Early Signs of Pregnancy

The most common early signs of pregnancy include breast changes, implantation bleeding and fatigue. Read further to know the other common first signs of pregnancy.

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2020 11:29 GMT

Early Signs of Pregnancy
Early Signs of Pregnancy

Do you wish to secretly discover your pregnancy even before the common pregnancy symptoms show up? Here’s a list of early signs of pregnancy.

Awaiting pregnancy can be a period of mixed emotions for every woman. To continue to wait until you can do a home pregnancy test, or the first ultrasound scan can add fuel to your already existing load of wait. That’s why we have compiled this list of first signs of pregnancy for you; now ease and relax during your wait time because without you realizing it, your baby is already growing in there!

Nasal Congestion (Pregnancy Rhinitis)

About 30% of women experience pregnancy rhinitis in the early weeks of pregnancy. The sudden surge in the levels of pregnancy hormones causes the nasal passages to swell up, increasing the production of mucus, as a result. Unlike the common cold, which is caused by cold viruses, pregnancy rhinitis does not bring about a runny nose, but instead tends to block the nose with continuous secretion of mucus. This can be extremely irritating for most women.

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Breast Tenderness

Changes in breasts are one of the most common signs of pregnancy. Soon after conception, your body begins to prepare for your coming phase of motherhood, and as a first sign, you can find changes in your breast. Your breasts become tender and sore and the dark area around the areola may start to get wider and darker.


Commonly called as spotting, a light to mild vaginal discharge, usually brownish in color, can be spotted in some women around the expected period date. Be aware that not all women experience spotting while some may miss to notice it. Spotting is believed to be an outcome of the fertilized ovum trying to implant on the uterine wall. Though even a light bleed is the last thing you might want to witness now, if you spot something unlike a menstrual discharge, it may in fact sign good news.

Food Aversions

As the pregnancy hormones continue to shoot up, some pregnant women become sensitive to food tastes and smells. Don’t be surprised if you detest the sight of your ever-favorite Sushi or, strangely you crave for chocolate fudge like never before. The smell and smoke of cooking can nauseate you and kitchen could be the last place in your home you like to stand in for a while.

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Lightheadedness is frequently associated among very early signs of pregnancy. You body is actively producing progesterone, a pregnancy hormone, which nurtures the growing baby with increased blood flow. As a result, blood supply to your brain may drop down at times, giving you a lightheaded feeling. If your food intake gets limited because of morning sickness and nausea, your blood sugar level is also likely to lower, causing mild or severe dizziness.

Frequent Urination

When one day you find it unstoppable from going to the restroom every now and then, feel glad that nature alerts you with one of the telltale signs that you are pregnant. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) is an early pregnancy hormone which causes frequent urination in pregnant women. Progesterone can add to it by increasing the blood volume in your circulatory system, giving more work to your kidneys.

A Missed Period

A missed period is one of your apparent first signs of pregnancy. If it has been a week to 10 days since your monthly period date has passed but you haven’t got your period yet, you are almost there! Once your ovum is fertilized by a sperm, most women do not get their period until the baby is born or until a few months after childbirth.

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What next?

Though all of the early signs of pregnancy listed above are common, they must not be substituted for a medical pregnancy confirmation. A home pregnancy test using a pregnancy kit is the very first step of confirmation that can be easily done from the comfort of your home.


Keep in mind that the home pregnancy test is not a fool proof method. If, at the time of taking the test, the levels of your pregnancy hormones are not at detectable levels, it might show a negative result, in spite of a growing pregnancy. Hence, it is advisable to allow ample time for confirmation tests after reading the early signs of pregnancy. 

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