As a mother, this author has firsthand experience with pregnancy symptoms and loves to share her research on all aspects of pregnancy.
Dr. Tami Prince, OBGYN, Women’s Health and Wellness Center of Georgia
When exactly does the first month of pregnancy begin? What symptoms should you expect, and when should you expect them? These are all questions I had myself, and I'll answer them for you in this article.
Surprisingly, most women (myself included!) don't discover when their first month began until they're at the doctor's office having their due date calculated. While an ultrasound is still the most precise way to find out how long you've been pregnant, you can calculate roughly how far into your pregnancy you are based on your last menstrual period. I will discuss this method further along in the article.
In this article, you will find answers to the following questions:
- What are the symptoms of pregnancy in the first month?
- What if I don't have any symptoms?
- How many weeks pregnant am I?
- When does the first month of pregnancy begin?
- How can I be sure if I'm pregnant?
Symptoms of Pregnancy in the First Month
It's quite common to begin experiencing symptoms during your first month of pregnancy. However, as many early pregnancy symptoms are very similar to pre-menstrual symptoms, it is sometimes impossible to tell the difference. Though you will want to know sooner, the only sure way to know whether you are pregnant is through a pregnancy test, which you should take on the first day of your missed period.
The pregnancy symptoms that you may experience during the first month are numerous and varied. In addition to possible spotting and a missed period, they can include any of the symptoms typical of the first trimester, as well as symptoms usually associated with pre-menstruation.
Many of these symptoms are caused by the pregnancy hormones that begin to release in the mother's body when the embryo implants itself into her uterus, which is why some women feel symptoms so early. Below, you'll find a list of the most common signs and symptoms of pregnancy after one month.
Keep scrolling for detailed explanations of the symptoms above, including answers to many related FAQs.
This is also known as implantation bleeding and usually occurs approximately 10-14 days after conception. Implantation bleeding is typically lighter in color and flow than a normal period, though it's still easy to mistake one for the other. While spotting early in pregnancy isn’t unusual, you should still call your doctor if you experience this symptom. Even if it’s nothing (and often it isn’t) it can be a sign that something abnormal is going on with your pregnancy.
Can two periods in a month mean pregnancy?
Not necessarily. Having two periods in one month can happen for a variety of reasons, so don’t automatically assume you’re pregnant based on this alone. The average menstrual cycle should happen every 21 to 35 days and last from 2 to 7 days. If your periods are closer to the two-day range, you could easily get your period twice in a month (as if once wasn’t bad enough!). It all comes down to knowing yourself and knowing your cycle, as this will help you recognize if something doesn’t feel right.
In addition to being pregnant, here are a few other reasons you might get your period twice in one month:
- You forgot to take your birth control.
- You have fibroids or polyps.
- You have an infection in your vagina or your cervix.
- You have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).
- You have thyroid problems.
- You have cancerous or precancerous cells.
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If you experience extremely irregular or erratic periods, you should visit your doctor to see what’s going on.
Can you get your period and still be pregnant?
No. You cannot get your period while pregnant, even if you bleed in a way that seems like a normal period. Vaginal bleeding while pregnant can be due to a series of factors, some serious and some benign. Implantation bleeding is completely normal, and some spotting throughout the rest of your pregnancy isn’t necessarily a reason for concern if it happens after a vaginal exam, Pap smear, or sex.
If, however, you experience bleeding at other times during your pregnancy, you should see your doctor right away (even if the bleeding has stopped). Bleeding can be an indicator of something serious such as placental problems, infection, miscarriage, or an ectopic pregnancy, which can be life-threatening.
When is bleeding a miscarriage?
When it turns into heavy bleeding with tissue or clots. If you experience spotting that starts out light and becomes heavier, especially if you expel tissue or clots, it can be a sign of a miscarriage and you should call your doctor immediately. If you are eight weeks of fewer into your pregnancy, the tissue will look the same as it does during a heavy period. If, however, you are further along in your pregnancy, you may bleed more heavily and see the fetus and placenta.
Some women fail to realize that they have missed their periods because they mistake spotting for their menstrual cycles. This can sometimes lead to confusion with their due dates. If the bleeding is very light, you may have missed your period and be experiencing implantation bleeding. However, for women with irregular menstrual cycles or very light flows, this symptom may be misleading. For many women, a missed period is often the first noticeable symptom.
Are pregnancy symptoms different before and after your missed period?
Nope, they’re pretty much the same. Your symptoms won’t change much in the weeks immediately before and after your missed period.
This can also be a rather confusing symptom, but it may be more extreme than normal tenderness that develops before your period. This is because early pregnancy spurs a massive release of hormones that can cause breast soreness while your body adjusts to the changes. You might also notice visible veins on your breasts and your nipples becoming darker.
What does breast tenderness feel like in early pregnancy?
A lot like PMS. In the first few months of your pregnancy, your breasts can feel sore, swollen, and tender to the touch, as well as fuller and heavier. Unlike with PMS, however, this sensitivity can last for a good while as your progesterone levels continue to rise.
