The Early Warning Signs of Pregnancy

Updated on April 20, 2016

Are you anxious knowing that it is impossibly too soon to have a urinary pregnancy test taken?  Well, pregnancy is one of the most precious moments in a woman's life.  Whether you are anxious with nerves or with hope - this is a great experience to learn what the earliest signs and symptoms are of being pregnant.


Due to the increasing amount of hormones in your body, and the changes that your body is going through, you will most likely feel more tired than usual.  You might feel more tired earlier in the night and not want to wake up come morning time.  During the day you might have the urge to take a little nap, because you feel exhausted.  Simple things such as exercising or running a few errands may seem like a bit too much to handle because your eyes feel like they are going to be wired shut. 


Usually - in between 2 and 8 weeks of conception.  Morning sickness can occur first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee or eating on an empty stomach.  Sickness can occur at any time of the day,  not just in the morning.  Some women are fortunate not to experience morning sickness at all throughout their pregnancy - while others experience it a lot.

To help stray away from nausea it is best to eat smaller snack sized meals throughout the day.  Some women say that crackers and milk are very helpful for this symptom.  Nausea should settle down once you are into the second trimester, that is when the body is becoming more adjusted to the changes happening to it.


About 50 percent of women experience unusual food cravings during the course of their pregnancy.  Cravings are completely normal and it is your bodies way of saying, "Hey!, I am working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide a healthy baby for you, now give me something to eat!"  Some women experience cravings for sweet foods, salty foods, spicy foods, and even fatty foods.  Scientists say that cravings could also be a way of alarming the body that it needs certain nutrients.  Some women experience the craving for red meat - and this could be a nutrient alarm for protein. 

Sometimes even your most favorite food during your life may make you feel sick or nauseated.  Food cravings may last a mother throughout her entire pregnancy.


You may be experiencing a burning sensation from the bottom of the breast bone all the way up to the lower throat.  This is a very common symptom during the last trimester.  This is completely normal in a pregnancy and here's why; during a pregnancy, a hormone progesterone is produced by the placenta.  A hormone progesterone is responsible for relaxing the valve that separates the esophagus and the stomach.  This relaxation could cause acid to float up into the esophagus, which would irritate the liner of your stomach ; causing heartburn.

You may not be able to rid of heartburn completely, however, there are certain things that you could do to possibly avoid heartburn such as ; not eating big meals - ok, we know that you're hungry and you've been dieing to get your hands on a whole pumpkin pie.  That pie is not running anywhere - slow down and take you're time while eating, try not to consume so much, even though it is tempting.  Avoid foods and drinks that may contain high acid or citrus levels such as carbonated drinks, caffeine, chocolate, fruits and juices, spicy foods, and really fattening foods.  Try to chew gum after meals, this could help because when you chew gum it stimulates  your salivary glands which could help neutralize acid.  Also, try not to eat when it is close to your bedtime, lying down after a meal could trigger heartburn.  Instead, try to eat a small snack sized meal 2 to 3 hours before you plan on going to sleep.  Wear loose clothing, try to avoid tight clothing around your tummy and waist area.

Sore Breasts

When you become pregnant, your body wants to prepare for milk production for breast feeding your baby.  You may suddenly experience tenderness in your breasts and this is due to the hormonal changes that are happening throughout your pregnancy.  Some women experience even more tenderness in the areola area - and it is also common for the areolas to become darkened in color. 

To avoid breast tenderness it is suggested to wear a supportive bra.  Even whilst you are sleeping, wearing a supportive bra while you are sleeping can effectively help with breast tenderness.  Try to experiment with heat and cold, some women say that applying a cold or hot washcloth helped their tenderness go down.  Try to avoid certain foods like salty foods, fattening foods, sugary foods, and even foods that contain a high amount of sugar can increase a woman's breast sensitivity.  Exercise and eat healthy - I know, we all don't want to do it, but your body will thank you later on!

Frequent Urination

This common symptom usually starts 6 weeks into your first trimester.  Frequent urination is caused due to the fact that the amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy.  This means that a lot more fluid will be passed through your kidneys and would eventually end up in your bladder.  Initially, this means more trips to the bathroom for you and baby!  You may also experience frequent trips to the bathroom while you are sleeping.  This happens because when you lay down at night, all of the fluid that was retained in your legs and feet make its way back up into the kidneys, and passed into your bladder.

Simple ways to try to avoid frequent urination are ; try to lean forward as you are urinating - this could almost completely empty your bladder.  Try to avoid beverages that have a natural diuretic such as tea and coffee. 


As another result of the changes in your hormones - Tension headaches are the most common kind of headache and women usually experience them during their first trimester of their pregnancy.  If you are trying to stray away from caffeine during your pregnancy (which you should!), then a tension headache may be the result of lack of caffeine.  It is safe to take Acetaminophen over the counter - as directed on the label of the medication.

