5 Very Early Symptoms Of Pregnancy-Before A Missed Period

Feb 02, 2011 1,056 Comments by

When most women think about very early symptoms of pregnancy, they automatically assume that a missed period is the top symptom.

Would you be surprised that a missed period isn’t even in the top 5 very early symptoms of pregnancy?

By the time a woman has noticed a missed period due to a pregnancy, at least 5 other symptoms may have made themselves known, possibly weeks before the scheduled period. Here are five very early signs of pregnancy that can be noticed by a sensitive mother-to-be. And, all five can happen long before a period has been missed.

1. Elevated Basal Body Temperature. The body’s basal  temperature (the lowest body temperature that happens during rest) begins to elevate after ovulation, and stays  elevated beyond your next expected period. Ovulation is when a mature egg is released  from the ovary and pushed down the fallopian tube and is ready to be fertilized by a sperm.

The implantation of a fertilized egg normally takes place 6 to 12 days after ovulation – that’s about two to three weeks before the next period is missed.This one-half to one degree Fahrenheit increase in basal body temperature  is a subtle early warning sign of pregnancy. This change in basal body temperature, which is measured by a special, more accurate thermometer, can happen as early as two days after ovulation. And, that can be two weeks before you notice a missed period.

2. Breast Tenderness, Nipple Enlargement And Increased Breast Size. Changes and increased swelling and tenderness in the breast and nipples are one of the classic very early signs of pregnancy. Many times, a woman may notice these changes and blame them on a particularly ill-fitting or uncomfortable bra or other article of clothing. But, the sensitive woman will notice these changes for what they are – a new life is beginning to grow inside her with the new pregnancy.

Nipples, particularly the dark area around the nipple called the areola, enlarge and darken in anticipation of breastfeeding the new infant. These changes are due almost entirely to hormone releases in the body, all in anticipation of sustaining the new life within. Some experts say the darkening of the areolas serves a purpose – helping the newly born child find the nipple easier for feeding. These changes to the breast and nipple areas should return to normal after birth.

3. Nausea And Vomiting. Also known as “morning sickness,” this early and uncomfortable sign of pregnancy usually targets women and begins around the sixth week of pregnancy, but often occurs earlier. About half of all expecting mothers have morning sickness – which may or may not include vomiting. But, it usually always features nausea. Often attributed to increased hormone levels in the body, some doctors feel that morning sickness is a good sign that the baby is healthy and is developing normally, and the pregnancy is progressing well.

If your morning sickness is accompanied with vomiting, be  sure to stay hydrated, keep your electrolyte levels within range and get plenty of rest and nap throughout the day.

4. Constipation. Another subtle and often overlooked pregnancy clue is constipation – defined as less that three bowel movements per week. Who doesn’t get constipated at one time or another – without being pregnant?

The constantly changing level of the hormone progesterone, which slows down the movement of food through your digestive system, can wreak havoc with the frequency and timing of bowel movements.  Many women who are pregnant but don’t realize it may just write constipation off as an unrelated, and irritating issue. Like changes in the breasts, paying close attention here really can make tell a story.

5. Fatigue And Exhaustion. There is a big difference between fatigue and tiredness. Feeling tired and sleepy after a long day’s work is completely normal and expected. Sleep, which usually happens after tiredness, is the remedy for a body needing rest, as sleep allows the body to repair itself and ready itself for another hard day.

Fatigue, on the other hand, is not a normal bodily function and is usually a sign of some other condition. Technically speaking, fatigue really has nothing to do with a tired body, as sleep will not normally resolve fatigue. Fatigue can be a sign of disease such as certain cancers, auto-immune disorders and a host of other conditions – including pregnancy.Fatigue can also be a sure sign of an early pregnancy, usually occurring during the first trimester and often partially blamed on a dramatic rise in the level of the hormone progesterone. Pregnancy also can put a huge strain on every bodily function – it’s no wonder that you may feel totally exhausted before the day is through.

