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.

  • Brea PettyBetty Queen

    Hi I was on birth control four years ago for about a year. I am currently 6 days late for my period and feel light cramping but not a lot. I have a lot more constipation like 2-3 times a day I slept all yesterday after getting off of work and feeling like it’s becoming a daily routine to come home take a nap. Carving a lot of different types of food but still no period one day I had really bad cramping but usually when that happens I get my period that next day but as of right now haven’t received anything…

  • Michelle Lee Patterson

    Hi my period is 7 days late, feeling tired, have sore nipples and when I eat I feel upset but I do not vomit. Help please

  • Millie

    Period 8 days late , pain in middle of back, unusual headaches & light headed. I recently started producing a creamy milk like discharge with no odor (never had this type of discharge). Had a Pregnancy test two days ago but negative.. not sure if I should wait & retake or not.

  • Laura Sandoval

    Hi Kim, did you find out if you were pregnant? I’m also experiencing the discharge and unbearable back pain, and I guess I am urinating a lot too!

  • Hi. Yes, stress could have caused it, but on the other hand, you could ave tested too early. If still no period, please repeat.

  • Hi. Changing the pill sounds like the right answer – it’s quite a shock for your body. Your cycle will get back to normal in a while.

  • Hi! If you’ve been having unprotected sex, you could be pregnant. White discharge can either mean that, or that you’re approaching ovulation time. It doesn’t sound as if something is wrong, but if you feel off, why not visit your caregiver, just for your peace of mind?

  • Hi Kim. You were not supposed to get pregnant, and white discharge is not a decisive symptom. If you’re on birth control, you can say you’re protected.

  • Hi. Irregular periods are quite common after you quit birth control, but since you’ve been having unprotected intercourse often since, you could be pregnant. Holding fingers crossed for you!

  • Chloe

    Hi, I’m now 5 days late for my period and I’ve been having the same sort of cramping as I would before my period would start just lighter and they last for about 30 seconds, my breasts are also tender but I don’t know what to do I’ve also been needing to use the toilet more often and tired all the time and slight lower back ache, should I take a home pregnancy test?

  • Kassady

    Hi, I’m really confused. So, I have always had slightly irregular and very heavy periods. I started my last normal period on March 30 and it lasted about 6ish days. Then around April 17 (nearly 3 weeks early) I started bleeding again, heavy for a few days But that was also around the time I stopped taking birth control, maybe a day or two before so that might be why. Nothing since then. Its now May 8th and I haven’t had a period, although yesterday after waking up from a nap I noticed that when I went to the bathroom there was a pink/light red tint when I wiped only and it’s still going on and still light. The last week has been a rollercoaster, I’ve been having trouble sleeping, mainly because I’ve been having ridiculously vivid nightmares, then will go on to napping all day. I’ve started having headaches on and off, and especially the last few days have been having lower back pain, heartburn, dizziness, breast soreness, and a weird taste in my mouth to the point that it makes any milk I drink taste metallic/gross as if it might be spoiled when it isn’t and nobody else notices. I’ve also been feeling bloated. Currently I’m having to sit up in bed because I feel kind of nauseous and like there’s vomit rising in my esophagus or stuck there. And yes, me and my partner have had unprotected sex fairly often without pulling out since I stopped birth control. I’m hoping I am pregnant though

  • Kim

    hello i have been on the birth control implant (nexaplonan) for 2 3/4 years now it expires in November of this year and i usually get my period once every 2-3 weeks and they last about a week or so. but this time it came and i had cramps and bloating but it was much much lighter than usual and lasted 2 days…. my boyfriend and i have unprotected sex often. my breasts aren’t sore, i don’t feel sick but i am experiencing a light white discharge… no odor. lower back pain. could i be pregnant? or am i just paranoid? i can’t tell if i’m urinating frequently bc i already do that.

  • Guest

    Hey there! So my partner and I have always had unprotected sex. My cycle was always on time.Had my period on Jan 11th. But I didn’t get my period in Feb, got it back on March 11th (was a very normal period) and no period in April. So its like skipping every month, so I’m very irregular now but I’ve had sore nipples for over a week now. I keep cramping as if I’m gonna start my period but I don’t. I’ve also had A LOT of white discharge. Felt nauseous after eating Japanese the other day. Don’t really think I’m pregnant but I would like to know if anything else is wrong with me. Please help

  • Fereyce Amber Armour

    my friend is currently experiencing the same symptoms i told her to go to a doctor

  • Nichola2030

    Hi, I’m on the pill I’ve changed my pill around 3 weeks ago but in total I’m 7 weeks late for my period,
    My boobs are extremely painful and swollen I feel sick quite a lot just all the pregnancy symptoms but tests are negative I’ve been to the doctors today who is sending a sample off,
    I just don’t know what to think and if I’m pregnant or is it due to my pill change

  • Cass

    Good luck! I hope you get the result you are after 😊

  • Arian Xandro

    I had no periods on birth control and had implanon only for a year i got blood work today, im hoping am prego as this will be my last baby! I havent had a period in a long time i had implanon before for 3 years prior to that and didnt have periods for 3 years got pregnant 4 months later no period just got peego. Im so nervous and want my period to come or just find out if prego, you know !

