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13 Early Signs of Pregnancy

Early Signs of Pregnancy
Are you pregnant? Often, our bodies give us the signs of pregnancy before that plus sign ever shows up on a pregnancy test. However, many signs of pregnancy could also be symptoms of a medical problem or even just premenstrual syndrome, so it’s important to take that test as soon as a positive result is possible. Possible signs of pregnancy are:

1. Missed Period

A late or missed period is often the first early pregnancy symptom you’ll notice. Some women may bleed lightly during pregnancy. If this occurs in the first few weeks, it could be implantation bleeding which is usually very light. Heavy bleeding after a period is late or after a pregnancy test has shown you are pregnant could indicate a miscarriage and you should speak with your doctor.

Other factors may also create an irregular menstrual cycle or a missed period. These include:

  • Excessive changes in weight and/or diet
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Stress
  • Going off birth control pills
  • Breastfeeding
  • Travel, esp. involving changes in altitude
  • Illness
  • Antibiotics

2. Headaches

The sudden rise of hormones in your body can cause headaches in early pregnancy answering the question ‘Are headaches a sign of pregnancy.’ But since headaches are so prevalent in women and have so many other causes, this is not usually a good indicator of pregnancy unless accompanied by other symptoms. Headaches may be caused by:

  • Dehydration
  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • PMS
  • Eye strain
  • Stress
  • Cold or flu
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Sinus infection

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3. Swollen / Sore Breasts

A woman’s breasts may become sore, swollen or tender as early as one or two weeks after conception. However, this is also a sign of PMS so, if you experience sore breasts, you may want to wait until the first day of your missed period to take a home pregnancy test. You may also experience swollen or sore breasts if you have a hormone imbalance or recently started birth control pills or other hormone-based birth control.

4. Implantation Bleeding

Implantation bleeding, in women who experience it, can be a confusing symptom of pregnancy. When the embryo implants into the uterine wall, some blood may be released. However, only about 20 to 30 percent of women experience this bleeding, which is really more like a pink or very light red discharge of blood. Any bleeding that is not your period should be discussed with your doctor.

5. Tiredness / Feeling Sleepy

Extreme fatigue or even feeling more tired than usual could indicate pregnancy and may begin as early as the first week after conception. However, there are multiple other factors that could make a woman tired, so if tiredness is not accompanied by other symptoms of pregnancy, consider other factors first.

  • Are you getting enough sleep?
  • Are you under stress?
  • Could you have a cold or the flu?

Stress, exhaustion, depression, illnesses, a change in exercise habits or even a change in diet can leave you feeling fatigued.

6. Nausea / Morning Sickness

This well-known pregnancy symptom will often show up between two and eight weeks after conception, and typically subsides at the start of the second trimester. Some women do not experience morning sickness at all, while some feel a degree of nausea throughout pregnancy. Rule out other causes first, including food poisoning, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach disorders, stress and a stomach flu.

7. Back Pain

Lower back pain may be a symptom that occurs in early pregnancy, but it may begin at any time during your pregnancy and last until delivery, or come and go based on your level of physical activity and other factors.

Like most pregnancy symptoms, backaches may be caused by a number of other factors, including impending menstruation, stress, back problems, physical injuries such as pulled muscles.

8. Frequent Urination

Around six to eight weeks after conception, as the uterus grows and shifts, taking up more room in your abdomen and exerting force on your bladder, you may experience frequent urination. Frequent urination in the absence of other pregnancy symptoms, however, could indicate a problem such as:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Bladder infection
  • Diabetes

Using diuretics or increasing your liquid intake may also cause more frequent urination.

9. Darkening of Areolas

If you are pregnant, the skin around your nipples may get darker. This may also be caused by a hormone imbalance not related to pregnancy. Areolas may not return to their original color after childbirth.

