Very Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Signs

Very Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Signs

Very early pregnancy symptoms you may experience soon after conception.

Despite what some people say, some women can and will experience very early symptoms of pregnancy soon after conception – long before a pregnancy test can even be used! Here is a list of uncommon and common very early symptoms of pregnancy that may happen in early 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 pregnancy 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 pregnancy 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!)

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 of pregnancy – there are common pregnancy symptoms and there are some weird pregnancy symptoms you can even be on the lookout for!

Post written in 2015 – updated on September 2nd, 2017. 

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Positive Pregnancy Test

Of course, the most sure fire way to find out if you are pregnant is with a pregnancy test. Throughout the years, home pregnancy tests have really evolved. While you used to have to wait until after your missed period (of course, one of the biggest signs of pregnancy), there have been many advancements that allow you to find out several days before a missed period.

Even with the ability to test pregnancy earlier than ever both, some pregnancy symptoms can start soon after conception. Here are several early pregnancy 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 pregnancy, so if you suspect you are pregnant, make sure you take one!)

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Heartburn and Indigestion – a few weeks ago I shared a post about acid reflux during pregnancy. This is something I am all too familiar with (during and not during pregnancy.) Before I found out I was pregnant, 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!

Obviously, pregnancy testing has changed over the years! Women used to have to wait awhile to find out and just pay attention to these symptoms. (Make sure you start stocking up on the TUMS)

From what I’ve observed, having acid reflux in early pregnancy is very common. So if you are feeling extra heart burn-y…you could be pregnant!

I recommend getting a high quality pregnancy pillow once you get pregnant. You can get this one for $50 using the code C113D4, making it around $40Pregnancy pillows are great for helping with reflux!

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) and diarrhea early on in pregnancy. I normally have a lot of digestive problems, but early on in this pregnancy, I was feeling even more uncomfortable than usual.

Read more: Is diarrhea a sign of pregnancy?

Bloating Early Pregnancy – Bloating is very common in pregnancy, especially in early pregnancy. Many women comment on feeling like they look a couple months pregnant along some days in those first few weeks of pregnancy.

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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Headache – Very common in pregnancy, and they can start very soon after conception. I’ve heard that peppermint essential oils can help! If you are pregnant, you may like this post – essential oils for labor.

You May Enjoy: Why Am I Not Pregnant? 12 Possible Reasons. 

Nausea – Most people won’t start experiencing nausea until they’ve already taken a pregnancy test, however, some people will experience it right away. With this pregnancy, 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 queazy 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!

Fatigue  Feeling extra tired for no apparent reason? It might be because a baby is on it’s way!

Bloody Nose

Bleeding Gums – Pregnant women are much more susceptible to bleeding gums and gum disease during pregnancy. I noticed early on with this pregnancy 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 after my last pregnancy – 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.

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Basal Body Temperature – This is what tipped me off to my pregnancy with Jack a few days before I could take a pregnancy 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 pregnancy test still (though, getting that positive was still a shock.) Here is some more information on basal body temperature. You can buy a basal body thermometer here.

Cramping – 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.)

Light Spotting – 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.

Skin Problems – 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.

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!”


Super smell – 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, it could be because of pregnancy.

Tender Breasts/Nipples

Congestion – I feel like I’ve constantly had a stuffed up nose during this pregnant (and my ears get plugged up ALL THE TIME. Hate it!) This can happen very early in pregnancy as well.

Did you have any very early pregnancy signs that made you think you were pregnant before you took a pregnancy test?

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Related Reading: When to Take a Pregnancy Test