  • Cass

    I ended up getting my period a day earlier than expected (28 day cycle) it was extremely painful, very heavy and lasted a week. While i was on the implanon my periods were all over the place and not painful at all. Im just putting it down to my body returing to normal. Im currently not on any birth control and am getting pimple like a teenager! Have you had this issue too?

  • Arian Xandro

    Hello cass did u ever find out if you are pregnant. I am on the same exact boat, i am 3 weeks off. Implanon.

  • J

    Hi, I have 2 children to my ex husband. My new partner said he doesn’t think he can have kids as he and his ex tried for years even with IVF and to no avail. We had unprotected sex nearly 2 weeks ago and I am now 4 days late, have stomach cramps and thick white discharge. I’ve done 2 tests one today that said it’s negative. could I be pregnant? I have been pretty stressed lately can this cause these symptoms also?

  • Nelly

    Hi, Yes I been having unprotected intercourse and no im not or have never been on birth control…. I always get my periods on the 27th of each month is a (30cycle) this time in April I started spotting on the 17th-22th then on the 23th I got A Medium flow for 2 days and that was it so by the 27th is when I tasted … Im just waiting a lil more longer to test again or maybe that was my period?

  • Mel54

    Also im getting some lightheaded feelings on and off with abdominal cramping. N friday when my “period” came i was really weak and extremely tired and im still extremely tired now.

  • Mel54

    Hi umm i got my period 2 days early, but it was just browm discharge with a little blood nor was it heavy and as im typing this im still having discharges. Im use to having really heavy periods that last 7 days. Prior to this i had unprotected sex on my ovulation day and a week later i had small cramping and nausea but last week that all stopped. Last week thursday i had a sharp pain that struck me on my right side followed by lower back pain and friday was when i saw the discharge.

  • Hi Nelly. You didn’t say whether you had unprotected intercourse and it would be good to know whether you are/were on birth control until lately. Generally speaking, if you took the test before the day you expected your period to start (you didn’t mention your cycle length), you could have tested too early and will have to repeat the test.

  • Hi. If your partner didn’t pull out that one time, you could be pregnant. You can take a test now if you still haven’t.

  • Hi. It doesn’t sound like pregnancy, but can’t say much without knowing whether/when you had unprotected intercourse.

  • Hi. At this stage, it could be both.

  • Hi! A blood test is a great idea. If still negative, visit your caregiver regarding that late period.

  • Hi Jay. If your period is late, you better test. Holding fingers crossed for you.

  • Nelly

    Hi, I’m really confused I Always have a normal period. I got it on March 27 lasted 5 days as usual but this month I Spotted for one day on the 10th of April, Then on April 17th I started spotting again for 5 days really light I could see it just when I will go to the restroom so by the 23th I got a really light flow medium (I always get really heavy periods) for only 2 days on the 25th just spotted again and that was all I took a pregnancy test 3days after I stop the spotting and came back negative! I don’t know what to think this pass days I been feeling really nauseous is it possible I could be pregnant and I tested to soon has any one been on the same situation? Any advice?

  • Nelly

    Hi, I’m really confused I Always have a normal period. I got it on March 27 lasted 5 days as usual but this month I Spotted for one day on the 10th of April, Then on April 17th I started spotting again for 5 days really light I could see it just when I will go to the restroom so by the 23th I got a really light flow medium (I always get really heavy periods) for only 2 days on the 25th just spotted again and that was all I took a pregnancy test 3days after I stop the spotting and came back negative! I don’t know what to think this pass days I been feeling really nauseous is it possible I could be pregnant and I tested to soon has any one been on the same situation? Any advice?

  • b wasp

    Hi i normally have a regular ish 35 day cycle. I’m not on any contraception. My last period started on the 21st of March it lasted 5 to 7 days. I’ve had unprotected sex with my partner throughout the month using the pull out method except 1 time..which was the 11th..following this I expected my period on the 25th of this month. We had sex on the 21st late night / early morning 22nd my boobs were fuller and i felt bloated I had some brown discharge as we started intercourse so we stopped!. It lasted about 2days in total. wasn’t heavy very light if any at all after the intercourse really. didn’t fill a panty liner. A little bit spotting in knicker Only when I wiped was it there a little bit stringy mucus like maybe a little pinkish I swore I seen on tissue . My period was due yesterday and nothing! But I’m still feeling bloated . could anyone give me any advice could I be pregnant?

