Early Signs Of Pregnancy – 5 Earliest Signs

When you first suspect you may be pregnant (or if are hoping you are), all of a sudden you become hyper vigilant for any early signs of pregnancy.

Some women may experience a range of pregnancy symptoms quite soon after finding out they are pregnant.

Others may have a healthy pregnancy with nothing much more than a missed period and a few aches and pains.

Some women may experience light bleeding or even continue to have a ‘period’ their whole pregnancy — all without harm to the baby.

Of course, all bleeding during pregnancy should be mentioned to your midwife or doctor.

Early Signs of Pregnancy

Many women will first realise they are pregnant with a trademark missed period.

At this stage, they will already be in week 4 of pregnancy — even though they are only technically pregnant for two of those. This is because the baby’s estimated due date is calculated based on day one of a woman’s menstrual period.

According to a study, 50 percent of participants began experiencing pregnancy symptoms by day 36 after their last period. By the end of the eighth week, this figure increased to 89 percent. The study also reported that women who smoked were more likely to have a delayed onset of pregnancy symptoms.

However, some little hidden clues — which you may not realise at the time — can become clear as soon as that positive pregnancy test is on the table.

To get a better idea of the early signs of pregnancy BellyBelly’s forum users first noticed, I created a poll. You can see the results and comments here. If you’re a registered forum member, you can vote on what your very first pregnancy symptom was too.

Here are the most common early pregnancy symptoms you might be able to identify before a pregnancy test.

Early Sign #1: Mood Swings

When I found out I was pregnant with my first, it was a complete surprise — and a wonderful one at that! But the day I found out didn’t go exactly as you’d expect.

I thought I was just having a bad really day. I had a huge meltdown at work and couldn’t hold back speaking my mind during a team meeting – before subsequently quitting my job! It was outrageous – and totally not me. I had no idea what had come over me, but I couldn’t hold back.

To cheer myself up, I decided to go and buy myself something nice for lunch, only to have a yelling match with someone in the car park. We were arguing over a parking space — I was sure I was there first. And it wasn’t even halfway through the day yet! I rang my partner to let off some steam, who told me to come and see him for lunch. So I decided to go and see him — surely it would calm me down. What the heck was wrong with me?!

When I got to my partner’s workplace, he hopped into the car and soon confronted me with: “Do you think you might be pregnant?”

My life was flashing before my eyes. I was oblivious, and it completely hit me for six. Could it even be possible that I’m pregnant?

I was.

For me, finding out I was pregnant wasn’t associated with a missed period or morning sickness (as the movies tend to lead us to believe). Nor was it the lovely, excited fluffy moment where you all jump up and down and cry happy tears because you’ve planned it for so long! But it wasn’t long and I couldn’t wait to meet my firstborn daughter.

Things went the same kind of way when I was pregnant with my second daughter — but this time I was a little wiser and figured out why I was having emotional outbursts.

Seeing the results of the BellyBelly forum poll, I wasn’t the only one who discovered the underlying reason for being super emotional was due to pregnancy. Thank goodness for that too, because for a while there, I thought I was being a little bit ‘special’! I was just a little bit pregnant instead!

Early Sign #2: Implantation Bleeding

As soon as six days after conception or soon after, pregnant women may experience implantation bleeding and even a little cramping. When the fertilised egg imbeds into the uterine lining, it can cause a little spotting. As it gets closer to the expected period, any implantation bleeding may be mistaken for a light or odd period.

Early Sign #3: Fatigue

We’re talking hangover-like fatigue! Some women experience incredible fatigue early on. It can be really hard to put a finger on why you’re so tired, but everything seems like an extra effort. That’s because there is lots of effort going on inside of you!

Early Sign #4: Breast Tenderness / Swelling

This early sign of pregnancy can be sneaky, because it’s also something some women experience before they get their period.

However, it is a commonly reported early sign of pregnancy.

Early Sign #5: Vaginal Discharge

Very early on in the pregnancy, there is an increase in the hormone progesterone. It’s responsible for many pregnancy side effects and symptoms, with increased white vaginal discharge being one of them.

