12 Pregnancy Symptoms Before Missed Period

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Have you been planning on having a baby for a long time and are now waiting for that typical sign of a missed period to confirm the fact that you are pregnant?

Well, maybe you don’t really need to wait so long. Sometimes, the answer is just right there and it is believed that certain pregnancy symptoms before missed period are more eminent than others. Often, we tend to undermine these ‘other signs’, as we lack the ability to understand and interpret such signs our body might be sending us to signify a successful fertilization.

Motherhood is an experience that gets you feeling complete and is undoubtedly one of the most enriching and important experiences of being a woman. It is that unique cord that connects the mother with her little baby. The bond tends to stay quite strong all our lives, despite the children growing up and develop as independent individuals. If you are planning to have a baby, you may need to pay attention to the changes that your body will now undergo. It is important for a woman to understand her body and acknowledge the changes she will go through, as and when she gets pregnant.

Pregnancy Symptoms Before Missed Period:

As your body prepares itself for the little spurt of life inside, it may present a few minor pregnancy symptoms before your ‘missed period’ to help you understand and know whether you are actually expecting or not.

1. Changes In Daily Life:

There are small, indiscriminate changes that you may feel, as your body and mind readies for what is to come your way. It is important to understand some basic human anatomy here. Your body goes through the menstruation cycle and is guided by the fluctuating levels of hormones estrogen and progesterone. Once you get pregnant, your progesterone level rises and stops the normal process of menstrual bleeding. This helps the body start preparing for the baby and as time passes it signals that an embryo is in existence.

2. Nausea:

While many women would undermine having that nauseated feeling was may be due to a wrong meal or misplaced sleep, but it is one of the first indicators that you may have conceived. It is mostly referred to as morning sickness that many women experience during their pregnancy. Nausea is triggered due to increase in the levels of estrogen and progesterone. These two hormones slow down digestion and lead to inability to hold food inside. So, it is advisable not to ignore that early morning-throw ups and do a quick pregnancy test if you are planning to have a baby. Most women skip this sign altogether or sometimes ignore it. Don’t pop pills thinking that you are having heartburn or acid reflux, have medicines prescribed by doctors. Steer clear from antibiotics, if you are facing any of the above mentioned symptoms.

3. Breasts Are Tender And Feel Swollen:

A female body is designed naturally to ensure wellbeing of the baby growing inside. Your mammary glands or breasts are designed to feed your baby with all the possible nutrition. If you are becoming increasingly sensitive to any kind of touch to your breasts, you could be very much pregnant. In some cases, the hormones will work to make your breasts very sensitive, sore, tender and highly ticklish. Also, you might feel them getting bigger, heavier and fuller as time passes and you progress into motherhood.

[ Read: Sore Breasts During Pregnancy ]

4. Tiredness And Fatigue:

As your body starts to prep itself for the pregnancy and the upcoming changes that are going to happen over a period of time; you will get tired and feel fatigued and exhausted very often. The rising levels of progesterone hormone are indicators that signify that the body is starting to prepare itself for pregnancy, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

Medical practitioners at Mayo Clinic advice to take rest during the first few weeks of pregnancy since they are crucial. Take it a little easy on your work during pregnancy and give priority to your health. The chances of miscarriages are high during the first week of pregnancy so you have to be extra careful. Plan your maternity leave and talk with your doctor regarding the nature of your occupation, if the doctor advices you to take an early leave don’t hesitate to take one. He might also ask you take leaves according to the nature of your pregnancy, if he detects any complications then he will ask you to take an early leave during pregnancy.

5. Your Food Habits Get Surprising:

Anxious to know how food habits get included in the list of early symptoms of pregnancy before missed period? Then here is your answer. If you are pregnant, changing levels of estrogen will enhance your sensory organs and it can trigger a change in your perception of certain foods. Also it could cause an aversion to some foods as well. You will feel hungry more than usual and find yourself craving a lot. Notice whether you are having a desire to have some food that you used to hate earlier, but liking it now. If this is the case, it’s good to go for a pregnancy strip test at home, as it could not just be an odd unusual day that you feel heightened sense of smell.

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  • Deborah

    I’ve been having movements in my stomach since november and my tummy getting bigger by the day. But i still menstrate. Is it that am pregnant? Have done scan three times at the earlier stage nothing. Now by my calculation i should be 8months gone.

  • Sumera Fatima

    Hello, I missed my periods my due date was 9th of march. Bt I don’t find any symptoms of being pregnant. . Can any1 plz suggest me wht to do…

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Sumera, missed periods or delayed periods can happen due to others reasons other than pregnancy such as major weight loss or excessive exercise, stress, hormonal imbalance, thyroid irregularity or polycystic ovary symptom. It is advisable to check with your gynecologist for any of these reasons.

    • Niharika

      Hi Sumera, missed periods or delayed periods can happen due to others reasons other than pregnancy such as major weight loss or excessive exercise, stress, hormonal imbalance, thyroid irregularity or polycystic ovary symptom. It is advisable to check with your gynecologist for any of these reasons.