10. Food Cravings

As any pregnant woman – or her husband who hit the convenience store at midnight for ice cream, with or without pickles – can attest, pregnancy food cravings are not a myth. They can last throughout your entire pregnancy, but usually don’t appear until the second trimester or late in the first trimester.
Dieting, PMS, lack of a certain nutrients, stress or depression can also cause food cravings. Click here to read about some strange food cravings experienced by the BOL bloggers.

11. Enhanced Sense of Smell

For moms-to-be pregnant for the first time, an enhanced sense of smell is often one of the oddest symptoms of pregnancy. This evolutionary trait may have developed to help pregnant women detect – and avoid – spoiled foods before they ate them. It can be embarrassing if you have to leave a room because of someone’s intense body odor or want to gag around people with the scent of third-hand smoke clinging to their bodies.

12. Mood Swings

It’s not just a myth. All those hormonal changes going on in your body can wreak havoc with your mood, too. Of course, mood swings can also be caused by stress or plain old garden variety PMS. Some women actually experience improved moods – or a more stable mood if they previously suffered from PMS-related mood swings – during pregnancy. Others discover that one or two specific individuals “push their buttons” but that people, as a whole, are easier to tolerate.

13. Increased Hunger

Doctors recommend that women not gain much weight in the first trimester, but you may feel hungrier than usual. To keep weight in check, maintain a healthy diet and eat lots of foods high in fiber, which are filling and will also help alleviate constipation. Drink a glass of water before every meal, too. Pregnant women shouldn’t need to increase their caloric intake to accommodate the growing fetus until the start of the second trimester, when they should eat approximately 300 extra calories per day. You can also maintain a high level of physical activity in the first trimester, which will help prevent excessive weight gain.

Later Pregnancy Symptoms

Some symptoms – such as a backache or headaches – may begin in the first trimester and persist throughout pregnancy. Others appear later.

  1. Feeling extremely warm / hot flashes
  2. Varicose veins
  3. Quickening (fetal movement)
  4. Shortness of breath
  5. Stretch marks
  6. Changes in all areas of your body, including hair, skin and nails
  7. Blurred vision
  8. Insomnia

Essentially, “anything goes” when it comes to pregnancy symptoms. If you are concerned about any reactions you’re having or changes to your body, speak with your midwife or obstetrician.

Could You Be Pregnant?

If you are Trying To Conceive and are experiencing early signs of pregnancy, this could be good news! If you think you may be pregnant, today’s Home Pregnancy Tests can show positive results as early as a week before your period is due. If you’re not ready to buy a pregnancy test just yet, enter your last menstrual cycle date into our Due Date Calculator to determine when you ovulated last. That will give you a little insight too!

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2 years 11 months ago
Me and my boyfriend had sex the whole first week of June and we are basically tryn to have a little one but I was told to wait to 2 weeks to take a test and I did and it said no,my mom told me that it was too early to tell and wait for my next period so I did I had sex with my boyfriend on the 23rd of July and I started to bleed the day after which puts it 3 days before my next period So I had two 2 days of a heavy period and… Read more »
3 years 2 days ago
Hi there, Can someone help me… Im new to this and the last time i had my time of the month was in May 2016 i usually have a normal 28 day cycle, However, i was bleeding for 2days in June and the 3rd day it stopped… I was on diet for 3 months and realised that my stomach grew bigger and have been getting all the signs of pregnancy tender breasts, nausea, headaches, sore back and cramps in my leg now and then, Cravings and a very good sence of smell that no one picks up on until later… Read more »
3 years 3 days ago
Hello Somebody help!!! I’ve been trying to get pregnant…the last time I had sex with my husband was June 9th before he travelled for work and he made sure to cum inside making sure it stays inside…on the 15th I had light bleeding which didn’t last for two days and I normally have my period on the 20th…I thought it was implantation bleeding but now 13th July I have started bleeding again..its also light red with cramping but I’m afraid it could be my period and flow heavy later and that I’m not really pregnant….Is there still any hope???
3 years 8 days ago

