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Early Signs of Pregnancy: 12 Pregnancy Symptoms

on May 22, 2012

by Lucy Eades

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Think you might be pregnant? Congratulations may be in order if you have any of the following 12 pregnancy symptoms.

The more pregnancy symptoms you experience, the more likelihood you’re pregnant. So let’s go over some of the most well-known pregnancy symptoms.

Cervical Mucus

More cervical mucus

An increase in cervical mucus happens when your uterus thickens. This can happen almost immediately.

Implantation bleeding

Implantation BleedingImplantation bleeding – For women who are in tune with their body, or they’re trying to conceive, this could be one of the first symptoms you may ever see. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here This can take place anywhere between 6 to 12 days past ovulation and usually you will experience a little spotting and then color of tan to light pink.

Missed Period

Missed period

Missed period – This is the most common sign for women everywhere.

Breast changes

Your breast may feel sore, tingly or tender and this can happen as early as 1 to 2 weeks after ovulation.

Fatigue and tiredness

This may happen as early as 1 week after ovulation and it’s usually as result of an increase hormone called progesterone that results in you feeling exhausted.

Morning sickness

Morning sickness can happen at anytime. Day or night, once a day or multiple times a day.

Food cravings and aversions

Along with morning sickness comes food cravings and aversions. You may find certain smells turn your stomach upside down and into knots while other times you’re craving a specific candy bar at 2am bugging your husband to go to a gas station. Not that I have ever done such a thing.

Headaches and back ache

You may experience anywhere from dull to chronic back ache as well as mild to moderate head aches all throughout your pregnancy. However a promise – it’s so worth it in the long run.

Frequent urination

At about 6-8 weeks after conception, you may find yourself making more and more chirps to the bathroom day and night.

Mood swings

Now this is the one that you find husbands talking the most about. Unfortunately, there’s an increase in our hormones almost like a flood if you will, that can leave us feeling a little bit all over the place and sometimes it’s hard to know what to do with all these emotions.

Constipation

There’s an increase in the hormone progesterone and it causes food to pass more slowly through our intestines which can result in constipation.

Dizziness

Now this is a symptom that the majority of us don’t expect but standing for long periods, standing up too quick, going up the stairs can make you feel a little woozy and lightheaded and that’s because of your uterus. As it swells, it compresses the arteries in your legs, dropping your blood pressure, causing you to feel a little woozy.

You may experience all the symptoms or you may experience some of the symptoms but don’t rely on just the pregnancy symptoms. Always go follow though with taking home pregnancy tests. Until next time ladies! See you later. Bye!
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Lucy is a mother of three, who’s passionate about all things AP parenting. When she’s not busy giving tips on keeping babies healthy & happy, you can find her blogging on her popular YouTube channel

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  • Diana

    I am on contraceptive patch my period is due on the 1st of October and I started bleeding on 26 of September and it’s not spotting its a flow of red blood. Could it be my period coming early or I am pregnant? I’m worried

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    It is possible that you just had your period as contraceptives can alter your cycles. But if you miss your period, you can take a pregnancy test after two weeks for a reliable results.

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  • bigbaby3301

    I have sex last week while I was fertile he injected into 2 times before ovulation and two times the day after this was last week I’m having cramps what is going on with my body is it a possibility I can we be pregnant

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  • charity ferrusca

    for the last week ive been experiencing almost every symptom that comes with the early pregnancy I was on clomid, and both me and my husband have a history of twins. I’ve been bloated like no other, hungry 24/7, very light head aches, and feeling extremely tired! also on top of that I have gas and a little bit of constipation, I usually have a lot of cramping and some spotting on or before the day of my period and today is the day I was expecting it to start, im confused on what to think about me being pregnant because ive been trying so long and my last singleton pregnancy was nothing like this I’ve never had constant clear to egg white liquidly discharge before a period and I’ve been experiencing it for a week, could I be pregnant and if so could I be more than one?

