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10 Early Signs of Pregnancy - Am I Pregnant?

Updated on September 09, 2014

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Things to Look for During Your Two-Week Wait!

It can take two weeks before the most reliable signs of pregnancy: a missed period and a positive pregnancy test at the time of your period is due.
It can take two weeks before the most reliable signs of pregnancy: a missed period and a positive pregnancy test at the time of your period is due.

10 Early Symptoms of Pregnancy

When you are enduring that endless two-week wait (TWW) between conception and the time of your next period, any little twinge can feel like a significant symptom of pregnancy!

Many women do not have any early signs of pregnancy before four to six weeks in, but many do experience one or more of the symptoms listed below. Many of these symptoms are the same as those felt with PMS or other non-pregnancy related reasons, so don't take any one symptom too seriously. The best and clearest evidence that you are pregnant will be your missed period and a positive pregnancy test taken at the time your period is due. (While many tests can be taken earlier than this, they are less reliable when taken before the time you expect your period. So if you do one and get a negative, you will want to take another one several days later anyway!)

1. Implantation Bleeding

One of the earliest and lesser-known pregnancy symptoms is a slight bleeding or spotting 5 to twelve days after conception, when the fertilized egg begins to implant itself into the uterine wall. This is known as "implantation bleeding" and can also be accompanied by some cramping that feels like PMS. Not all women experience implantation bleeding, so it is not considered a reliable pregnancy sign.

But wait! This symptom could also be caused by: the start of your actual period, abrasion from sex, infection.

Implantation bleeding can occur when the fertilized egg begins to implant itself into the uterine wall.
Implantation bleeding can occur when the fertilized egg begins to implant itself into the uterine wall.

2. Tender Breasts

This can be an early (one to two weeks after conception) sign for some women. Your breasts may feel tender, swollen, somewhat sore, or even itchy. Nipples may be sore or extra sensitive, and sometimes can darken in color.

But wait! This symptom could also be caused by: PMS.

Tender breasts can be an early sign of pregnancy.
Tender breasts can be an early sign of pregnancy.

3. Higher Basal Body Temperature

Many women take their temperature each morning upon waking as a way to track their ovulation when trying to conceive. Normally, your temperature will spike after ovulation, then slowly decline as your period draws near. But if you are pregnant, your temperature does not drop and in fact may continue to rise (sometimes called a triphasic pattern). These changes in temperature are fairly small, often only a few tenths of a degree, and must be carefully measured at the same time each day before you have gotten out of bed.

But wait! This symptom could also be caused by: illness or not talking your temperature at the same time each morning.

Keeping track of your basal body temperature can track ovulation and signal pregnancy if it develops a triphasic pattern.
Keeping track of your basal body temperature can track ovulation and signal pregnancy if it develops a triphasic pattern.

4. Tiredness

Feeling tired or more easily fatigued can be an early symptom of pregnancy starting as early as a week after conception. Your regular schedule, work, exercise, or errands may suddenly seem exhausting.

But wait! This symptom could also be caused by: stress, especially if you have been on the trying to conceive (TTC) roller coaster for a while, illness, or depression.

Feeling tired or more easily fatigued can be an early symptom of pregnancy.
Feeling tired or more easily fatigued can be an early symptom of pregnancy.

5. Headaches

An increase in headache intensity or frequency can be caused by hormonal swings early in pregnancy.

But wait! This symptom could also be caused by: stress, PMS, or caffeine withdrawal.

Headaches can by a symptom of pregnancy caused by hormonal swings.
Headaches can by a symptom of pregnancy caused by hormonal swings.

6. Nausea

Morning sickness doesn't always happen in the morning—nausea at any time of day can be an early pregnancy symptom, and often shows up between two and eight weeks after conception, although not for all women. If you have nausea or vomiting, try eating bland, small meals more frequently throughout the day. Many women report that their nausea disappears like clockwork at the start of the second trimester, though others do experience it throughout their entire pregnancy.