Is nipple soreness an early pregnancy sign?
It can be. Then again, pregnancy- and PMS-related nipple soreness can often seem quite similar. If your nipples are tender for more than a week, and this symptom is coupled with any of the others on this list, it may be worth taking a pregnancy test.
Are darker nipples a sign I might be pregnant?
Quite possibly. The darkening of your nipples—also known as melasma—is a slightly more noticeable sign (depending on your complexion). Darkening can also occur on the linea alba (the vertical line between the navel and pelvis) to become the linea nigra, as well as on the face (chloasma). This darkening is due to the increased production of melanin by the placenta. Women with darker complexions might not notice this until about 10 weeks into their pregnancy.
Some women experience mild, intermittent cramps during the first 16 weeks of pregnancy. Together with a late period, this might well signify pregnancy, though of course, these symptoms alone are not a sure indicator.
Does cramping mean miscarriage?
Not necessarily. Cramping may occur periodically throughout your entire pregnancy due to the stretching of the ligaments below the abdomen to make room for the growing fetus. Progesterone aids in this stretching. Cramping can occur in the first month of pregnancy for the same reason. Abdominal stretching begins early on (even though your embryo won’t become a fetus until the end of the first trimester!).
That being said, most miscarriages occur before 13 weeks, so it’s essential that you keep a close eye on the severity and frequency of your cramps, as long as any accompanying symptoms. If you’re experiencing intense, constant cramping paired with spotting or heavy bleeding, call your doctor immediately. These could be signs of a miscarriage.
Heavy cramping and severe pain on one side of your pelvis could also be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy, which can be extremely serious. If you experience this type of pain, call your doctor immediately.
When should I call my doctor about cramping in early pregnancy?
Call your doctor immediately if your cramps are accompanied by any of the following symptoms:
- Unbearable pelvic pain
- Bleeding (especially if it's heavy or you pass tissue or clot-like material)
- Chills and/or fever
- Intense headache
- Sudden swelling of the feet, hands, and/or face
- Nausea and/or vomiting that doesn’t go away
Soaring progesterone levels in early pregnancy may cause you to feel sleepy. It also takes a lot of energy for your body to cope with the massive changes involved in a pregnancy and to support a growing baby!
How long does tiredness last in early pregnancy?
Roughly 12-14 weeks. Though this number may vary significantly from woman to woman, this is usually the amount of time it takes for your body to adjust to the massive changes going on to help your baby grow and for your exhaustion to subside. If, however, this isn’t your first time being pregnant and you’re taking care of another child, it’s likely that you will stay tired long after this benchmark (potentially up until the birth of your new baby—sorry!).
How many hours of sleep do I need while pregnant?
10-13 hours. The National Institute of Health recommends that pregnant women get a few more hours of sleep than they normally would, be that in one single stretch or broken up into a night of sleep and several naps during the day. No matter what, while pregnant, it’s important to schedule your sleep just as you’d schedule any other part of your day. This will ensure that you’re getting enough rest, even though many women report feeling exhausted even after 10+ hours of sleep in early pregnancy.
Morning Sickness and Nausea
Contrary to the name, this can actually happen at any time of day. This symptom usually occurs about a month into pregnancy, though some women may experience it earlier or never at all.
While some mild nausea and vomiting may occur, severe nausea and vomiting that results in the inability to hold down water and causes weight loss (hyperemesis gravidarum) needs to be addressed by a physician. This severe form of morning sickness is usually due to increased hormone levels.
Is morning sickness a sign of a healthy pregnancy?
Yes. A 2016 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked nausea and nausea with vomiting to a substantial reduction in the risk of pregnancy loss. BUT, this in no way means that your pregnancy is unhealthy or abnormal if you don’t experience these symptoms. Many women with perfectly healthy pregnancy never experience morning sickness.
This is caused by your kidneys working overtime to process the extra blood a pregnant body generates. The pregnancy hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) boosts blood flow in the pelvic area, which also causes frequent urination. Later on, the same symptom will be caused by the baby putting pressure on your bladder.
Can I prevent frequent urination during pregnancy?
Sort of. While there’s nothing you can do to keep from peeing more than usual while pregnant, there are certain tricks that will help keep that number down to a minimum. Here are the top few:
- Lean forward when you pee to completely empty your bladder.
- Try “double-voiding” (peeing and then peeing again).
- Don’t drink before bed (or at least limit your fluid intake before bedtime).
- Ditch diuretics like caffeine.
While these strategies can be helpful, it’s important to remember not to reduce your fluid intake while pregnant. Voluntarily dehydrating yourself will only deprive your body of much-needed fluids and increase your chances of getting a UTI.
When should I see a doctor about frequent urination during pregnancy?
