Before a Missed Period - Very Early Symptoms of Pregnancy
If you were to poll women as to what one of the very first early symptoms of pregnancy were, most would tell you a missed period. But actually a missed period isn't even in the top 5 very early indications that you could be pregnant. At least 5 other symptoms may have stopped by and said "Hello" before a woman has noticed that she has missed her period, and some of these symptoms may have shown up weeks before the scheduled period was due. So what are these five extremely early symptoms of pregnancy that may be noticed by a sensitive mother to be?
Elevated Basal Body Temperature
The basal body temperature (the lowest temperature your body has while in a state of rest) begins to elevate after ovulation and will stay elevated beyond your expected period if your are pregnant. When a mature egg is released from an ovary and pushed down the fallopian tube this is ovulation. The egg is now ready to be fertilized by a sperm. About two to three weeks before the next period is missed, the implantation of a fertilized egg can occur (normally 6 - 12 days after ovulation). There can be a one-half to one degree Fahrenheit increase in your body's basal temperature that can indicate pregnancy. Using a special more accurate thermometer, this change in body basal temperature can happen as soon as two days after ovulation. Which can be as much as two weeks before you missed a period.
Breast Tenderness, Increased Breast Size and Nipple Enlargement
Irritation in nipples and changes including swelling and tenderness in your breasts is one of the very classical early signs of pregnancy. Uncomfortable bras and other articles of clothing are often blamed by women who notice these changes. The in-tune woman may notice these changes for the beauty that they are - new small life beginning to grow inside her. Areola, the dark area around the nipples often enlarge and darken in anticipation of breastfeeding the new baby. Hormonal releases in the body cause these changes and start immediately upon implantation. Darkening of the areolas, according to some experts serve the purpose of helping the newborn find the nipple for easier feeding. Most of the changes in your breasts and nipples will return to normal sometime after birth, depending on whether you choose to breastfeed or not.
Vomiting and Nausea
Morning Sickness as most of us know it is and early and disliked symptom of early pregnancy. Often it occurs around the sixth week of pregnancy is some women it can occur earlier. Almost half of all mothers-to-be have morning sickness, though not all of them have the vomiting portion of this symptom. For many though vomiting is what follows the nausea. Many experts believe it is the increased hormone levels in the body that cause morning sickness. They also think in it is a good sign that the baby is developing normally and is healthy. If you suffer from morning sickness that is joined by vomiting, please make sure you are staying hydrated and keeping your electrolyte levels up. Getting plenty of rest and napping through out the day also helps.
Many times overlooked, this subtle sign of pregnancy is defined as less than three bowel movements per week. Often missed as many of use get constipated at one time or the other without ever being pregnant. Wrecking havoc on your digestive system, the constantly changing levels of the progesterone hormone can change the frequency and timing of your bowel movements. Usually just written off as an unrelated and irritating issue, many women do not realize that this can be an early symptom of pregnancy. Paying attention to any subtle changes in your body, like the changes in your breasts can tell a story.
Exhaustion and Fatigue
Don't confuse tiredness with fatigue, the difference can be huge. Being worn out and sleepy at the end of a long's day at work is expected and normal. Sleep allows the body to repair itself and make ready for another day, and tiredness is the body's signal that it needs rest. But fatigue is an abnormal bodily function and is usually the sign of something going on. Technically, fatigue has nothing to do with how tired your body is, and sleep does not resolve fatigue. Fatigue is often a sign of disease, certain cancers, auto-immune disorders and other conditions which include pregnancy. Again the dramatic rising levels of the hormone progesterone is often at least partially to blame for the fatigue that occurs mainly during the first trimester of pregnancy. It is a sure sign of early pregnancy. Pregnancy often puts a huge strain on every function of your body - is it little wonder that you may feel totally exhausted before your day is over?
Are you experiencing one or more of these early signs of pregnancy?
Even if you only have a niggle in the back of your mind that you may be pregnant, go get a home pregnancy test from your local drug store and test yourself. That way you will know for sure, and if you are pregnant, congratulations! Go tell your partner, your doctor/midwife, and start taking care of yourself and that new baby growing inside you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Two negative home pregnancy test but missed period by a week also experiencing some symptoms?