Read About More Pregnancy Symptoms

For a more detailed description of 16 signs and symptoms of early pregnancy, check out our article outlining 16 pregnancy symptoms.

What were your early signs of pregnancy? Feel free to share in the comments section below.

Last Updated: November 23, 2015


Kelly Winder is the creator of BellyBelly.com.au, a doula, writer and mother to three awesome children. Currently, she's travelling the world for 12 months with her partner and children, and hopes to inspire more families to do the same. Visit aroundtheworldpluskids.com.au for more information.


  1. last month I had my period but notice some changes in the flow which was somehow low compared to before as I use to. even before I had d period I notice my stomach to b a little bloated and still its same, also I have bn feeling dis slight cramp at my lower abdomen, headache, sore breast and d feeling of wanting to urinate often even though always in small quantity. pls what do u think.

  2. Well, i dont know whether i am pregnant or not cause i havent taken the test yet… But, my period is 2 weeks late, within that time frame I have been VERY moody, i get mad at my bf 100 times a day over nothing :/ i am constantly hungry, i constantly need to pee, sometimes i feel slight cramping in my lower stomach and my boobs and nipples are sore, sometimes i get a tingling feeling in there. No morning sickness nor naussea yet. What do u think?

    1. I need help, my period is late by three days for a week and half i been having cramps even around my belly buttom which i thought it was my period but instead it was white discharged had light headacne here and there, also took a pregnancy test two days ago and it was negative, can i be pregnant ?

    2. Girl I feel the same way as you and I don’t even know if im pregnant but I been having bad cramps but Still I don’t get my period yet what do I do?

  3. Definitely get pregnancy test. I was late for my period Bout 14 days late. Had pink discharge thought i was getting my period soon. However didnt come. Got pregnancy test that night found out i was 1-2 weeks

    1. Get a test Hun. It’s quick and simple and if you’re already two weeks late it should show up if you’re pregnant. If it shows negative then retest in a few days.

  4. So I’m rounding the end of my ovulation period, my last period was a little weird though. The first day it was normal but then it lightened up fairly quick and stopped about a day earlier than usual. I’m bloated, gassy, my boobs are fine, I’m moody, I get dizzy super easy, I’m extremely tired… But I don’t want to jump the gun on this because about 3 months ago me and my boyfriend though I was pregnant but the test came back negative, we only recently started trying for a baby (the day after my last period)

    Could I be pregnant? If so how far do you think I am?

  5. I have never vomited during my period before, but this month before i saw my period i was spotting for about 4 days before my normal period then i became so weak having pains all over my body and i also vomited,please i need help cause i don’t know what is wrong with me.

  6. I was constant with my pill them had unprotected sex then lost my pill and couldn’t continue with it for another week or two I then got my period because I wasn’t on it and it’s been about 4-5 weeks and I have metallic taste in my mouth and sort of sore boobs and I can’t really get my hands on a test should I be worried, and can I feel my stomach to see if I could be pregnant?

  7. I used to get acne in my chin just two days before my period is due which has always signalled me that I am not pregnant. Will this acne be spotted if I pregnant?

    (We are trying to conceive for 4 months)

  8. I’ve been having unprotected sex with my boyfriend for about 3 months now. My periods have always come on time so never thought anything of it. For the past week or so I’ve been exhausted.. Not wanting to do anything but sleep, been getting lower abdomen pains, headaches, I’ve been sick and my stomach looks like I’m about 3 months.. I can’t be pregnant though as I’ve had periods normal.. Please help I’ve never been pregnant before

  9. Okay this is the first time I been late/ missed my period my last was on the 12 of June and I only have a 28 cycle and I’m late 5 days I was supposed to start the 11 of July I been active for a month and I been cramped at bottom of my belly and I’m been nausea a little and I have bigger and sore breast I took 3 test all negative but that was before my period so what do y’all think help!! Plzs

  10. Hi, I’m a little worried as I was due for my period but it hasn’t came.. I have taken a pregnancy test and it said negative.. Is it possible to take a test too early?? I took it a week ago an still no period. What should I do?