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  • Naa

    I’ve been taking conceive easy pill three months before getting married then brak for a month can I go back to take it and will it be effective because me and my husband are ready toget pregnant. Please help asap

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  • Mike

    My girlfriend and I had unprotected sex a couple times in the middle-end of September, and on Sept. 30 (Monday) she woke up with a small light brown blood stain in her underwear. She isn’t due for her period until Sunday Oct. 6. Without really thinking, we had sex on Monday the 10th because she wasn’t bleeding all day, and after about 15 seconds in, we checked and there was a lot of blood on me and her, and she ran to bathroom and wiped and there was a lot of bright red blood on tissue. She put in a tampon and we assumed she was on her period. Two days later she informed me that her tampon was WHITE later that night (Monday) and that she hasn’t had any bleeding or period symptoms since. I looked up what happened and found implantation bleeding and am quite scared now… We are both young, college students and not ready for a pregnancy, but I do understand that we made a mistake and have to take full responsibility for it. In your experience, does this definitely sound like implantation bleeding, or could there possibly be something else that caused the bleeding that would not mean she was pregnant? We cannot take a pregnancy test with 100% accuracy for at least another 5 days or so… Also, if she DOES get her period this weekend, that does NOT mean she is NOT pregnant for sure, right? She could still be? Thanks…

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    At this point, it is too early to tell if you are pregnant or not. Wait until you miss your period, and then take a home pregnancy test after two weeks for a reliable result. Also, look out for early pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, implantation bleeding and frequent urination.

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    The symptoms you have been experiencing are early symptoms of pregnancy. The earliest time you can tell if you’re pregnant or not is to take a pregnancy test two weeks after your missed period and first thing in the morning as your first morning urine contains the highest concentration of hCG.

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    You may go back taking to taking Fertibella since you and your husband are trying to get pregnant. It is best to start with the Month One bottle for best results.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    What your girlfriend have experienced may be an implantation bleeding which is occurs 6-10 days after fertilization although it is light pink to light brown in color. The best way to know for sure is for her to take a pregnancy test 2 weeks after she misses her period for reliable results.

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  • Naa

    I’ve already taken month 1, 2, and 3

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  • anna

    What if your irregular and don’t know if you’ve had a miss period yet? When should you take a pregnancy test?

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    The test is most reliable 4 weeks after conception, so if you have irregular periods, you can try taking the test 4 weeks after the last time you had sex. If it comes up negative, wait another week and try again.

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  • Jay

    Was on the depo shot for just under a year, and stopped it because of a break up. Haven’t been on it since, because I’ve been trying to loose the weight that came with it. Since then, I’ve gotten a new boyfriend, and we’re very active- I’m still not on birth control, but haven’t missed a period. Recently, oct 8th, I had my last period. Since then, a couple days ago now, I’ve had a light pink discharge, and have been bloated more than with my period. Also was extremely fatigued for a couple days, and a slight migraine in the back right side of my head. My next period is due nov 6-10th. Usually either a couple days early, or a couple days late. When should I take a pregnancy test?

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    The earliest time you can take a pregnancy test is two weeks after your missed period. It is best to take the test first thing in the morning as your morning urine contains the highest concentration of hCG (the pregnancy hormone).

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  • Jay

    So, I think I’m pregnant, but my period is supposed to start in 5 days (Nov 8th) I’ve had two cases of pink to dark pinkred spotting. First one was just pink, this time, almost enough for a period, but not the right color or clotted. Implantation bleeding, chemical pregnancy, miscarriage, or early period?

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  • Yadanar

    Last period was Oct 2nd and no period till now. It’s been 39 days, i guess. More white discharge but no tender breast, backache, or any PMS symptoms, no dizziness, no sensitive to smell, no abdomenal pain. Could it be pregnancy? I wish it’s not cuz I’m not ready for that.

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  • aimee

    Hi I started nora 9days befor I ovulated. One day post ovation my husband ejaculated in me.
    My breasts are heavy, I am urinating a lot my lower back hurts and I believe I had implatation cramping?? Could I be pregnant even while on the pill??????