Are you experiencing one or more of these very early symptoms of pregnancy? If you have even the slightest idea that you may be pregnant, get a home pregnancy test from your local drug store and test yourself. Then, you’ll know for sure and if positive, you can then notify your doctor and start taking care of your new baby.

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1,056 Responses to “5 Very Early Symptoms Of Pregnancy-Before A Missed Period”

  1. Katie says:

    i recently turned 16 years old…and my ex and i had sex b4 we broke up about 8 days ago…ive begun throwing up and peeing a lot and i get super-bad headaches…how long should it be b4 i can take a pregnancy test???

  2. Confused says:

    I would be so greatful for a reply.

    I recently quick started birth control this month. 5 days into taking the birth control I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend of 3 years and he ejaculated inside of me. This happened 16 days ago. Around 5 days ago I had light spotting. About 3 days ago I developed really intense bloating and cramping. My breasts are burning and my nipples have gotten a very dark brown color. Im nauseated by many foods and especially smells. From belly button down my stomach feels odd, cramped. Is there a possibility that I am pregnant? My period should start in about 5 days. Is this just my body adjusting to birth control or am I pregnant?

    • Chayna says:

      You should be pregnant but if you are you didn’t take the birth control the right way

    • hope it helped says:

      Usually when it comes to birth control they want you to wait more than five days to have sex.. the birth control causes a mucus to form near your cervix to help keep you from becoming pregnant. But that process takes a little time, which is why they asked you to wait to have sex for a certain period of time. I would wait to see if you miss your period and take a pregnancy test.. or to visit the doctor.

  3. Confused says:

    Also, I took 2 birth control tests about 4 days ago and both came out negative.

    • Julz says:

      Birth control often works by tricking the body into thinking it’s pregnant. If you don’t get your period on schedule, make a doctor’s appointment just to be safe.

  4. Denaya says:



    THANK YOU !!!!!

  5. shantera says:

    Ok so I went to the doctor in jan and they removed my iud birth control and in february my period was 10 days late and right before that I went to the doctor because my iron was low and I wasn’t feeling good and they gave me a pregnancy test and it came back negative so the day after that I started my period I usually have really heavy periods but this one was light and didn’t last vwry long and its not time for my period yet this month but I’ve been feel very nauseated and every day I have headaches which isn’t normal my breast aren’t sore but I didn’t have soreness my first two pregnancies and I’ve been cramping in the bottom of my stomach and having some backaches…and I’m always cold because of my low iron but lately I’ve been extremely hot even sweating..I need help could I be pregnant…

  6. hopingtobeamommyagain! says:

    Ok so I am wondering if I may be pregnant, I had my period on time last month but it only lasted for 3 days and usually its 5, then about a week or so ago I started having a pink tint to my discharge kind of like I was spotting and that only lasted for a few days as well. I have also been having slight cramps in my lower abdomen which are nothing like my period cramps. I have headaches everyday which is not normal for me, I think my breast are tender but not sure because I just bought a new bra about a month ago. I am tired all day but I seem to get a burst of energy at night, but I have 2 other kids so I just assumed that they were exhausting me lol I am not due for my period for another week and a half and I took a preg test a few days ago and it was neg With my first pregnancy I didn’t even notice I was pregnant until almost my 2nd trimester because I still had minor periods which at that time was normal,and my second pregnancy I found out at 3 weeks but only because I got sick one time at work and because I worked in In Home Health they made me go to the doctor. So basically what I am saying is I never had any symptoms with my first 2 but this time its a very strange experience, I just feel like I am but don’t want to get to excited about it. Anyone have any helpful answers or similar experience and found out you are pregnant?