  • leah johnson

    Hi, my period was 12 days late this month. Saturday I started bleeding not enough to fill a of, as of today 04/25 nothing!! Please give me your feedback

  • Cass

    I had the implanon removed 2.5 weeks ago. Ive had mild cramping, lower back ache and nauseous on and. Could this just be my body going back to normal or very early signs of pregnancy?

  • Jes Pearl

    Hi I’m 32 had tubal ligation almost 9 yrs ago. As of today I am 18 days late, 2 neg HPT last wk. For about 3 wks now I’ve been dizzy, loss of appetite, slight headaches, wake up overheated, tired, extremely emotional..2 days ago started slight cramping & white discharge. Idk what going on?! Got married 7 yrs ago to high-school sweetheart & we want a child of our own. I hate getting my hopes up but this is crazy! I feel pregnant! Will the ER do a blood test if I go??

  • Cassandra Laguerre

    Were you having any pain?

  • Jay

    Hello. We’ve been TTC for about a year. I have a cycle of 27 days. This month I bleed for 3 days. Now normally I bleed heavy. This month it was an unusual period. I bleed the first day into the middle of the second then it just stopped for a full day then it came back with spotting and it vanished. I have the symptoms of pregnancy. (I read about it) I’m not sure if I should take a pregnancy test. Help

  • Jay

    Hello been TTC. I have a standard cycle of 27 days. This month it came for 2 then stopped and spotted on the fourth day now it’s gone. I’ve been tired, having headaches, tender breast and nausea for a couple of days. What should I do?

  • Allie

    I had a baby in December (haven’t made it to get on BC yet) due to not knowing want form I want & if we want to try for another baby soon… well, I had my period then brown discharge just a few days ago… took a test & I am now pregnant again 🙄

  • Ica

    Hi..I’m supposed to have my period during the first or second week of april. (I never know my exact day of my period because its irregular and the symptoms vary on different cycle) I had unprotected sex with my bf last 3rd week of March. He didnt come inside of me, but was it possible while we did a small amount of semen was let out? Anyways, its been 2 weeks since I havent have my period and I’m only having a bloated feeling, white thick discharge and of course not having my period. I still havent done a PT. Can you help me?

  • Vas

    Could I be pregnant?? And if so, when can I test to confirm it?

  • Vas

    I got my last period on March 10th, and had unprotected sex with my husband during my ovulation time.. My period cycle is 27 days.. on Apr 4 I got lite spotting for 2 days with mild cramping.. and missed my period.. Feeling bloating for almost past 3 weeks.. took 2 urine test and both were negative.. And today It’s Apr 18.. Not sure what’s happening..

  • Lou J

    I am 3 days late and tested today. It was neg. I am teary ( i never have pms systems) and emotional and have a lotion type discharge. Have i tested too early? Should i retest in a few days?

  • Miranda Fraser

    My partner and I were trying for a baby for a few months. On the 3rd of march I found out I was pregnant 3 weeks. Then on the 11th of march I miscarried I only bled for four days we had sex Almost right away. According to my doctor I should ovulate on the 26 of march we had unprotected sex then and have continued to since and now my period is three days late is there a chance I could be pregnant ? I have had irregular periods in the past though. I took a pregnancy test yesterday and it said negative but I thought I could see a very faded line but my friend didn’t see anything. Could it be to early to test or could it just be in my head in hoping for another child :(??

  • Ashley Esch

    My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for a few months and this month I am 5 days late, cramping a little, really tired and a lot of discharge. I’ve taken about 10 tests and all are negitive. I also spotted for about 3 days 2 1/2 weeks ago. Is there a chance I could still be pregnant? I have two kids already and tested positive with them before my missed period

  • Hi. This could mean pregnancy, but do repeat the test. You didn’t mention when exactly you tested.

  • Amy

    My boyfriend and I had sex on March 31 & April 1 and I ovulated on April 2. According to everything I read, today was the first day that I could take an early pregnancy test. I took two and they were both negative. I’m not currently using any form of birth control. I actually stopped in October. We wanted to see what would happen and weren’t actively trying until this month, so I was hopeful that this would be the cycle I’d get my positive test result. I started having sore, heavy breasts about 7 days ago and my nipples have been hard for a week. I have diarrhea most mornings and I’m really tired. I started having some spotting (which I don’t normally get) 2 days ago. I also had what felt like cramping on the left side of my abdomen for 3 days and now I feel something (I don’t know what to call it except for movement) in the center of my abdomen. Is it possible I’m pregnant even though I got negative results on 2 tests? Should I just wait a couple of days and take another test? I’m not supposed to get my period until Sunday and the wait is killing me!

  • Please repeat the test. you could have tested too early.