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Symptoms of Pregnancy

Pregnancy Test

We’ve listed some of the most common symptoms of pregnancy below. You may begin to suspect you are pregnant very soon after the baby is conceived, or you may not have any pregnancy symptoms until much later. Finding out if you are pregnant is easy.  Home pregnancy tests can confirm your pregnancy on the day your period is due, and some can give a positive result even earlier. Alternatively, your pregnancy can be confirmed by your midwife or doctor. 

Missed Period

If your cycle is regular, a missed period can be an obvious sign that you are pregnant. However, if you’re not planning to get pregnant, you may not be watching out for your periods.  Or, if you have irregular periods, you may not notice it. 

Tender breasts

Breast tenderness is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy.  When you’re pregnant, your breasts can feel sore, tingly, swollen and sensitive. The large amounts of oestrogen and progesterone that your body produces in pregnancy cause these breast changes.

Any Time of the Day Sickness

Nausea is probably the most common symptom associated with pregnancy. It is a misnomer to call it morning sickness, because you may feel nauseous at anytime of the day, not just in the morning.  However, you may feel worse in the morning, when your stomach is empty.

Constant Tiredness

If you are feeling overwhelming fatigue for no apparent reason, it could be a sign that you’re pregnant.  When you are pregnant, you experience a dramatic rise in hormone levels that help maintain the pregnancy and help your baby grow. The hormonal changes as well as the physical changes in your body are the most likely cause of constant tiredness. Your fatigue will most likely go away at around 12 to 14 weeks.

Needing to empty your bladder often

As your uterus grows to accommodate the growing embryo, it fights for space with your bladder.  It means that your bladder has less capacity to store fluid; therefore, it tells you to empty it often.


Vague, menstrual-like cramps are a common early pregnancy symptom. Cramps are probably caused by the uterus growing and are not a cause for concern. A hot pack may help provide some welcome relief.


The hormone progesterone is responsible for you feeling bloated in early pregnancy. Progesterone causes you to retain water and can make your abdomen feel uncomfortable, bloated and enlarged.


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Talia Clist
Sep 20, 2011 10:39pm [ 1 ]

I need all the help I can get from this website , I have quite recently found out I am pregnat and do not know to do , I'm am going to of course going to see a doctor to confirm the pregnancy but in the mean time , I need all the help I can get.

Sep 25, 2011 7:41am [ 2 ]

Hi Talia - congratulations on your pregnancy. Educating yourself is a great way to ensure a happy and healthy pregnancy. I hope you find this website helpful. We are adding new articles all the time. Please fell free to post any questions and gain support from our online forum.

tarra evans
Oct 4, 2011 11:09pm [ 3 ]

im not due for my peroid yet not till next week. but i hvae bloating,cramps,tierdness,and have the hole wanna throw up but cant, did a test come bak neg so not sure wats goin on atm. if i am this will be my third baby.i cant get into doc as no appointments so i jus have to wait it out.

Oct 6, 2011 7:21am [ 4 ]

Hi Tarra - most pregnancy tests cannot detect pregnancy until you are at least due for your period (and usually need a few more days to be accurate). Good luck

Nov 8, 2011 9:25pm [ 5 ]

Just wondering if anyone else has had a fluttering feeling in their lower abdomen as an early pregnancy symptom. I've had some minor cramps and shocking insomnia also. I've never felt this fluttering feeling before. Although i'm not even due for my period yet.

Jan 14, 2012 7:37pm [ 6 ]

I've been having cramps, been feeling very tired lately, and sore in the breasts, i am due for my period but it hasnt come. Then today i had a little bleed but that was it.. I dont know what to think or do. Can u please help me

Feb 2, 2012 1:51am [ 7 ]

i've recently been feeling a bit "under the weather" and had symptoms of tender nipples, and the sensation of having a full bladder all the time, but i also have the implanon in, its due to be changed in 5 months, could there be a chance that i'm pregnant???

Feb 13, 2012 9:32am [ 8 ]

I had been off the pill for nearly two months. I downloaded a "period" diary application, to help keep track of when to expect it. The last time I got it, was 3 days before I was meant to, now I am down to the wire this period. Waiting.. My boobs are killing me to sleep on.. They hurt mainly on the outside.. And I have been getting tired around 2:30pm every day for the last week or so.. I felt a little sick a couple of days ago, but that was not long after I ate, so I don't know if that actually has any relevance!I have just put all my money into a savings account that I can't touch, thinking that I wouldn't need it until my next pay day, which is in 2 days, so I can't even buy a pregnancy test.. what do I do?

Feb 18, 2012 9:21am [ 9 ]

this is our first month of not notting (not trying to not get pregnant)and I am four days late (which never happens). i haven't had many symptoms except constantly thinking each little cramp is my period and worrying each time i have ham, or a glass of wine. I have had a mild headache and feel a little dizzy from time to time. I'm waiting for one more day for a test, but how do you control the mind games?