Hi i have a regular 28 day cycle i had sex the whole week of and the whole week during ovulation. My cycle came the next month 4 days early which is very unusual. Its been 12 days since my cycle went off. My breast tend to ache daily around the aeroul i feel nausue in the heat i just started getting these migrains out of no where. I cant stop yawning, what could be happening

3 years 11 days ago

If you have sex 2 or 3 days before your actual ovaultion date you are very bound to get pregnant reminder sprem lives in a female 5 to 7 days so if your not trying to conceive so soon becareful around those times when your body is most open but also keep in mind you can get pregnant any time out the month trust I know ive had irregular periods since God knows when and this is my second pregnancy

3 years 2 months ago

Hi me and my partner need trying for 18 months we have been put on Clomid. But I have been having regular periods but this month I spotted for 3 days then only lightly for 2. But I feel tired my belly feels full all the time only ever feel sick not actually sick mild cramping and mood swings really easily.
But it seems when ever me and partner are intimate I bleed very lightly any ideas please??

3 years 2 months ago

I felt nauseous for 5 days, had a sore throat (that is gone now), now I have cold symptoms, stuffy/runny nose, headache, dry cough, not due for period for a few days yet. I remember having a cold with my first and asked the doctor if the Advil I took would affect the baby at all. He said no because it’s so early in the pregnancy.
Now I’m wondering if I am pregnant as its close to period time. Hope I am as my husband and I have been trying for a while now.
Any thoughts?

3 years 2 months ago

I had sex 5 days during my fertile period on the 6th day I had spotting then on the 7yh day I had loose stool this happened last week and right now I have this terrible cramp and my sore breast and my period is 10 days from now I dont know its my period or am pregnant

3 years 2 months ago
Hi Emily what was your outcome ? We’re you pregnant in the end ? I’m in the same kind of situation I had sex the day i ovulated an took the morning after pill 26 hours later 5 days after that an a week before my period was due I had a light bleed which lasted 2 an half days but very light not like a normal period I’m due my period tomorrow I took a hpt yesterday was negative I took one today an have a very very faint positive, iv got lower back ache nausea heart burn just… Read more »
3 years 2 months ago
Help! My last period was 4/2/16 and lasted until 4/10/16. It was a week early in April and I have been under a huge amount of stress, my grandmother passed on 4/2/16 and my mother passed 4/9/16. We are also in the process of buying a home and things keep popping up that’s delaying the process. My SO and I had intercourse 5 days after my peak ovulation day and he didn’t pull out. I have been spotting on and off for 2 days and I have been nauseated and very sleepy the last 5-6 days. I took 3 pregnancy… Read more »
3 years 2 months ago

OK I’m 16 and me and my boyfriend didn’t use a comdom and this was twice but he pulled out. But now my period has not came and I’ve had too pee a lot I’ve been extra hungry I’ve been really tired I tuck a test three weeks after having sex but it came up negative and now its a whole new month and still no period . my last period was 3/17/16
Nows its 5/7/16
I had sex on 4/1/16 & 4/2/16
What should I do

3 years 2 months ago

can i be pregnant??
me n my partner had unprotected sex on 14 th day of monthly cycle so i took two emergency pills following two days . that minth on march i had my period on exact day but it wasnt lyk regular one. just had spotting for a day. then now i have missed period with negative hpt . could i be pregnant?? i m very much worried.

3 years 2 months ago

Hey guys so I have been trying to conceive we track my fertile window an make sure the dates are good my last period was April 19th we had intercourse 2 weeks before my period and also for 3 days before my period occurred. Last night is the first time since we had intercourse from my last period but I woke up this morning vomiting profusely I’ve thrown up twice already can anyone help??

3 years 2 months ago

Me and my partner have unprotected sex regularly. If I was pregnant it would be no problem. I haven’t taken a test yet. But could It be possible if I was pregnant. My last period was February 5. And have been throwing up or feeling sick.

