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Most pregnancy tests can show accurate results only on the day of your missed period. And many tests recommend waiting at last 2 days after your missed period for the most accurate results (to avoid those potentially disappointing false negatives!). However, some early symptoms may appear even before your missed period or before the necessity for taking a pregnancy test would come to your mind (including the 70 early signs of pregnancy we will discuss).
If you can recognize the early signs that your body is giving you, it can help you predict if there is a high chance of pregnancy.
My Experience with Pregnancy Symptoms
Ironically, when I was pregnant with my daughter, I was totally oblivious to these signs that were staring me straight in the face. As someone that never had regular periods unless I was on birth control, pregnancy was not on my mind after our first official month of “trying.” After all, I’d read it’d take at least 3 months to normally ovulate after getting off my birth control. When I finally realized I was pregnant, it was such a “duh” that I didn’t know how I missed it. (Now it even feels quite comical- ha!).
Anyways, the bottom line is that if you’re trying to get pregnant, having some of these symptoms in mind can give you a clue 😉 I will lead with the caveat that when you are really hoping for a pregnancy some of cycle symptoms can be very similar to these- so take them with a grain of salt. When we were trying for our second baby, which we are now pregnant with, there were many months I thought I was and wasn’t- so you can never really know for sure.
Here are 70 early signs of pregnancy to pay attention to that may indicate that you are pregnant.
The Most Common Signs of Pregnancy
Women can very often experience heartburn as early as the first weeks of pregnancy. If you have some acid reflux, it may be your body’s way to say “hey, you are pregnant!”.
If you feel super tired without any special reason, you may be expecting a baby. Fatigue is one of the most common signs of pregnancy before missed period. I can definitely attest to this one! 🙂
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Nausea is also amongst the first signs of pregnancy. You can feel nauseous especially in the mornings, that’s why they also call it “morning sickness.” Although this is more common in weeks 5 and beyond…
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4. Missed period
A missed period is a huge telltale sign of pregnancy. But be aware that your period can also be late due to many issues, for example, stress, low body weight, diabetes, etc.
5. Elevated basal body temperature
Your basal body temperature is the temperature measured in the morning when you are at rest. If this temperature doesn’t decrease for more than 2 weeks, it can mean that you are pregnant.
6. Sore and sensitive boobs
Sore and sensitive boobs are also very early pregnancy symptoms. You may experience soreness already 1-2 weeks after the conception due to the pregnancy hormones. This was one of my friend’s favorite pregnancy stories- when she was in my wedding several years ago, we were giving everyone hugs at the end of the ceremony and she was wondering why everyone was squeezing her so hard- ha!
7. Veiny boobs
Many women realize that the veins in their breasts look a lot more pronounced than usual. You can see them very clearly.
8. Tender and darker nipples
Amongst the earliest symptoms, we can find tender breasts and darker nipples. That circle you have around your nipple can get also darker and larger.
9. Period-like pains
Period-like pains and cramps can be confusing symptoms as they occur at the same time when you should normally have your period pains.
10. Spotting, light bleeding (implantation bleeding)
In about 20% of pregnancies, women can have a little pink discharge or even light bleeding due to the process of implantation.
You may feel dizzy and might feel faint during pregnancy, even from the first weeks of pregnancy. These are very common symptoms!
12. Needing to pee
Frequent urination is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms. Pregnant women need the loo very often, as early as from the beginning of the pregnancy due to hormone changes and increased blood volume.
A common symptom like a headache can also be a sign of pregnancy due to the increased blood volume.
14. Cravings or aversions
Oh, those famous pregnancy cravings! If you crave some kinds of food or treats, and you make weird food combinations, possibly you are pregnant.
Your digestion may be slowed down by the pregnancy hormones, and this can cause bloating.
16. Mood swings
At the beginning of the pregnancy and the last trimester mood swings are very common.
Increased progesterone levels can relax the bowel walls, and as a result, it can lead to constipation. If previously you had no poop issues, chances are that this may be a sign as well.
