tired, lower back is aching…but I don’t know if those are just signs of my period coming soon? I am going today to the clinic to take a urine test but any advice would be nice. Thank you!

  • Hi. It sounds like a period, the question is whether the bleeding started on time, assuming it really was your period? Did the cramps get worse?

  • Hi! Did you get your period?

  • Hi! So sorry for your loss, hold on there. May I ask if you sought medical advice? Some extra information regarding your medical condition would be helpful.

  • Jade

    I came on 2nd July for three days and started bleeding again the day I posted my post of here an bled for another 3days, I’m not on anything no, they are normally regular yes xx

  • Yes, you should! You did get a faint second line, it’s worth trying again in a few days.

  • Confusing indeed 🙂 We can attribute your symptoms to the ring as well, but you didn’t wait seven days before having sex, which complicates things a bit. I’d wait for the end of the month to repeat the test, but meanwhile, pay another visit to that doctor. Just in case.

  • Hi!
    1. When did your July period end?
    2. Do you have regular periods?
    3. Are you or were you on birth control until recently?

  • Hi Lexy. Strictly speaking, implantation bleeding is not supposed to be heavy. Are you or were you on birth control? When did you have unprotected intercourse?

  • It IS frustrating! Wait a few more days and repeat the test, pregnancy is possible, of course. Holding fingers crossed for you.

  • Hi Leyah. It seems that you’re very sensitive and know your body well, but if you still haven’t missed your period, you definitely tested too early. If your period doesn’t come on time, wait a few more days and repeat the test. Are you on progestin-only pills? If you are, an hour-hour and a half might not be crucial-it’s 3 hours+ we should worry about. If the test is negative, consider carrying the pills with you and setting the alarm clock on your phone as a reminder.

  • What do you mean by trying to make up for missing the pill?

  • A delayed period can happen from time to time. Did you have unprotected intercourse? Are you on birth control?

  • It doesn’t look like it, sorry.

  • The thing is, you had sex ten days after the last period, so you could have hit another fertile period, it’s hard to tell. Did you try using ovulation tests?