  7. Hi Dude says:


  8. Lo says:

    i hope i’m pregnant this time

  9. blanca says:

    im 17 and im pregnant

  10. Michelle says:

    I have had all kinds of symptoms lately, although I haven’t missed my period yet… I have been significantly bloated, throwing up, having nausea and tender breasts, and have also been experiencing taste changes, and haven’t been able to eat all foods I normally do… I went to the obgyn yesterday, and she doesn’t seem to think I’m pregnant, although something just seems different… They ordered a blood test for me to take in about a week, but does anyone else have similar symptoms that IS pregnant… This is driving me nuts, and I’m also very worried as I take a lot of medication…

  11. Beth says:

    Few weeks ago I had poblem with my bladde was peeing blood and it was painful.then I conculted a doctor then he gave me pills(antibiotics).after a week later I thought mayb I was pregnant coz me and my boyfriend we don’t use condoms,I lost apitite,I’m havng cramps on my stomach sometime I feel pains in my egg.I took first pregnancy test and it was negative I want 2 take onther one but I want to give up cos I feel like I am pregnant…well at the same point if I am can’t keep it

  12. lauranda says:

    I did have my period for this month but it was 8 or 9 days early and didn’t last as long but was still pretty heavy. now I have been getting head aches, feeling really tired and nausea through out the day for the last week. cld this mean that I am pregnant? thank you

  13. Kayla says:

    I’m 18& just recently married. We’d been trying for alittle bit& before him I didn’t think I could get pregnant… Because my mom has endometriosis& it’s hereditary. Lately we’ve been doing the elevated under my butt trick after intercorse. The other day my husband notice show moody I’ve been& apparently my nipples look alittle bigger. I’ve noticed my nipples are SOOO sore& my breast is tender as well. I also have noticed a slight body heat increase, ESPECAILLY AT NIGHT! I have the white milky discharge as well…& intense mood swings. Buut no morning sickness. I know if Im pregnant I’d only be a couple weeks probably only a month, but I’m desperate!!! Please help!! Any information I’d be grateful for!!

  14. Jesse says:

    A week ago my boyfriend took my virginity. Well he only put it in a had a few thrusts and then he put on a condom but before we could cum we were walked in on and had to stop. The same day I started my period five days before I was supposed to and it stopped two days ago from today. I have only had one cup of dr. Pepper today yet I have been to the bathroom to pee five times today and it’s not short little tinkles either. My friend thinks I’m pregnant. What do you think?

  15. henry carlos says:

    Wel,if you had unprotected sex 3 days before ,during and 2 days after ovulation..,that should give you a hint because pregnancy can occur

  16. Food For Thought says:

    To everyone with symptoms and wondering if they’re pregnant: TEST. If it’s negative and you don’t believe it, TEST AGAIN. Go to the doctor’s office, anything! Even the Dollar Tree tests are sensitive enough to detect early pregnancy (before you miss a period.) I know because I’ve used them and gotten positive results 9 dpo (days past ovulation.) No one here can tell you if you are or are not pregnant, but peeing on a stick will. Have fun!! 🙂

  17. destiny27 says:

    about a week after I got off my period this month my boyfriend and I had sex and he pulled out but ive had extreme fatigue, dizziness, mood swing, I cant eat more then a few bites of food without feeling nauseous, ive noticed a change in vaginal discharge and today my nipples are sore. I have a nine month old and I didn’t have any symptoms with him. I shouldn’t start my period until around the 10th of January. I haven’t taken a home test yet. I was wondering if anyone could please help me??? or tell me when I should take a test??

  18. Joan says:

    After my miscarriage in April I had a Mirena IUD implanted, I had it for about 8 months before having it removed. I got it taken out in January. My fiance & I have been having safe sex, except for once. In which he still did not ejaculate inside of me. My last period ended on Feb 13th. I’ve been nauseous almost everyday for the past week, I’ve been dizzy, constantly hungry, bloated, and I’ve been having lower back and lower abdominal pain. Also, the last time my fiance & I had sex was painful during and afterwards. One of my best friends is pregnant and said she also had pain during and after sex before she found out she was pregnant. I need help.. I took a test yesterday but it came out negative. I just want opinions before I decide to leave for a new job that’s 5 hours away.

