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Earliest Pregnancy Symptoms Before a Missed Period

on Oct 24, 2012

by Lindsey Zaldivar

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Earliest Pregnancy Symptoms Before a Missed Period

Find out the earliest pregnancy symptoms before a missed period, some even as early as a few days after conception.

When most women think about pregnancy symptoms, that telltale missed period is usually at the top of the list. But, did you know that there are several pregnancy symptoms that sometimes show up even before that missed period, and some even as early as a few days after conception? If you are having a hard time waiting to see if your period is late or right on time, here are a few early pregnancy symptoms that you can be on the lookout for. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Elevated BBT

Ah, the good old basal body temperature again! If you have been charting and tracking your BBT, this one should be a no brainer for you! When a fertilized egg is implanted, your BBT goes up and stays up from anywhere between one half of a degree and one whole degree. If you are already charting your basal body temperature (you will need a special thermometer for this), you should be able to notice this tiny little change in temp quite easily. It is usually one of the very first signs of pregnancy, and can happen as quickly as two days after you ovulate. So, ladies, get to tracking!

Cramps

Most ladies think this is just PMS, a few cramps here and there. While you might be anticipating your period coming in just a few days, that is not always the case. When the embryo implants itself in the uterus, it can actually cause menstrual-like cramping in many women! You might also notice some PMS-like bloating related to the rise of progesterone and estrogen in your body. Keep in mind that there can even be some implantation bleeding 8-10 days after ovulation, so you might really think that you are getting your period! So, when you are experiencing what seems like normal PMS symptoms, keep in mind that it could be those tricky old early pregnancy symptoms after all.

Breast changes

Changes in the breasts are usually one of the first things that women notice as a sign of pregnancy. You might notice your breasts becoming bigger or more tender. Another early sign is changes that might take place around the nipple area. You will notice your nipples becoming much more tender, and the areola around the nipple will become larger and darker. You can notice these changes in your breasts before your missed period.

Fatigue

Fatigue is usually one of the earliest pregnancy symptoms, but most women don’t even notice it. I mean, really, who isn’t tired these days? But early pregnancy fatigue goes beyond being just “tired”. You might not be able to stay up past 7 pm, or maybe you fall asleep watching your favorite soap opera in the middle of the afternoon. Pregnancy hormones, especially early pregnancy hormones, can really take a serious toll on your body. So, don’t brush it off as just being tired… Fatigue is definitely one of the most common early pregnancy symptoms.

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Earliest Pregnancy Symptoms Before a Missed Period, 2.7 out of 5 based on 15 ratings

Lindsey lives in Roselle, Illinois with her husband and son Harry. In between keeping up with a busy toddler, she enjoys blogging about parenting, cooking, crafting at The Accidental Wallflower.

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  • Mommyof3

    Hi I’m 34 mom of 3 , I had my tubes tied. 1 month after my youngest was born 2012
    and my last period was sept 13 2014, was lighter than my normally period.
    since than . I started to get bloated , and my sex drive increased, my breast and nipples are tender , I’m bloated and tender above my pubic bone, to wear pants it hurts. My period is due on Oct 11 /2014
    13 days awY.

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  • Ashley

    Hi I’m new here.. So I have had the implanon for 3 years and it expired almost 2 months ago, however it is still in my arm and will be removed around the 22nd of this month (October ).. My ? Is can I become preg while it’s still in my arm , is it still working or no b/c I am ready to ttc #3 and am becoming annoyed with all the repeated negative hpt I’m having some symptoms but I think it’s just in my mind BC I keep getting neg tests and I am about 10dpo ( I got AF back quickly about 1 month after my implant expired… Any answers will be greatly appreciated

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  • StillTrying

    7 days before period, and I’m feeling light cramping and tender breast, not sure when to test I knew right away with my first pregnancy, the second one not so much I lost both of them and am not sure if I’d carry to term with this one, doctors have no answers for why it happend and said they dont start to worry til 3x I don’t want a 3rd time, I think it might have to do with my blood type(O+) and fiancés (AB-) what precautions should I take?

