Top 8 Early Pregnancy Symptoms Before Missed Period
Early pregnancy symptoms before missed period can be very subtle, and they usually strike days before the woman’s menstrual period is due. In most cases, a missed period is the first tell-tale sign that you are actually pregnant; however, it’s not the first symptom you may notice. From extreme exhaustion and implantation bleeding to cramping, there are several very early pregnancy symptoms that may appear in the weeks or days leading to your menstrual period.
Although most women rarely notice these early signs of pregnancy, if are in tune with your body and sensitive to hormonal changes you may notice slight changes in your body. Let’s explore some of the very early pregnancy signs even before missed period.
1. Implantation bleeding or spotting
A few days before a missed period, you may experience light spotting. About 8 to 12 days after conception, about 25% of pregnant women notice mild spotting (bleeding), known as implantation bleeding.
Since this spotting usually occurs around the time most women expect their menses, it can be mistaken for a very mild or short period. Implantation bleeding occurs as a result of the fertilized egg attaching to the uterus.
It’s a brown or light pink color and usually lasts up to three days. This might occur simultaneously with cramping and both are the result implantation of the fertilized egg.
2. Abdominal cramping
Abdominal cramps may also occur early in pregnancy and this is also a result of the embryo implanting into the lining of the uterus. Implantation usually occurs 7 to 9 days after ovulation which is about 5 days before a missed period occurs.
Since the cramping occurs around the time that your menstrual cramping would begin, you might mistake early pregnancy cramps with the cramping that occurs right before your period arrives.
In fact, some women avoid taking a pregnancy test even after missing their period because of this cramping. They believe that their menstrual period is approaching, only to learn soon after that pregnancy is the underlying cause.
Fatigue is also an early pregnancy symptom that might develop rather suddenly. For instance, one day you might be going about your normal day without any hitches but the next morning you can’t even find the strength to get out of bed.
This can be attributed to the rise in progesterone and most women describe early pregnancy fatigue as completely exhausting. Since early pregnancy fatigue usually occurs just before a missed period, most women think that they are coming down with an illness only to learn that they are actually pregnant.
4. Heavy, sore and tender breasts
Uncomfortable sensations in the breasts are also an early sign of pregnancy. The breasts become noticeably heavier and fuller. You might also notice that the areolas become bigger and darker in color.
Breasts become tender and heavier due to the elevated progesterone levels which signal the body to retain more water. They may become swollen, tingly and sore to touch one or two weeks after conceiving. You’ll also feel cumbersome and uncomfortable.
You can tackle breast tenderness by investing in a supportive bra especially when you’re working out. Although these signs may seem similar to those of PMS, you’ll notice that they are significantly worse during pregnancy.
One of the earliest sign of pregnancy is heightened senses of smell and taste. You suddenly start feeling extreme aversions to smells, foods and tastes you were fine with before.
For instance, you may not feel like eating your favorite food, and its taste or smell can might also you feel nauseous. Although you might come to your normal appetite as the pregnancy progresses, food aversions may last through the entire period you’re pregnant.
Although scientists are not certain why the aversion occurs, they believe that it’s caused by elevated progesterone levels.
6. High body temperature
After conception, you might notice an increase in your basal temperature. Although most women don’t notice this sudden change of body temperature, if you are trying to get pregnant then keeping track of your basal temperature might help you notice that you’ve conceived several days before you miss your period.
If you’re trying to conceive, it’s recommended that you track your basal temperature by writing down date and time along with temperature. Keep in mind that changes in basal temperature are always an indication that something is going on in the body.
As hormones start flooding your body when you have conceived, there might be some changes in your metabolism. In most cases, metabolism slows down resulting in bloating.
It is also common for women to suffer from constipation just a few days after conception. An increase in the level of progesterone might cause food to pass rather slowly through your intestines which leads to constipation. Therefore, if you feel constipated and don’t have any other underlying cause, you might as well be pregnant.
8. Frequent urination
Increased urination is one of the first symptoms of pregnancy even before missed period. It might start even before you take a pregnancy test. You might be going to the bathroom more often than normal during the day, or you might be getting up several times during the night to urinate.