But wait! This symptom could also be caused by: stress (again!) or an upset stomach from illness or food poisoning.

Nausea at any time of day—not just morning sickness—can be an early pregnancy symptom.
Nausea at any time of day—not just morning sickness—can be an early pregnancy symptom.

7. Frequent Urination

About six to eight weeks after conception, some women notice they are making more frequent trips to the bathroom, both during the day and overnight. This will probably only get worse as the pregnancy progresses and the growing baby competes with your bladder for space!

But wait! This symptom could also be caused by: diabetes or a urinary tract infection.

Frequent trips to the bathroom can be a sign of pregnancy.
Frequent trips to the bathroom can be a sign of pregnancy.

8. Backache

Some women experience a dull ache in their lower back, sometimes even before the baby has grown large enough to cause weight gain or spinal imbalance. Later in the pregnancy, many women have back pain because they are compensating for the weight of the baby with altered posture both while awake and while sleeping. Hormones also start to cause a loosening of your ligaments and connective tissue to allow for delivery. This can lessen the support for your spine and increase your discomfort towards the end of your pregnancy.

But wait! This symptom could also be caused by: PMS, stress, or poor posture.

A backache or dull pain in the lower back is another sign of pregnancy.
A backache or dull pain in the lower back is another sign of pregnancy.

9. Food Cravings

Some women experience aversion to certain foods or a heightened sense of smell. Pickles and ice cream may be famous pregnancy cravings, but the array of food and drinks that appeal to pregnant women is as varied as can be! Equally common are strong aversions to particular smells or tastes and a heightened sensitivity to certain aromas (food, perfume, cleaning supplies, gas stations, anything!). A good pre-natal supplement can sometimes ease some of these symptoms.

But wait! This symptom could also be caused by: PMS, or a nutrient-poor diet.

Ice cream and pickles are both famous pregnancy cravings, but the array of aversions and hankerings can be vast.
Ice cream and pickles are both famous pregnancy cravings, but the array of aversions and hankerings can be vast.

10. A Positive Pregnancy Test

You can drive yourself nuts watching for the signs and symptoms of early pregnancy—of which you may experience only a few, or none! If you can make it through your two-week wait, a pregnancy test is the best and most straightforward proof that you are indeed pregnant. Pregnancy tests work best when taken at or after the time you expect your period. If the pregnancy test result is negative and you still haven't gotten your period, try another one in a few days to be sure.

A positive pregnancy test is the surest sign.
A positive pregnancy test is the surest sign.

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      ftclick 8 years ago

      The tiredness part was questionable until you listed some other causes Great information.

    • Chloe 6 years ago

      i've been pregnant twice already and i'm only 17 but i have an implant that has never really worked. and recently i had unprotected sex. and i've had a few symptons but i found myself craving mcdonald's and pickled onion crisp witch is watch i found my self craving in my last two. i'm really confused. :/

    • laura 6 years ago

      im trying for a baby and ive ahd some of the symptoms above.. i had a period 3weeks ago but it wasn't like any other. ive also noticed that my nipple is starting to peal is this a sort of symptom. im confused ive never been pregnant before and dont really know what to look for help! x

    • Jen 5 years ago

      This month I have had my period for 2n weeks my breast ate itching bad. I have been sleeping a lot and my teeth are extreamly sensitive, is it possible I'm pregnant

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      emdi 4 years ago

      Very nice hub. I have written a hub about a related topic which is not covered in this hub- gassing during early pregnancy. May be readers of this hub would find this short article about gassing during pregnancy, funny and informative

      http://hubpages.com/health/How-to-survive-a-pregna...

    • Jordan 4 years ago

      I had my period a week and two days ago, and I had sex on my period. I also have irregular periods and the past three days ive had very light pink spotting. I took a test two days ago but it was negative I heard I took it too early. Help?