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  • Nikki

    Hi, me and my fiance have been trying to get pregnant for over a year now. Well i keep track of everything thru an app on my ipad due to the fact of working and taking care of my 2 year old and all. Well i am currently 5 days late never have i been this late. I am usual only a day late but never 5 days late. My moods are everywhere tho, i get highly frustrated easily like severly angry which is uncommon for me because i am always happy, i am a lil weepy, i am bloated but not as bad as i usually am by the time my period comes, my breasts are slightly tender but not too bad. I however did wake up highly nauseaus this morning which is unusual. Just really wanting some answers, oh and sorry tmi but i am having a milky white discharge

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  • Karen

    Maybe different from among you here, I dont wanna get pregnant. I mean it’s really too early for me and the sex was a mistake. It’s been 6 days after that night but so far the only signs Im having is a missed period (period should start 1st week this month but it’s been a week past still havent got it) although Im already experiencing few cramps right now and Im irregular so not worrying about this that much. I always have this “It’ll come anytime of the day this month” feeling ever since I became Irregular. It’s also holiday vacation so Im thinking the sudden shift of daily routine’s adding to why im delayed. I also have few trips to the bathroom to urinate but also I believe it’s because I drink a lot of water? Others.. none. No mood change, spotting, headaches, larger areolas…I keep telling myself I’m not pregnant but I can’t stop worrying. I think about the same mistake everyday and get paranoid so I read a lot about early symptoms of pregnancy and such. But this missed period is really freaking me out :(

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  • maddie

    Okay, so I was fertile the 27th of November & had sex not knowing I was fertile at that time. I got my period or I thought it was my period Dec.8 but it was light with like spotting the first 2 days then lasted till the 12. Lately I’ve been feeling really weird & pee a bunch & I’m so tired & after I eat or drink anything, I get this weird feeling in my stomach that I have no clue how to describe & it lasted about 4 days & I’m moe 4 days passed the day my period was supposed to be & my periods are ALWAYS on point with my period calendar app. Could I be pregnant? & what is that feeling in my stomach after I eat or drink something?

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  • nia

    I had unprotected sex 3 days before ovulation and during ovulation 2 days after I feel nouseous and sleepy and minor cramps and tender nipples.

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  • FutureMom2Be

    My period is due in five(5) days, however I have no symptoms. My breast would usually get tender/sore a week or two before the due date. I have also noticed that I now have a taste for onions, in which I have never in my life had a taste for such(yuck). My sinuses have been bothering me as well, it’s more on the right side. My ears are clogged(sounds like I am talking in a tunnel). First day of my last period was 1/4/15, in which I have had sexual intercourse 1/8 1/10 1/13 1/15 1/18 1/20 & 1/22 (YES I AM TRYING TO CONCIEVE..LOL) Is there a possibility that I could be pregnant?

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  • marilize

    I had my pms on the 16 but only for 2 ouers and then i startet this mornig but ietz not blod is broen that coms out what is hapining

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  • Jlucky

    All but one of my normal pms symptoms are absent could i be pregnant

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  • 456789997

    If I haven’t actually had sex and I haven’t missed a birth control pill but we’ve fooled around, could I be pregnant?

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  • Jizelle

    No symptoms 2 days before period, everything but pms. Exhausted, have heart burn, indigestion, have to pee almost every hour. Thick white mucus.. Ill eat then I’ll want something else, feeling nauseous.. Don’t know.

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  • Larhonda

    I had my period on feb 21 and now I have light pinkish spotting on the 3rd of march is it possible I’m pregnant

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  • Erika

    My lmc was 03/05-03/11 and I had sex from 03/16 up and till yesterday ..today my lower back is killing me .could I be pregnant ? Considering the timing I had intercourse …

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  • Erika

    Also , im 19 and I’ve been actively trying for almost a year and I had an ectopic when I was 17 so about two years ago .

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  • KatelynnRenee

    I’m 19 years old. I have 2 children.. I use have the IUD for birthcontrol. 15-17 days into my menstrual cycle I’ve been feeling different.. I had light pink spotting only when I wiped, nausea, light cramping here and there, tender breasts.. I was just wondering if anyone thought it could be pregnancy? I have a feeling I’m pregnant. Just shocked. So I went to the E.R. hoping they would do a blood test to see if I was or not.. All the did was a pee test and said that it was negative but the doctor told me he thought I was pregnant just not far along yet to get a positive.

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  • karabo M

    I am 25 years of age and have been experiencing cramps and i have seen a light brown discharge. I took a pregancy test byt i was negarive and now i see light couloured blood like my oeriods but and as i see it it doesnt look like my period but the pains are there. Could i be pregnant,or should i want and see if my periods do come?

    Im a also tired moat of the day and end up fallibg asleep at work.
    What chould be the cause of these symtom?

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  • Nehalvk

    Hi gals.. Missed AF for 7 days, neg hpt, fatigue, cramps, constipated, tender boobs and elevated body temp. History of pcos and cycle of 33 days since past few months. Please suggest… Getting exhausted end of the day!!