Jun 6, 2012 8:02am [ 10 ]

I'm Anna and I'm 18 had sex about 10 days ago with the boyfriend. My period is not due till next Thursday a week from now but iv been having blackish brown blood coming out also bad cramping. Any possible way I could be pregnant?

Aug 1, 2012 9:29pm [ 11 ]

ive noticed recently that in the space of about a week my breasts have gone up a cup size and atm keep getting a little bigger my bf noticed it too and they have been kinda tender. Also im on the pill, been tired, had cramps, nauseous and trying to throw up now ive have read that alot of these symptoms are related to before your menstrual cycle but ive never had them. Now ive taken a pregnancy test it was neg but testing again in a few days? im confused am i pregnant?

Oct 23, 2012 2:09am [ 12 ]

Hi Rache

Yes I do and I'm 8 weeks!

Nov 1, 2012 1:36am [ 13 ]

Hi I was on the pill got off 2years ago never had my period again and just recently before my geany appiontment I had my period for 4days did pegnancy test came positive went for a scan on the same day there was nothing did blood test came back negative I am due for another appiontment the 7/11/2012 what does this all mean

Jan 14, 2014 2:56pm [ 14 ]

I had sex before one of my most fertile day. my period is not due until 3 more days . I've had some pregnancy signs, like sore breast (mostly below my armpit) , mild headaches , feeling a little nauseous & I've been A LOT more tired than usual. But I had this uncomfortable feeling in my bladder like theres constant pressure on it. Itmostly feels uncomfortable after I get done peeing it doesn't burn when I pee, or after any help?

Mar 9, 2014 8:46am [ 15 ]

I have missed my period 3/4 days now, I feel very nausea have done a home pregnancy test and it's negative. could i still be pregnant?

Jul 17, 2014 2:46pm [ 16 ]

So I'm 14 days late and have taken pregnancy test at day 10(-), my boobs aren't that sore but I have random nausea especially after I eat. I've been tired, with pressure in my uterus area. No signs of period coming. I did have sex on the highest fertile day, but we used the pull out method. I have been under stress no more than usual , so I don't know if I'm late because of stress or I'm pregnant...hmm...

Jul 27, 2014 3:56pm [ 17 ]

I usually have heavy but regular periods on 12th June I had my 3rd period within a month I went and had a smear test on 26th June which came bk with a abnormal result on the 11th July me and my partner was having intercourse which I was on top and was very rough we have been having a lot of intercourse 4 months using no protection at all on this day whilst intercourse on top I started bleeding but it only lasted 1 day which I've never had happen 2 me before we have been having lots of unprotected intercourse since then I've put weight on in the stomach and my belly button has also changed and gone right in I've also been having really itchy skin especially legs I've been getting sweaty head quite bad and sufferd some dizziness and sometimes my urine has been abit darker than usuall and have been constipated could this b a early sign of pregnancy?

Aug 20, 2014 8:59am [ 18 ]

i am 5 weeks pregnant and i feel bloated been very sick and constantly feel like i have a full bladder and have to go all the time. i have the discomfort pain as if i have been holding my pee in all the time.

Sep 2, 2014 10:36pm [ 19 ]

I had sex the got my period 1-2 weeks later (period is always on time) but only went for 3 days, my period is now 2 months late, I did a pregnancy test but came back neg and I feel like I have had pregnancy symptoms. Is there any chance I could be pregnant?

Sep 5, 2014 7:04am [ 20 ]

Hello, strange question. I have had my tubes tide for 4 years. Recently I was late on my period and when I finally did start I was only on it for 1 day. Now I am feeling some "fluttering" or "spasms" in my lower abdomen. Could I be pregnant? ?

Oct 16, 2014 3:46pm [ 21 ]

Hi I am Chelsea and I am 23 years old. I was due for my period Oct 11th. Still no sign. I keep track of my period so they are usually pretty steady. I just got put on Topomax so my question is...could that be an issue? I just got put on it 3 days before my period so i wouldnt think it would effect it. But I am also feeling fluttering. other than that no symptoms of pregnancy or period at all. Thought??

Nov 20, 2014 12:59pm [ 22 ]

Not sure if it affects your period but find out if you are pregnant and get off that drug ASAP if you are. Here is what it says: If you take TOPAMAX® during pregnancy, your baby has a higher risk for birth defects called cleft lip and cleft palate. These defects can begin early in pregnancy, even before you know you are pregnant. There may be other medicines to treat your condition that have a lower chance of birth defects. All women of childbearing age should talk to their healthcare providers about using other possible treatments instead of TOPAMAX®. If the decision is made to use TOPAMAX®, you should use effective birth control (contraception) unless you are planning to become pregnant. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking TOPAMAX®. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will continue to take TOPAMAX® while you are pregnant. Metabolic acidosis may have harmful effects on your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider if TOPAMAX® has caused metabolic acidosis during your pregnancy.

lexie baker
Dec 6, 2014 4:36am [ 23 ]

I have fluttering in my stomach. I had sex the day before my period came on.. But I'm irregular and have pcos ... And I have the fatigue, frequently peeing, mood swings.. Could I be pregnant..