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  • jessib

    I had my tubes done and 4yrs later I had a tubal pregnancy and they removed one tube. They said they’ll be a low chance Ill get pregnant again. Im 9-10dpo and Ive been very fatigue and been getting headaches/migraines here and there,also breast feel a little sensitve. I have 3 children but with them all my symptoms were the same.This one is hard to tell due to the tubal pregnancy i had no symptoms of pregnancy just got major side pains. Im.due for my period in 5 days. Can this be a pregnancy symptoms

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  • Ariana

    So…here’s my story. On Nov 5th I stopped pills mid-pack as trying to conceive. Had unprotected sex on 5th, 7th and 9th. On 9th I had withdrawal bleeding (lasted 5 days). Starding nov 17th, I experienced some light brown discharge and cramping. Also I had unprotected sex on 17th and 19th. On 21th (today) I took a test which was a BFN. Could I be pregnant and it;s to early to tel, or this brown discharge is from ovulation?

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  • markeshia howard

    My last period was oct 24-29 my huband and had sex 31, nov 3,7.started spotting on 7-14 my cycle is every 29days period suppose to start on nov22 now 9 days late experience white milky discharge headaches and gas

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  • anah

    my period is 3/4 days late im never late. ive had flu symptoms as well as craps and dull back pain is it possible im pregnant.

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  • Ciera Mccor

    I had my period on thanksgiving week and now I am having dark brown blood now a week later and I did have un protected sex and I am on the pill and after we had sex I took the morning after pill just to make sure I don’t and I feel dissy and throwing up but I never do and really tired but I don’t know why all this is happening with me and I was hoping someone could helping me
    because I am scared I am hoping I am not with a baby inside

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  • kizzy

    I am 4 days early for my period could I be pregnant

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  • kkpope

    Well I have notice last week that I was spotting and ovulating at the same time, and I notice changes, but haven’t had my period yet

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  • dregirl69

    OK I had sex on the 9th of this Month had my monthly on the 19th it stared off heavy but on the 3rd day was a brown discharged then light bleeding after! Have not had sex after but now my breast are a lil tingly smh idk could I be pregnant?

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  • Krystal Mora

    Hi I think I’m pregnant. See my period always comes on time. There’s cramps before and after my period. My period came 3-4 days late. I didn’t have any cramps and it’s a light flow shock isn’t normal for be because I have a heavy flow. My boyfriend had came in me 2 times and I really do pray and hope that I’m pregnant .. I have been getting back pains and I’m really hungry but the things I used to eat don’t taste as good anymore, I have been getting light headed and dizzy and headaches alittle. I’m always tired, I have to take at least one nap throughout the week .. Does anyone think I’m pregnant because I really hope I am..

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  • Thalia

    I woke up this morning to find out I had brown spotting fairly light with some mild cramping still no period though my calendar is always on point and says I need exactly 6 more days till my period arrives, me and my husband have had unprotected sex this month and the previous so I really don’t know what to think although I feel as if I was going to get my period have some pain on my thighs and mild cramping on abdominal and back area so I am debating wether it’s just an early period.

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  • bex

    I had a contraceptive implant removed in January then bled from 23rd Jan for a few days. I have been sexually active since and have been feeling tired, bloated, nauseous and devloped sore tingly breasts over the past few days. I don’t usually get these symptoms around my periods, is it possible to be pregnant so soon?

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  • Allie

    I had sex feb.14 with my boyfriend, ive been feeling really tired lately, i’ve been nauseous (threw up too) my back has been hurting, and my breasts are a little sore. Friday the 21st at nighttime i started have dark brown blood coming out but it wasnt heavy and im still “bleeding” could i be pregnant? im supposed to get me period today (sunday 23)

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  • sara

    So I just have a question. I just started taking a new birthcontrol pill about three months ago. And everything has been going good. Well this month I got my period five times. They were short and didn’t last more than two days but were spaced out by a week each. I have also had a white discharge from my breasts and a lot of vaginal mucus in between my “periods”. Do you have any idea what could be going on?