To avoid tension headaches it is best to avoid fatigue.  Take several naps throughout the day to help ease your constant feeling of being tired.  Keep your sugar levels up ; try not to avoid hunger or thirst, eating smaller frequent meals throughout the day could help your blood sugar levels stay in place, thus avoiding headaches caused by low blood sugar.


About half of women who have become pregnant have experienced backaches during their pregnancy.  This is a very common symptom.  Due to increased weight coming from your tummy, your back is working extra hard to help balance you as you are walking or moving.  This could trigger backaches because your back muscles are working on overdrive.  Another cause of backaches may be due to the fact that your ligaments are becoming softer and even stretch as your body prepares for your baby. 

Fortunately, there are several ways to ease backaches during your pregnancy.  Exercising could lower your risk of having a backache.  When picking certain things off of the ground, always bend at your knees and not at your waist.  Pull up with your legs and not with your back - this causes extra strain on your back.  When sitting down, make sure to keep proper posture - not just for elegance, but for the simple fact that sitting with your back straightened will help balance your back out a lot more - causing less pain to arrive later on.  Try sleeping on a firm mattress, also try to sleep with a lot of pillows to prop yourself up.  It's also suggested to wear a support belt and try not to gain more weight than is recommended.


Cramping in the tummy area is normal during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.  Cramping is caused by your uterus changing its shape and preparing to expand to provide for a growing fetus.  As the uterus expands, moderate to severe cramping will occur. 

To avoid cramping during pregnancy, try to stay well hydrated.  Prenatal vitamins and keegal exercises also ease the pain of cramping. 

Mood Swings

Must I type it again?  Hormones, hormones, hormones!  You body is being overloaded with hormones caused by the effects of bringing on baby.  You may experience a wide variety of

different moods such as being excited, depressed, or anxious.  Mood swings can be detected around 6 to 10 weeks into your pregnancy.

Try to avoid stress by taking it easy - do not worry about every single detail of every situation.  Remind yourself that it is all going to be ok.   Take the time to do a little pampering for yourself, because it's not going to last for long!  Talk things out with your partner or a close friend.

Increased Sense of Smell

You may suddenly realize that you now have the power of "super smell".  The lunch that your coworker is eating 20 feet away from you is extremely nauseating.  You're craving the smell of that BBQ that is happening 4 blocks away, and you can smell every single person that has had a cigarette that day.  Again, due to the amount of hormones - your sense of smell is going to rise.  Unfortunately, there is no way to help avoid this common symptom, however it does ease up.  Usually this is common during the first trimester as well.

Positive Pregnancy Test

Finally - we all know about one of these.  The best time to take a pregnancy test is when your period is late.  This is give you the most accurate result.  Once you have received confirmation that you are in fact pregnant, schedule an appointment with your doctor.  Enjoy the next 9 glorious months of headaches, backaches, nausea, heartburn, cravings, constantly being tired, super smell, and mood swings!  Remember, it's all worth it in the end when you're pushing.

I hope for the best for you and your unborn baby, may all of your children be born healthy and well.


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      Tasha 12 days ago

      For more than 3 weeks now I have been experiencing diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, heartburn and I’m always hungry! However I haven’t missed my period as it will be due soon.. But what if I come on my period.. What else explains having similar symptoms to pregnancy?

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      Kendall 5 weeks ago

      For a week now I have been feeling so tired, feeling very hungry still after big meals, I have noticed I’ve got mood swings and my breasts are kinda sore and kinda sensitive, does this mean I’m pregnant?

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      Marilyn 7 weeks ago

      I have been experiencing headache, cramps,nausea,dizziness/fatigue and discomfort in stomach.. Experiencing symptoms since 6 days..It has been 32 days.. My cycle is exactly at 28 days. But home pregnancy tests (3 times) are being negative and dont know wat it is

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      Di 11 months ago

      I have been experiencing headache, cramps,nausea,dizziness/fatigue and discomfort in stomach.. Experiencing symptoms since 6 days..It has been 32 days.. My cycle is exactly at 28 days. But home pregnancy tests (3 times) are being negative..

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      Ann 5 years ago

      Am feeling de signs of my maturation, but i aven't seen by flow. My partner didn't ejaculated inside of me, I did de PT and it was positive, is de PG test tube 100% sure, am i pregnant.

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      Chrissie 6 years ago

      im 19 and ashamed to be pregnant what will my parents say ??? im frightened and scared

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      gogirl 6 years ago

      I hope and pray that one day I will be that lucky girl to see those two pink lines on a pregnancy test. But I do know one thing, my breasts are so sore. My period should be here by another week and a half.

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      ershruti304 6 years ago from Shimla

      Really a nice and in depth information about pregnancy and its symptoms

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      brooklynn 6 years ago

      i am really late n sore breasts so i went n bought 3 tests n thr all this really happening?

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      moneycop 6 years ago from JABALPUR

      great post..good!

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      tasksgirl 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great article but do you have to call them "warnings" lol