I know it may sound strange after the above-mentioned constipation symptom. But it is possible! A lot of women have diarrhea in the first weeks of pregnancy.
19. Metallic taste
Hormones can leave you with a metallic tasting mouth. Weird, isn’t it?
Again those pregnancy hormones! You may experience many sleepless nights even if you feel very tired because of the changes in your hormone levels. It can be one of the many signs of pregnancy before missed period.
21. Back pain
Several mums suffer from back pain (especially lower back pain) even before their missed period due to increased joint laxity (again- hormones).
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22. Achy legs, arms, and hips
Hormone changes can cause not only back pain but also achy legs, arms, and even hips. These symptoms can be present from early pregnancy.
Women have discharge for many reasons. But clear or white discharge, also known as cervical mucus, may be an early sign of pregnancy.
Acne is very common, about half of the women are affected by it during pregnancy. This is what I got- instead of the sought after pregnancy glow.
25. Blood pressure issues
If you recognize any sudden changes in your blood pressure (both elevation and drop), it can be a pregnancy symptom as well. It is very common in the first 12 weeks.
26. Bleeding gums
It is an unpleasant symptom but your gums may bleed very often when you brush your teeth during pregnancy. I noticed this with my second pregnancy- having a constant sour taste in my mouth and soreness.
27. Sore gums
Your gums can not only bleed, but they can be inflamed and sore.
28. Dry mouth
When pregnant, you may feel that your mouth is dry and you are more thirsty than you used to be.
29. Excessive saliva
So crazy! You can also have the opposite of dry mouth. Excessive saliva is amongst the 70 early signs of pregnancy as well. This one of one of my least favorite- because it definitely didn’t help my nausea!
You may realize a change also in your heartbeat. Your heart can start to pump faster due to the increase in blood volume. So you may notice you’re heart is racing at rest or with even simple activities.
31. Motion sickness
Because of the hormone changes you may even feel motion sick. It’s a weird feeling! Plus, it’s important to note that morning sickness is a huge misnomer! It’s normal to feel nausea all day long or different times of the day for many women.
32. Weight gain
Some women start to gain weight from very early on. So if you feel that your jeans are a little bit tight recently, you might be pregnant! This is especially true if this isn’t your first pregnancy.
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33. Stuffy nose
During pregnancy, the blood vessels expand in your nose, and they cause your nose to be stuffed. This symptom is also called pregnancy rhinitis.
34. Runny nose
Again an exact opposite of something! A runny nose can also be a sign of pregnancy.
Nosebleeds are very common amongst pregnant women throughout the whole pregnancy.
36. Vivid dreams
It is very strange, but also unusually vivid dreams can mean that you are pregnant.
Do you feel hungry all the time? It might be an early sign!
Several women can develop hemorrhoids both in the early stages of pregnancy and after birth secondary to constipation symptoms.
39. Peeing when sneezing
I’m sure you are familiar with the symptom “peeing when sneezing” as it is very common amongst pregnant women. Although, as a physical therapist I’d like to mention that this is a sign that you need to work on your Kegels!
40. Hot flashes
The next one from the 70 early signs of pregnancy is also very often present, about a third of the women are affected by hot flushes during pregnancy. I noticed this at night when I woke up sweating even though my room was cold.
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41. Feeling cold
While many people feel hot and have hot flashes, some people experience the opposite. They may often feel cold. I am experiencing this with my second pregnancy.
42. Heightened sensitivity to smells
Can you smell things that you had no idea they had a smell of? Heightened sensitivity to smells is a telltale sign of being pregnant! This one drove me and my husband crazy! So many smells triggered my nausea that I had never even noticed before.
43. Pregnancy brain
Pregnancy brain is a huge sign. If you are expecting a baby, you may be more forgetful and absentminded than usual.
Not only your veins in your breasts can be pronounced but also all over your body they may be more visible.
45. Breast leaks
You may notice some kind of wet patches on your T-shirt after waking up in the morning or a little white residue on your nipples. Breast leaks that are a somewhat common signs of pregnancy.