    • Crystal 4 years ago

      A lot of women are confused about when they can get pregnant. Although it is possible to ovulate anytime during your menstrual cycle, typically a normal healthy woman will ovulate 10 to 21 days from the first day of her menstrual cycle. The start of the next menstrual cycle will tend to be 14 days after ovulation (TWW). Some women have cycles where they do not ovulate which is called annovulation. I have had 2 live births 14yrs and 15 yrs and 1 miscarriage 5 yrs ago. In my personal experience, I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and have been TTC (trying to conceive). I have had cycles where I have spotted during ovulation. I have had cycles where I did not ovulate and I have had cycles where I have bled for literally months at a time or not at all. I have had pseudo-pregnancy (Phantom pregnancy) symptoms on several occasions. The best thing to do is to take a HPT (home pregnancy test) if your period is late. If it's negative, retake in two days, HCG hormones tend to double every 48 hours or wait a week and retest. If your period still has not come schedule and appointment with a Gynocologist. There are several blood test they can do to check your hormones and also ultrasounds to check your ovaries. Keep in mind that stress and other health ailments can cause pregnancy symptoms. Get familiar with your body! Chart your menstrual cycles see how they vary, take your temperature as noted above and see your Gynocologist first and foremost! Hope this helps some and best of luck and prayers for all of you TTC!

    • kendra 4 years ago

      i had my period 2 times this month both 2wks apart and they both didn't last long at all very light and iwas spotting for few days brown and pink. little minor cramps and ive notce i have been having headachs. im turning 22 in a month im not on BC and me and bf do have unprotcted sex... ne ideas

    • erica 4 years ago

      i woke up this morning craving ice cream but im only six days past ovulation could this be a sigh that im pregnant plz repond....

    • Wnt 2 b a mommy 4 years ago

      I had my period 6 weeks ago, nd ths month wen thy wre supposed 2 cm it ddnt happen, i jst had pinkish blood for 3 days it only lastd 4 3 hours myb less during ths days, i'v been hvn headaches, lower backache nd sme vomiting. Cud b it????

      I'v been ttc

    • Lene 4 years ago

      My fiancé and I are trying to have a baby, we miscarried Nov 2011. My cycle should start in 3 days I took a test 10dpo a big negative ;( but i have almost all the symptoms! Funny nose, higher bbt, mild cramps, increase vaginal discharge, headaches, nausea, upset stomach, sensitive nipples, swollen/full breast, lower back pain, fatigue (extreme), moody, emotional, food adversions, and the newest tingly nipples! I spent so much money on hot, I have one left I'm holding out on. But I'm just curious as to what someone else may think.. I know i want a baby so bad but I don't want to think I am and I'm not.. any advice? Thanks! -lens

    • vivian 4 years ago

      I menstrated on 3 of this month but now am runing temprature and headech too could it be am pregnant and I am married for about 7month now pls help

    • stonie 3 years ago

      Umm..I'm only 15 and I don't know if I'm worrying to much or something but I stay tired, I haven't had my period all month and I'm eating heavier, cramps are a pain, headaches and I stay warm most the time. Could I be pregnant?

    • nana aisha 3 years ago

      Hi my problem is i had my period on de15th of march nd since den i havnt had ma period til nw.Eight days ago i experienced sumtin like i was ovulating so i had unproted sex wit my bf nd nw i hav dis stomach upset nausea nd high bbt bt dese symptoms hav bin der since i missed my period.Ive taken pregnancy test bt all proved negativr nd. am really worried.Could i b pregnant or just imagining yins.hopin tu hear frm yu tanx

    • 3 years ago

      If you are not sure, it is always best to go see your doctor!

    • vizeefnvle 3 years ago

      The thing i like about your blog is that you always post direct to the point info.`’-`,

    • anxious 3 years ago

      How likely is it to be pregnant if you have not missed a period? I have had my period about two weeks ago, but it was not a normal flow (very slow/little) but it was definitely there, I'm on the pill, married for 1 and half years and studying, have all of the above signs and symptoms, if I did a home preg test would it be accurate at this point to rule preg out or find out if its a positive so I could take some meds for these symptoms if not?