3 years 2 months ago

Hey lady’s so I’m 7 days late been trying to conceive for 11 months . At this point I’m feeling really weak,nausea,mild cramping,sore breast, and today is the second day I throw up around 12 or1 am should I take a test now or wait a little

3 years 2 months ago

Hi my name is Renee ani just recently went through a miscarriage at the end of February and I had a very lite period in March 29-30 and on April 12 my breast started to become sore and I’ve been having crazy mood swing frequent headache lower back pain and slight nausea I’m so confused with what’s goin on with my body right now an I was wondering if any ofou ladies had any idea as to what’s going on

3 years 3 months ago
Am I pregnant? I had my last regular menstruation last February 3, 2016. My husband came home the following day for his three weeks vacation. We are trying to conceive because I am not getting any younger. I am already 36 years old. My expected next period was March 1 because i have 27-28 days cycle period. I had it on February 29, but it only lasted for one day and it was very light not my usual heavy periods. I took pregnancy test but i had a very faint second line. The following week I am having white discharge… Read more »
3 years 3 months ago

Hi, I stopped taking my pill about 10 days ago in order to ttc. I stopped mid packet out of excitement (I know I should have waited!) a few days later I started lightly bleeding with brown discharge which is probably a normal withdrawal bleed. Since then I have felt sick, had headaches, sore boobs and so tired. Googling these it always says pregnancy symptoms but It must be way too soon for anything like that! Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks in advance! X

3 years 5 months ago

Hi I just wanna ask. What is that bluish green colored discharge I found in my panty liner? I’ve been having a lot of discharge lately. My partner and I ars having sex regularly. And aside from that I have this unusual feeling I feel dizzy whenever I get up from the bed, always hungry and I pee a lot. My urine has a strong smell and its cloudy

3 years 5 months ago

Hi! So last week I was on antibiotics and my hubby and I didn’t use any other protection besides the pill. I’m starting to get lower back pains and light pain at the left lower part of my abdomen and my breasts are becoming sore on the bottom. Could I he pregnant?

3 years 5 months ago
Hi my name is Courtney. My boyfriend and I aren’t exactly trying nor preventing pregnancy. We you know.. on Christmas day and the day after. The 26th after we had sex the second time, I had started my period. Which was like a week early. I was a day late on my period this month. But it wasn’t like my normal period. It was heavy but nor was it light. At first it was very pink, it turned into a more redish color and got heavier the second day. Today, the third day, it’s brownish and it’s like almost gone.… Read more »
3 years 5 months ago

I had my period 3 days earlier and it only lasted 4 days normally my period last a week. i get light headed feel nauseated & after I eat I still be hungry again. I already have a son (11 months) can I be pregnant again ?.

3 years 5 months ago

Hi, I had sex on December 18 and then again on January 2 then took plan B the next day. I had my period on the 10th which is always the day I begin and finished 5 days later. 2 days later I began cramping which was on a Sunday. It’s already Thursday and I haven’t stopped cramping. I’m very worried because I am only 19. Could I be pregnant?

3 years 5 months ago

I’m a month late my period and have every signs of pregnancy buy test are showing negative I don’t understand why what else could this mean

3 years 5 months ago

I need help? All this month I have had stomach pain and wanting to eat certain foods I had sex not to long ago and it hurt my stomach even worse I felt like I couldn’t move. Then my period came on Monday it came a little earlier then what it usually does.? Not to mention I still wanna eat certain foods and sometimes I feel like throwing.? So can someone help me.??

help me
3 years 5 months ago

I got my period last month which was a normal period.. I took a pregnancy test it cane back negative but since then I’ve been moody, hot flashes, feeling extremely sick at random times, roughly in the morning, no sore or tender breast, but my belly is getting bigger. My sister told me yesterday that I looked pregnant. Could I be pregnant?

