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

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.

Fatigue

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.

Backaches

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.

Bloating

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.

  • I heard about at least one case of conceiving a day after the supposed ovulation day, so theoretically, and if there is a chance you miscalculated your ovulation day, it is possible, but there is always a chance that your period is late due to some temporary hormonal disorder, and it is more common than it might seem.

  • Hello. What do you mean by being careful? Are you on some form of birth control or just the pull-out method?

  • If your period was supposed to start on the 25th, testing on the 20th was way too early! Wait a few more days and repeat the test. Good luck!

  • Jack

    Hi there my girlfriend has had a late period, sore pelvis well the left hand side and diahorrea I’m really worried that’s she pregnant amy suggestions what this could also be???

  • mela

    Greetings.
    we are trying for the baby and 10 th of june was the
    ovulation day. We tried 10th and 11th and since than my menstrual was
    supposed to come 25 th but did not came. today is 27 th and i woke up
    with cramps and bleeding.
    I still feel cramps but i am trying to relax my body.
    20
    th of june i did a pregnancy test at home and was just after 10 days
    after ovulation calendar and the result was negative. But i thought was
    too early to tests it, maybe.

    my first day of last cycle was 22 may
    cycle 33
    luteal 14

    i would be happy to receive an opinion.
    thank you.

  • mela

    Greetings.
    we are trying for the baby and 10 th of june was the ovulation day. We tried 10th and 11th and since than my pregnancy was supposed to come 25 th but did not came. today is 27 th and i woke up with cramps and bleeding.
    I still feel cramps but i am trying to relax my body.
    20 th of june i did a pregnancy test at home and was just after 10 days after ovulation calendar and the result was negative. But i thought was too early to tests it, maybe.

    my first day of last cycle was 22 may
    cycle 33
    luteal 14

    i would be happy to receive an opinion.
    thank you.

  • mela

    hellp

  • Jackie

    Im 21 yrs, my bf and I have sex everytime we see eachother but we’re always careful, but last month my period was late for 2 days but not this month my period hasn’t came at all and it’s been 6 days, Im cramping, my boobs are big but sometimes tingles, my back hurts sometimes, I pee a lott, I get this creamy stuff in my vergina with I think in my period but it’s Not and I got a negitive pregnancy test twice, I’m worried what is wrong with me

  • Madison

    Also my eating habits have changed I eat maybe two meals a day, lately I’ve been eating so much like every other hour I’m snacking on something I don’t get full
    I’m also a little nauseous with the headaches.

  • Madison

    Okay so Im on day 19 and so far I have the symptoms:
    Cramps
    Fatigue
    I have to pee ALOT ( after I take a sip of something I have to pee.. Not normal for me)
    My nipples and breasts are really sore (I’ve never had sore nipples before)
    I have creamy lotion like discharge a lot to where I thought I started my period.. ( sorry tmi)
    Lower back pains

    I had sex after I ovulated non stop because we thought it was safe.. And I had a 3-5 day light period. Is it still possible for me to be pregnant??

  • Chyanne

    I had the depo shit for 2 years. When I finally got off of it my periods we really out of wack like that. I would start early or late all the time. Sometimes it would last 3 or 4 days, other times a week and a half. This went on for another year before it started to become regular again.

  • laura

    I have Been feeling really sick comes and goes I have had really bad head aches I carnt seem to keep my eyes open and my boobs are a bit tingly I have pelvic pain and lower back pain and I was due on 3 days ago I have taken 3 tests all say negative so could someone help me please I am 20 an i already have 1 child and I have also been going the bathroom alot more

  • laura

    I have Been feeling really sick comes and goes I have had really bad head aches I carnt seem to keep my eyes open and my boobs are a bit tingly I have pelvic pain and lower back pain and I was due on 3 days ago I have taken 3 tests all say negative so could someone help me please I am 20 an i already have 1 child

  • Mariah Miller

    How do I know if the test will be right?