The hormonal changes and the extra blood the body produces right after conception contribute to increased urination. Therefore, the kidneys must filter more blood than normal and this fills up the bladder more often. As a result, you’ll feel the need to urinate more often than before.
Although most of the signs described above are commonly associated with PMS, they are also the very symptoms which appear at the earliest stage of pregnancy.
Even if you must have a pregnancy test to know if you are actually pregnant, all these symptoms will prepare you for the results. However, taking a pregnancy test is the only way you can you can know for sure whether or not you’re pregnant. These signs may give you a clue, but a pregnancy test will give you some answers and help alleviate your uncertainties. In case you get a negative pregnancy result and you feel that you are pregnant, wait another week or a few days and test again.
Ovulation Symptoms and Pregnancy
Ovulation and pregnancy symptoms are believed to be caused by increased levels of the hormone progesterone and the fact that symptoms of early pregnancy are often similar to those experienced during ovulation. The difference is that ovulation symptoms usually subside shortly after ovulation occurs while symptoms of pregnancy will only increase in frequency and severity as the fetus develops.
Below, we discuss and differentiate between the signs of ovulation and pregnancy to help women and expecting mothers prepare.
Swollen or Tender Breasts
Many women have breast tenderness just before they ovulate, but the tenderness usually ends after a day or two. If breast tenderness continues after ovulation, it may be an early symptom of pregnancy, which can begin as early as one or two weeks after conceptions.
Although tenderness is the only symptom experienced by most women during ovulation, pregnant women may see darkening of the color of the areola around the nipple, and more rarely, may have goose bump-like skin patches, called Montgomery’s tubercles, around the areola and nipples.
Nonetheless, other explanations for swollen or sore breasts can include hormonal changes or imbalances, your birth control or the arrival of your period.
Lower Abdominal Pain
Another of the shared ovulation and early pregnancy symptoms is a dull ache or bloated feeling in the lower abdomen, sometimes even in the form of a backache. During ovulation, this pain or cramping tends to more noticeable on one side of the abdomen, but as an early pregnancy symptom, it is typically general discomfort.
It may be accompanied by frequent urination which is not one of the ovulation signs, but is a possible indicator of pregnancy. As with other signs of ovulation, abdominal discomfort is short lived and lasts only about two days during the release of an ovum.
Nausea and Vomiting
Unlike breast tenderness and lower abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting (known as morning sickness) are not ovulation symptoms and are most likely an indication of pregnancy. Many women experience morning sickness between 2 to 8 weeks after conception, as their hormone levels change. In a fairly rare condition, called hyperemesis gravidarum, vomiting will persist throughout the pregnancy and may cause dehydration if not treated.
Women who have nausea and vomiting after ovulation should take a pregnancy test to confirm or rule out pregnancy as a cause of their symptoms. On the other hand, some women are fortunate enough not to experience any nausea or morning sickness at all and other causes may be food poisoning, stress, and/or stomach disorders.
Changes In The Senses
Some women report a heightened sense of taste or smell as a sign of ovulation, but changes in the senses of taste and smell are also fairly common indicators of early pregnancy. The difference between a pregnancy and ovulation symptom is the duration and severity of the change.
During ovulation, the symptom may last a day or two, but pregnant women often find they like or dislike the taste of foods they previously hated or loved. This can last through all 9 months of your pregnancy. The smell of certain foods and substances may bring on a bout of nausea or vomiting throughout the course of the pregnancy.
Night Sweats and Hot Flashes
While not a common problem, night sweats and hot flashes can be ovulation symptoms or pregnancy signs. These symptoms are believed to be caused by increases in the hormone progesterone, and both ovulation and pregnancy cause the blood levels of this hormone to rise.
Women who have never experienced these symptoms during ovulation may want to take a pregnancy test. Women over 40 who experience night sweats and hot flashes may be beginning menopause which causes fluctuations in hormone levels. Stress, depression, and breast cancer can also cause hot flashes or night sweats.
