Early Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy

Dec 29, 2009

Many women want to know if they are pregnant even before they can buy pregnancy test. You may watch for minor signs and symptoms of pregnancy, especially if it took you quite long to get pregnant. While home pregnancy test or medical test gives more accurate results, you may also feel other subtle signs and symptoms of pregnancy that you can experience quite early.


The feeling of exhaustion is among most common early signs and symptoms of pregnancy. You may start feel exhausted throughout the day even if you do not have a tiresome work. This is caused by the metabolic changes that prepare your body for supporting a growing fetus. The feeling of tiredness usually subsides after the first trimester of pregnancy when you body adapts to pregnancy changes.

Breast Sensitivity

You may also experience unusual breast tenderness especially if you never had such symptoms before. This may feel as if your breasts are too sensitive to touch or they may become fuller. The increased breast sensitivity is caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy. If you often experience breast tenderness during premenstrual syndrome , you may not notice this as one of the signs and symptoms of pregnancy. You may also see that areola, area that surrounds the nipple, becomes darker with more veins and tiny bumps.

Morning Sickness

Nausea or morning sickness is usually one of the earliest signs and symptoms of pregnancy. You may start feeling nauseous as soon as during your first week of pregnancy. The sensation may occur in the morning or throughout the day, especially if you smell or see food or other things with strong odor. Many women report about loss of appetite because they become too sensitive to different food and odors and may even have vomiting. This symptom also usually stops after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Mood Swings

You may also feel unusually moody early in pregnancy, which is a result of changing hormone levels. Women often say that they may suddenly feel like crying or depressed at one time and angry and elated at other times. Body changes during pregnancy also can make you experience mood swings among other signs and symptoms of pregnancy.

Frequent Urination

As your uterus changes in size and shape, you may notice the urge to urinate more frequently during the day and in the night. This is caused by the growing uterus that presses on the bladder. Many women start to urinate frequently during early pregnancy and especially during the third trimester of pregnancy. Make sure you do not have bladder problems as frequent urination may also be a sign of infection.

Breakthrough Bleeding

Some women may experience so called implantation bleeding around  the time you would normally have your period. This occurs when the fertilized egg implants into the uterus. You may be confused about breakthrough bleeding especially when you expect to get pregnant. Usually implantation bleeding differs from periods bleeding because it is much lighter and lasts no more than 24 to 48 hours.

Other early signs and symptoms of pregnancy:

  • Insomnia
  • Excessive salivation
  • Heartburn
  • Dizziness
  • Sudden weight gain or weight loss
  • Colostrum, discharge from breasts
  • Chadwick's Sign, bluish-like color of the genitals and cervix
  • The feeling of "being pregnant"

If you have one or more signs and symptoms of pregnancy, you can take home pregnancy test or visit your health care provider to find if you are pregnant. It is important to make healthy lifestyle changes as soon as possible to provide the best start for your growing baby.