Early Signs You May Be Pregnant (Before the Missed Period)

Updated on July 5, 2016

Menstrual cramps you’ve never had outside of your period before: (better known as “Implantation Cramps”)

When the fertilized egg implants into the lining of the uterus, this can cause some cramping. Most women don’t experience menstrual cramps throughout their entire cycle – usually just close to, or in the beginning of their period each month. After ovulation, it takes about a week (6-12 days) for the fertilized egg to enter the uterus and burrow its way into the thick, rich lining. Once this happens, a bit of fluid can be released into the body, which can cause some cramping. Typically this happens about a week before you’d expect your period (in a normal 28-30 day cycle), so it might seem odd. It can also happen close to the time you’d expect your period, so some women confuse it with their normal menstrual cramps. But, if you experience these cramps a week before your period is due, and that is abnormal for you, you may very well be expecting!

Unusual spotting outside your period: (better known as “Implantation Bleeding”)

When the egg attaches itself to the lining of your uterus, it can cause some light bleeding or spotting. Due to the massive burrowing it has to do to completely implant itself, some of the lining of the uterus (which is made of blood) is sloughed off and passes through your body. Just as above, this tends to happen about a week before your period would start. Spotting between periods is definitely more common than cramps between periods, so this can be harder to distinguish for women. Some get the spotting so close to their periods they just assume it is the start of their normal period. But, if you aren’t used to spotting in between, and your period is not due for more than a few days, it could be the result of conception and implantation!

Breast Tenderness/Fullness:

This is another sign that can happen very early in pregnancy. As soon as the egg is implanted, your body starts making HCG – the pregnancy hormone needed to support a pregnancy. The rapid increase of this hormone (typically your levels will double every 48 hours in early pregnancy) tends to start causing pregnancy symptoms, and breast tenderness or fullness can be one of the most recognizable early on. Again, some women mistake this for regular breast pain/growth before a period, but for the one’s that don’t usually experience it, it can definitely be a big sign.

Feeling Sick?

The rapid increase in the HCG hormone ravaging your body can make for some early signs as early as a few days after implantation. Feeling tired? Nauseous? You could be pregnant. For most women, these symptoms don’t usually arrive until after the missed period, but some experience them right off the bat. Feeling like you’re coming down with something can be a classic sign you are expecting.

Unusual Tastes?

Taste is one thing that can be altered pretty quickly in early pregnancy. Even before a missed period, some women experience a shift in their taste buds. Some of the foods and drinks that seem to have the most commonly altered tastes in early pregnancy tend to be alcohol and fruits. One’s interest in cigarettes can also change pretty quickly. Another common taste for some women is a sudden taste of metal in the mouth. This can all happen pretty quickly after implantation, and can be a sure sign you may be pregnant.

Now we all know the best way to diagnose pregnancy is by missing a period and confirming it with a positive pregnancy test. But, if there's a chance you could be pregnant, and you experience any of these tell-tale signs of early pregnancy, you could definitely be expecting!

Negative test? Read my hub on what to do to increase your chances of becoming pregnant for help!


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      Nikki 7 days ago

      Last weak I was having cramps in stomach but now from two days everything is ok

      Is it sign of pregnancy or something else

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      Nicole 2 weeks ago

      If you can't even talk to your mom about it Addy, you def should NOT be having sex. You're way too young and you cannot support a child.

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      Addy 4 weeks ago

      I’m only 15 so I’m super worried... my boyfriend and I had done it a few times in the past month, once he pulled out on my stomach.. my period comes every two months so I can’t rely on that. For the past 4-5 days I’ve been having really bad cramps, but no bleeding, no spotting and no discharge whatsoever. My breasts done hurt, but I’m super tired. I’m also anemic, so my constant migraines, fatigue and dizziness come with that that happen ALL THE TIME. so I wasn’t too worried about that... I’m super scared that I may be pregnant... but I can’t talk to my mom about it.. help?!

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      Annabelle 2 months ago

      I had 2 days of cramping 1 week before my period starts. My cramp didnt last that long, it was like 3-4 times in a day in a span of minutes. and that is just too weird for me. Hoping for a positive result :)

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      MeMe 2 months ago

      I really hate when people post "does it mean I'm pregnant" post. The internet cannot tell you if you are pregnant. Only a doctor can people.

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      Tiffany L 2 months ago

      I've been having lower back pains and mild cramps.. does it means period or preganat?

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      judith 2 months ago

      I have started bleeding today 11th November.and my period should start 15th.November.. and my period is regular(28)days..cycle and the blood Is very slight ..does it mean that am pregnant??

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      Sindi 2 months ago

      I'm worried plz help m,I missed my period last month so I bought a pregnancy test.when I tested it it had 2lines,BT de other one wasn't clear,after a few ours it was gone.does that mean I'm pregnant

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      Aquashia White 3 months ago

      I Haven't Had A Period In Three Weeks It Usually Starts On The First Week Of The Month Or The Second Week But I Did Not Get It This Month & My 6Month Son Crawling & Standing Up By His self & My Breasts Are Heavier & Darker .. Took To Home Tests Said It was Negative .. Now I go to the Doctor They Say Negative What Can It Be .. My Stomach Has Unbearable Pain .. Can Someone Guess This ?

