6 early pregnancy symptoms before a missed period

Posted on January 12th, 2018

A missed period isn’t always the first sign that you’re pregnant. These six symptoms can also confirm that you might be expecting.

6 early pregnancy symptoms before a missed period

Are you anxiously waiting for that typical sign of a missed period to confirm the fact that you’re pregnant? There are some other signs your body will send you to say that you’re pregnant even before you’ve missed a period.

Look out for these early pregnancy symptoms

1. Nausea

Most women only start experiencing morning sickness around the sixth week of pregnancy, but some start feeling queasy days before they’ve even missed their period. Blame it on the hormones again.

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2. Tender and swollen breasts

If you are becoming increasingly sensitive to any kind of touch to your breasts, you could be pregnant. The hormonal changes in early pregnancy cause increased blood flow to your breasts and can make the breast tissue feel more sensitive and swollen.

3. Tiredness and fatigue

As your body starts prepping itself for pregnancy and the changes that will occur over the months to come, you’ll get tired and feel fatigued very often. This is because increased progesterone levels can make you feel exhausted.

4. Your food habits will change

The changing levels of oestrogen in your body will enhance your sensory organs and can trigger a change in your perception of certain foods. It can also cause an aversion to some foods. You’ll feel hungry more often and crave certain foods that you perhaps didn’t enjoy before.

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5. Spotting or a little bleeding

Sometimes, as the ovum gets fertilised and attaches itself to the uterus, it leads to ‘implantation bleeding’, which is normal. This usually happens 6 – 7 days after fertilisation and can be confused with your period. In this instance, the blood colour is usually pink or light brown and lighter than your usual period.

6. Cramping

Many women think cramping is a sign that their menstrual period is due soon, but it’s actually one of the very early signs of pregnancy. As the embryo implants into your uterus you might notice some cramping.

Click here to read more about how your body changes during pregnancy.


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