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16 Early Signs of Pregnancy

  • Woman in athletic clothes winded from jogging outside

    Shortness of Breath Caused by Decrease in Oxygen

    Do you get winded going up the stairs all of a sudden? It might be an early sign of pregnancy. The growing fetus needs oxygen, leaving you a little short. Sorry to say, this one may continue throughout your pregnancy, especially as your growing baby starts to put pressure on your lungs and diaphragm.

  • Woman holding chest and grimacing

    Sore Breasts Before Your Period is Late

    Putting on your bra this morning felt like mild torture. And are you imagining it, or are the girls a little bigger? Tender and heavy-feeling breasts, darkening of the areolas and even more pronounced veins on your chest can be early signs that you're pregnant. Wear your most supportive bra—to bed if you need it—to help ease discomfort.

  • Woman yawning

    Fatigue As Your Body Handles Increasing Hormones

    You didn't even make it through one page of your book last night before falling asleep. If you're suddenly exhausted, it might be a response to the increasing hormones in your body during pregnancy. For many women, tiredness continues through the first trimester, but then ebbs in the second.

  • Nausea Signaling the Beginning of Morning Sickness

    Most pregnant women start to get the queasies when they're about 6 weeks along, but some can experience morning sickness (which unfortunately can occur morning, noon and night) earlier. It will most likely subside as you enter the second trimester. In the meantime, try to eat foods that will settle your stomach, like crackers or ginger ale.

  • Woman washing her hands in the restroom

    Frequent Urination Accommodating New Bodily Fluids

    If you suddenly find yourself unable to sleep through the night without a trip to the loo, it might be a sign. During pregnancy your body produces extra fluids, which has your bladder working overtime—and leads to you taking a lot of pee breaks.

  • Woman soothing a headache with her fingers on her temples

    Headaches Brought On By Pregnancy Hormones

    Another early sign of pregnancy is an aching head, a result of changes in hormones. Just in case you are indeed pregnant, choose medications you can take while pregnant, like pg-safe acetaminophen instead of ibuprofen, to deal with the pain.

  • Hands placed on lower back

    Backaches Signaling Early Body Changes in Pregnancy

    Is your lower back a little sore? If you don't normally have back pain, it could mean your ligaments are loosening. Sorry, this one might continue through your pregnancy as your weight gain and shifting center of gravity throw your posture out of whack.

  • Hands holding stomach, soothing cramps

    Cramping That's Not Your Normal PMS

    Is it PMS or pregnancy? It's hard to tell, but if you're feeling crampy, it might be an early pregnancy symptom as your uterus stretches to get ready for a baby.

  • Woman eating an orange

    New Cravings or Food Aversions

    Suddenly, you cannot get enough citrus. Or perhaps fish now turns your stomach. If you notice food issues that weren't there before, it could be your body telling you you're pregnant. These cravings and food aversions often start at the very beginning of your first trimester.

  • Woman laying on couch holding her stomach with her hands

    Constipation and Bloating Caused By Extra Progesterone

    You swear you fit in your skinny jeans just last week. If you're feeling a little puffy or backed up, it might be extra progesterone due to pregnancy, which slows down your digestive system.

  • Woman looking out window

    Pregnancy Mood Swings Provoked By Changing Hormones

    WWIII erupted over your husband's failure to put his socks in the hamper. Moody much? If you're feeling a little hormonal, it might be because your body is adjusting to new hormones. Assure your husband that the roller coaster emotions will pass.

  • Woman reading body temperature thermometer

    Increased Basal Body Temperature That Remains Elevated

    If you've actively been trying to get pregnant, you may have been charting your basal body temp to pinpoint ovulation. Generally, your BBT is elevated from ovulation until you get your period 2 weeks later. If it stays elevated beyond two weeks, it might be because you're pregnant.

  • Woman holding nose and grimacing

    Heightened Sense of Smell or Sensitivity to Odors

    Your garbage now makes you gag—guess you're off trash duty! If you're repulsed by certain smells, or have an increased sensitivity to odors, it may mean you've got a bun in the oven. This is common during the first trimester.

  • Woman with her head in her hand

    Dizziness or Fainting Caused By Low Blood Sugar

    This is the go-to symptom they use to signify pregnancy in movies, but it's based in reality. Low blood sugar or blood pressure can cause a woozy episode. Make sure you eat enough and stay well-hydrated.

  • Woman putting laundry in a washing machine

    Spotting Signaling Implantation Bleeding

    Darn! You got your period. Or did you? If it was much lighter than normal, and a few days earlier than expected, you may actually be experiencing implantation bleeding, where the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall and causes a little bloodshed.

  • A circled date on a calendar indicating when an individual's period should begin

    A Late or Missed Period

    Many of the early signs of pregnancy are also symptoms of PMS. How to tell the difference? The most telling clue yet will be a missed period. If your cycle is fairly regular and you're late, you should head to the drugstore.

  • Woman holding positive pregnancy test and smiling

    A Positive Pregnancy Test—The Ultimate Pregnancy Indicator

    You won't know for sure whether you're a mama-to-be until you do the pee-stick test. If you get a negative result and you still don't get your period, it just might just be too early for the test to detect. In the meantime, look a few of these weird pregnancy symptoms that can appear upon conception. Wait a few days and try the test again. And if it's positive—congratulations!