Ovulation symptoms and pregnancy indicators are often similar with the primary difference being the duration of the symptoms. If ovulation symptoms persist for more than a day or two, they may actually be early symptoms of pregnancy.
13 days past ovulation
The most common early pregnancy signs & symptoms
The most common and significant very early signs and symptoms experienced on 13 days past ovulation.
Positive indicators of pregnancy
The most significant positive signs and symptoms when comparing pregnant versus non-pregnant women.
Understanding the data
Experiencing these symptoms on 13 days past ovulation increases the probability of pregnancy.
Reading the table: 8.9% of pregnant women experience the symptom ‘Very Happy’. Pregnant women experience this symptom 2.4 times as often as non-pregnant women.
Negative indicators of pregnancy
The most significant negative signs and symptoms when comparing pregnant versus non-pregnant women.
Understanding the data
Experiencing these symptoms on 13 days past ovulation decreases the probability of pregnancy.
Reading the table: 19.2% of non-pregnant women experience the symptom ‘I Don’t ‘Feel’ Pregnant’. Non-pregnant women experience this symptom 2.7 times as often as pregnant women.
Most common signs and symptoms (13 dpo)
The most frequently occurring signs and symptoms experienced by women on 13 days past ovulation (regardless of whether they are pregnant or not). The table displays what percentage of all women experience each symptom and it’s impact on the probability of pregnancy (either positively, negatively or no affect).
Understanding the data
Has a statistically significant affect on the probability of pregnancy. Experiencing this symptom increases the likelihood of pregnancy.
Has a statistically significant affect on the probability of pregnancy. Experiencing this symptom decreases the likelihood of pregnancy.
Does not have a significant affect on the probability of pregnancy. Experiencing this symptom does not increase nor decrease the likelihood of pregnancy.
For indepth information on how much a symptom affects the probability of pregnancy, visit the symptom page.
How are you feeling on 13 days past ovulation?
Very spotty .boobs not as tender heartburn BFN yest ..had gush of watery fluid at 8dpo and temp dip now 2nd temp rise today
13dpo .most symptoms gone feel like AF has already started but no blood ..cramping on and off that makes me feel nausea and need to pee
Sore nipples, abdominal cramps, frequent urination,faint line bfp today.
Early pregnancy symptoms 5 days post ovulation
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Early symptom: frequent urination
Many women will complain of needing to pass more urine during early pregnancy. You may start noticing pregnancy symptoms or be able to detect pregnancy 7-10 days post ovulation, but it’s more likely you won’t experience them until around 6 weeks gestation. Some of these changes in early pregnancy can include:
Why pregnancy makes us urinate more
This is mainly because the blood flow to the woman’s kidneys increases by up to 35 to 60%. The extra blood flow makes her kidneys produce up to 25% more urine soon after conception. This increased urine production peaks by about 9 to 16 weeks of the pregnancy, then settles down.
Passing urine frequently can also be influenced by pressure on the woman’s bladder from her growing uterus. Pressure on the bladder is the main reason why women pass urine frequently in the last 3 months of pregnancy, as the baby grows heavier, and moves further down into the woman’s pelvis in the weeks just before the birth.
While frequent urination is a feature of both the first and third trimesters, it is the change in pregnancy hormone levels, along with increased body fluids, that will have you running to the toilet every ten minutes day and night!
There is no way around this – and it will gradually improve – so don’t try restricting your fluids as it’s important for you and the growing baby to stay properly hydrated. You should be drinking about 6 to 8 glasses of fluids every day in order to maintain a healthy pregnancy. If you drink less than that on a regular basis, you can become dehydrated.
You can reduce your number of bathroom trips by avoiding beverages that have a mild diuretic effect, such as coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcohol (not that you’re probably drinking anyway!).
You can make fewer nighttime visits to the bathroom by drinking plenty of fluids during the day but then cutting back in the hours before you go to bed.
Apart from pregnancy, frequent urination can be caused by other factors including urinary tract infections, diabetes or diuretic medications.