If you feel like you always need to pee. While peeing frequently is absolutely normal throughout your pregnancy, if you still feel like you need to pee even right after you’ve peed, you may have a UTI and will need treatment from your doctor. Other signs of a potential UTI are urination with pain, burning, or blood, as well as increased urine odor.
Other signs and symptoms of pregnancy in the first month:
- Mood Swings: Since these are typical of PMS, they are often not recognised as a pregnancy sign.
- Food Cravings and Aversions: Most people have heard about food cravings in pregnancy; foods you've always loved might also suddenly become repulsive to you and vice versa. Like most other pregnancy symptoms, this symptom is caused by changing hormone levels.
- Bloating: Often, hormonal changes in early pregnancy can make you feel bloated. Since this is typical of a normal period, however, it can be hard to tell if this is a normal part of your menstrual cycle or something more.
- Headaches: There are many reasons for headaches during the first month of pregnancy; stress may be one of them, but hormones and the increased volume of blood caused by pregnancy can also be factors.
- Heartburn: In early pregnancy, this is thought to be caused by the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the uterine muscles as well as the valve between the esophagus and the stomach. Later on, heartburn is caused by the baby putting pressure on your abdomen.
- Increased Hunger: This is often described as incredible hunger, and often lasts throughout one's entire pregnancy. Unfortunately, the old medical myth that mothers-to-be should "eat for two" is entirely incorrect. Contrary to the popular belief that this makes for a healthy baby, in fact, it does just the opposite. Eating too much while pregnant may cause you to gain excessive weight, putting you at higher risk of gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, backaches, and needing a C-section because your baby is larger than it should be.
- Nasal Congestion and Nosebleeds: High hormone levels and increased blood production can cause swelling and drying in your nose's mucous membranes. This can lead to a stuffy or runny nose and frequent nosebleeds. For the same reasons, you may also experience bleeding gums during pregnancy.
- Constipation: This is also caused by progesterone. Though this muscle-relaxing hormone comes in handy when you're giving birth, it can be a pain when it acts on intestinal muscles and slows things down a little too much.
- Feeling Faint: Faintness is another side effect of progesterone, which can also relax your blood vessels, causing blood pressure to drop and dizziness to occur.
- Backache: Back pain, particularly in the lumbar regions, is another possible negative side effect of the pesky hormones progesterone and relaxin, both of which can loosen the ligaments around your pelvis and lead to instability and pain. Relaxin can affect the spine as well, which only makes matters worse. On top of these hormonal changes, the change in your posture and shift in your center of gravity during pregnancy are other common culprits of back pain. The additional weight of your growing baby also increases pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in the surrounding areas such as your back and pelvis.
- Thrush (a.k.a. Yeast Infection): This is an unfortunate symptom, brought about by pregnancy hormones altering the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina. For some women, this is a very early pregnancy sign.
- Heightened Sense of Smell: This symptom is less common and is poorly understood. One theory for increased olfactory sensibility is hormones (again!), though this time, estrogen seems to be the most likely culprit.
- Excessive Saliva Production (ptyalism): This is usually due to heartburn, nausea, and vomiting.
- "Feeling Pregnant:" Sometimes you just know!
What if I don't have any symptoms?
Like any month of pregnancy, this first one differs greatly from woman to woman. The timing of that first pregnancy symptom also varies widely—both between women and between each of their pregnancies.
People have reported feeling symptoms of their pregnancy:
- One week after conception. You might notice some very light bleeding, known as "spotting," as early as one week after conception. This is caused by the fertilised egg implanting in the lining of the uterus. Although it is noticeably lighter than a period, people often mistake it for one, especially as spotting can be accompanied by mood swings, cramping, and breast tenderness.
- At the end of month one. Many people start to suspect pregnancy when they miss a period. This is often the first symptom, and by this point, you can verify with a pregnancy test.
- Months (as many as nine) into the pregnancy. Some women may not experience any symptoms at all during the first month. It is also possible to go several months without realising that you're pregnant, particularly if you have irregular periods. In rare cases, unsuspecting women have been admitted to the emergency ward with mysterious stomach pains only to learn that they are in labor. This has happened to someone I know, so it's not just something that happens on TV!
- At conception. Some women claim to have felt conception, either as a pain or as some other sensation. This is disputed by the medical profession, but who can say for sure?
What if my pregnancy symptoms suddenly disappear?
While it is not terribly unusual for some women not to experience any symptoms (or very mild ones) in their first trimester, if you had symptoms before and they suddenly disappear, call your doctor immediately. This may be a sign of miscarriage and should be seen to immediately even if you have no other symptoms of a miscarriage.
How many weeks pregnant am I?
We measure pregnancy timing by gestational age, which starts on the first day of your last period. This means the first way to guess how many weeks pregnant you are is to count the number of weeks that have passed since your last menstrual period. Since you are most likely to conceive two weeks after your period (when you're ovulating), this means that when people talk about the first month of pregnancy, they are effectively talking about the two weeks before you conceived and the two weeks after you conceived. So although you're officially "one month pregnant," you've only actually been pregnant for two weeks! Is that confusing or what? This means that though we commonly think of pregnancy as lasting 9 months, it's actually closer to 10 (roughly 40 weeks from your last period).
