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14 Early Signs of Pregnancy

Updated: Nov 16, 2022

What are the signs that you have to look out for during the initial days of pregnancy? Though you could take the pregnancy test when you realize that you have missed your period. There are other evident signs to look out for along with your missed periods.

The signs of early pregnancy can vary from person to person and from pregnancy to pregnancy. You may feel your body making changes before you know you’re pregnant or you may not notice any symptoms at all.

Early signs of pregnancy
Early signs of pregnancy

1. Missed periods

This is the most noticeable change before you test your pregnancy. After successful conception, your body produces hormones that stop ovulation and shedding of the lining of the uterus.

2. Tender, swollen breasts

You can feel that your breasts are tender, and sometimes you have swollen, similar to the change before you get your periods. Your areolas also begin to darken and enlarge. This is not seen in all women and also may not be visible so early in pregnancy.

3. Nausea with or without vomiting

This is very common in most women during the initial days or throughout the first trimester. Again this is caused due to the sudden changes in the hormones, and it is normal.

4. Fatigue

This is one of the most common symptoms during the initial days of pregnancy. The exact reason is not known, but ongoing underlying Metabolic activities and a surge in hormones could be the reason.

5. Mood swings

Pregnancy involves hormonal changes, and this could lead to mood swings in some women. This may not be experienced by every woman, some may experience it initially, some throughout pregnancy, but when you feel too anxious, or depressed kind of feeling, then do not hesitate to reach out to an expert.

6. Light spotting

After conception, the egg attaches itself to the walls of the uterus, and this can lead to light spotting. This could be misunderstood as the start of periods, and this does not happen to all women, still to differentiate get an ultrasound done.

7. Bloating

This symptom is similar to how you feel before getting your period. Not all women experience bloating, but most women do.

Do not always associate this symptom alone with pregnancy. Frequent urination also doesn't usually appear this early.

9. Cramping

You can experience mild cramps that may be on and off for a few days. If the pain is severe or if you have pain on one side then contact your health care provider.

10. Headache and dizziness

The hormonal changes and the increase in blood volume can cause slight dizziness in some women and also headaches.

11. Nasal Congestion

The increase in hormone levels and blood production can cause the mucous membranes in your nose to swell, dry out and bleed easily. This might cause you to have a stuffy or runny nose. Again it does not happen to all women, but some women do experience these changes.

12. Acne or skin changes

Some women experience glowing skin, while others experience acne and other skin changes during pregnancy. This is because of the hormonal changes, and the increased blood flows during pregnancy.

13. Food aversions

With the changing hormones, there might be some changes in the taste and smell too. Some women might get very sensitive toward smell/fragrance. It is normal to have these changes, especially during the initial days of the first trimester. For example, some women may not feel good to be around while food is being cooked. It might make them pukish.

14. Constipation

Changes in hormones can also cause changes in your digestive system, which could lead to constipation in some women.

Things to do after you are tested  pregnancy positive
Things to do after you are tested pregnancy positive

How early do these symptoms start during pregnancy?

Since it is hormonal, it varies for each woman. The symptoms also vary for each pregnancy.

Can you feel the pregnancy symptoms before you miss your period?

Yes, you can feel pregnant before you miss your period. Sometimes, you can feel the symptoms within a week of conception.

The symptoms mentioned above are similar to PMS. does it mean I am pregnant even if the period is delayed?

Premenstrual symptoms can be very similar to pregnancy symptoms. This can make it difficult to tell the difference. You can also miss a period and not be pregnant. It is best to take the pregnancy test and confirm.

When should I contact Ob-Gyn?

If you have missed your period, and your pregnancy test is positive. Your next step is to contact Ob-Gyn.

Am I pregnant if I have all or some of these symptoms?

Some of the symptoms are not unique to pregnancy. If your pregnancy test is negative, and you have any or all of the symptoms, plus a missed period, you definitely have to visit your doctor. It could mean you are sick.

What are the next steps after testing positive for pregnancy?
  • You have to find an Ob-Gyn and go for a prenatal visit.

  • Irrespective of whether planned or unplanned pregnancy, you have to plan your pregnancy and the postpartum period.

  • Arrange for helping hands to support you during your pregnancy.

  • Join a prenatal yoga class.

  • Consult a pre & post-natal physiotherapist and get your core examined.

  • Join a support group.

  • Attend a session on Birthing/Labor management, Lactation class.

  • Prioritize your health, and include healthy habits in your lifestyle.


Symptoms of pregnancy

Early pregnancy symptoms

Symptoms of pregnancy


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