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      @rm 3 months ago

      It is my 49 days now and i got bleeding, last night 48 days delay. around 10am i noticed pink and brown blood in my undies, after i noticed that blood, i experienced frequent urination almost 15x and the blood i saw stop, i dont know why, and around 12am in the midnight. Im bleeding. I dont know if it is my first day of my period or what? Is it implantation, i worried about it, cause i think its my mens. I also experienced pregnancy signs last 2weeks bloating, diarrhea, nausea, constipation, tiredness but when i took PT Its negative now that im bleeding i really dont know if i will try pt again, because im worried about the signs that i’ve experienced. Please help me.

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      Grizly 3 months ago

      Hi! I'm a bit worried. For the past month my breasts have been super sore and tender and I havent been feeling well at all. I usually get my period between the 22-24th and for some reason it came today or its just spotting? I've taken 3 pregnancy tests and all came back negative but i have some weird feeling I could possibly still be pregnant. Is that a possibility?

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      tee 3 months ago

      i usually do not spot in between periods but i did this time or had implantation bleeding having symptoms as well and haven't gotten a period yet its been a ween and half after spotting am i preg?

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      Stella 3 months ago

      I mensturated on 26 August and had unprotected sex on 8 September, am I likely to get pregnant

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      Lisa 3 months ago


      My period were supposed to come on the 19-23 and today is the 23rd and it never came since those 4 in the half past days..

      and I get cramps on the same day and sometimes my period starts on the same day...but today I got cramps and my period never came...is it a sign or my period coming or pregnancy?

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      harini 4 months ago

      Hi, I have a regular cycle 27- 30 days. I usually get severe menstrual cramps I the first day, which starts just before I get my periods the same day. Now it's a week before my expected date. And I am experiencing exactly similar menstrual cramps past 2 days which lasts for about 5 mnts. I have never got such an experience. Does it mean I'm pregnant. I'm expecting pregnancy longing for years... kindly clarify me.

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      Kini 5 months ago

      what does it mean when for 2 days spotting with back aches, cramps, mild headache and falling asleep and waking up almost every 2 hours at night 2 weeks after period. Period suppose to come in about 1 week or 2 .. am I pregnant and how soon can I take an pregnancy test ?

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      Leah 6 months ago

      HI I'm Leah my breast is tender and mild cramping on my belly ,,me and my husband do unprotected intercourse , I expect my periods is come after 10 days,, this is a sign??

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      Pinki 8 months ago

      Hi... I had sex 7days after my periods last month in April. I have missed my period this month,but had spotting a day. So is it a possibility to be pregnant. Pls help,m very confused. Thank u.

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      Shelby 9 months ago

      Hey I had my period March 10-15 and I had unprotected sex on the 18th. He came in me. I took a test 12 days after the day I thought i could be pregnant, but it came out negative!! I heard that's too soon to take a test because it's not gonna be accurate!!! I've been experiencing lower stomach and back pain like I would get if i we're about to begin my period. But my period isn't due for another two weeks... What should I do? Am I pregnant? Help please

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      amanda 10 months ago

      I had a craving for liver and Rice and when finish eating what i so wanted i feel like i want to vomit then i smell kool aid and my stomach was sick? Am I pregnant

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      Lakeshia 10 months ago

      Okay.. so me and my husband is trying to get pregnant again , we have a son . I've been having symptoms after he came in me the next day I had some light bleeding, I took a test 2 weeks after it said no so I'm thinking to my self maybe I'm to early cause it happened the 1st time. I waited . 3 weeks it still saying I wasn't ... but now I'm going through new symptoms! I can't lay on my stomach then I threw up today and been feeling stomach pains. So I'm trying to figure out if I'm expecting or is it just me , because I'm done buying testes!

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      Jacky9 11 months ago

      Hi,am feeling backage and my breast are very sensitive,my periods delayed for 20days then i bled 4 5days with some clots bt not heavy bleeding,now my heart beats fast and hard,feeling headache,backage and also heartburn and belching alot,i tested for pregnancy during the time was bleeding and it was positive,so plix help could i be pregnant?

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      Bridget 16 months ago

      Add Your Comment..please help I had unprotected sex on the 13th of August and i saw my period on the 19th but I feel different can I test for pregnancy

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      Ashley 2 years ago

      Me and my husband had sex about a week or two ago and now my nipples hurt and I have been feeling nauseous but has not been vomiting and now under my belly hurts and had gotten hard and now when we have sex it hurts a little and I missed my period can I be pregnant?

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      Faith 2 years ago

      pls I saw my period on 30th march and since den I have been with my husband. twenty days later I felt a serious stomach pain before den I have been having sore and painful breast pls am I pregnant?

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      Angelina 2 years ago

      Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex 4 days after my menstrual ended. About 8 days later I'm vomiting and nauseous, my breasts are painfully sore and now I'm having abdominal cramping. Is it a possibility I could be pregnant or is my mind playing trick on me? Please help! Thankyou

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      catnic 2 years ago

      please help so confused ?/ i had sex 2 days before pains of ovulation pains and flutter feelings still going? not due till 29 ? could it be early signs of pregnancy

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      natasha 2 years ago

      Hi i had sex a week and a half ago and he pulled out but now in feeling really tied my boobs are beginning to hurt and I've had pains down the back of my legs. Could I be pregnant.

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      keisha 2 years ago

      Hi I dnt knw exatly my cycle inJanuary I saw my period on 25 , february 26 this month i thought it wud be on 26 but I ddnt see anything am still breastfeeding my 6 months old me and my husband we had sex without protection am I pregnant?

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      mary 2 years ago

      Hi my name is Mary .I had my period fro 3 days but am haven headache everyday and my nipples is paining me .and again I do home preagent test but it bring out no pteagent pls what can I do again