This strange convention is used because most people can't be 100 percent sure of their dates of conception, and this method at least provides a standard starting point. Though this will give you an idea of how many weeks pregnant you are, the surest way to know your gestational age in early pregnancy is to get an ultrasound.
So when did I actually get pregnant?
You are considered "pregnant" when your fertilized egg (which has already begun to divide) successfully attaches to your uterine lining. This process, which is known as implantation, begins about 6 days after fertilization and takes 3-4 days to complete.
Below is a video of how a baby develops during its first month. Knowledge of the biology taking place can help explain many early pregnancy symptoms, such as spotting.
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Although these are common first-month pregnancy symptoms, it's important to be aware that they may not necessarily indicate pregnancy. They can also be premenstrual symptoms, signs of other medical conditions, or the result of factors such as a change in your diet or heightened levels of stress. If you experience these symptoms at an early stage, it is a sign that you should take a pregnancy test. A positive pregnancy test is the only way to be certain without taking a trip to the doctor's office.
When is the best time to take a pregnancy test?
Though some tests promise results as early as five days before your missed period, they're most likely to be accurate if you wait a day (or even a week!) after your period. This goes back to that pesky pee hormone we talked about earlier. If you take a pregnancy test too early, your hCG levels may still be too low for the test to detect.
Remember, your symptoms won't last forever!
If at the end of month one you have already experienced some (or many) of these symptoms and discover that you are indeed pregnant, it may be a bit depressing to think that you still have another 36 weeks to go! However, be assured that some of these symptoms, particularly morning sickness, mood swings, and tiredness, should gradually ease off by the beginning of your second trimester. In fact, the second trimester is usually a time of renewed energy and a general feeling of wellbeing.
Even if that's not the case for you, pregnancy doesn't last forever, and it will all be worth it in the end!
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Asma Shaikh from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India on April 12, 2015:
great article...well demonstrated
Jennifer 2015 from Seattle, Washington on April 01, 2015:
Rick Grimes on March 30, 2015:
As someone whose wife just went through this, it was a great read and I got a good chuckle at just how spot on this article is.
Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on March 19, 2015:
A great hub for mother's to be. Very informative and most helpful !
Natasya Solehah from Indonesia on February 19, 2015:
Thank you for sharing a useful thing, considering I own is in a period of pregnancy :)
Moon Daisy (author) from London on February 15, 2015:
That's funny! I've heard of partners coming out with sympathetic pains and sickness before. Lucky for you! (But not him.. lol)
Cynthia Hoover from Newton, West Virginia on February 15, 2015:
It did! Other than missing my monthly I had no signs. It took two months to get a positive test too! My fiancé had all my morning sickness lol.
Moon Daisy (author) from London on February 14, 2015:
Hmm, you were lucky Cynthia. I bet it made you wonder sometimes if you were really pregnant! Just goes to show how different we all are. Thanks a lot for your comment and your kind words.
Cynthia Hoover from Newton, West Virginia on February 13, 2015:
Great article! I was one of the lucky few. other than swollen ankles and getting huge I never had pregnancy symptoms. It was a bit of a joke at my OBs office, they called me "super Mom".
Moon Daisy (author) from London on March 15, 2014:
Hi slamjam, I'm sorry about your grandma. Stress can have all sorts of crazy effects, and can throw your hormones right off course. But if you've had unprotected sex then there is always the possibility that you might be pregnant. The only way to find out is to take another test. I hope you get the result that you're hoping for, and that you can talk to your step mom or you have some other support if you need it.
slamjam on March 14, 2014:
I am 21 and had regular periods for the majority of 2013 menstruation by the 23 of each month. In November found out my grandmother who I lived with had cancer. Very stressful time. So by January 23 I had my period six days. February 9 my grandma passed away I started period again on February 10 with light cramping no breast pain as usual. Thought to be from stress. Well I again had a period on February 27 to March 4 no cramps no breast pain at all. March 6 to present extremely tender breast and bold veins. Sleeping excessively and fighting to stay awake at work. Constipation and crazy hunger. Headaches and just plain winded. I took a pregnancy test a week ago but it was negative. I really think it's stress but my step mom out of the blue asked if I was pregnant the other day. Can stress really have this much of an impact?
arshiacom on November 26, 2013:
thanks mono daisy.. the article was very informative..
Moon Daisy (author) from London on September 22, 2013:
Sim Allen from US on June 04, 2013:
Very Nicely Explained about early Pregnancy symptoms, good article..
Moon Daisy (author) from London on September 22, 2012:
You're very welcome poojabrij. Thank you for your kind comment.
poojabrij on September 07, 2012:
thanku for giving ths important information.Really i need ths.Thanxxxx a lot......
