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Early Signs of Pregnancy Before Missed Period

Updated on June 19, 2013

Early Signs of Pregnancy Before Missed Period

"I just started taking the pill but had unprotected sex, am I pregnant"?

Just the act of having sex without a condom doesn't always result in a pregnancy. If that were true there would be no need for fertility clinics. So to clarify, having sex before the pill takes full effect doesn't mean you are pregnant. Of course, you could be.

The early signs of pregnancy before your first missed period can often be mistaken for the arrival of your menstruation. If you've just started taking birth control pills it's important to know that they normally take a full period cycle (approx. 28-30 days) for them to to be effective. However, even if you do take your pill religiously everyday, there is still a minute chance that you could conceive as the pill is only 96-98% effective. The problem here is that most people don't take the pill as prescribed, which means everyday at the exact same time, and this decreases it's effectiveness to approximately 86%. In other words, even if you take the pill every day there is still a 14% chance that you will conceive.

How to Know For Sure if You're Pregnant

Everybody is different as far as feeling the early effects of pregnancy. I knew I was pregnant just minutes after conceiving. However, until I had that confirmed by taking (several) pregnancy tests, it was just a hunch.

Actually, quite a lot of women intuitively know that they are pregnant before they ever have their suspicion confirmed by taking a pregnancy test. But just as many don't have a clue. What's important to remember here is that every woman will experience pregnancy differently. In fact, lots of women have a different set of symptoms with each pregnancy.

My symptoms, which were pretty typical, included a heightened sense of smell, sore breasts (as if I was getting my period), no desire to drink alcohol or coffee, and I spotted which, according to my mother, meant the egg had settled in for the next 9 months - she was right.

Many women experience these same symptoms early in their pregnancy, though you might have none of these symptoms, or another set completely. There's only one way for you to be sure. Get a pregnancy test.

Over the Counter Pregnancy Tests

It might still be too early for an over the counter pregnancy test to be accurate as they measure the hcG hormone in your body. That's a hormone that's produced when you get pregnant and it increases every day with your pregnancy. It's possible that at this early stage your body just isn't producing enough to measure accurately. An over the counter pregnancy test is most accurate starting a week to ten days after your first missed period. However, that doesn't mean you should wait to get yourself tested. Your doctor, Planned parenthood or something similar can offer you a more accurate test.

It's very important not to wait. If you are pregnant, the situation only gets worse with time.

Good luck!

Useful Links

You can read more about over the counter tests here:

Planned Parenthood is an excellent resource.  They offer all sorts of services to teens and adults from pregnancy tests, to abortion, advice and more.

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      Missy 23 months ago

      My period was early this last time I had it, and it only lasted 3-4 days which isn't usual. I feel bloated just about all the time, my brests are tender, I have unusual cramps because I had my period a week and a half ago, but I have the usual cramps around my pelvic area as well as in my lower back which isn't usual. I feel tired, I feel hungry but don't want to eat. I feel nauseous, and I want a cotton candy icy all the time. Can someone help? Please?

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      Vanessa villalva 23 months ago

      My last period was august 5th & for the past week or two my partners beem cuming in me its been several times . Ive been feeling nausea dizzy my breast hurt and are turning darker. I get headaches almosy everyday my lower backs been hurting so bad and about a week ago when i was walking home i thought white stuff was just coming out but when i got home to use the bathroom i noticed that i had a medium size circle of blood on my underwears. I went to the doctors two days ago to see if i was pregnant and it came out negative . Im still feeling all these symptoms could i still be pregnant or what can this be ?

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      Zee 2 years ago

      Hi, am a breastfeeding mother I had my period on d 18th of June n July it was 23rd, I'm having waist pain, always sleeping n am weak could it b dat am pregnant? Pls I need advice

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      becca 2 years ago

      hi,please I need help here,i had a miscarage since more than a year ago and ever since have not been able to get pregnant again and DOC says me nd my partner are good to have babies,pls help

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      t-kay 2 years ago

      im feeling tired ,nausea,bloated, missed my period

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      Elisa 2 years ago

      Can I do pregnancy test after 1 week or its too early?

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      orionginger 2 years ago

      Me and my boyfriend had sex last night twice idk what to feel like to get pregnant i want to have a baby but i hardly see him every two weeks on a Saturday help!!!