There can be huge changes regarding libido. You may suddenly be either more interested in your partner, or you can’t even stand his approach. Either way, you can again thank those pregnancy hormones!
47. Increase in breast size
Did your bra become too small? If your breast size increases suddenly, possibly you are pregnant.
48. Beautiful, shiny hair
Throughout the pregnancy women often have beautiful and shiny hair which is also thick and long at the same time. This is due to the increased levels of estrogen.
49. Hair loss
Unfortunately, for some women, hormonal changes can cause increased hair loss.
50. Pregnancy glow
In most cases, when you look at a pregnant woman, you can see a beautiful, glowing, and happy face. Pregnancy glow is clearly amongst the earliest signs of pregnancy, so if you are experiencing it by yourself, you may consider taking a home pregnancy test.
Sometimes freckles can appear on the faces of women who are going to be a mom.
52. Brittle nails
If you are pregnant, your nails can become thinner and more fragile than they have been before. They can crack very easily.
53. Belly button
You may recognize some changes in the form of your belly button during pregnancy.
54. Black line
Have you ever seen a pregnant woman with a black line on her belly? This black line between the belly button and the groin is a symptom of pregnancy. This can occur early on but is more common later in pregnancy.
55. Stretch marks
Stretch marks are different for every mom-to-be. While some women have a lot of them and even get them early, others go through the whole pregnancy with a few visible lines.
56. Blurry vision
Pregnant women can have blurry vision during pregnancy that goes away after giving birth.
If you are pregnant, you may have swelling in your legs, feet, and ankles. This is a common symptom that can last until birth.
58. Shortness of breath
Shortness of breath can be an unusual early sign of pregnancy. (Later on during the pregnancy it is more common.) If you feel like you are out of breath after going up on the stairs, you are not alone mama!
59. Increase in shoe size
Amongst the 70 early signs of pregnancy, the increase in shoe size is one of the most incredible symptoms. Your feet can become one size larger, and they will stay like that forever. Crazy, isn’t it? This is due to changes in the flexibility of your feet that makes the flatter and occupy more length.
As your boobs and tummy will get bigger, they will become itchy. This can be an early sign as well.
61. Dark patches
It is also a common symptom to have dark patches around your neck.
Sometimes you can just feel that you are expecting a baby.
This one is a very uncomfortable symptom. If you have to burp more often than usual, maybe you have a bun in the oven.
64. Lack of hair growth
Some women have to shave their legs less often than normal during pregnancy because their hair grows slower. I think this is a symptom that we all would like to have!
65. Yeast Infection
If you experience white, cottage cheese discharge or some kind of itchiness down there, there is a big chance that you have a yeast infection. This one can be one of the 70 early signs of pregnancy that you should watch out for.
66. Color sensitivity
It is quite weird but pregnancy can cause some people to become sensitive to intense colors to the point that they even feel nauseous.
67. Leg cramps
Leg cramps are common during the early stage of pregnancy.
68. Pollen allergy
If you have to sneeze a lot and you have itchy eyes, it can be a simple allergy. However, it can be a pregnancy symptom as well!
69. Feeling sick
If you feel like you will be sick or like you caught the flu, you might be pregnant!
70. Cigarette aversion
If you are a smoker and you can’t stand the smell of cigarettes anymore, it can be an early sign.
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And we have arrived at the end of our list about the 70 early signs of pregnancy.
Although every pregnancy is different, and pregnant women experience a different set of symptoms, some of these symptoms may be more frequent than others.
It is up to you if you take a test, but if you experience multiple symptoms from the list, maybe it would be a good idea to take one. And if you get a positive pregnancy test, congratulations! I hope we can help you in your pregnancy journey! Also, if you get a negative test but think it’s wrong, you can talk to your doctor about getting a more sensitive blood test.
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What symptoms are you currently experiencing? If you’ve been pregnancy before, what symptoms did you experience early on?