How to spot the early signs of pregnancy

early signs of pregnancy

You have reason to suspect that you are pregnant, but you are unsure as to what the symptoms are. Don’t forget that early signs of pregnancy differ from woman to woman and from pregnancy to pregnancy. If you don’t experience any or all of the below symptoms, do not worry as it is possible to still be pregnant without noticing any early signs. Please find below a list of possible symptoms which will help you spot the early signs of pregnancy.

Missed period

If you normally have a regular period then having a missed period will often be the earliest physical sign to watch out for. You may still have a little light bleeding or spotting around the time of your period even if you are pregnant and this is called implantation (when the fertilised egg implants itself into your womb). Implantation bleeding is generally lighter than a period and the cramps are less severe. For those of you who don’t have regular periods, then you may notice other earlier symptoms before you spot a missed period. Make sure to take a pregnancy test as soon as you miss your period date, as this method is the most accurate way of finding out if you’re pregnant.

Breast tenderness

Some women will experience a tender and tingly feeling in their breasts during the early weeks of pregnancy. Your breasts may also feel heavy due to the extra hormones from pregnancy.


The first few weeks of pregnancy can be tiring, both mentally and physically, so you may experience extreme tiredness at this point. Pregnancy fatigue is not like normally tiredness, you may feel exhausted after doing normal activities. Listen to your body and rest when you need to. But, chances are you may be pregnant.

A funny metallic taste in your mouth

Not everyone experiences this symptom, but if you find yourself going off food and having a strange metallic taste in your mouth then this may be an early sign of pregnancy. You may experience excess saliva too.

Needing to go to the toilet more often

During early pregnancy you may find that you need to pass urine more often due to your womb expanding and pressing on your bladder. The progesterone is responsible for making you need to pee more and it may also cause another nasty side effect, constipation.

Feeling nauseous/being sick

Some women are lucky and experience very light nausea during pregnancy. Some women experience nausea or are sick during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy (first trimester) and some unlucky women experience extreme nausea or are sick throughout the entire period of their pregnancy (Hyperemesis Gravidarum). This is called morning sickness and is one of the most common symptons of pregnancy. Morning sickness is the product of new pregnancy hormones flooding your body. You may become more sensitive to smells, including food and cooking, which may set off your morning sickness. It is found that ginger helps to curb morning sickness although there is little explanation as to why it works. Dry crackers also help to keep your tummy full without causing too much nausea.


Increased blood circulation during pregnancy may cause headaches, thanks to frequent hormonal changes.

There are other signs to spot during pregnancy but the only true way to find out you are pregnant is if you take a pregnancy test. It is scientific proof of whether you are expecting a baby or not. For more information on pregnancy changes to your body, visit Mommy Authority now.

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Leyla Preston (582 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 6. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: