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.

  • karol

    so idk if this is the right website to discuss this but im worried .. i took 1 pregnancy test January 9th and got a strong positive .. then i decided to retake on the 11th and i got a strong positive again but 4 days later the 2nd test the one on the 11th turned into a negative but yet the first test remained positive .. i have no bleeding i still have pregnancy symptoms i went to the ER and get a test done that same day and it came out positive too . has anyone had this same problem i used the same brand on both ( clear blue the one that says Pregnant and Not Pregnant )

  • K

    My last period was the 10th Dec ( last day ) and havent had one since. I’ve had stomach period pain like cramps for 10days. Super tired and not much energy. Also massive headaches but I do tend to get headaches abit. Thing is ive done a couple of home tests and both have come back negative.. then today I am getting a slight brown discharge.. what is going on???

  • amanda

    So, I have not missed a period yet. My husband and I are currently trying to conceive (TTC). I am 7 days away from my period (32 day cycle). I had a positive ovulation test on Sunday January 8th. We had sex on the 6th, 8th, 9th, and 10th. I am having small amounts of brown discharge today, have been extremely exhausted for a week (taking daily 2+ hour naps), and have had 2 migraines this week. I’m a little nervous, as I have been let down for 3 months with negative tests. Any positive advice or thoughts?

  • Jessica jay Bamer

    Hi im 5weeks 1day late first missed period i light spotted an thats all an now ived missed 2 periods. im so tired moody an sometimes feel sick an some time my boobs hurt an ive got white discharge

  • Erika Diaz

    Ok this isnt my first rodeo. I have 4 kids and you’d think I’d know when I’m pregnant lol . But I had my tubes tied in February 2015, but now all of the sudden, I’m 12 days late, have all the symptoms. Idk maybe I’m just freaking out or I’m really pregnant, can’t get a test yet.. advice please

  • Kandi Smoot

    I’m pregnant

  • Nerja

    I have had sex without protection one week before. I did have my periods on 29th of December which ended on 5th January. As it was an unprotected sex had contraceptive pills top. I got thick black menstrual after ten days and that is one week after having sex. What could be the indication of this.?

  • alexis

    Im 13days late last cycle was dec 5 2016 lasted only 3days light n now im haven sore nipples n thiss yellowish liquid fluid coming out of me does anyone knw if its a sign of pergnancy i did have pucking involed and some headaches n im always feeling tried alot even wen i rest alot

  • Saba Nasir

    Hello. I am 4 days late today. Took a pregnancy test the day i was due and it was a bfn. Had very sore boobs and heavy cramping and twinges… sore head. My symptoms hav lowered but i still have not got my period and when i wiped there discharge with slighly pink in it. Also had a little bit of dark coloured spotting yesterday. Have had diarrohea for about a week now. Sorry tmi lol. Am i pregnant??

  • tamilee brown

    I had my last period on December 16. i have a regular 28 day and i’m on day 30..i’ve had sex unprotected on my fertile days. i have no symptoms really, i am just exhausted,sleeping alot, feel full,no appetite

  • Jada

    Yesterday I was 11 days late, in December I was 8 days late, and in November I was 2 days late. Yesterday I had vomiting, cramping, and bleeding. I still have the bleeding and cramping. But, I am also the tired and having sore nipples. Any reason?

  • Kate Whorlow

    It may be that you have low levels of hcg – if you bought the tests from a shop these only measure from around 25iui, whenever I’ve been pregnant the earliest I got a positive on a shop bought test was 9 weeks. So I started buying the extra sensitive ones on the internet which test from 10iui instead and got a positive result. I get mine from eBay now (currently waiting for postman to arrive because my period is a day late and I’m feeling so queasy and dizzy!) Good luck though – hope you get the result you’re hoping for 😊

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  • Rika

    I haven’t had my period for the last two months . I don’t feel like I have any symptoms other than constipation, LIGHT LIGHT PINK spotting today and a couple other times but barely anything, I get lots of creamy watery discharge EVERYDAY & feel tired and thirsty a lot but no Sore breast or sickness. I have taken six test between thanksgiving and Christmas and still nothing my period was due The last week of Dec. I do get slight cramping but nothing major.