Despite what some people say, some women can and will experience very early symptoms of pregnancy soon after conception – long before an at home test can even be used! Here is a list of uncommon and common very early symptoms of pregnancy.
Right before I found out I was pregnant with Jack, I really had no idea. In fact, I distinctly remember thinking to myself, “Well, I know I’m not going to be pregnant this month” (which, at the time, felt like a relief!) Little did I know that a few days later, I would get the biggest news of my life!
This time around, I knew I was pregnant long before I took a pregnancy test. Don’t ask me why – I just did! I honestly felt like I had very early pregnancy symptoms, so when I took that at home test, and it showed up positive literally in seconds (which happened with Jack as well – no waiting five minutes for me), I wasn’t surprised at all.
For whatever reason, the symptoms started really early with this baby, and I feel like I experienced just about everything you could – with Jack, they started at around seven weeks (and with both babies, the symptoms just go on and on!)
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I know a lot of women who are trying to conceive are hyperaware of their body, and they are looking for just about every sign that they could be pregnant – there are common symptoms and there are some weird pregnancy symptoms you can even be on the lookout for!
Post written in 2015 – updated in February 2019.
Signs of Pregnancy
How Early Are There Signs of Pregnancy?
There is a lot of debate on this one – some say it’s impossible to feel symptoms until you at least have enough pregnancy hormones that can be detected in your blood or urine…but if you scour the Internet, you will find many people who will challenge that.
Personally, I have felt symptoms before I could get a positive at home test – most notably, my reflux gets out of control (even with medicine) and my breasts/nipples are incredibly tender.
It can be hard to find the difference between early symptoms and symptoms that your period is about to start – because many of them are very similar – so it’s best not to get too excited until you get a positive test. However, if you are feeling something different from what you’ve normally felt, then you could be pregnant.
Many women report feeling extra emotional or crampy during implantation, which can happen as soon as five days past ovulation. There’s not a lot of science to back up feeling symptoms this early – but there are plenty of women who will say otherwise!
Positive Pregnancy Test
Of course, the most sure fire way to find out if you are pregnant is with an Hcg test. Throughout the years, home tests have really evolved. While you used to have to wait until after your missed period (of course, one of the biggest signs of of being pregnant), there have been many advancements that allow you to find out several days before a missed period.
Even with the ability to test earlier than ever both, some symptoms can start soon after conception. Here are several early signs that you may experience before you can even take a test (of course, taking a test is the only way to really confirm that you are pregnant so if you suspect you are pregnant, make sure you take one!)
Heartburn and Indigestion
Acid reflux during pregnancy is something I am all too familiar with (during and not during pregnancy). Before I found out I was pregnant with Oliver, I noticed that my acid reflux was significantly worse than it had been for months, and I could barely stand it. I remember thinking, “I wonder if I’m pregnant?” And I was!
From what I’ve observed, having acid reflux in the early weeks is very common. So if you are feeling extra heart burn-y…you could be pregnant!
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Stomachache and Problems
This is a symptom I haven’t seen a lot written about online, but I know of several other people who suffered from really bad stomach aches (different from cramping – most likely due to constipation in early pregnancy) and early pregnancy diarrhea. I normally have a lot of digestive problems, but early on, I was feeling even more uncomfortable than usual.
I have also read that some people have had especially green stool right before they find out that they are pregnant.
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Are you feeling extra hot or extra cold? Many pregnant women experience a shift in temperature when they become pregnant!
Bloating is very common in pregnancy, especially in the early weeks. Many women comment on feeling like they look a couple months pregnant during the first few days and weeks.
I experienced this with my second child– I looked in the mirror, and I couldn’t believe how big my stomach looked! Exercising and drinking a lot of water made my stomach go back to normal the next day, but if you are feeling extra bloated, it could mean pregnancy. Belly bands will be your best friend at this time.
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Very common at any point, and they can start very soon after conception. I’ve heard that peppermint essential oils can help!