  11. I have sore nipples and frequently need to pee. I can get upset one minute and a angry the next and I constantly get pain in my lower abdomen and my period is late could I be pregnant

  12. Okay lady’s need help… In the morning I’m still really tired when I get up out of bed after sleeping about 8 hours, when finally get out of bed I get this pain in my lower stomach and I get really dizzy if I hadnt eaten yet. I pee a lot an this month I’m two days late but I’m cramping.. I’m always tried and I noticed I have stretch marks on my stomach but this is the first month I had a late period every other month was normal, other than the waking up and still being tired along with the not eating an feeling sick all day what should I do??

  13. So not sure if I am as I am yet to take a test sad I know but waiting for payday so I can purchase an expensive clear blue because by payday if I am i will be 2/3 weeks, so past couple of days been getting really bad cramps in my stomach, I had sex on the last day of my period (which was last Friday) came off in the morning/afternoon had sex in the evening and again this Monday just gone, since I have had really bad cramps in my stomach, feeling tired, slightly sick and smelling weird smells, surely to god I shouldn’t be seeing any signs yet??

  14. Hi all… Just needing a bit of advice! My last period was 23rd June 2015… I was due on Wednesday but for the last 2 weeks been feeling a little off… I’m finding I’m eating a lot more than I normally would, I’m moody, don’t want to really deal with people! Knowing there was a slight chance I could be pregnant I took a test on Monday which came back negative…
    It’s now Saturday my period hasn’t come however I’m experiencing some other things.. Such as, cramps it’s like my period is coming but this has gone on for days now and there’s nothing there, my stomach seems to be quite bloated and come the end of the day it’s a lot more bloated then it normally is, my skin is awful, spots everywhere, and then my legs arms and body is really dry no matter what I use its just really flakey!
    My boobs seem quite normal, not sore or anything! I was going to take another test after a week of being late but not sure whether to, am I being paranoid!??

  15. Okay. I need some advice please. I stopped my birth control June 19th and that is also the first day of my last period. It is now July 26th. I was supposed to start my period July 17th is it possible that I could be pregnant. My period is a week and 2 days late? Help! Lol

  16. Hi ok i have alot of the symptoms of pregnancy such as tender breasts, bloating in my stomach area ( cant wear my normal jeans unless i have the buttons undone ) having a feeling of regurgitation when ive had acidic foods etc, im moody, my cycle is all over the place and im eating wierd things such as boiling up eggs and eating them without bread etc. Ive done 2 tests in the last 2 weeks and they both say neg. Ive been to my doctor this morning and also had a blood test ( waiting on results ) and i have an ultrasound tomorrow. What do you think? And if it turns out that im not pregnant what should i ve doing differently to have a good chance of falling pregnant? Plz help thanks

  17. Well hello ladies just need some opinions! my period is late 2 weeks, i have Been mad for no reason With my love ones, my breasts have been bothering me a little there mostly very itchy and i keep getting period cramps but nothing is there a possibility. Im pregnat? Thank you so much for the help. :-)

  18. I haven’t had my period for 2months now I’ve taken 2 tests during the months I’ve missed and it says NEGATIVE, I’ve had stomach cramps, pee a lot & times where I need to spew but doesn’t wanna come out. HELP???

  19. hello please i need your help. its now been two months and one week with out my period…..i did the pregnancy test like two times bt the results read negative. however i feel nausea some times bt i dont puke…..at times get cramps bt no period. am some how nervous goin to see a doctor…..please wat shld i do?

  20. I have endometriosis and have done for over 13years despite medical theory I have had 6 natural birth and have lost two pregnancies. But my cycle became regulated and I hv been late in over a year. I am now a week late but I am also experiencing mood swings, frequent going wee, my belly is tender n slightly distended. I am finding certain smells nauseating and am experiencing nausea alot. I am constantly tired. Please tell me what going on I did a test a few week back that came out negative.