3 years 6 months ago
I bled lightly for three days like not even a week ago. But the night I stopped bleeding I was throwing up so much. I was already experiencing nausea like two weeks prior to the bleeding. I keep having CRAZY mood swings. I will have 3 different moods in under a minute and then burst into tears. I feel really anxious. I took a pregnancy test the day before yesterday and it was negative. I’m on the depo provera shot. I have been for three years. I’ve NEVER experienced anything like this on it before though. Especially so close to… Read more »
3 years 6 months ago
My last period started December 28th, 2015 and lasted the normal 5 days for me. I am on the pill and have been for 6 years now but since I graduated college December 11th I haven’t been taking it on schedule like I should. My partner and I still use condoms every time. My breasts have been very tender for the past week and I am not due for another period until the week after next. And the last three times my partner and I have tried to do anything it hurts so bad I feel like I am going… Read more »
3 years 6 months ago
Hey guys i need some help.i got my period and a week after my boyfriend and i had unprotected sex.but we have been doing that for the past 3 months and i havent conceived and lately i have headaches thru out the day.feeling more sleepy.sleep alot throughout the day and i get nausea body gets hot but only from my waist up and i cover myself and i wake up in sweat so i only cover my waist down.i have never had a child and i need help.been feeling sick this whole past week and im worried because im… Read more »
3 years 6 months ago

Ok last month my cycle came and it last almost 2 days but very light, been had headaches, nausea, and been very emotional. Now my period is due again in 3 days but today I have light pink bleeding only when I wipe could I be pregnant?

3 years 6 months ago

My name is Erica & I’m 19. I’ve had unprotected sex with my boyfriend for about 1 month and a half and my period is very irregular. I’ve been feeling very nauseous, been having cravings, spotting, very sleepy, and my breasts have been very sore & I just don’t know why. I think I might be pregnant but I’m not sure. I’m really scared.

3 years 6 months ago

My period is irregular. I had unprotected sex on November 8th but he pulled out. I got my period on December 8th and have had breast swelling and an tremendous amount of gas. The new thing is that I can feel the gas in my pelvic when laying on my side. I think I’m pregnant. I would like an opinion

3 years 6 months ago

hey I need help. I started my period but only got it for two day and it stopped! I been having
•Feeling extremely warm / hot flashes
•Varicose veins
•Quickening (fetal movement)
•Shortness of breath
•Stretch marks
•Changes in all areas of my body, including hair, skin and nails
•Blurred vision

3 years 6 months ago
Hi I am 18 years old and have been on LoLo birth control for almost 3 years. My boyfriend and I have always had unprotected sex since I started the birth control. He always pulls out to be extra safe. I barley ever get my period on this pill so this is why I am kind of worried. If I do get my period, It will be on the last row of my pills and I will start to be moody or have sore breasts etc, but even so, sometimes I will not have these symptoms. I am starting to… Read more »
Kandace Richardson
3 years 7 months ago

Hi my period came early it was due for the 1st of December it came the 29th November but last 2 day then stop an start to spot on the 1st then stop again I am getting the heavy breast an snore nipples also a running belly.I took a test it came out negative dont know if I took it to early but just need to know what’s going on plz help.

3 years 7 months ago

My breast has been sore for about a week. I have took two pregnancy test both came back negative. I not sure it I took it too early. I have had a little back and stomach pain and other signs of pregnancy. I’m not really sure what to do next but go to the doctor.

3 years 7 months ago

Hi I got my peroids on the 11 of november and now it’s the 23 and still bleeding also got back pain and stomach pain and left side is also very sore can some one tell me if they have ever had this I also have pcos

3 years 7 months ago

The last time I had my period was on October 16,2015 and it was normal me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex on the 6 & 7 of November I was suppose to get my period on November 16 and I missed it and three days later I had light pink bleed then the next day it was bright red and I had to use a pad, today it was bright for a while then it got in a bright red color again, and I have sharp stomach pains in my left side what could this mean?

