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.

  • paulita j

    I had my second last periods on 30th july then my next periods came on 27 august so this time i was to have my periods on 23 but stil nothing has come. i had a discharge and alot but yesterday and today nothing my panty linner is clean. i dont skip my periods they either come before the xpected day or the exact day in the morning. i had a bloated stomach for two days and finished, currently am having flashy headaches at the fore head or on my right side of it, my back pains everytime and my boobs are swollen and paining inside they are hard. on my left side near my umbilical code is alittle paining and smal stomach pains and crams. me and my husband we have been trying to have a baby for months now. yesterday i tested but it was negative, can i b pregnant or shd i wait for fate.

  • Shelby

    Hello, I am four days late on my period. I have been feeling light cramps, boobs hurt on and off not to painful though. I’ve taken 3 tests and they’ve been negative. Should I wait a couple more days and take another test?

  • Simran

    I had my last periods on 20th of August .
    I had very light spotting of dark brown color from 11th to 13th Sept. I went to the doctor she tested my blood for pregnancy it came out negative. Then she did my internal scan n told me I have fat deposited on one of my ovary which is causing harmonal imbalance n gave me a tablet for diabetes saying that it will help. Till today 22nd Sept I haven’t got my periods. This is the first time in my life I have seen spotting n missed the periods.
    We have been trying for baby from last five years. Can I be pregnant or it is something wrong happening in my body?
    Please advise…

  • Shasha

    I missing my periods in lost 7 days but I having symptoms headache,nausea sleepiness I’m during UPT test in home but the results is negative why I’m missing my periods

  • 2Old

    LOts of people can give you advice but i say get a test find out for sure if it comes up negative and your still unsure get bloods done at your GP’s. GOod luck x

  • 2Old

    Ive had two children both times i didnt know i was pregnant both times everything was diffrent . Now 14years later am scared i may be pregnant i have gain alot of weight in the past month i have tummy pains alot i havent had my period this month and also had diorrieah nearly every day which is very unusaully as i have always suffered from consapainion also had headaches every day which yes i get headaches but this is more than i am use to last i feel sick alot alot but am not being sick. Once the store opens i will get a test i dont know if am more scared of expecting another child when am 37 in a few days or if not pregnant i am also scared of what could be causing this.

  • Katana1994

    Hi, my period was due 14th September but has not come. Me and my partner use condoms but we had a condom split a few weeks ago, sometimes we don’t use condoms and he pulls out before ejaculation (he doesn’t really enjoy it when we use a condom but understands why I want him to use one). I have been having all sorts of symptoms: tender boobs, light headedness, constipation, nausea (alot of nausea all through the day coming and going), occasional headaches but have had 5 negative tests. Not sure what is going on!

  • Leomie

    Hi there I’ve been dotting very dark brown blood for the past 4 days been having a pinching type feeling in lower abdomen it’s started 19 days from the star to my last period does anyone know what this could be please 😩

  • Nicole

    Hey. Im 8 days late and have had terrible headaches..i never have headaches. Ice had minor almost pinching pains in my uterus area. Ive taken a few pregnancy test and they say negative. Today i have almost like a heavy feeling there. Could i be pregnant and just not be testing positive yet?

  • Su

    Give ita few more days, relax and if it doesnt come next week see a doctor!

  • It’s me xx

    Hi im really confused im currently 17 days late for my period, on the 14th day of being late i started getting brown spotting , so day 3 of light spotting, ive taken multiple tests, all have come back negative , ive got headaches, nausea, tender breasts, my period is always a normal 28 day cycle. Can anyone help please ?

  • Anonymous

    Hiya! I’ve been on the shot a little over a year, but due to my new work schedule I missed my appointment and cannot go in for at least another month because of the academy I’m in. I’ve had sex with my boyfriend, but we’ve used condoms. The past couple of days I’ve been really nauseous with no vomiting, getting frequent clamminess, tired all the time, and diarrhea. I don’t know when to take a test because I never got a period while on the shot. Could it just be my period coming back? The appointment I missed was scheduled for August 12th.

  • Mandy

    Hi i am 4 days late on my period and im having very tender breast and a little cramping. I never get tender breast before my period comes so this is something new to me. Do you think i may be pregnant? Me and my boyfriend have been having unprotected sex for about 3 months now.

  • Annomynes 123

    Feel bloated tired head aches nausea and has a thick discharge for 3 days straight I am not due period for another 2 weeks but had unprotected sex several times would they be very early symthoms

  • Annonymous

    No i was not