I was due on my period a week ago now but the day before I was due I bled a tiny bit and it stopped after 10minutes, I'm also experiencing headaches,sickness, swolen veiny breasts with White spots on the nipples and I have been very emotional, I'm now cofused as the tests I took were negative could I have tested to early ? Please help
pregnancy tests can give false negative's but never a false positive.. give it another week and if you havent gotten your period by then then take your test. if it shows up negative, go see your doctor
Early pregnancy symptoms before missed period?
i am about 1 1/2 weeks before my period is due and i am just wondering if anyone has ever experienced early symptoms.
last night i was woken up by painful stomach pains and over whelming nausea, i have been increasingly tired and am wonderin if these might be early signs or something else anyone have any ideas? thanks in advance xx
me and my husband are trying to conceive so yes i have ahd unprotected sex regularly before, during and after ovulation.
with my first I woke up at 5am, HOT as Heck, and nauseas, went to the ob the next day she laughed at me... 3 weeks later took my blood, pregnant, did an us and i conceived 4 days before i woke up with the hot feeling.. it is possible depends on how intune you are with your body
can you have pregnancy symptoms before a missed period?
a few weeks ago my boyfriend and i were having sex and the condom broke. a day and a half later i took the plan b one step pill. a week after this i had another period but it was only a few days (not my normal week long one). i've been having symptoms after this that are pregnancy like but from what i've read they are also normal symptoms from the pill. my period is due at the end of this week and im still experiencing pregnancy like symptoms. should they have ended by now for the pill? is it possible to have pregnancy symptoms before missing your period?
Plan B contains a high dosage of hormones so it can take a long time for your body to get back to normal. The effects of this plan B are very similar to pregnancy symptoms:
Side effects may include changes in your period, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, and dizziness. But if you haven´t had your period, I presume you are not pregnant.
Give some time for your body to recover.
I hope this information helps you!
Missed period pregnancy symptoms?
Me and my boyfriend had sex one week before my expected period. When it was time for my period it didn't come It has been a week now and still no period. Ive taken 3 HPTs two negies one no response. By the way I have alot of pregnancy symptoms.
Are you sure you aren't stressing yourself into not having a period?
This is a common symptom with anxiety, late periods because you think something is wrong.
If you feel nauseated, this may just be nerves, too.
Try going to your local health department, and ask if you can have a pregnancy test done, and see if you can get some free birth control. Better safe than sorry!
My periods is late by a week, I have 30day regular period, but have no preg/PMS symptoms, so am I pregnant?
I and my husband have been using condoms/pull out for the last two years. Last month we thought of having a baby and had unprotected sex 2 days before, after and on my ovulation day. Now a week has passed since I have missed my periods, but I have no other pregnancy/periods symptoms (like Cramps, Fatigue, Implantation bleeding, Nausea or vomiting) .The only thing I can see is my nipples are errect and on touching it is a bit painful, but not always , can that be called swollen breasts? So infact I am having no symptom other than a missed period. I normally have a 30 day regular period. So is it normal and is there a chance that I'm pregnant?
i did not have any symptoms until i was six weeks pregnant other than tender breast and erect nipples. at six weeks the nausea set in and has not let up. take a hpt. good luck
Can you find out your pregnant a week before your missed period?
I took a pregnancy test 8 days before my missed period because I have been having symptoms and it came back positive. I took one again by the same brand 7 days before my period and it came back positive. I took another one 6 days before my missed period b y a different brand and it came back positive. All 3 had really faint lines. Is it possible to 1, find out so soon before your missed period? & Can you have 3 false positive pregnancy test?
I believe i am pregnant by my symptoms and missed period but pregnancy tests show negative?
Hello, So i know this question gets asked a lot but i really don't know what else to do. So i guess i should start at the beginning my periods have always been really normal i usually get my period 29-31 days apart. My last period was feb. 9th. I am now late by almost a week. the reason i am asking is because i honestly am having all the normal symptoms of pregnancy i am 24 and have a 3 year old son i honestly feel like i am pregnant and feel exactly like i did before. Ive taken 3 at home pregnancy tests and all have come up negative.
I guess what im trying to say is that is 1). how often is at-home pregnancy tests wrong and 2). If i was pregnant how soon would it show if the last time i had sex was feb 12th, 13th, 14th, and 17th?
I know i really should go see a dr. but i guess i just want to know for sure.
i have had heaps of false pregnancy tests when in fact i have been pregnant maybe ur hcg isnt high enough to detect yet maybe wait another week try again and if its still negaitive go to the drs for a test seeing you have been pregnant before you would know what symptoms you would have and what it would feel like best of luck and hope things work out for you which ever way you may want it to happen.