  • Holly

    Pregnancy tests pick up a hcg level. When you are pregnant your hcg level doubles every 24hours.
    Its how they find out how far gone you are… by reading your hcg level.

    You may be in the early stage of pregnancy and your levels may be quite low.
    Or you have a faulty pregnancy test

    I have been pregnant a few times now but only given birth once.

    But each time i have been pregnant i have done a standard test sticks which say negative.
    And then later wanted a second opinion and so i spent abit more money on a clear blue DIGITAL test which comes says positive.
    So its the one i trust now.

    Again i hope to be pregnant and This time I have gone straight for the digital. Ive Just went out to get it. Im Going to do it in the morning.

    Always do your test with the first urine in the morning. That’s when you get an accurate reading. Especially in early pregnancy.

    Fingers crossed !!

  • TheNeteruPrincess

    Take another test. You may have had implantation bleeding instead of a period. You’ll have to test again and see your doctor.

  • Amanda Mariee

    Hi I am 4 weeks late I been having bad headaches for a week already I have white creamy discharge I have cramps here and their. I took a urine pg test at my doctors it came out negative Idk what’s wrong with me. Someone help. 😔

  • Mariah Miller

    Hi, my period started and it’s a week late. It started out brown and now it’s light kinda pink. It’s like a period. I’ve been eating a lot more lately. A lot of headaches. Cramping. Small pains in my stomach. Back pains. Extremely tired. Everyone says that my boobs look like they are a lot fuller. Every time I stand up I get extremely dizzy and lightheaded. I’ve been getting cold and then extremely hot. Somebody please help, I want to say it’s a late period but nothing is normal. I took a test last week when I first missed my period it said negative. I don’t take any type of birth control. What could this mean?

  • Antoinette

    I need help !
    I’ve had 3 depo shots , my last one was in feb.. Me and my husband are trying for baby #2. For the past 2-3 weeks I’ve been nauseated , headaches and fatigue. I’ve always had headaches but this past month its been weird.. I’ve been dizzy with them and my eyesight goes blurry or blacks out if that makes sense ?
    A month ago I took a test it said negative , 5 days ago I took another it said negative, yesterday I took another it said negative. But I’m 5 days late on a period ! I was suppose to start the 17th …
    Last month I took a test because I started a week early and it lasted a day and a half , but it was real light.
    Am I pregnant? I’m so confused I don’t know what the Hecks going on, my first pregnancy I took a test and it said positive right off the back.
    Can anyone help… Or has had similar stories ?

  • Kp

    Hi I’m 2 days late been very nauased for over a week and just started having a discharge and cramps like I’m gonna start my period. I took a test its neg. do you think it’s too early ?

  • Carin Olafs Dota

    What was your out come did you get a baby?

  • Laura Martin

    I would say yes. Best to get a test x

  • Laura Martin

    Hey ladies I’m nearly 6 weeks pregnant with my 2nd and I’ve been getting lower back back pain and a little bit of cramping and loose stools also. Is this common in a 2nd pregnancy? I’m just so paranoid TIA xx

  • Kristen

    Just started taking junal fe 2 months ago. I am a week late with my period, sore breasts, increased discharge, queasy feeling, getting hot, and headaches. Am I pregnant?

  • Leaney

    I won’t lie but I had a normal period like the second day I was on heavy and the rest are are getting lighter but to me that’s normal and I will do thanks Hun

  • Keiramarie

    I just come off my cycle and it’s been a week I started spotting and my stomach is cramping really bad and i been feeling very nauseous the whole weekk..should I be worried?

  • sienna

    3 days late on period dull lower bk ache sore breast lots of clear discharge. am I pregnant

  • Carin Olafs Dota

    You may of ovulated later so period might be later, although I’d go see the doctor if after 17 days there’s no positive sign from home tests or no period; You should also go to the doctors straight away if you are over the age of 35 as pregnancy symptoms can be more complicated. So they say but I’m no dr
    Hope thing sort them selves out….