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  • leila

    I am 7 days early for my menstruation. This is my 3rd day of spotting the color is pinkish. Its very un usual for me because normally during mentruation its always a heavy one. Is it possible that im pregnant? My lmp was last march 29. Supposedly my menstruation should be on the 29th of april. Please help to understand whats im going thru right now. Thanks

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  • ann

    hi..im new to pill..im taking it for 7days for now and already have my menstruation which is supposedly come on 18 ..i was so worried is it natural..or im i already pregnant..because we had an intercourse 2days ago..please help..thank you ????

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  • CuriousSam

    Good evening, Doc. I’ve been ttc, but I’m afraid to get my hopes up. My first day of my LMP was on 28Apr, and my fiancé had sex on May15-17. However, my cycles vary from 28 to 30 days. Is it possible for conception?

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  • Bianca Moon

    Hello my name is
    Bianca. Ok so i haven’t missed my period but ive been hungry lately and now my breast feel fuller than usually. Im not sure what going on. I was wondering could this be early pregnancy symptoms?

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  • priya k

    before 3 days of my period i have bleeding is brownish and red colour. is not come flowly, i am pregnent or this a period symtoms

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  • Brittany

    17 days after period and 8 days until my next period nipples are very very sore help me

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  • crystal

    Hi I finished taken levlen on the 22 or 23rd of last month (October 2015) my partner of 5 years and I had a lot of unprotected sex as for the 1st time in to years I wanted it again instead of doing it because he wanted to. So as soon as I stopped the pill I have 7 days of bleeding then 10 days of sex two to 4 times a day but he came in me on the 8th and 9th day of sex but he cums 3 times in 1 go. A lot was coming out of me but the next day when he did it again the littlest bit came out. For the last few days after stopping shaving sex earlier this week I have been getting crapping period like pain in both sides and then sometimes just in my right side manly when I lay down but no bleeding as yet. I don’t no when I’m due for my period as I just come off the pill. We already have 4 kids and wasn’t ttc. Is it possible to fall pregnant when finishing the pill?

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  • Ann-Marie Flaherty

    i am day 20 in mense cycle i had sex 2 days before ovulation.i checked to see if my cervix is low and firm and its not it very high but have not had any sings of pregnancy.can i still be pregnant i usually start my period around the 28 to the 1st.

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  • Unknow

    I had my periods on 2nov to 6nov after consuming pill but since 17 nov i have noticed semi white sticky discharge is there any chance of getting pregnent or uts just the time before mensuration ? Plzz need ur help

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  • teja

    Hi! I’m very confused as to if i’m pregnant or not. My
    period was due three weeks ago (oct 3rd) but did not come. In the past couple of
    weeks I’ve noticed I have very sore and sensitive nipples, but not breasts.
    My breasts feel fuller though, which I thought was just premenstrual. I’ve
    had a noticeable shortness of breath and a little back pain. I always feel
    hungry even after just finishing a meal, I notice i’m already thinking about
    what to eat next. I had slight cramping on the 8th and 9th but I just assumed
    my period was coming. The home pregnancy test I took on the day of my missed
    period was negative. What do you think?!

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  • manjas

    Hi,
    The first day of my last period was on Nov. 1 and I ovulate regularly every month. I had sex on Nov. 10 & 16, I only had a bit of abdominal discomfort for a few days aferwards and maybe some very minor cramping, no breast tenderness though. Today is Nov. 24, is it too early for me to take a pregnancy test? Also could I be pregnant even though I am not showing any early pregnancy signs? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks.

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  • TryingHard

    I had a miscarriage post which my ovulation and cycles are inconsistent. Last month I was on 26day cycle. This month I tried to conceive and had implantation bleeding on CD25. On CD26 I did preg test and it came negative. Today is CD27 and I didnot get my periods yet. Is there still a chance that I am preg? When should I test next?

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  • Lanae

    I been off birth control since august of this month. .. didn’t go baock to get it refreshed I been having unprotected sex these pass 3 months and I got off my cycle on the 23rd of nov. And had sex the next day… had sex the other night also no I have no taste buds for anything sleeping alot… lazy… I got light headed one day… I been crampING for the pass 2 days.I been gassy for the pass 4 days . Is this a sign ?

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  • jenny

    I had unprotected sex the day before my period was due. I am regular as clockwork but 4 weeks on no period. I feel some of the symptoms of PMS, I feel irritable, weepy, bloated and crave chocolate. My breasts are tender. I did a pregnancy test 4 days after my missed period and it was negative so I assume the late period is just a coincidence. I am 50 years of age and consider it more likely to be the menopause and just a coincidence my first missed period should be the one after I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend. How long should I wait before seeing a doctor, just in case its something else that needs investigating?