Moon Daisy (author) from London on August 03, 2012:
Thank you for your kind comment PurpleHubs. I'm glad your friend found it useful.
Arun Kumar from United Kingdom on August 02, 2012:
Thank you very much for this information. A friend of mine found it very useful...
Lindsay on February 19, 2012:
I know this sounds weird, but every time I break out in shingles, I have a positive pregnancy test about a week later. I never met anyone else like that, but there you go. My husband and I are trying for our third pregnancy, (hopefully it sticks) and let's find out if the shingles reappear, lol.
nikki on February 10, 2012:
I felt it couple days after conception. I told my husband that i might be pregnant due to the random weird changes in my body like bloated, tiredness, increased hunger, light nauseous in the afternoon. He thought my mind was playing trick with my body. But now, after a month, the test shows positive. I wasn't imagining things afterall.
melanie 33 on February 09, 2012:
Wow...i am reading these symptoms..i believe i have experienced a lot of these symtoms. I have been gettn nauseated in the mornings n at night. I really am confused though, it has been terrible here lately. The other morning my husband was cookn eggs n i got sick....i jumped up and ran to the bathroom.ughhh...i have two daughters who r ages 17 and 19...i had a misscarriage too. So now im feeln nervous now though....after reading this, i just might be prego....thank u for all the info.
Mandy on January 23, 2012:
I had most of the symptoms but still didn't realize I was pregnant until I was 21 weeks. be aware if you have PCOS and doctors tell you you can't conceive on you own or that you cant have kids don’t always believe them because you might ignore the signs of pregnancy DOCTORS AREN'T ALWAYS RIGHT .
Mcbest on January 15, 2012:
Dis is insighful and informative. Thanks very much
El on January 14, 2012:
Another symptom not mentioned is excessive saliva. Just 6 days after ovulation, I felt like a drooling puppy! And everywhere I went I felt like it smelled terrible. Another 10 days later I found out I was pregant!
Anna on January 12, 2012:
Just to note a mistake made to a coment 3 months ago: Implantation is when the fertilized egg implants into the wall of the uterus not when the sperm implants into the egg-the coming together of egg and sperm is fertilization.
Jannifer on January 12, 2012:
Ur words r ray of hope 2 many women like us thank u great work
akhtar kamal on December 27, 2011:
really this is very very informative specially for young mother and as well as who are gone be first mother and father.
mammaof 3 on December 27, 2011:
I have been prego 3 times and with the 3rd I was breastfeeding and had extremely sore nipples and cramping while feeding....found out a few weeks later I was expecting #3.....and am now thinking I am expecting #4 as I have had the sore nipples and cramping while feeding #3......that was 2 weeks ago, so will see how it turns out in about a week I will be testing again (tested a few days ago and it was neg. but it is still early).
Elly on December 23, 2011:
Thank you for all your wonderful advice! The hardest part of all this is the "waiting game" we are so anxious to find out if it worked this time... trying to read my body for any early symptoms.. It still might be too early, but you always hope for the best! :)
Moon Daisy (author) from London on December 22, 2011:
Thanks kelleyward. I'm glad it was informative for you. Yes, I've heard of the stuffy nose thing before. It could possibly be due to the increased blood flow, or from increased oestrogen levels which can lead to various swellings. Thanks for your comment.
kelleyward on December 22, 2011:
Thanks! Very informative. I also experience stuffy nose with each of my 3 pregnancies. Thanks again!
Moon Daisy (author) from London on December 21, 2011:
Elly, I wanted to also add: try not to worry about it too much or put pressure on yourselves. I know that's hard, but stress is known to reduce your chances.
Moon Daisy (author) from London on December 21, 2011:
Hi Elly, thanks for your comment. It's good that you've been monitoring your ovulation. Yes, if the test shows that you're ovulating then it's likely that you have an egg there. But there's no guarantee that the egg will be fertilised!
Apparently there is a 20-25% chance of getting pregnant each month, assuming that everything is in good working order with you and your partner (and that you've picked the right time).
Four months isn't very long to have been trying. If you're under 35, it's usually recommended that you try for a year before seeking a medical opinion, and if you're 35 or over, then it's recommended to see a doctor after you've been trying for six months. Good luck with your baby-making!
Elly on December 21, 2011:
Hi Moon Daisy,
I wrote a comment on here last night but it doesn't look like it went through so i will try again. I was on birth control for about 6 years and recently stopped 4 months ago ( in September). My fiancé and i have been trying to conceive since i stopped but have had no luck.. as far as my ovulation goes, I have had a positive reading every month so shouldn't my egg be there?
Moon Daisy (author) from London on December 20, 2011:
Thank you, I'm really glad that you found it helpful.
