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!


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 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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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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