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  • Lucy

    Hello,

    I had unprotected sex like two days before my period. My period feels normal but I’ve been nauseous since I started it. Is there a possibility I could be pregnant?

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  • Taylor Shepherd

    Hi my name is Taylor and I’m 22. My husband and I have been trying for two years and this month my period came 5 days early. It started out on the 10 th as brownish red and then went to bright red and now it’s like barely anything after over night. And usually I’m really bloated but my stomach is flat as can be. We tried on my ovulating days so I’m really hoping this is it.I’ve been pregnant before. Had a very healthy baby girl. Please help thanks.

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  • J

    What is the likelihood of becoming pregnant if the male ejaculates on/around the vagina, but not in? What if the penis never went in? I heard it’s possible, yet rare.

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  • J

    I am curious if this is a possible pregnancy, although I have been feeling bloated.

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  • Sonia Risley

    So it has been five days without my period starting took a pregnancy test it was negative what should i do now i recently had a tubular pregnancy and took methotrexate three months ago and i have been trying to get pregnetw ever since.

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  • thandah02

    I had sex on the 19th, 6th, and 13th…my last period was t he 22-27.I had pink discharge on the 7th with light spotting the 8th and 9th. I spotted on the 14th as well with a light cramp that didn’t last long. Is it possible Im pregnant?

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  • victoria

    Im expecting my period next month but I have bloating , cramps, some dzziness, and some sore breast , could I be pregnant ?

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  • charmaine

    missed my periods two days ago, and tested positive.. but went to a Dr and he cant see anything, am I pregnant or just a cysts

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  • Kayla

    Hi me and my fiance r trying to have another baby and I had my last period on the 867th and now I’m feeling very tired and hungry and my lower back hurts and I’m very bloated am I pregnant can someone help

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  • Charu

    Hi we are trying for a baby for last 1yr and i have pcod last month my doc advised me to hav siphene 150mg fr 5 days from d2 – d6 and follicle scan was done from day 14 finally d16 they said 2 follicles have grown nicely on each overy and I had a hcg shot of 5000iu and 20th day when checked I have ovulated both the eggs.now am yet to get my periods in 2 days.I feel very stressed what is the chance of me getting pregnant thanks charu

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  • Cat

    hello all,

    I had a miscarriage on 7/6/15 and in Nov 18, 2015 I had to get d&c done so four weeks after d&c I got my first period on Dec 13th 2015 and have been having unprotected as we do want to try for another baby. My breast have been feeling sore since my period ended and I had spotted light pink on the day I was ovulating (12/27/15) which was after intercourse but felt no pain at all. Well my breast are killing me today and it is 6 days before period comes and back hurts and I look bloated with small pouch which I am a petite woman and I do have two kids. Boy 10 and girl 7 yr. Could I be pregnant ??

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  • sarita thakur

    why before periods brest pain and stomach pain

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  • Rissa Guerrero

    PLEASE HELP! My boyfriend ejaculated inside of me twice, two days after my period.. ( new years eve ) he also did the following Monday.. Now I am getting a lot of head aches , nausea , heart burn , mild cramps , mood swings like crazy ! And I’ve been sleeping and eating a lot .. It has been 12 days since unprotected intercourse .. Could I be pregnant ? Someone please help me , could those be early pregnant signs?

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  • Rissa Guerrero

    And I shouldn’t be getting my period until the end of the moth

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  • jenna

    I had sexual intercourse 2 days after my period ended I have a normal 28 day cycle I ovulated about 7 days after that an ever Then I have sore tender breast which actually feels a bit bigger I also have experience a lot of cervical mucus an time Again mild cramps on the left side of my tummy my Period is expected in 8 days time but would want to know could this possibly early pregnant symptoms I am trying to conceive tho.

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  • Lizbeth Guzman

    I am about 10 days late on my period, having back pain, lower abdominal discomfort, and increased hunger, my last period was very light, and weird, I took a at home pregnancy test and it was negative, could I be pregnant or what’s wrong.

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  • manjula singh

    i am 26 years old. i have a miscarriage in oct 2013. now i am trying for a baby from two months.. i feel lower pelvic pain… my periods will be in 4 days. is it a sign of prenancy or a problem.. i am worried please help me..

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  • Samantha

    My husband and me have been trying to conceive for 5 months now i started my period January 12th and my husband and me started having sex everyday since I got off. It’s February 3rd and the past 2 days my breasts have been sore and sensitive and Ive been feeling bloating and a little back pain. But i cant really recall a time my breasts wore sore cause my menstrual. Is it a good chance it’s cause my period is coming?

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