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  • estrana

    i am sort of confused as to me being pregnant or not and i just want to know , but i have missed my period for Febuary , today makes it a week and a day , being late . i took two pregnancy tests and all came back negative . however i have many sympthoms such as Headaches , Backaches , Nausea , Fatigue & Breast tenderness . what do i do ?

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  • marissa

    I found myself wiping and having lots of mucus when i wiped—now i am avoiding foods, headaches, tired and I hate the smell of cooked food, want only oatmeal or toast, wake up in the middle of the night—but i seem to have started a cycle now? what is going on? and my cycle is two days early but seems normal. yet i still feel all of these symptoms.

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  • Guest

    I found myself wiping and having lots of mucus when i wiped—now i am avoiding foods, headaches, tired and I hate the smell of cooked food, want only oatmeal or toast, wake up in the middle of the night—but i seem to have started a cycle now? what is going on?

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  • annyanna

    Is it possible to get pregnant by fingering? I’m a virgin and about 6 weeks ago was fingered by my boyfriend. He had previously ejaculated however had cleaned up before touching me, however I still worry that he didnt completely dry his hands. There was around a 3 minute gap between him ejaculating and touching me. Im so worried as I’m a really responsible person and this is the first sexual experience I have ever had. My period was around 2 weeks late that month and was abnormal- only lasted a couple days. This month i’m currently a couple days late however about a week ago had some strange brown spotting. Sorry for the detailed information I’m just so scared and need some advice, am I being paranoid or ..? Any help is much appreciated thanks

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  • victoria

    OK I have been on the double shot for a year now and my last shot was March 21 and I start my period April 29 but I on and off my period but the day I off I have sex and the next day I start my period again and
    Now am last for my period 6 day now and I been throw up for 9 day now can i be pregnant . But since I am on the shot is it hard to tell if im pregnant if the shot have not expired yet and I been fill in little moments in my stomach can I been pregnant

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  • nancy

    I was having pregnancy symptoms after a few weeks of having unprotected sex, my period, or what i thiink may have been my period came 2 weeks later then usual only it was lighter then usal and i spotted pink with some type of discharge the first day, which was very unusual for me because i never spot i just straighy on start my period which is always pretty heavy and this time was light and lasted a day less then normal period..im still having symptoms, hpt said im not, can it be wrong?

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  • jade

    Iam 34 years old trying to conceive…..my periods is never more than 2 to three days but very regular and accurate… this month my periods was due on 12june but it was earlier on 6 june..it hardly lasted 24 hrs…the colour seems normal too….I dont feel anything else in my body than this abnormal bleeding this month…can I be pregnant….

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  • angelica hernandez

    I have not strated my period for 2mouth and there is mike comeing out from my breast

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  • Pj

    I have been on birth control pills for nearly 15 years. About a year ago I switched to a new brand (necon 777) because I was getting terrible headaches. I had my period, beginning June 3 until the 5, as usual. But on cd 10 and 11 I spotted (not normal for me). On cd 21 I got a nose bleed (I have been getting small bleeds the night before my period for 3 or 4 months now) but I am not expecting my period for a week from today (28 day cycle typically). I have had some cramping around cd 18 and 19 and a little on following days. Several time I have got very dizzy when I stand up. I have been very irritable. I know I only have a week left to wait and see if my period comes but I don’t want to do anything damaging if there is a chance on the other hand though I could just be being paranoid. Any thoughts (also, just want to say I think it is great you answer individual questions!!)

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  • Jackie Hamm

    I missed my period its been 8 days in i took a test in it said i was not could i be having a baby or not

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  • mariataylor

    Hi ive had my tubes tied for about three years and we’ll ive been really tired and my boobs hurt but I started bleeding it was very light pink and lasted two days what could this be

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