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Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Updated on April 28, 2012

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Early pregnancy symptoms and information

Do you think that you might be pregnant? Don't panic take a few minutes to read this page and find out what your body is telling you, you may have some of the symptoms of pregnancy but to be sure one way or the other you should get yourself a home pregnancy testing kit.

It is often reported in the newspapers and on television news about young girls and older women who got the biggest shock of their lives because they did not know that they were pregnant, going about their daily lives when suddenly they are in excruciating pain and out pops a baby.

The first question always asked after such an event is always "What do you mean you didn't know" followed by "you must have had some of the symptoms or signs of pregnancy".

There are many different signs that you may be with child, but individually the signs can be confused as just feeling a little off colour, some people breeze through pregnancy whilst others are ill from day one until the child is born.

It would be a lot easier if everyone who got pregnant displayed the exact same symptoms, but it does not work like that each person is unique and their bodies react differently to pregnancy, someone may be sick every morning from day one, whereas another person may not be sick once.

Although the list below contains symptoms of pregnancy, they can also be symptoms of other things, and some people can be pregnant and not display any of the symptoms.

2 pink lines = pregnant

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Missed period:

A missed period is often when a woman will suspect that she may be pregnant. If you have a late period, then consider whether or not you've recently been sick, gained or lost a significant amount of weight, have been under excessive stress or have taken any new medications. All of these things can affect your menstrual cycle and cause you to have irregular periods. Additionally, certain types of birth control, including the birth control pill, Norplant and Depo-Provera can cause you to have menstrual cycles disturbances.

Swollen or Tender Breasts:

As early as 2 weeks into pregnancy hormonal changes can affect your breasts, they may become sore, tender, feel tingly, or you may notice that your breasts become fuller and heavier.


The Progesterone Hormone levels in your body go through the roof during the early weeks of pregnancy; this can lead to lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels, and increased blood production, which drains your energy.


The hormone changes and the increased blood circulation in your body early on in pregnancy can bring on headaches.

Mood swings:

With all of the hormonal changes mood swings in early pregnancy are a common occurrence, laughing one minute crying the next, from happy go lucky to irritated and angry for no apparent reason these are normal mainly during the first trimester of pregnancy.


Common in early pregnancy, constipation is caused by the increased Progesterone in your body causes food to pass more slowly through the intestines.

Faintness and dizziness:

As your blood vessels dilate and your blood pressure drops, you may feel light-headed or dizzy. Early in pregnancy, faintness may also be triggered by low blood sugar.

Food aversions or cravings:

The hormonal changes can lead to cravings for certain foods sometimes food that you would never normally eat. On the other hand, though you may go completely off food that you would usually eat.

Slight bleeding or cramping:

For some women, a small amount of spotting or vaginal bleeding is one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. Known as implantation bleeding, it happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus - about 10 to 14 days after fertilization. This type of bleeding is usually a bit earlier, spottier, and lighter in colour than a normal period and does not last as long.

Some women also experience abdominal cramping early in pregnancy. These cramps are similar to menstrual cramps.

If you are displaying any of the symptoms above a pregnancy testing kit is your next course of action if it comes up that you are not pregnant a visit to your doctor is recommended. If the test is positive you should also seek medical advice and get your prenatal care started.


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      Marcella 4 years ago

      Hello Jimmy I have a lil boy he's 5 year old now. I'm about to get marry here rule soon I been on drto for 2 years but I Ben off of it for amost 2 year I have my period for 8 month now when I lay drown I feel modet in my somuch ever time I take a test it said I'm not but I have this feeling that I'm I don't know what to did but I'm really wanting a baby so bad tho

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      reagu 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      I haven't had the pleasure of experiencing these from my past relationships. But it's always good to know what to look out for. Thanks for sharing.

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      tray 6 years ago

      Hi not sure if pregnant so confused,last real time af arrived waz 22.01.2012 then in march slight blead very light on n off for two days i do have iregular periods can go for 6 weeks up to 8 weeks between one to another,have loadz ov pregnancy signs.... Nausea eating loadz sleepin loadz even in the day had tingly breasts now tender but no colour change done few tests over the weeks some seem like faint line some seem negative done pee stick n test strip they are poundshop ones tho... Had endometriosis n 7 years ago had surgery havnt been told owt else about that tho only one tube out..get cramps n think af but no hasn't arrived feel pregnant but so confused as test doctor's are never any help so keepin waitin n hopein test show up or af finally comes never gone this long b4 sorry it so long any1 else had same cud i be n am i just worryin af Will come surely it wud ov by now n not sure on how my hormones are as irregular so that cud b why test not doin rite...oh hope i am.

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      Brittney 6 years ago

      I've had all these and I have been craving a chocolate pizza is that normal and should I be scared I'm only 17 and my boyfriend well be turning 20 in june

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      SHUNNIE 6 years ago


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      Jenny7 6 years ago

      I had unproected sex on feb 11 and started my period feb 15 like I was supost to but after I was done with my period my body started to feel funny ive Ben throwing up, have tendered breasts, my lower back sometime hurts, there's times that I don't won't to eat but then there's sometime I wont to eat a lot. Is there a chance I could be pregnet????

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      Pita 6 years ago

      i have notice some of the signs on my girlfriend.And now she told she is 1 month pregnant...i guess am going to b a dad...can’t believe i just said.

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      niky2012 6 years ago

      hay guys i need i had sex on monday (january 20,2012)and we used a condom....but after we had sex again no comdon.....since then i have had headaches, period 4 only 1 day the spots, feels like my bra wont ever be fited 4 me, didn't want 2 look at food, and now i want to eat all the time, and sleep all the time...wat does this mean...? plz help

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      Pitch 6 years ago

      Hey Jimmy, was wondering how soon after sex can you tell you are pregnant? I have a partner and a few days ago we had sex and the condom split! My period was due the following day, my periods are a little bit strange anyway but I have been feeling light headed and slightly nauseuos since! Please help, I am only 17 and my partner is 19, we are not ready for this.