Izzy on December 20, 2011:
I thank you for making this easier on me. Because it's so hard to find all that information in one place
jayde_c on November 30, 2011:
im 21 years old and just found out i was pregnant. I do not have a a lot of knowledge on pregnancy or early signs of being so. This article was extreemly helpful.Thank you
ZayLeeMommy on November 19, 2011:
Thank you for this article. I just found out yesterday (11/19/11) that I am pregnant with my 3rd child. My period was suppose to come a few days ago but I was late and I took the test and it said positive. I've been having some of these symptoms around the time I thought my period was coming and thought that was the case until I saw the days were increasing and no period. Not even spotting. The 1st time I had sex with my new partner was Nov. 1st 2011 and today is Nov. 19th, 2011. Already pregnant.
pitterman on November 14, 2011:
i was 3 months prego before i knew i was prego
Moon Daisy (author) from London on November 09, 2011:
Hi Lohgans mom, you said that you were told you couldn't get pregnant before you had your son. And then you got pregnant, so they were obviously wrong there weren't they? It happens sometimes. Given that you can have kids after all, having unprotected sex gives you the same risk of pregnancy as anybody else. Plus, just after having a baby, women tend to be super-fertile. So it possible that you are pregnant again.
But it's also possible that your body is doing strange things because of the exhaustion of having and caring for a young baby. Wait another week and then do a pregnancy test. It's the only way to know for sure. I wish you good luck.
Lohgans mom on November 07, 2011:
Hi im 18 and I have a four month old little boy. I was told two months before I was pego that I couldn't get prego I hVe unprotected sex all the time and I had my period 3 weeks ago but now I been feeling sick all the time. I Lso have back pain but im not sure if its from the epidural is it possible that I could be pregnant again?
Moon Daisy (author) from London on November 07, 2011:
MRW, if you had your period two weeks ago, then it's likely that you are only just ovulating now. In which case it would be unusual for the symptoms you're having to be due to pregnancy. Like I say above, these kinds of symptoms can have other causes, such as hormonal problems, a change of diet or stress. (Including the stress of worrying that you might be pregnant!)
However, that's not to say that you're not pregnant. If the condom ripped then of course pregnancy is always a possibility. Plus if you ovulate at a "non-average" time in your cycle, then the symptoms you are feeling may be due to pregnancy after all.
But this is all speculation; over the internet this is all I can do I'm afraid. I'm sure you know what I'm going to say, but the only way you're going to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test. Wait until your next period is due and do a test. I wish you good luck.
MRW on November 06, 2011:
Moon Daisy, I read you article and I have 14 of the 18 symptoms. I just got off my period 2 weeks ago, my boyfriend and I did have protected sex the week before and then last week, the condom ripped both times(poor luck). I am only 15 and he is only 16. Could I be pregnant....
Moon Daisy (author) from London on November 03, 2011:
Hi Alexandrea, if you are in pain it's always best to get checked out by your doctor. But presumably when you were in the ER they would have checked that everything was ok?
Some people do have some pain in early pregnancy. I did have some cramping before I realised I was pregnant, and in the following month or so I had some pulling pain, (not the 'official name' for it I'm sure!) But this happens when your ligaments get stretched as your stomach begins to grow. I think it is reasonably common.
But like I say, it's always useful to get these things confirmed by proper medical people. Good luck with your pregnancy.
Alexandrea on November 03, 2011:
I am 18 years old and pregnant.. I went to the er with bad stomach cramps and found out I was pregnant.. My stomach has been hurting me and everyone I ask says they didn't have stomach cramps during pregnancy.. Is it normal?
sim on October 23, 2011:
Thanks,its really helpful, My periods are not due for next 1 week, but I think I am pregnant because feeling some of the symptoms given above....so..........I am waiting for confirmation.
Ashley on October 18, 2011:
im one month pregnant and i have had some of the regular symptoms but haven't experianced any spotting :/ x
leemz on October 17, 2011:
great info i just took a pregnancy test last night and it said "pregnant" yaaay! I felt I was at implantation, i paid close attention and believe it or not i felt a few minor cramps and said "yep that's the egg" lol but i still wasn't sure then the lower back pains came, and I took a test about 4 days before my period and the test gave me a veeeery faint positive to the point where I said "i think it's negative" then about 4 or 5 days after my missed period i got a digital test and it says "pregnant" so I think it's very positive to tell if you are pregnant before your missed period, or it could have been coincidence who knows
Enlightened Woman on October 16, 2011:
Thanks for the article. I loved reading it. I didn't know we could experience so many pregnancy symptoms within the first month, like lower back pain. This was very helpful. Tks again.
Meetoo on October 15, 2011:
I am pregnant!!! I found out the first week I missed my period!!!! I was shocked because I took the plan b pill and still got pregnant!!!
I guess when god is ready for you he is ready. This will be my second child my first is 8 yrs old!! I got pregnant 1 yr ago and miss carried now Iam prego again:-/ hopefully every thing goes good with this pregnancy! Gods will. Now it's time to set up that doc's appt.