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      buccie 3 years ago

      i usually have menstrual symptoms like one week before my period comes but this time its coming a day to my period. could this be a pregnancy symptom?

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      nensi 3 years ago

      My period is 12 days late. I m feeling very tired and something like fever..back pains and leg pain. My periods are uneven. Could I be pregnant. .let me help to know plz.

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      padussia 4 years ago

      I have a friend who is having blackish spotting and had some tenderness in her breast one week before her period is due. Could she be pregnant?

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      sparklelynn 5 years ago from ohio

      Thank you for this helpful blog. My husband and I have only had one successful pregnancy. We have had miscarriages. Hopefully we get one more successful one. Thanks again.

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      edelhaus 5 years ago from Munich, Germany

      The fertilized egg implants itself in the uterous after about 4-5 days.

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      Vandy24 5 years ago

      Symptoms given r very much right n helpful..i want to knw after how many days of intercourse the embryo gets settled in d uterus..

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      edelhaus 5 years ago from Munich, Germany

      Hi shini, I strongly suggest you get yourself to a doctor as soon as possible. Pain is your body's way of saying somethings's not right. Best, edelhaus

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      Shini 5 years ago

      I had IUI on 8th Feb and 9th Feb, now I'm talking progesterone vaginally 200mg every night. But at my 8th day I'm having so much of lower back ache which I never expected earlier and my left leg nerve pulls a lot since from day 1 of IUI. Is this all because progesterone ? or any thing else? Please need a strong advice or help here.

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      Tiffany 5 years ago

      Me&my husband had sex a few times after my period weny off feb 4th I started feelng sick on my stomach and didn't want to eat nothing so I tired soup&crackers and threw it right up! Not due for a period till feb18th or20! Help!!

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      gemini 5 years ago

      i took a pregnancy test day befr my period was negitive but still have a hunch i am like i did with my first that i miscarrid in november , if its yourlower stomach like a stretching feeling possibly beauty

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      beauty 5 years ago

      i saw my period on 2nd december and i slept wit my man on 14th, i crave so much for food and i visit the toilet very often to urinate, sometime i have some slight abdominal pains. could it be am pregnant?

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      edelhaus 5 years ago from Munich, Germany

      @Mandy it sounds like you could be... you definitely should not wait to take another test or get yourself to a planned parenthood where you can get the help, be it counseling or medical, that you need. Best of luck to you!

      @Jasmine

      Frankly, it sounds more like you have a stomach flu but the advice I gave to Mandy works just as well for you. When it doubt - get tested!!

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      Jasmine 5 years ago

      I have my period dec 6 then i feel nausea and abdominal pain is am pregnant

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      Red 5 years ago

      Mandy if your already late you can test today

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      Mandy 5 years ago

      Me and my boy friend had sex and the condom broke, he didn't pull out and now I believe I am pregnant.... This happened not last sunday but the sunday before. Until today I didn't know anything bout what you exsperance when pregnant, I took a test and it said negative but I'm getting sick everyday between 8 an 1 in the morning I've been tired and I missed my period on the 28 through 2. How long will it be before I no for a fact if I am or not preg????

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      red 5 years ago

      Typo:^ My husband & I not stranger lol..lord dumb touch phone

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      Red 5 years ago

      My husbandstranger & I had been using the pull out method my cycle isn't due december 16 but Im feeling stranger every day My brest hurt & my bamyck bad & What's this metal taste in my mouth I HAVE NEVER HAD MM BEFORE This would be #5 Im thinking I maybe preggo AGAIN!! What's your opionion has anyone had metal mouth yucky!

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      blanca 5 years ago

      i was on the depo for about four years on it just ended on nov 23,just these past few days im having all these little symptoms of spotting and breast tenderness,and frequent urination..idk if im pregnant but with this article i think i am!

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      dutchiegirl22 6 years ago

      I never spotted is that bad?

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      sonia05 6 years ago from india

      great hub and very useful too. My partner and I are trying for a baby since the last few months. Any suggestion/tips would be of great use. I am reading a lot on preparing for motherhood and tips for conceiving fast. I am actually nervous also.I don't know when it will happen and when the symptoms would be known to me!!

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      edelhaus 6 years ago from Munich, Germany

      thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Kerry43!

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      Kerry43 6 years ago

      Useful info, and right on for most women. Great article!

      Voted up and useful*

      Kez