3 years 7 months ago

Hi. One week delay of my period. And I am always sleeping ‘ n day time. And always starving .. got little pain on my back. Vision blurry.. I took pregnancy test but its negative. Am I pregnant? Pls I need answer .. thanks

Paula L. Rubio
3 years 8 months ago

I’ve had fever for a week now I finished my 3 day antibiotic yesterday afternoon. I have my period? Which does NOT feel or look like my period. Light blood pain on my right stomach, as soon as I woke up my head is pounding and my right side of the stomach is killing me. I don’t know what is happening but this does not feel normal… For the fact that I’m bleeding on the 15th instead of my late 20s? Not my period. Idk what to do..

3 years 8 months ago
Hi, i am a week late on my period i have been extremely tired and a headache that i seem to not be able to get rid of for the past two days. last week i had extreme pressure in my lower abdomen and this week i am cramping just a little not too much. normally when i am about to get my period i crave salty and sour things like sushi, chinese food, sour patch kids. this time i have no interest in any of it. i had a little nausea yesterday not much today. i kind of want… Read more »
3 years 8 months ago

not sure whats happening been feeling bloated for a couple weeks but this month only had a period for about a day then it ended and last night had real bad pain what could this be ?

3 years 8 months ago

Hi I have had a marina taken out on September 28 I have had light spotting 4 days after. Me and my boyfriend have been trying. Ever since the spotting I have been feeling real sick. Now I have been feeling very tierd earlier. So hungry. My boobs have gotten biger and hurt now and then. But i had cramp like feels for few days now but no bleeding. I have taken test both negative. Is it to early to test now am I pregnant

3 years 8 months ago

Hope that someone could help me. Sept 30 is my mentrual and on Oct 9 i had unprotected sex and 0ct 27 my menstrual came and it lasted 2day supposed to it will last 4 to 5 days. Is it normal? Or there is a possibilities that im going to conceive?

3 years 8 months ago

Im afraid that i could be pregnant i slept with my boyfriend last week sartday and we where both drunk and now my body feel strange im loosing weight im craving for things that i didn’t even like i feel more lazy my feet get to painful and i have flue,short breathing my hands get painful all the time could i be pregnant please help me

3 years 8 months ago

My period supposed to come on 11 oct but on 18 oct i have light bleeding and it stopped thsame day. On 22 oct i start having cramps and backaches pls can someone help me. Before 18 oct i was tested positive after 1week again it became negaive. Am confuse

3 years 8 months ago

Hi, I’ve been feeling nausea for weeks now, & really tired.. My back also has been aching.
I’ve been feeling nausea really bad.
I also can no suck my stomach in anymore, & my friends & family say my boobs are getting bigger.
I also tired & fatigue .

3 years 8 months ago

I started to spot on Sunday 11th thinking it was my period comeing down I spotted for 2-3days by Tuesday I had stopped but then I had cramps thinking okay my period is coming down but still no period now my breast are sore I’m not that hungry or when I am I jus can’t eat sometimes I can’t sleep at night I’m tossing and turning I took a pregnancy test this morning but it was negative so am I early or am I just not pregnant? ???

3 years 8 months ago
My period was due oct 12 . On oct 10 I spotted. On oct 11 period I guess came tht one day. On oct 12 brownish discharge like it was leaving and sure enough it was gon . About one or two days later look like egg yolk with pink in it when I pee nd wipe . Been feeling sick nd funny ever since then . Nausea off nd on. Headache sore throat light stomach cramping off nd on . More on the right side . Pregnancy test I took last night at 10pm came back negative dont know… Read more »
3 years 9 months ago

Hi im four days late last period was the 10.09.15 but now very light bleeding (light pink with a few spots of blood) no sore breast but i do feel nauseous, fatigued, dizzy/lightheaded, sore lower back, light cramping,intense headache/migraine with slight mood swings this has been happening the past three days in a row now…

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