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  • Hello,I am 43 years old, had my tubes clamped about 12 years ago. I currently am about 7 days late have nausea and swollen breast. I am clearly in denial but what would your opinion be? All information is helpful. Thank you
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  • Could I be pregnant?? I’m having breast tenderness some fatigue and also acid reflex/ frequent ruination and very light headache..I’m 3 days late on my period..and hungry but when I eat I can only eat a little bit..
  • Tums are not good for anybody let alone a pregnant mama. They rob the body of calcium. Safe alternatives are lemon juice, baking soda, or apple cider vinegar in a glass of water.
    • Just passing on the information my doctor gave me :) I always encourage people to discuss treatments with their doctor <3
  • I am due to get my period on Monday, February 26; however, yesterday, Wednesday, February 21st, I felt like I was sure enough going to start bleeding that second all day. I was so bloated it wasn’t even funny. I am very dry and have had nothing. I took a pregnancy test and it came back negative. Thoughts??? Thanks
    • That would be a little bit early to take a pregnancy test. If you still haven't gotten your period today, I would definitely test again.
    • Greeting Rebekah, I’m on the same boat as you. I’m 10 days late (-) test at 1 day late and today. Dr. Wouldn’t do blood test instead put me on 2 week wait. Nervous and scared due to my age 🤭almost 46 years old. Good luck to you.
  • I had my menses 26th of january , then i had sex on the 8 of February on the 9th i saw blood and was having cramps and it lasted for three days. I tested n it was negative. But i tested too early could it be im pregnant.
  • I have had all of these symptoms and then some. sharp pains in my right shoulder at night and just being super uncomfortable pretty much all the time. I've talked to my doctor but i don't know if i should be alarmed with my intense should pain
  • Have heartburn weird smells of fried food recently boobs hurt. urinating frequently eating alot recently i had a day of cramping. Its been 20 yrs since i was last pregnant?could i be?still havent gotten a early period since it comes irregularly sometimes during last week into the first week of the month.
  • Hi,i been hoping to get pregnant this year and herw's my story. Last Dec.19,2017 i got my early period and ends only 3days was Dec.22,2017 supposed to be my periods longed maximum 7days including my spotting,but that time it really stop with in three days no more spotting...i been confused first time happened.And then Jan.09,2018 when i was at work went to the bathroom to pee i saw a small spot of blood i was thinking that what?does my period it on the i wait to get home and put pads..then there is no blood,so i removed my pads then evrytime i pee there is a small amount of blood then i leave it just wearing my panties no pads at all and there is little amount on my panties afterwards and i think it longed 3-4 or 5 days not sure about i been thinking it was the first time happened to me...that my period been like i been talked to my partner and he said lets try to get a test and we did but its negative results..then we been wait another week and try again but it still negative...i feel cramping,even not comfortable,specially in my lover back hips it was paining ,then also my nipples i've never see my nipples like this before its alway hard and sensitive...even headache,...i dont know hoping that you can give me an answer and suggestion.thank you.
      • I saw my last period October 15th, 2017. I was supposed to see the next one November 12th, but i didn't see it, so i took a pregnancy Test, it was POSITIVE. On 20th of that same November, i spotted. Then on the 7th of December, I started Spotting again with CLOT, so I went to the Hospital and the Doctor told me there was no problem, that the Spotting I am experiencing is IMPLANTATION BLEEDING, that I should go home, so I left. The Bleeding continued for a MONTH and THREE WEEKS, so i went back to the Hospital and Doctor asked me to take another PEGNANCY TEST, and i did. so the Doctor asked me to registered for Athinenta, and I did. When the Bleeding finally stopped, i did a Home Test and a Blood Test, it was NAGETIVE, not knowing that i have already MISCARRIAHE. Remember, the Bleeding started December 7th 2017 to January 28th, 2018. So on 25th of February, i saw my period and it Rushed normal and ended normal, but on the 12th of MARCH it came out again instead of 24th, it did not Rush like my normal Period but it also ended for 4days. Right now I am having Headache,Flu, Temperature, Breast Heaviness. So, I don't know if the last period was Implantation Bleeding or not. And I don't know why the Periods seemed to take another different Shape all together. Someone should Help me out.Thanks.
        • I'm sorry to hear of your troubles! That does sound like a period to me, but the only way to find out is through a pregnancy test.
  • I am 18 years old, and I have been really tired, i feel extremely hungry but eat like 3 bites of something, terrible cramping on lower stomach, head aches, and feel so bloated. Am I pregnant? Please help! I took 2 tests both were negative, but I think I took them way too early .
  • I am having all the symptoms except sore breast . I also have missing period for 2 days now and I never miss my period for a year now. still am still scared of taking a test because we have been praying for this for the past 7 mouth . I pray is pregnant. I love this site for the fact that you do reply everyone . thanks for the time you spend wit us
  • Hi ladies Im having most of the symptoms. ..except sore breast ...I'm qeazy in my tummy I feel bloated ...indigestion ....blockade nose ...headaches...sore back and a missed period in December ....I'm afraid of taking a test I've been trying to fall pregnant for 5 years now after i had a mis at 4 months ....been through a lot of test that came out negative ....there was no real reason about how I miscarried just that I'm a O- blood type and we have issues ....I loved this Site so informative ...please advise if I should take a test and when?
  • I've only been pregnant twice so far (this will be my first birth though if it holds) and I've noticed that for me I get EXTREMELY clumsy (like throw my hands up, I'm done just admit me already kind of clumsy) even with the simplest and silly things and then not to long (about 2 days) after this starts, my dog gets super clingy and needy for attention. This is all about a week before I can take a test.
  • Well me and my fiance have been trying and not even a couple days ago my stomach was smaller and not as hard when i would i apply pressure. I took one of the first signal pregnancy tests and i didnt see a second line but when i took ot apart there was a second line. Im have a lot of these symptoms as in moodier, itchy, tired, hungry but not hungry, my stomach has fat that like folds over from the bottom of my bellybutton to my vagina. And that wasnt there a couple days ago. Im thinking im pregnant but now sure. Im 6 days away from my period. I havent spotted yet unless bleeding for four days and then stopping when you go for like 8 days is considered spotting please help me understand. Im having so many of these symptoms.
    • Hmm, I would definitely talk to a doctor! Usually a pregnancy test won't work until after your missed period, too. I wouldn't trust what it looked like after you took it apart :)

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