Aliee on October 14, 2011:
I am soo relieved right now I was bursting my head trying to figure out when I conceived. But I hat 3 days of sporting and your article really helped me. Thanks a lot
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on October 01, 2011:
Moon Daisy, Great helpful information for expectant mothers! Peace & Blessings!
Moon Daisy (author) from London on September 16, 2011:
Thank you manisa. :)
manisa on September 15, 2011:
Moon Daisy (author) from London on September 15, 2011:
Mrs.SuabCuaj, thanks for your comment. The bleeding you had, especially as it sounds light, was probably the implantation bleed where the sperm implanted into the egg. This is very often mistaken for a period. It's funny that some people experience this with one pregnancy but not with another, but every pregnancy is unique! Good luck with your pregnancy, and congratulations. :)
Moon Daisy (author) from London on September 15, 2011:
Thank you for your comment mahua, I'm glad you liked the article. :)
Mrs.SuabCuaj on August 30, 2011:
Hi, I been hAving my periods regularly and also had my period this month..... I had also Been feeling so depressed, lonely and short temper!! I feel soo dizzy and almost fainted during a diet in the morning...after my period stop and after 3 days again I start to have spotting and i was scaryed and shock!!! So I went to buy a PT to check and it was positive I couldn't believe it because I have my periods regularly and in the beginning of the month I check and it was negative.... It's so weird and Also with my first kid I would of notice because of my missed period.
moneycop from JABALPUR on August 15, 2011:
they way you presented the entire knowledge is amazing and very useful.it will help a lot to me also.
dutchiegirl22 on July 24, 2011:
I can't be more than atleast 3 weeks along and I knew instantly. I have had almost all of these symptoms. I am sick in the mornings and at night. My back has hurt more than ever. My stomach cramps at random for a long time. Food I onces liked doesn't taste the same or sot right with my stomach. I have had diarrhea. I can't really eat or I get sick. My breats have been very tender. More the nipples than anything else. I can't walk around or do anything simple with out being tired. Its crazy how much your body can change in just a few weeks.
Claude Brennan on July 09, 2011:
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Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on July 08, 2011:
For child #3 I had symptoms very early on, perhaps one week pregnant. One night I fainted (thought it was from heat) and woke up the next day starving for waffles. I did not need a pregnancy test to know a new little person was on the way.
Moon Daisy (author) from London on June 29, 2011:
Thanks for your comment ciranoushj. I just re-viewed the video after I read your comment, it is amazing isn't it? So much is happening yet you're unlikely to feel a thing! Thank you for visiting my hub.
ciranoushj on June 28, 2011:
The "first month of pregnancy" video you have in this hub is amazing. Just thinking about that happening inside my body the two times I have been pregnant is, well, kind of mind-boggling. Great hub.
Surfraz from India on April 12, 2011:
Emma from Houston TX on March 31, 2011:
Valuable article you actually shared in here which am also of the believe that healthy body brings about a healthy pregnancy.Thanks for this interesting stuff.
Ikeji Chinweuba from Nigeria on March 31, 2011:
Nice and interesting piece of information you really shared here.Yeah, I've also come to notice and realize that what you said in here about conception is exertly true about want it is because it has really happened to me ,immediately after my partner ejaculated,i felt a sharp sensation which is very usual.That was when i noticed i was ovulating.Thanks for this great teaching because till now i never understood what actually happened to me .
kuki on March 16, 2011:
thank you for all the information and all the people comment's here
Was the light bleeding but i didn't give attention i just make the taste i found that i am pregnant.
connie on February 03, 2011:
that light bleeding was what let me know everytime.
Jessica on December 31, 2010:
I loved this article,
I'm almost positive im pregnant, and reading this site helped me to know what to expect. I'm taking the test soon, wish me luck!
Moon Daisy (author) from London on September 15, 2010:
If you're having pregnancy symptoms and are getting spotting at this time, then it's possible you might be pregnant, but the only way to know for sure is to do a pregnancy test.
shannon on September 15, 2010:
hi, i've been having a lot of these symptoms and believe i could pregnant. I started getting dark red and brown spotting a week before i was due to come on my period. Could i pregnant?
Moon Daisy (author) from London on September 15, 2010:
If you are a virgin and haven't had any sexual contact then there is zero chance of you being pregnant.
Pregnancy-like symptoms can be caused by all sorts of things, including stress, a hormone imbalance, or from taking medication. If you're getting worrying symptoms it's probably best to see your doctor, even if just to set your mind at rest.
Jade on September 15, 2010:
I have like a bunch of these symptoms but im a virgin...what are the chances of me being pregnant somehow? Im really freaked out :(
Moon Daisy (author) from London on July 17, 2010:
Thanks for your comment nasus loops. I suppose the missed period clarifies the implantation signs, which can be a bit inconclusive! Yes, I agree it's definitely worth it. :)
nasus loops from Fenland on July 17, 2010:
Thanks for sharing this information. I knew I was pregnant when I missed my period but also had implantation signs as well that week. Morning sickness/nausea lasted for about 5 months and then chronic indigestion, but it was worth it.