  • Rita Aladi

    My name is Rita. My issue is exact as Deborah and by my calculation am 8months gone. I have done scan three times nothing but the movement continues and stomach getting bigger.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Rita, it is good to get a pregnancy test at a hospital or a clinic to get a clear picture as to your issue.

    • Niharika

      Hi Rita, it is good to get a pregnancy test at a hospital or a clinic to get a clear picture as to your issue.

  • Niharika

    Dear Amber, delayed periods or less bleeding can happen due to stress, lack of rest or iron deficiency or other medical conditions too. Hence consult your gynecologist to get a clear picture or the cause of your delay if not pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Dear 12345, if you have indulged in non-penetrative sex then the chances of you getting pregnant is very less. But for the benefit of doubt you can take a home pregnancy test after two weeks. It is advisable to consult a doctor to know the cause of your cramps and headaches.

  • Bhebhe

    I missed my period for 3 weeks already but I am experiencing symptoms of menstruating, am I pregnant ? Me and my dada is applying a withdrawal method? Please help I’m confused!

    • Niharika

      Dear Bhebhe, you can take a home pregnancy test to clear your confusion. It is also advisable to consult a gynecologist to know the cause of your delayed periods. Also look for other symptoms that suggest periods or pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Hi Meep, it is possible that your periods has started early…but if it turns out to be just a spotting or so then wait for one or two weeks and then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Amanda

    Had the same thing happen to me, really weird, last month my AF came 3 days late. But was normal for the most part. This month Iv had a ton of symptoms and started bleeding 3 days early, which never happens and was extremely light only used 1 pad a day for 2 days, usually I fill a few super plus tampons( sorry tmi) and cramping wasn’t nearly as bad as usual. The third day I literally only had a couple spots. Took a hpt and got a really really faint line..almost to where I didn’t even notice it until I went to chuck it in the trash..I’m gonna wait a few more days since today would actually be the start of my AF.

  • Amanda

    So just an update. Come to find out I was pregnant. The bleeding wasn’t implantation bleeding, but a very early miscarriage! :( guess we will keep trying! Baby dust to all!

  • Amanda

    Okay so me and my boyfriend have been together for 2 years and were planning on having a baby, the problem is we’re both 16. We both have jobs that pay above minimum wage, I get paid $16 an hour and he gets paid $15 an hour. I’m currently a junior in high school and I am graduating early this year, he is a sophomore. I just want some advice on this. We have talked about it and were both so exited about starting a family, we have a stable home, stable jobs, and stable finances. Yes my father would be upset but he would be supportive. Please no hate, I just want a little advise, maybe from a teen mom/dad them selfs.

    Me and him have been trying everyday for the past week, today is the first day of my ovulation.

    • Niharika

      Hi Amanda, being a teen mom can be difficult. Becoming a mother in teens may affect your education and career. Also children of teen mothers are more likely to be born prematurely and/or at low birth weight than children of older mothers, placing them at higher risk for other health problems. Keeping all this in mind, it is advisable to consult your doctor and family before you decide to start a family.

  • Niharika

    Hi Pooja, the symptoms can suggest pregnancy…however wait for a couple of weeks and take the test again.

  • Niharika

    Dear Amy, if you have trying to conceive then the best time to try would be when you move into your fertility period. An average cycle lasts for 28 to 30 days, and the fertility period falls in between day 11 to day 21. If your periods lasts for 5 to 7 days and you indulge in sex right after that, you might become pregnant. If your periods stop on day 6, you have sex on day 7 and ovulation occurs on day 11; there is a possibility that the sperm of day 6 is still residing in the fallopian tubes for fertilization. Your chances of getting pregnant after period increase day by day once your period stops. If you want to have a baby, this is a real good time to have sex. Also, indulging in sex for the following 14 days improves your chances of becoming an expecting mom. By following your ovulation time, yo could n’t conceive then consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Dear Dolly, as you already have a medical history a miscarriage and missed periods…it is advisable that your consult your gynecologist as soon as possible and to know that if you are pregnant or not you can check that by taking a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Congratulations Dolly :-) During this special phase of your life take care and relax ….. because when the little one comes you will hardly get time to rest. May God bless you with a happy healthy pregnancy.

  • sudhakar syam

    hi anybody please help immediately…i had sex on may after my periods…i had menses on 23th may…for june month i had my menses on 20th june…ate pappaya, pine apple,sesame to have my periods…for july month i hadn’t get my periods…8 days are dealyed.whether there is a possible to get pregnancy…plz help me and clear my doubts

    • Niharika

      Hi Sudhakar syam, as you had periods during both the months of May and June then its not likely that you are pregnant. Delayed periods may happen due to stress, nutritional deficiency or hormonal change. So wait for one or two weeks and if you still do not get your periods, then take a home pregnancy test or visit a gynecologist.