  19. Kelsie Gregory says:

    Ok so I had my period march 12me and my husband had sex and he did ejaculate in me on march 17 while I was still on my period. I have been feeling just weird. I’m very naeusious. I have really bad headaches and I’m very tired all and I had mood swings and cramps. I didn’t experience any of these with my first pregnancy. My period isn’t due until early April. Like maybe 2-3 weeks. I took a pregnancy test on Saturday it was negative. I would just like to know what you have to say if I am or not

  20. Ms Gamble says:

    My period came on super early this month! My back hurt, I’m restless, I’m horny one min and dnt want to be touched the next min
    I’m bloated, can’t finish when i use it bc constapated…mood swings, hungry and gaining wait..are those symptoms?

  21. ladylover says:

    I had sex about a week ago today … I woke up this morning dizzy , it still hasn’t subsided … I been nauseous , throwing up , tired , n not really having any interest in anything .. I’ve had to pee so much , n my nipples are starting to get darker … am I pregnant ??? is it too soon to kno anything yett ??

  22. Taylor says:

    I need some help, please! I got off the depo shot over a year ago. My ex and I have been broken up for about 2 years now and we recently had intercourse 3 times and he ejaculated all 3 times in me. This was about 1 1/2 weeks ago. Now my nipples are sore when i touch them, I have milky white mucous coming out of me, I’m super bloated, and I lost my appetite! I haven’t had a chance to miss my period but I just want to know if it’s too early to test.

  23. Hanna says:

    I just got off my period 3days ago but I still bled a little bit after my period and I started one day early. But for the past two days I have been gasy and peeing every ten min it feels like and I’ve peed on myself a couple of times and it hurts when I have sex. AM I PREGNANT? Please email me. I need help I’m only 17. Oh and I’m on birth control missed three pills right before my period.
    EMAIL ADDRESS- hanna_chris_forever@yahoo.com

  24. Anonymous says:

    I have a problem. I’m young, I’m not going to tell you how young but my boyfriend and I had sex about two and a half weeks ago but we stopped after about two minutes of unprotected to put protection on. I know that there is a chance of precum and sperm and pregnancy just from the two minutes. I missed my period, kinda. It’s not completely regular and it usually happens around the very end/very beginning of the month. I’m very, very, very terrified.

  25. joper says:

    We’ve been TTC for years, so when I was having these symptoms, except for the morning sickness, I thought it was just because my period was nearing. I missed my period and still not hoping,I dont want to be disappointed again. Weeks after my missed period, that was the only time i decided to use one of my pregnancy tests, it came free with the pills I was taking from conceiveeasy so I have quite a few. The first one came back positive, tried one more, and about 5-6 more before I went running to my partner then my doctor after.

  26. Jo says:

    i had check my ovulaton period that was 20th of this month. We had unprotected sex at sane day. After that i m regularly feeling cramp in my stomach. Today after 3 days i took a home pregnancy test but it was negative. am i pregnant???? Plz help me… i m quite worried plz revert on urgent basis

  27. Rosanna Saito says:

    I think I’m preg,cause I have some symtoms. Like very light pink discharge just found on tissue.few days ago cramping,fatigue ,bloated stomach,elevated BT.and now I’m flu..I have a 4days left b4 my period,I’m 35days of cycle but sometime I’m irrigular,I took PT today but it’s negative…I’m not pregnant ?

  28. Rebekah says:

    I think I might be pregnant but not sure. I had an iui done on May 8th in the morning and they told me to wait two weeks. Last friday I had about an hour of nausea and felt like I was gonna through up. I have been constipated a little. I am wondering if I should check tomorrow or wait until my 16 days are up. I really want to be a mom and I hope this worked the first time.

  29. AFRAID says:

    Hi guys. Im 21yo and had sex with my bf last may 25 and used withdrawal method all the time. According to my period calendar I had a medium chance of getting pregnant that time. The following week, may 30, I felt a whole day nausea attack and few drops of blood came out in the night. I thought it was a period but doubt it because my incoming period dated to come on june 6. But still my period is not yet coming. Need your help guys. Do you think I am pregnant? Thanks

  30. J says:

    My boyfriend and I have been in incredibly careful when having sex, to the point he’d blow into the comdoms after using them to make sure there were no punctures. However, I am now ten days late on my period. I have had dizziness getting off the couch or so, and I never feel like I get enough sleep. I’ve also had really painful gastrointestinal pain (which is what prompted me to look this up). I’m a little concerned. I’ve been under some stress and my sleeping patterns have changed which could potentially be why my period is late, but I can’t be too sure.