  21. I haven’t had my periods and I had pink discarge and I was thinking am getting my period soon but I didn’t. I have big sore boobs, I drink water more often,I have abdomal pain,I get so tired, And am so very moody plz help am scared to go to the clinic. Are there any chances that am pregnant

  22. Ok ladies here’s something different … I normally get my period for 7-8 days I’ve been with my fiance for 5 years I have no children and I’m 24 good time to have a baby I think well I had my mind set on having a baby so badly that I never got pregnant ok well July I got my period it was weird ok so normal my period starts light then heavy for a few days then light well this July I got my period on the 15 and it ended on the 18 I figured ok well its just gonna come back … it always does but this time it didn’t and I’ve had symptoms I’ll be sitting watching TV and I’ll just almost pass out … I was doing the dishes the other day and omg I starting freaking crying while doing the dishes throwing them into the sink like a crazy person I’ve had pains in the lower stumache both sides am I pregnant I’ve taken two pregnancy tests both negative but they were the cheap ones I’m wondering if maybe I’m too early I’m expecting my period in a few days so hopefully I don’t get it lol

  23. Today i felt sick all day. I ate and it didnt help. I felt like i was going to throw up but i didnt. I get head aches every night almost. Im craving crushed ice and sometimes dirt for some reason and no i wont eat dirt. Last night i had to use the bathroom 4 times in 5 hours. One night i was going to the bathroom every hour. My breasts are hurting. I gained 5-7 pounds. I spotted 3 times but different days. I also been getting a tingling sensation in my stomach. Today my body hurt as well…….do you think im pregnant?

  24. Hey guys. I need some advice. Both my husband and myself have been trying really hard to have a child for the past two months. last month the pregnancy test came out negative. I did not have spotting and both months my period came out to be just on the right date. This month also we have started but I feel bloated and I have gained two kilos in just two weeks. Same diet and feel very tired and dizzy. I have slight yellowish discharge some days. No vomiting or nauseous feeling till now. What should I do. am I pregnant?

  25. Hi, my period date is last month of 18 n still I haven’t perid last few days I have checkepregency test but it was negative so what should I do now

  26. Hey! I need help! I’ve missed my period earlier this month, and I haven’t really eaten much all month. My breasts haven’t been sore, but I have felt cramps here and there and last night I ended up dry heaving twice. I barely ate anything all day yesterday, and today I feel a tad better after eating some soup and crackers. I took a genetic test today, but came out kind of faint. Any ideas what’s up?

  27. I’m just going to put it our there I had sex about 3 days later I started my period . no we weren’t safe didn’t use a condom and we went more than once . Now I’m scared out of my mind I been having stomach pains and I been peeing so much it’s been about 4-5 weeks since .

  28. 12 days late and moody with no other symptoms? What is that about? Are there any other reasons I missed my period? I eat well balanced meals and stay fit and active.

  29. My LMP was in March and then I didn’t have a period for the month of May. I then took an hpt and it came out +ve in the month of June and also had all the crazy symptoms and still do. In early July I had light pink spotting when I wiped and that was all. But later in the month I had dark brown spotting. No AF and its now August and I still don’t have a period. I also went to the docs and they said blood and urine was -ve. They did an u/s but didn’t tell me the results bc I had a full bladder. I’m just looking for advice.

  30. I’ve been almost 2 weeks late with my period. I’m always tired. I get hot really fast. My taste has changed and I throw up EVERY SINGLE TIME I eat or drink ANYTHING. I took a test before and it said negative, but with how sick I’ve been I don’t know what to do. Any advice? Could I be pregnant?

  31. please help me ma ,i have been seening my period well for about two month now.am having back pain and waist pain,and aches in my navel and am add weight and some pinples in my face but test show nagetive,just these spetember my period came still not flowing well and the back pains,feeling tired contiune please help me.thanks

  32. Me and my boyfriene have been trying to conceive for about 3 months now.
    I feel like I have all the signs, I get really bad cramps about every other day, my period I had last month was weird I threw up on my period and had a really bad head ace, now my stomach feels bigger , it’s looks bigger and kinda hard I took a test about a week ago, and it came out negative, and I have cravings, weird discharge my breast hurt around my nipple area, and I feel like I get colder and hot faster then what I use to , I been crying over the littlest things get to me. Some foods I can’t eat, it’s taist nasty to me. If I am pregnant I think I might be 4 weeks almost 5 any help?!