    • Tessa 3 years ago

      So i need advice. I am 16 and me and my bf always have sex. 4days ago he did it inside me 3times and I'm on birth control but I ve only been on this new kind for 2months. Also I don't take it at the same time everynight. I want to take a pregnancy test but I feel like it's to Soon to determine. I don't know what to do and my parents would kill me if I am pregnant. Please help!

    • cecile 2 years ago

      TTC... Very tired, low blood pressure and low blood sugar also have been fainting. Also having cramps not like pms very irritated and back ache fingers crossed 4 days till I will know

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      Sean Pollard 2 years ago from CA 95203

      Missing Period is also sign of Pregnancy right?

    • love 2 years ago

      I am 39yrs old and 7wk n 2days, I have been experiencing cramping for quiet some time but ystday I started spotting and it's a little heavy by this evening.I don't know if this has anything to do with age. I haven't gone for U.S yet.

    • Trying4#2 2 years ago

      I had a misscarrige October 3rd 2014. After that me a my significant other want to try again last month it didn't happen this month I have bein tired bloated cramps a sore breasts. My period is a day late an still a negative test result. This didn't happen with my son who's now 2. Anyone else have this problem ? And they were pregnant??

    • zamokuhle 2 years ago

      I've been having headach almost everyday,sore breast and nipples, sometimes sore stumach and cramps on my lower back, tiredness and on the other hand my bf has been vomiting and sleeping a lot during the day and night... I didn't not get my period last month Nov 2014 but got them this month for 3 days... I'm really confussed pls help.

    • briggy j 22 months ago

      I had heavy bleeding couple of days ago but m still feeling fatigue,bloated,fast heartbeat,nauseous,headaches,low backache,mild cramps.culd I b pregnant?

    • Pretty 21 months ago

      Hai der I've sore nipples and breast and I missed my periods me and my Spouse we were desperate to have a child and I took a pregnancy test it iz positive so I'm stressed what if that iz a fast positive

    • amanda 21 months ago

      I miss my mens last month feeling lower back pain fever sleep a lot crave for things I feel like eat only sometime slit belly pain I think I am pre

    • uh oh 19 months ago

      I've been having small cramps all week, my teeth hurt, and I started slight spotting yesterday.I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). My ex fiancé and I were TTC for 2 years -nothing but unprotected sex as much as possible. (Happily no longer with him because he cheated on me). We had absolutely no luck after I had a miscarriage in 2011. I've had sex after him and I broke up..after all that time of trying..could I possibly be pregnant?

    • meNaomi 17 months ago

      me n ma BF have bin tryin for a bbi since April 2015.i havn't got anythng since now.i ovulated a day ago and i was on the try for my Junior.Today i experience lower Back pain which nearli made me cry, cramps like the once i have during my periods and Pure bleeding which i dont realy know if i xud cal it ovulation bledding.any idea about this?

    • Jamie 17 months ago

      I'm not sure if I'm just having a very light period or if I'm pregnant. I'm on birth control but i don't always take it at the same time.It was off by a few days. I've been having bad headaches and cramping the week before i started. I've also been feeling feverish on and off. i took a pregnancy test but it came back negative. could i be taking it to early?

    • Oh shit 17 months ago

      So for the last 5 days I've had back pain and my nipples are super sensitive and I've had super super light spotting an I have pcos ( polycystic ovarian syndrom) and was told its generally impossible for me to get pregnant. I'm 17 gonna be 18 . I should get my period very soon and scared I'm not gonna get it . My stomachs has been upset in the morning for the last few days and I'm always tired . Could i be pregnant ?

    • Gsoh 12 months ago

      Noone will give you a correct answer here on the internet!!! Go and buy a pregnancy test!

    • Stella 7 days ago

      I had unprotected sex and going to two weeks now my right lower abdomen hurts and yet I ovulate am I pregnant

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