Moon Daisy (author) from London on June 30, 2010:
Hi jane favor, thanks for stopping by. I don't know where you live, so I can only tell you what happens in the UK. Here a woman goes to the doctor as soon as she finds out that she's pregnant to have her pregnancy confirmed.
At the apt. she discusses with the doctor which hospital she will go to to have her baby, and the doctor books appointments for her with the midwife and also perhaps for her to have her first scan.
I would guess that this would be similar in most countries, and would say that if you know you're pregnant, then you should see a doctor.
jane favor on June 30, 2010:
one month pregnant when should start to see the doctor thank you
Moon Daisy (author) from London on June 19, 2010:
Hi Carla, if you've had intercourse at the right time then of course it's possible. But remember, a lot of early pregnancy symptoms are also pre-menstrual symptoms. It's only after taking a positive pregnancy test that you'll know for sure. Hope you get the result you want!
carla on June 18, 2010:
hey i have been having many of these symptoms, is it possible that i can i be pregnant?
Moon Daisy (author) from London on April 17, 2010:
Hi shanthi.G, I'm very sorry to hear about your miscarriages. But I'm afraid I'm not a medical professional, I just enjoy writing about pregnancy. I hope that things go well for you this time, and that your doctor will be able to reassure you.
shanthi.G on April 17, 2010:
hai iam shanthi i got miscarrage for 3 times,now again iam pregnant 5weeks pls suggest me what to do,iam very worriod about my pregnency
Moon Daisy (author) from London on April 15, 2010:
Thanks w_elizabeth, that's really great!! :)
w_elizabeth on April 15, 2010:
two thumbs up for this... =)
Moon Daisy (author) from London on March 20, 2010:
Thanks for your comment Anna. I'm glad you found the article useful, and I hope you got some good news!
Anna on March 15, 2010:
Hey, thanks....I will come back here for sure! This article is helpful as I do suspect I am pregnant. I will come back and post my results, I am taking the test tomorrow....I want to do it now, however the stores are closed and I have no way to purchase one. Although they do say it is the best to take it first thing in the morning.
Thanks! A lot!
Moon Daisy (author) from London on January 08, 2010:
Thanks Daphne! Happy Hubbing :)
Daphne Blair from Canada on December 05, 2009:
Thank you very much for this information. I would recommend your hub to my readers. More Power. :)
Moon Daisy (author) from London on November 29, 2009:
Thanks for your comment Jevon. It's all very confusing isn't it, before you know? A friend of mine didn't realise she was pregnant for about 4 months, and had put her sickness down to a stomach bug that the rest of the family had been suffering from!
Jevon on November 20, 2009:
Before I knew I was pregnant I was having symptoms like headaches I attributed to caffeine overload and swollen and sore feet that I didn't have a clue what that was all about.
Moon Daisy (author) from London on September 27, 2009:
Thanks for your comment Anna. Yes, it's been amazing to see friends go through two completely different pregnancies. (And then in most cases go on to have wildly different babies as well!) Congratulations on your pregnancy!
anna on September 24, 2009:
thanks for the info i experience all the symptoms you have mention above but i did not have these symptoms during my first pregnancy,it's really true that every pregnancy is different.
Moon Daisy (author) from London on September 22, 2009:
Thanks for your comment jazmin. Congratulations on your pregnancy :) It's funny how women can have completely different experiences with each of their pregnancies, I've heard that a lot.
You were lucky to be symptom free the first time around. And I guess it's probably quite common to get more symptoms with your second child, as your first pregnancy probably took its toll a bit on your body (my pregnancy certainly did on mine - changed my body forever!). Plus nine years on your body is probably quite different anyway from how it was the first time around.
I hope these initial symptoms calm down a bit and you go on to have a smooth, trouble-free pregnancy.
jazmin on September 22, 2009:
i`m about 5 weeks and have bad lower back aches and pre menstral symptoms i have a nine yearold never had these symptoms before
Moon Daisy (author) from London on September 12, 2009:
Too true! Thanks for your comment Miracolously Pregnant.
Miracolously Pregnant on August 23, 2009:
Healthy body and life style brings healthy pregnancy.
Healthy parents bring healthy new born.
Valuable article. Thanks Moon Daisy....
Moon Daisy (author) from London on August 22, 2009:
Thanks genette. We have similar deals here in the UK. The major supermarkets all now make their own pregnancy tests, which cost about £4 or £5 for two.
genette on August 12, 2009:
u can get a box of 3 clear blues at walgreens for about 13 bucks just 2 give u a heads up
Moon Daisy (author) from London on July 18, 2009:
peenylope, thanks for your comments. Yep, it's difficult to believe that some people get symptoms in that first month. Unless you experience it for yourself!
peenylope on July 17, 2009:
when i was 1 month prego, i felt quite a few of these symptoms
peenylope on July 17, 2009:
thanks. very helpful