  33. my August period didn’t come but came September stopped on the 7th on the 11th I started feeling headache abdominal pain weakness pimples pls wat does it mean?

  34. I am breastfeeding a five month old baby without my period,am feeling pain in my abdomen, headache, weakness of the body,am having running stomach, am I pregnant again? pls help

  35. I’ve been feeling constipated lately, I have headaches, belly feels really weird – on and off pains, had one pain what’s cramp! I am 10 days over my ovulation, can anyone tell me some advice! I’m always feeling hungry, my boobs under my arms on side are painful when I press on them! I think they are growing quite fast too!

  36. So I had my period a week before I was intimate(unprotected), spotted the next week, had what I thought was a period but only for one day(not even heavy bleeding), have been nauseous, extremely tired, tested two days after my cycle was supposed to come and it was negative… Tested a week later and still a negative. I have been extremely bloated and gasy with back aches. Now I eat well and workout constantly so my stomach never looked like this before. I’m concerned if I am or if I am not, what’s really going on? I am tempted to take a blood test but I figured if I am I could just wait to take another home test. I am so concerned :-/. Oh I have been very moody and have gained weight in my face (my friend noticed)

  37. hi, looking for your thoughts? I am sexually active, I’ve gotten off the pill in May. I have been getting my regular periods in June & July. However I have not gotten any in the last 2 months . I’ve been getting stomach cramps, bloating, sensitive breasts and mood swings, I’ve been eating & going to the toilet more than usual however I don’t see any noticeable changes in my body … I’m wondering if I could be pregnant or is something wrong ? . I live in a remote area and getting a hold of a pregnancy test or a medical centre is hard .. your thoughts ? thanks.

    1. You definitely need to speak to a specialist to find out what’s going on with your hormones – pregnant or not. You *may* be pregnant but the pill can mess your hormones up too. A local doctor or GP is not qualified enough to help you; seek out a women’s health or reproductive specialist.

      Here are a few articles for you:


  38. My boyfriend and I have recently had sex and our condom broke with precum inside. My ovulation calculator says I’m ovulating the 14th-19th, this happened to us on the 15th (which was yesterday) I’m just nervous because I’m not sure how precum works and I am not on any type of birth control.

  39. This is all very new to me, I’m still quite young(I’ll be 20 in a few months).
    The past two weeks have been hell!
    I noticed some pink stains on my underwear but didn’t think anything of it, then I was getting some white discharge but again didn’t think much of it…
    Then I started needing to pee all the time,I feel sick most of the day, I have cramps, back pain, headaches, dizziness has become a part of my life, I get chest pain, and all I’ve done is sleep these past two weeks as the energy to do anything isn’t there.
    A few friends have asked me if I’m pregnant,
    Am I?

  40. Okay ladies I’m in need of some answers! So, I have not yet got my period, almost a week late, I’ve been noticing that I’m really bloated and my partner has noticed it also being a little hard in my lower abdomen area, I’ve also been having on and off cramps for the past month now, usually it takes me about an hr to and hr and a half to fall asleep and lately I’ve been falling asleep really quickly and have been waking up in the night either hot and sweating and or having too pee, I’ve also been having random and slight headaches and I never really get headaches unless I’m sick, I’ve been having alot of vaginal discharge, and my back has been killing me, I have not yet got a pregnancy test but who thinks I could be pregnant? I need help asap!! Thank you for your time!!!!

  41. Hey guys I need some help I haven’t gotten Aunty flo yet and lately I’ve been feeling very dizzy and light headed I tend to use the bathroom way more frequently than normally my stomach feels bloated and I have cramps by my lower stomach my breasts grew trumendasly and are super tender and tingling I have been very moody to the point where any little thing bothers me and I speak my mind and blow up I’ve had headaches a lot and I feel super tired and I always want to eat and sometimes I just don’t want to eat anything and I’ve been craving bagels n cheese with crackers
    Could I be experiencing symptoms of me getting my period or am I pregnant

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