  31. chantel says:

    hi guys .I’m 21 years old me and my partner have been practicing unprotected sex the last time I got a normal period cycle was February 27th and lasted 5 days long till now I havnt met my periods and it now in july month I took two earlier pregnancy testes and one home pregnancy test and also one clear blue test but all comes out negative then I decided to go see a doctor and he took my blood samples and results came back today and he says I’m not pregnant but I feel pregnant and wht can be the reason why I missed my periods so long #fraustratedfordays

  32. Mi Alfred says:

    Hello I,m worried and confused ..had my last period on the 7th of June ..my cycle is 28 days had sex on the 17th June ..still have not seen my period till 6th of July could I be pregnant ..thanks

  33. Zoe Mellor says:

    Hi i had sex last month with my boyfriend and lately iv been peeing like every five minutes i feel constipated and it hurts to sleep on my stomach certain smells i used to be ok with i cant stand. I just need some advice im 15

  34. sam says:

    help me. I’ve been on birth control for a year, I’ve never missed, me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex 6 days into the packgage and then I was 6 hours late on my 4rd last pill, I’m 5 days into sugar pills and I only have light spotting… it’s never been like this before… help???

  35. Kasie says:

    Me and my husband been trying to have a baby for awhile but no luck … but for the past week in a half two weeks I been feeling sick and really tired and so has my husband… I have also been getting bad headaches and certain food has been maken me sick .. and I know this is going to sound weird but I been feeling more horny as well .. could I be pregnant

  36. latesha says:

    So me n my bf had sex about 3 weeks ago n I haven’t had my period at all…I’m starting to feel nervous about this whole situation. I told my bf I started my period but I really didn’t. My neighbor said to wait a month in order to take a test but I’m starting to freak put because I’m only 17 n I’m not ready to be a mom. What do I do??

  37. Gabriel says:

    SHE was a virgin,and now we had sex but with condom then 3days later she started feeling feverish even like vomiting,pls what can it be,and what can be the cause ?

  38. QUEEN says:

    good day me and my boyfriend have been dating for 10 months and we stopped using a condom in past 5 months , we’ve been trying to conceive but still nothing. recently I stated feeling somehow, last week Thursday I had an unexplainable fever that came from nowhere then I cant even concentrate at work I’m so sleepy even the ladies at work are falling asleep. I was suppose to be on my periods yesterday but nothing I pee a lot or maybe it could be the water, my breast where inching so I thought it could be that I’d be going on my periods soon. I’ve got a very short temper and I cant help it. I feel tired all the time. could I be expecting? I so pray I am

  39. Jazzy says:

    So I had un protected sex 11 and the 13 of this month I am very regular I usually get my period on the 25 th this month I got it on the 18 th. Today is September 28 and I woke up with the urge to pee every 10 min. Could I be pregnant?

  40. Sophia says:

    Hi everyone!
    Lately Ive been super hungry and craving sex a lot. ‘My breast are swollen. I had sex with my ex September 21,,2016. I’m suppose to get my period October 10. Is it too early to take a pregnancy test?

  41. sphesihle says:

    My stomach hv some cramps n i pee a lot and o lost hv this pain i dnt understand in my womb

  42. Help says:

    Okay so I’m having cramps in my lower abdomen and my period was supposed to start in the middle of the month but I haven’t gotten it yet and it’s almost the end of the month. This has happened before where I was supposed to have my period in the middle of the month but it came at the end of the month instead so I took a pregnancy test last time and it came back negative but last time I had bad cramps but this time I’m only having slightly sharp pains in my abdomen, I have a milky white discharge when I pee, and when I don’t drink much in a day I’m urinating every 15 minutes, and I’ve also been eating a lot more and my nipples have gotten a little bigger. Should I wait and see if my period comes at the end of the month like last time? Or should I take a test?