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Most people won’t start experiencing nausea until they’ve already taken a test, however, some people will experience it right away. With my second, I found out I was pregnant right at four weeks, and I started feeling nauseous the next day.
If you don’t find out you are pregnant super early, it’s very possible that you may start feeling queasy before you even realize you are pregnant. And if you are unfortunate enough to experience morning sickness, be sure to check out these tips for surviving morning sickness, as well as natural morning sickness treatments. Make sure you grab some preggie pops. LOVE them!
Feeling extra tired for no apparent reason? It might be because a baby is on it’s way! This is one of the symptoms many women experience first!
Cervical Mucus Changes
Anyone who has tried to conceive for a long period of time have probably obsessed over their cervical mucus at one point or another. While there’s not a ton of evidence that says whether or not you can predict someone being pregnant, if you pay close attention to it and notice it’s acting differently than it does before your period start, it could be a very big indicator that you are pregnant.
Here is a great post on how to check your cervical mucus.
Pregnant women are much more susceptible to bleeding gums and gum disease during pregnancy. I noticed early on that my gums were bleeding like crazy (I actually ended up getting dental planning done on them, which did help. My gums were left in a bad state – partially due to all my morning sickness!)
I’ve found that using a good quality electric toothbrush – like these ones – can help A LOT with your gums.
Basal Body Temperature
This is what tipped me off to my pregnancy with Jack a few days before I could take a test. I had been vigilant about tracking my basal body temperature, so when I saw that my basal body temperature didn’t drop like it was supposed to, I was pretty convinced I would probably have a positive test still (though, getting that positive was still a shock.)
Someone women even will experience an “implantation temperature drop” in their cycle tracking 5-8 days past ovulation, so if you see a drop at this point, don’t automatically think you aren’t pregnant.
This may feel like your period is about to start, but if it doesn’t and you are experiencing menstrual like cramps, it could be because of implantation (which happens about 9 days after ovulation). It is also very common to feel cramping during the first few weeks as your uterus is starting to rapidly expand.
Trouble With Sleep
Weird dreams are no joke – and they can start very soon after conception. If you are having a lot of very vivid dreams, it could be a sign you are pregnant.
You might also feel more restless, have trouble falling or staying asleep. Sometimes this could be due to a change in body temperature like we talked about above. If you can swing the cost, I highly recommend a BedJet for a more restful sleep.
This can happen pretty quickly after you conceive!
About 30% of women will experience implantation bleeding, which is associated with implantation. This can happen around the same time as the cramping I described above. It’s usually not very dark (it can be anywhere from pinkish to brown), and it’s usually a very small amount.
I started noticing that my skin was really breaking out a lot more very early on. I have never had the best skin, but it was looking really way worse than lately. Some women experiencing darkening of the skin or just more blemishes than usual.
Pregnant women tend to pee a lot, and the early hormonal changes can make that start happening earlier than they realize.
No pre-period Weight Gain
This was another thing that made me think I was pregnant with this baby. Usually a few days before my period begins, I will gain about three pounds. Well, in January, I noticed that I did not gain that expected three pounds I gain every month. I remember telling Forrest, “Well, I haven’t gained any weight. I think I might be pregnant!”
This is another one that the jury is out on whether it’s an effective measurement..but your cervix height usually will drop right before your period starts, so if you are pretty good at regularly measuring it, you might be able to tell!
Pregnant women are known for their super sense of smell. It’s pretty much a curse (I can’t even stand to go near the fridge or the sink when there are dirty dishes in them.) This starts very early with me, and if you are noticing smells a lot more, you might be pregnant!
This was always a big one for me. I always have some breast tenderness before my period starts, but with pregnancy, it’s a whole different level. It’s like I can’t even be bumped accidentally without feeling really sore!
I feel like I’ve constantly had a stuffed up nose when I am expecting (and my ears get plugged up ALL THE TIME. Hate it!) This can happen very early on as well.
If you are pregnant, it’s never too early to start thinking about prenatal classes.
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Related Reading: When to Take a Pregnancy Test
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