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      keyshia 6 years ago

      i want to know how can u know that ur pregant if u dont have none of system

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      Allie 6 years ago

      Tested this morning and got BFN :( But I have done an updated cycle calculator and I am not due AF till Wednesday, so I tested 4 days before missed period. Doubt I would get a BFP this early as I wouldn't have high enough levels of hcg. Will be testing Wednesday if AF is not here. Thank you for your help :)

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      Allie 6 years ago

      I am testing tomorrow just to be closer to AF as last month I tested early and got BFN, then tested 2 days later and got faint positive, turned out it was a chemical pregnancy. Tomorrow will be 2 days from AF and first response are 97% effective 3 days before missed period. :)

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      James Paterson 6 years ago from Scotland

      Hi allie, I am afraid to say that the only way that you can be sure if you are pregnant is to take a test, why wait till tomorrow if it will ease your mind take the test today.

      good luck and best wishes.....jimmy

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      Allie 6 years ago

      Hey, was just wondering if you can help before I go totally mad! I am due AF on tuesday and my husband and I have been trying for a baby for 3 months after sterilisation reversal. I have the following symptoms...Constipation, a mettalic taste in my mouth, I had lower cramps but they stopped 3 days ago, I have also been feeling really angry one minute and then I feel like crying the nest minute. I am testing tomorrow with an early pregnancy test and I was just wondering what you think?

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      dezaray 6 years ago

      if i have pain in my lower tummy like criping but it gos aways its been doing this for 2 weeks and my nipples been sore and boobies are gets big and hefy could i be prego?

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      Laurie 6 years ago

      My boobs are sore my tummies tight, and I feel fat. My back kills, peeing a lot, I've noticed slight headaches. Aswell as light cramping! But could it be cause my period starts in 6 days?

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      My first sign I was pregnant was when I drove to the store just to pick up cake mix, baked it immediately, and ate it burning hot from the pan...the WHOLE cake - which was not typical for me since I watched my weight with the habits only someone with OCD can do. I still remember 10.5 years later - it was oreo cookie cake mix no icing :)

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      James Paterson 6 years ago from Scotland

      Hi again Lynn all i can suggest is that you visit your doctor, he/she will examine you and give you the advice that you need .....jimmy

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      tlynn2214 6 years ago

      I feel more & more uncomfortable as each day goes back is killing me, I've had a migraine & I sometimes feel sick what does this mean??

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      tlynn2214 6 years ago

      Thank you soo much, both of you. I'll definitely go see a doctor at a 24 hour clinic tmrw or something.

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      Shari 6 years ago from New York, NY

      tlynn2214 - sounds like you need to calm your mind. Go about your daily everyday and try not to think too much about it. Let nature takes its course! Usually when you want something so bad you start thinking about it too much and then it doesn't happen. Just calm your mind! And of course I agree with JimmytheJock - go see your doctor!

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      James Paterson 6 years ago from Scotland

      Hello again Lynn, I am sure that there is nothing to worry about, women often go through some of the symptoms of pregnancy when they are trying for a baby and have not concieved.

      I am sure there is nothing to worry about, I still think you should visit your doctor for piece of mind at least he/she will be able to help you in the right direction .....jimmy

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      tlynn2214 6 years ago

      Hi Jimmy, I'm glad you wrote back so fast lol. I am going to admit that I'm young. But me and my fiancé know that this is what we want and that we can financially support a child, it's my dream to have a beautiful child and I really want this more than anything. Am I unable to get pregnant?

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      James Paterson 6 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Lynn, if you have the symptoms and have had a negative pregnancy test then maybe you should take another test.

      If the result is negative again maybe you should visit your doctor and explain your symptoms to him/her it could be that you need some medical help.

      good luck and best wishes.....jimmy

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      tlynn2214 6 years ago

      I really think I'm pregnant, I have every one of these symptoms but when I take a pregnancy test it comes up negative and we've kinda been trying for a couple months and he finished in me every time and I was ovulating..Am I pregnant??

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      Keishla 6 years ago

      I have Tender Breasts, Tiredness, Headaches, Mood swings, Constipation, Faintness and dizziness, Food aversions or cravings i get all these symptoms but not missed periods i get my periods but i get them late especially now i got my period 3days later then normal i don't know what to do can anyone please help???

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      MOYA 6 years ago


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      tina 7 years ago

      for the past week or two i have been expencing light headed feeling and back pain what causes that

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      tgopfrich 7 years ago from Stettler, AB

      Wow and coming from a guy! hahaha Man when I first found out I was pregnant I had went to the clinic to talk to the doctor because I was feeling really sick and I think I might have the flu. He asked if I could be pregnant and my exact response was "well..iunnnoo?! Maybe??!!! Not..?" So he did a pee test, came back, I hit the floor in shock, came out with the little pee stick thing in my hand walked up to my husband with a crying/smirk on my face and I showed him the stick. And he said..."dddo you have diabetes?" So after I finished lmao I told him and here we are now with a 5 month old baby boy.

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      beverly 7 years ago

      hi!we are trying to concieve a baby.I donnt know if it possible to gat pregnant after taking a pills.thanks

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      tectonic 7 years ago from Singapore

      Great write-up here .

      Somebody get’em a beer!

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      Microscope Functions 8 years ago

      Always a pleasure to come across some work that is useful, thankyou for the information keep the good stuff pouring in

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      Andromeda10 9 years ago from Chicago

      Jimmy, I am thoroughly impressed! You must have kids =)


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