  43. jhane says:

    maam nag mens aq 2wiks ago den after 2wiks nagkaroon aq ng spotting…

  44. Birdy says:

    Ok so I need help. My boyfriend came in me when I was ovulating the day of my highest ovulation and I am not on birth control he fully came in me.but I feel like I’m cramping a lil Could I be pregnant.

  45. FeatherLight says:

    Someone please help! I’m currently 15 and I’m sexually active (Yes it is protected) and about three days ago my Boyfriend and I did the deed a couple days before my period was to come. (it was the 17th and now it ia the 20th) after everything he checked the condom to see if any came out and there wasn’t a lot there, I don’t think it would be poasible for it to rip easily or some semen could have leaked out. So my period hasn’t come and it usually starts either the 19th or 20th and its never late. Like ever. Recently my stomach has been gurggling but it isn’t too loud and I don’t have any discharge.. I still think my period is to come because I still cry over the easiest things in the books I read and i do get mood swings. Any Ideas?

  46. Angel Antenya says:

    Im really stressed I’m willing yo tell the truth because I want help ,on the first of January I had uprocted sex with my ex and we broke up weeks ago ,so yesterday I had unprotected sex with my new boyfriend and yesterday at 5am I had stamtch running and i started vomiting and I got irritation in my tongue and sliddy dizziness the whole day ,today I woke up with period pains at one side of my lower belly …could I be pregnant and if so who Will likely be the father between the 2

    • aandcg says:

      Well sperm take a few days to get up through the Fallopian tubes to an egg so you couldn’t of have gotten pregnant in a day. It would most likely be the first guy you had sex with. 😬

  47. nicole says:

    I am trying to get pregnant me and my man have been having sex every day for litte more then a week and my expected period is in 11 days the waiting to test is killing me and if im not preggies after this im scared i cant get preggies one day

  48. katelyn says:

    Help !
    I took birth control for a few months but have been back for my shot in about 3 or 4 months .almost a month ago I had my period usual but for the past 2 , 2 1/2 weeks I’ve had a wired feeling in my lower belly ,its not painful it feels more like pressure or maybe soreness . I’ve gotten bigger in in the last month and I’ve had the feeling in my belly for 2 or so weeks i haven’t had my period yet so COULD I BEEN PREGNANT
    Please help me

  49. Katlyn says:

    So i think I’m pregnant!!!!

    Im 19 years old and I’m on the patch. I had keep the patch off after my last period because i felt something was wrong and went to the doctors and it turned out i had a UTI. My last period was on january 29th and ended febuary 5th… I put my patch back on after a week or so after it being off and I’ve been feeling weird the past week. I have been so tiered and cramping from my belly button and below and spotting once or twice. I have irregular periods anyway and thats why I’m on birth control but my fiancé doesn’t wear a condom and when i didn’t have my birth control patch on he did cum inside of me every tike we have sex. We have sex day to day sometimes every other day.

    Can someone help me?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  50. aandcg says:

    Can someone help me? My husband and I have been ttc for 7 months now and we managed to get pregnant once but I had an extremely early miscarriage around 5 weeks. That was my first pregnancy. That was in late January, it’s now the third try after the mis. and we have sex every single day and some times multiple times a day, and I kept his sperm inside of me all night every night. I don’t understand why I am not getting pregnant. I take ovulation tests throughout the month and according to them I am ovulating but nothing is happening and I’m getting extremely frustrated.. I get all the early signs of pregnancy such as light cramping, bloatedness, nausea, extreme fatigue and my breast even change and I get large amounts of leukorrhea after my period which is not usual but I always get a BFN😭 I know I can’t be making these symptoms up because others see it too so I know it’s not in my head.. please help.. my period is supposed to start on the 14th with my now 24 day mens. Because it changed from last month for some reason. I am really hoping that my period does not come because my husband left for basic and AIT and won’t be home for 5 months.. we wanted it to be a surprise from him when he got back so he could come home to a belly but within the past few days the symptoms come and go.. what is wrong with my body?? I am honestly starting to feel like something is wrong with me.

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