Signs & Symptoms

Here is a list of early signs and symptoms of pregnancy. While symptoms vary from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy, identifying the signs is the first step in recognizing that you may need to begin prenatal care. Don’t wait. If you think you might be pregnant, take a pregnancy test or contact us to find out where to get tested. Call HMHB and we can connect you with a medical payment source, a doctor and services to assist you and your family throughout your pregnancy.

Common Signs of Pregnancy:

Missed Period
A delayed or missed period is the most common pregnancy symptom. When you become pregnant, your next period should be missed. However, some women can bleed while they are pregnant, but typically this bleeding will be shorter or lighter than a normal period.

Frequent Urination
Rushing to the bathroom all the time? Most pregnant women feel the constant need to urinate because of the increase in blood and other fluids in your body, which leads to extra fluid being processed by your kidneys and ending up in your bladder.

Implantation bleeding can be one of the earliest pregnancy symptoms. About 6-12 days after conception, the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall. Some women will experience spotting as well as some cramping. Some women do not even notice this so don’t worry if you are trying to get pregnant and don’t see it – you could still be pregnant. If spotting increases and is coupled with abdominal pain, contact your doctor immediately to be sure you aren’t having a miscarriage.

Nausea or vomiting
If you're like most women, morning sickness won't hit until about a month after conception, but some women start to feel nauseous from day one. Morning sickness doesn’t just happen in the morning, some women experience nausea and vomiting morning, noon or night. However some women escape it altogether.

Sore or enlarged breasts
Swollen or tender breasts are pregnancy symptoms which may begin as early as 1-2 weeks after conception. Women may notice changes in their breasts; they may be tender to the touch, sore, or swollen. Many women claim that their breasts are very sensitive and that they often experience sharp, tingling sensations. Tenderness of the breast often disappears later in your pregnancy.

Feeling tired all of a sudden no matter how much sleep you’re getting? No one knows for sure what causes early pregnancy fatigue, but it's possible that rapidly increasing levels of the hormone progesterone are contributing to your sleepiness.

Weight gain
Have you been feeling unusually bloated, but don’t have your period? Controlled weight gain during pregnancy is healthy and you may start to notice early in your first trimester that your belly looks larger than normal and your pants are too tight. Remember to choose healthy foods as often as possible so that you don’t gain more than you should.

While you may not have a strong desire to eat pickles and ice cream, many women will feel cravings for certain foods when they are pregnant. This can last throughout your entire pregnancy. Be careful not to over indulge and try to make healthy food choices during your pregnancy.

Sensitivity to smells
During your pregnancy, it is not uncommon to feel repelled by the smell of chicken or a cup of coffee and for certain aromas to trigger your gag reflex. Though no one knows for sure, this may be a side effect of rapidly increasing amounts of estrogen in your system. You may also find that certain foods you used to enjoy are suddenly the ones you can’t bear to see, let alone eat. 

The sudden rise of hormones in your body can cause you to have headaches early in your pregnancy. If the headaches are unbearable or consistent, talk with your doctor about ways to alleviate the pain without taking medication.

Lower backaches are common early in your pregnancy and as your baby grows and you are carrying more weight, the pain may increase. Always talk with your doctor about these pains and never take medication without your doctor’s approval. Prenatal yoga is a great way to help relieve some of the stress on your lower back and sciatica.

The Proof: A positive pregnancy test
If you want to know for sure if you’re pregnant, take the test! Tests can be purchased over the counter or taken at a local health clinic or doctor’s office. If you aren’t able to buy one, call HMHB and we can connect you with a local clinic who will administer the test for you.