Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms - Tips On Parenting


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February 1, 2020

Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms

So, you think you might be pregnant and it’s a bit of a guessing game until you know for sure.

Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms
I will walk you through some of the early signs of pregnancy from the ones that you may know already and the ones perhaps you didn't already know. Obviously, if you think you’re pregnant it's really important to go to your GP, it's clearly better to know as soon as possible.

Pregnancy Symptoms - Early Signs of Pregnancy

Missing a period

Let's start with the most obvious early pregnancy signs, missing a period. Women who have a regular menstrual cycle or miss a period around about four weeks after their last one and that means that you'll be about four weeks pregnant.


Another really obvious pregnancy sign is nausea. it's a bit of a misnomer to call it morning sickness because it's more like all-day sickness. So, professionals tend to call it pregnancy sickness. The Hollywood love to use this one where the woman gets out of bed in the morning and brushes straight to the loo if only it was that simple.
Really what's happening is the hormone HCG is growing in your system and this causes you to feel sick. This starts around about six weeks of pregnancy and usually dies down around about the thirteenth week but for some unlucky people it goes all the way through.


You might have not heard of this pregnancy sign called implantation that is when you get a short sharp pain in your lower abdomen. Basically, the discomfort that you sense is the fertilized egg implanting in the wall of your womb. It feels a bit like a pinching sensation but not everybody gets this symptom.

Implantation Bleeding

The next pregnancy sign on the list is connected to the last one. Implantation bleeding happens for some women. So, this bleeding isn't having fresh red bleeding but some women have like a pinky loss or a brown loss when they wipe after the toilet. This is the result of egg implanting in the wall of the uterus. The bit of the wall of the uterus that it is implanted into then comes away and what you have is the bleeding. Usually, it is really really light leading but some women do mistake this for the start of a period.


One of the most common pregnancy signs of all is extreme tiredness. This starts around about when you’ve missed your period and goes all the way up to 13 weeks. This isn't a tiredness like I want to go to bed half an hour earlier tiredness. This is all-consuming, absolutely crashing on the sofa in the end of the day tiredness. This is due to your hormones. When you're pregnant each and everything is all over the place and it means that you just feel all out of whack.

Sore Breasts

The next pregnancy sign is sore breasts. It is one of the most common symptoms as well. They may feel really heavy, they might feel really sore, very tender. Some people describe it as a tingling sensation yet others say that it’s like a pinching sensation behind the nipples. Your body and your breasts are getting ready to feed that baby when the baby arrives.


Another pregnancy sign is having backache. It's another really common symptom that's mistaken for the start of your period as well because some people do get backache as period pain. It's the hormone relaxing going through your system and making every muscle relax just a little bit which is enough to make you back hurt like hell.

It is another one that's a little bit on the graphic side, cervical mucus. Basically, when you’re pregnant at the start you get lots of thin sticky cervical mucus. However, as it goes onward the progesterone in your body stacks up and makes it much thicker and stickier.

Cervical mucus can start at any point. Obviously, your hormones are always producing discharge; however, you might notice this symptom quite soon after your miss period. The discharge is going to last all the way through your pregnancy but it's just gonna change in the way that it looks as time goes on.


heightened sense of smell is another pregnancy sign. It basically means that you’ve got the nose of a dog.


A lot of women describe having a funny taste in their mouth in early pregnancy and this is pregnancy sign is called dysgeusia. However, this is usually down to your progesterone again, coming back to give you a kick in the bun.

Changes to Skin

A lot of women describe their skin being different when they’re pregnant. So, in the earliest stages you might notice that your skin goes really bad and you're full of pimples or you might find that it actually gets a lot better. People tend to go one way or the other. However, it is down to the hormones once again and it usually passes around about week 13.


Dizziness is also really a common early pregnancy sign. Once again, the progesterone comes into play and giving you that kick. Basically, it will dilate your blood vessels which results low blood pressure making you feel light-headed and dizzy.

Hot Flushes

Some women describe having hot flushes in pregnancy. This one is generally linked to the menopause however; some women can get them in the initial stages around about four to six weeks. It's not very common but if you do get it don't panic.

Excessive Thirst

Another pregnancy sign is one that happens very occasionally. Some women get an excessive thirst that's normal and it’s nothing to worry about. However, if you are suffering from it make sure you've got our bottle of water around because you're gonna need it.

Bleeding Gums and Nose

Other pregnancy symptoms you may think as strange but are quite common include nose bleeds and bleeding gums due to hormonal changes. Remember to brush and floss sometimes if your gum disease is not treated. It can cause transmission of bacteria to the baby.

Muscle Cramp

Muscle cramps in the foot, leg or thighs are also common especially at night. So, try rubbing the muscles firmly or bend your foot upwards with your hand. Try not to stretch with your toes pointed. 

So, if you've probably guessed a lot of these symptoms are like the start of your period. So, if you are unsure buy a pregnancy test or go and see your GP.