Dec 17, 2014 3:35pm [ 24 ]

okay, i am 20 years old and engaged to the man ive been with for 3 years. we are both excited about starting our lives together and having a big family someday but im worried that someday might be very very soon. i have been experiencing pregnancy like symptoms as of late and im not 100% sure if this is legitimate or if im experiencing a "phantom pregnancy". here are my symptoms 1) tired all the time even after sleeping for almost 12 straight hours 2) swollen feet and soreness in my feet and ankles 3) sore breasts (now, they always get sore during my period but that brings me to) 4) not a missed or late period but one that has been on and off for the last three weeks. ill bleed for two days stop spot bleed five days repeat. 5) a weird fluttering in my stomach that is something i have NEVER experienced before. i have not experienced nausea but my libido is crazy high right now and ive been incredibly emotional these past 2 months emot?

Maegen Hawes
Dec 18, 2014 12:29pm [ 25 ]

Hello. I am in between periods and have been feeling flutters and minor cramps. Feel as if im pregnant but every test comes back negative. I have had two other children and this was how I felt before but im not sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Dec 21, 2014 4:38pm [ 26 ]

My period came 8 days late last month and was due on the 18th of December and still hasn't come. I had sex 5 days before ovulation and now I feel nauseous, bloating, little fluttery feelings in my lower abdomen but I have a loss of appetite and diarrhea and no breast tenderness or growth. Honestly I just feel like I'm pregnant because my body feels so weird but I'm not sure... Any suggestions ??

Jacqueline Stewart
Dec 28, 2014 7:59am [ 27 ]

Hi, my name is Jackie

I never got my period for November and still nothing for December, I took a pregnancy test a couple days after Thanksgiving when I realized I missed my period.... It came out negative. I've my breast itch, I'm having a lot of lower back pain, lower abdominal cramps, pains in my sides(kind of a numbing pain), increased appetite, stomach flutters, tiredness, I'm moody, emotional, heightened sex drive... I'm just not feeling myself these last few weeks and I don't know why.. My boyfriend he lives I'm pregnant, I would love for that to be true, we've been trying for a while now to have a baby, but haven't been successful, maybe up until now. Should I take another home test even though the one I took in November was negative and do any of my symptoms sound like I could be pregnant? Please help...

Jan 24, 2015 4:46pm [ 28 ]

Hi there:) I've recently come off the pill in Dec 14 and this is my 2nd month ttc. I had my normal withdrawal bleed less than a week after stopping. Then towards the end of the month about 28 day cycle I had another. I believe I felt my ovulation around the 10/01/15, but on 18/01 I've had cramping and spasms since then. Also heavy tender breasts, some sensitive to smell, tired, frequent loo visits. I've done a pregnancy test and it was negative. Is it just my body becoming normal after the pill or too early to test? I'm so confused atm :)

Feb 15, 2015 2:51pm [ 29 ]

I am 28 years old and I have 3 kids of my own. my youngest is 3 and it has been sometime now since my last pregnancy. But I have every symptom listed on here and when I take a test it says negative. I have had pepole tell me to do a blood test and it will tell me. But I don't know why the test is telling me I am not pregnant when the blood test will. Can someone give me info about that please.

Mar 1, 2015 10:04pm [ 30 ]

Hey please help me the last time I've been getting ALL of the pregnancy symptoms was around 3 weeks ago it went for as long as 2 or 3 weeks. I wasn't sure if i were pregnant or sick but the symptoms now come and go. I don't know the exact day my period would come but it came on the week it should come, it lasted from Saturday and finished on the coming Wednesday, but i had no period like pains in my abdominal area not one single cramp. after it finished i started getting period pains again but i don't have it as bad as before i don't go toilet as much as before either i did the calculator too see if i have conceived, it says I should be at least 6 weeks pregnant. i did 2 HPT and both came back Negative I don't know whats going on i need help..

Mar 18, 2015 7:36am [ 31 ]

I am having some of the same issues. My lmp was 3/1/15 but a couple of days after my period was over, I started experiencing tingling, and soreness in my breast and also leakage from my boobs when squeezed and it hasn't stopped for a whole week now. I had my tubes tied with clipping 6+ years ago after having my last son. Either I'm pregnant or I'm having some really weird hormonal issues. I'm also having fluttering in my stomach as well. I feel weird explaining this to anyone because of having my tubes tied but I don't know what else is going on..... ughhh

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