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Pregnancy Symptoms before a Positive Test

Updated on October 11, 2014
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Could You Be Pregnant?

Hi I'm Kay. I work on The Misdiagnosed Miscarriage website. We are devoted to helping women through their miscarriage scares. Often women will message me and want to know if they might be pregnant either for the first time or after a miscarriage.

Well, let's see if we can figure this out together. I'll share what I've learned but would like to get your opinions as well. Please, take a moment to answer the polls. Together we should be able to help women figure out if they indeed may be pregnant.

Are You Pregnant?

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Top Ten Earliest Pregnancy Signs

Maybe your period is due any day now and you are just not sure if you are pregnant. Here are some of the common well-known pregnancy signs:

  1. Cramping with only a little bit of bleeding (if at all). This is believe to be implantation bleeding and can occur up to during the week before your period is due.
  2. Breast changes and/or pains. You might not even be able to have anything brush against your breasts because they hurt! This is a reaction to the new pregnancy hormones.
  3. Nausea. We all know about morning sickness. For some this starts even before the test turns positive.
  4. Exhaustion. Your body recognizes the new hormones even if you don't. You just don't have the energy to do anything.
  5. Dizziness. You may feel a bit lightheaded and won't want to stand up too quickly.
  6. Cravings. Suddenly craving some food you wouldn't normally eat? Yep, could be those pregnancy hormones at work.
  7. Your jeans feel tight. Can't explain this one. I only know that a number of women who email me tell me this is one of the first signs for them and, indeed, for my pregnancy symptoms, my jeans definitely felt snugger the first week or two of pregnancy and then felt normal again after that (for a few more weeks at least!).
  8. Crying or other mood swings. Feel like the least little thing is making you emotional? You're not alone. Mood swings are a common early pregnancy sign.
  9. Headache. Some women have slight headaches in the days before their pregnancy test turns positive.
  10. The most obvious: You haven't had your period. Time to take a test!

Poll: If You Have Been Pregnant....

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...what was your first sign of pregnancy?

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Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain -- your life will never be the same

— Catherine Jones

Another Poll

How many of these symptoms did you have before you had a positive pregnancy test?

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"You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment"

— Dave Barry

If you have been pregnant more than once, were your early pregnancy symptoms (before the positive pregnancy test) the same for each pregnancy?

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Is It Time to Take that Test?

The best recommendation for women is just go to your local Dollar Store and pick up some dollar tests. They are cheap and, if you're like the majority of women, you're going to take two or three (or a lot more) before you believe the results. These tests are remarkably accurate and used my many women.

A word of caution: unfortunately, many pregnancies do not implant correctly. There is a chance, with these early tests, that you'll test positive and then will not continue the pregnancy. Until recently, women didn't know they were having these types of miscarriages and just thought they were having a normal period. With these tests, you do run the risk of finding out you are pregnant and then having a period just a few days later.

If you'd like to order tests, check out Amazon's selection:

Wondfo Pregnancy Test Strips, 25-count medical
Wondfo Pregnancy Test Strips, 25-count medical

If you are trying to conceive and would like to stock up on tests, this may be the way to go. Many women say this test showed positive even before their missed period.

Clearblue Plus Pregnancy Test, 2 Pregnancy Tests
Clearblue Plus Pregnancy Test, 2 Pregnancy Tests

Test up to four days before your missed period.


Home Pregnancy Test Poll

What is your pregnancy test of choice?

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Early Pregnancy Signs on Youtube

The video is a bit dry but has some really good information on early pregnancy signs.

What isn't today might be tomorrow.

— Unknown

Some Popular Books on Pregnancy

What to Expect When You're Expecting
What to Expect When You're Expecting

A favorite among expectant moms.

What to Expect: Eating Well When You're Expecting
What to Expect: Eating Well When You're Expecting

Important nutrition advice. You want to keep that baby (and yourself) healthy!


Are you wondering if you are are pregnant? Do you have anything additional to share? I'd love to hear from you.

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      Kay 4 years ago

      @greentiger11: Well an early congrats!!!

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      greentiger11 4 years ago

      This will be useful for my wife pretty soon because its about time to make some babies!! :) Cool lens!