Although a pregnancy test is the only sure fire way to determine whether you’re actually pregnant, you may be displaying very early pregnancy symptoms before the first missed period. Read on to find out if you could be in the early stages of pregnancy.
Check if your breasts and/or nipples are very tender and sore. Tender and heavy-feeling breasts, darkening of the areolas and even more pronounced veins on your chest can be one of the very early pregnancy symptoms.
Check if you get extremely tired. If you are suddenly exhausted, it might be a response to the increasing hormones in your body. For many women, tiredness continues through the first trimester, but then ebbs in the second.
Check if you get short of breath. The fetus that is slowly developing needs oxygen, meaning that you’ll likely feel a bit deprived. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that you’ll continue to feel out of breath if you decide to bring the baby to term.
Recall if you get dizzy and/or faint. Often caused by either low blood sugar or blood pressure, a dizzy spell or a fainting episode could be one of the very early pregnancy symptoms.
- This is the go-to symptom they use to signify pregnancy in movies, but it’s based in reality. Low blood sugar or blood pressure can cause a woozy episode. Make sure you eat enough and stay well-hydrated.
Look for signs of backaches. If you don’t normally have backaches, this could be a sign that the ligaments in your back are loosening, preparing for the time when you have to hold extra weight for nearly a year.
Look for signs of headaches. Usually thought to be a cause of changing hormones in your body during pregnancy, headaches are common maladies of women who are newly pregnant.
- More early signs of pregnancy include an aching head, a result of changes in hormones. Just in case you are indeed pregnant, take pg-safe acetaminophen instead of ibuprofen to deal with the pain.
Look for signs of cramping. This very early sign of pregnancy tends to feel much like your period is coming. It could be your period, but it could also be early pregnancy.
Look for signs of constipation and bloating. If you’re feeling a little puffy or backed up, it might be extra progesterone due to pregnancy, which slows down your digestive system.
Look out for sudden mood shifts. Your system is being pumped with new hormones if you’re indeed pregnant. That means you’re likely to blow up over something inconsequential or suddenly find yourself teary for no good reason. This is one of the very early pregnancy symptoms.
Look for implantation bleeding. If you had a small amount of bleeding or spotting at the time your period would normally happen or before or after when your period normally happens but your period did not occur at its normal time, you may have experienced what is called implantation bleeding. This is a sign of pregnancy.
- If it was much lighter than normal, and a few days earlier than expected, you may actually be experiencing implantation bleeding, where the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall and causes a little bloodshed.
Check if you missed your period. If you have regular periods and can typically predict when it will start, then this symptom could definitely indicate early pregnancy. You may notice a missed period before any other pregnancy symptom.
- Many of the early signs of pregnancy are also symptoms of PMS. How to tell the difference? The most telling clue yet will be a missed period. If your cycle is fairly regular and you are late, you should head to the drugstore.
Understand that nausea and/or vomiting could also be early pregnancy symptoms. Normally, morning sickness won’t occur until about a month after conception, and some escape this pregnancy symptom altogether.
Be aware that urinating more than normal might also be a sign. Increased urination occurs due to the increase in blood and other body fluids, which ends up being processed by the kidneys and ending up in the bladder. This increase in urination will most likely only worsen as your pregnancy progresses.
- If you suddenly find yourself unable to sleep through the night without a trip to the loo, it might be a sign. During pregnancy your body produces extra fluids, which has your bladder working overtime – and you taking a lot of pee breaks.
Be aware of your cravings for food. Do you have cravings for foods that you normally never eat? Or simply cravings for an unusual food? Suddenly, you cannot get enough citrus. Or perhaps fish now turns your stomach. If you notice food issues that weren’t there before, it could be one of the very early pregnancy symptoms.
Chart your basal body temperature. If you are charting your basal body temperature, one of the first signs of pregnancy is a higher-than-normal temperature for that time of the month.
- If you’ve actively been trying to get pregnant, you may have been charting your basal body temp to pinpoint ovulation. Generally, your BBT is elevated from ovulation until you get your period 2 weeks later. If it stays elevated beyond two weeks, it might be because you’re pregnant.
Check if you get more sensitive to odors than normal. This pregnancy symptom may be due to increased estrogen levels, but no one knows for sure.
Take a pregnancy test. Most pregnancy tests will not detect early pregnancy until your period is missed. If other pregnancy symptoms are present and you still do not have your period, test again in a few days.
- If you experience bleeding and painful cramping that starts on one side and increases, this could be an indication of an ectopic pregnancy. Seek medical attention as soon as possible if this is out of the ordinary for you.
- A very small percentage of women continue menstruating throughout the course of their pregnancy; having your period does not mean that you are not pregnant in all cases.
- Wait until you have missed your period before testing. Some women who are trying to conceive test on the day they are due only to get a negative and their period on the same day.
- If you are a few days late for your period (and you are typically regular), then take a home pregnancy test. If it is negative, wait a few more days and test again. Sometimes the human chorionic gonadotropin HCG (pregnancy hormone) is not high enough early on to detect pregnancy.