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.

  • Margie Zamora

    Hi I am 14 days late and I have all the symptoms of pregnancy and I have taken 2 test and they didn’t read anything at all and I am just wondering if I could be pregnant

  • Margie Zamora

    Hi my name is Margie and I’m 14 days late I been having all the symptoms of pregnancy and have taken 2 test and they were not reading anything so I’m just wondering if I am pregnant

  • Atrita M Sarkar

    Okay. Thank you

  • Vivian

    Update, I’ve been having bad cramping in the lower part of my stomach, followed by cramps and spotting.

  • Faith Danielle Hopkins

    Hi! So I am now 3 days late. My periods always pretty regular. 25 day cycle. The only time I was ever late was when I was pregnant with my daughter. With her, my boobs were incredibly full and sore the day of my missed period. I don’t feel that way this time. But I have headaches, bloating, fatigue, gassy, indigestion, Frequent urination. I have an increase of white/yellow discharge, and my vaginal area has been tingly, like this weird sensation. I haven’t tested, because I want to wait to see if AF shows.
    Does it sound like early pregnancy symptoms?

  • Danniegirl

    I got drunk about a month ago and had unprotected sex. He came multiple times in me and I never took an morning after pill or was on any birth control. Never thought anything of it until lately. I’m nauseated, my nipples are super sore, I have a killer headache in the back of my head all day, I pee everytime I drink something, what I eat goes straight through and is diarrhea. To top it off I missed a period, but I’ve done that before. I took four test in the past week and they all came back negative. Do I sound pregnant and should wait longer or am I sick?

  • Amy

    Hi I had unprotected sex on the 9th of October, – few days after I was getting cramps, I was always tired and constantly had back pains, few days after that my breasts started to feel really sensitive and tender. I was due to start my period yesterday and I’m never late, should I wait or can I take a test?

  • Madilynn

    Not sure if this is normal.My periods are regular. Sept. 29th, my fiance and i had sex(pull out) one day prior to my period( not on bc). Didn’t arrive until 10/05 ran normal cycle 6 days.
    On 10/20 : 9 days after my cycle ended. Noticed light pink spotting,now is a darker red. Am now on day 3 of the spotting/light bleeding.
    Is this normal? Or are my horomones out of whack?
    I’ve been reading about ovulation bleeding, mid cycle bleeding and pre-menopausel. I have never understood how to count ovulation days and etc. Just only know when my cycle starts and ends lol.
    (I’m in my late 30’s) Possible pregnancy?
    Just wondering if anyone else has expierenced this.

    Thank you in advance.

  • Trisha

    I havent had my period in two and half months im always on time i have done pregnancy test all have said negetive i have been getting diarrhoea when i go to the bathroom for a couple of weeks now and im having constant mood swing any advice??

  • Hi Chloe, have you been having unprotected intercourse? Are you or were you on birth control until recently?

  • Hi Tara. Please repeat the test in a few dys, in case you took it too early. However, if the cramps get worse and the bleeding doesn’t subside, contact your doctor to rule out a possible miscarriage.

  • Hi Ashley. If you’re taking the pill, you have nothing to worry about, especially if your boyfriend didn’t go inside. Brown blood can happen, and it is nothing to worry about.

  • Quitting the pill can throw your cycle off balance for a while, which could explain your symptoms and the late period – we can’t know for sure when to expect it. Obviously, you could get pregnant if you’ve been having unprotected sex recently. If we assume that you experienced implantation bleeding, wait another week and take a test.

  • Hi again. The withdrawal method is not 100% safe. If you missed your October period, repeat the test, or consider taking a blood test, they are more reliable.

  • Vivian

    Hi, I had sex with my boyfriend September 24th 3 days after my period ended he said he pulled out but he’s sure a little went inside. I have a in regular cycle but this month I got my period the same exact date I got it on Sep. I got it October 17th, it was my first time having a really heavy period, with bad cramps. A day after my period ended I started having diarrea and I can’t eat as much as I used too I feel full right away. My stomach has been making this weird noises too. All this is normal right?

  • Ashley

    Hi , my names Ashley me and my boyfriend haven’t had sex but he had squirt all over my vaginal area . He didn’t let go inside of me but I wiped it all off and I’ve just recently came on my period but my blood is brown…I’m scared because idk if I might be pregnant I’m on birth control pills and I’ve been having a couple of headaches here and there am I?

  • Tara

    Hi, I am a week late on my period which is unusual as I am always on time give or take a day. My periods are normally really bad I am a week late on my period and have brownish/pink discharge which I haven’t had before I took a pregnancy test as I have being throwing up and getting headaches the test come back negative I have woke up this morning with sharp shooting pains in my stomach and cramps so now I’m abit confused could I be pregnant?

  • Tara

    Hi, I am a week late on my period which is unusual as I am always on time give or take a day. My periods are normally really bad I am a week late on my period and have brownish/pink discharge which I haven’t had before I took a pregnancy test as I have being throwing up and getting headaches the test come back negative I have woke up this morning with sharp shooting pains in my stomach and cramps so now I’m abit confused could I be pregnant?

  • Chloe

    Hi I am a week late on my period, my periods are normally really heavy and always on time I have had brown/pink colour

  • Atrita M Sarkar

    No, my husband was withdrawing. I didn’t use any pill.

  • Hi Atrita. Were you on birth control until recently?

  • This is so frustrating, isn’t it? If you quit using BC recently, this could explain the symptoms, and the delayed period. Well, if you get another BFN, just try again. Ovulation kits are highly useful if you want to get pregnant fast. Holding fingers crossed for you!!

  • Very understandable. But you’ll find out this way or another. You did test a bit early, so you have a few more days to figure out how you feel about it. Good luck:)

  • Hi. That still sounds like a light period, which can happen, but if you suspect pregnancy and missed your October period (if we disregard the spotting), repeat the test in a few days.

  • Hi Amy. Sounds like you were ovulating – this can be quite painful. Waiting for your next period sounds like a good idea, but if that pain gets worse, contact your doctor. Just for your peace of mind.

  • Ash

    i had unprotected sex on 19 & 20 Aug2016, in the meanwhile i got myself through thebeta hcg test that was less than 2 ml… this means i am notpregnant , then why till now i m not having my periods.

  • Possibly. Repeat the test now.

  • Hello, are you Jasmine? Please see the reply below.

  • Hello. Sounds like you could get pregnant, so taking a test is a good idea.

  • Hi. That depends on how many pill you missed. 11 days are quite enough for the test to detect pregnancy though, so the results sounds reliable. Missing pills could have messed up your cycle, causing the symptoms you described.

  • Hi! Sadly, a miscarriage can cause nausea too. If you’re sure that the bleeding wasn’t your period, definitely see your caregiver as quickly as possible, for your peace of mind. Holding fingers crossed for you.