      • sudhakar syam

        i had my periods on 23rd may…after 23rd may only i had my sex…on june month i had my menses on 20th june…ate pine apple,sesame seeds to have my periods on june month…for july month i hadnt get…please clarify and clear the doubts

        • Niharika

          Hi Sudhakar syam, as you had periods during both the months of May and June then its not likely that you are pregnant. Delayed periods may happen due to stress, nutritional deficiency or hormonal change. So wait for one or two weeks and if you still do not get your periods, then take a home pregnancy test or visit a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Bukola, sometimes delay in periods can occur due to various reasons other that pregnancy. Before you take a home pregnancy test you need to wait for at least 28-30 days after you miss your periods. Also the test has to be taken early in the morning during the first urination. If the symptoms persist then visit a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Bukola, the symptoms mentioned by you can be seen during periods too..so do not be worried..but if you still suffer with pain or rashes then do take a home pregnancy test as the bleeding can be spotting or implantation bleeding. This type of bleeding during pregnancy usually occurs 6 to 12 days after conception–close to the time when the next menstrual cycle is expected. Implantation bleeding will be lighter, and of lower quantity. If your bleeding is normal then do not be alarmed.

  • jess

    I have a question my period wasnt due till the 28th of july I started spotting brownish on the 23rd then on 24th n 25th little red on the 26th nothing then on 27th brownish again but it stopped I have symptoms like headaches mood swings breast tenderness everything but sickness I have 4 kids already and ive never experienced this before please help

    • Niharika

      Hi Jess, all the symptoms like spotting, breast tenderness…mood swings can indicate pregnancy. however before coming to any conclusion do visit your gynecologist and also take a pregnancy test at home. If you are not happy or unsure about your next pregnancy, do talk and discuss about this with your family as well as with your gynecologist to help you out further.

  • sudha

    i had a sex on june 10th..after i had my menses on june 20th..for this july month i hadnt get my periods…whether there is a chance to pregnancy..please clarify..i want to get menses plz tell me which tablet have to take

  • sudha

    i had a sex on june 10th after that i had my menses on 20th june…for this july month i didnt get my periods…is there possible to get pregnancy

  • sudha

    i had a sex on june 10th after that i had my menses on 20th june…for
    this july month i didnt get my periods…is there possible to get
    pregnancy..please clarify the doubt

    • Niharika

      Hi Sudha, missed periods cannot necessarily mean pregnancy. There can be delay in periods due to various other reasons like stress, nutritional deficiency etc. So wait for one or two weeks…if your periods do not start then take a home pregnancy test or visit a gynecologist.

    • Abdulrashid Abidemi Mariam

      It’s possible u are not pregnant I had d same experience but if uve neva experienced a missed period b4 it’s likely u are but i’ll advice u see ur doctor it might b a case of PCOS

  • Niharika

    Hi Elizabeth, some time irregularity in periods or early menstrual periods may be caused due to hormonal imbalance or emotional stress, fatigue, over work. A sudden loss of a lot of weight or a sudden gain of a lot of weight can also disrupt your periods. Exhaustion, mood swings, heartburn etc are all signs of PMS. To deal with PMS try to improve your diet. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Exercise for at least 30 mins a day and make a conscious effort to reduce your stress level.

  • Kanisha Coleman

    I had my menstrual period july 1st & went off july 7th had sexual intercourse july 8th now its july 30th and i feel nauseous, my head ,back and lower stomach hurts.. Not to mention i dizzy and have mood swings..
    Could I be Pregnant …?

    • Niharika

      Hi Kanisha, if you and your partner had a sexual intercourse without protection then it may be possible for you to get pregnant. With the above mentioned symptoms it is little early to confirm if you are pregnant or not. You will need to wait for your next menstrual cycle, if your periods do not start in the next couple of days…then wait for a week and take a home pregnancy test or visit a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Cass, as you are on birth control and had a protected sex then it is unlikely that you are pregnant. Your periods might have been delayed or missed due to various other reasons like stress, eating disorder, hormonal imbalance or excessive exercise. Wait for a couple of weeks..if still your period does not occur then schedule an appointment with your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Xperia, all the symptoms mentioned by you can be PMS. However taking a pregnancy test is too soon right now. If you have missed a period by two or three weeks then take a pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Star, as you had an unprotected intercourse during your ovulation cycle then you are likely to get pregnant. Visit your gynecologist and explain your symptoms….it is too early to say if you are pregnant or not. Wait till your next periods, if it gets delayed by more than two weeks then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi KayKay, as you had unprotected intercourse during your ovulation period and showing symptoms like pelvic pain, frequent urge to urinate and tender breast etc..it is possible that you are pregnant. Light bleeding or spotting could also mean implantation bleeding which is normal. But before you jump to any conclusion do take a pregnancy test and also visit your gynecologist.

  • terra

    Hey me and my fiance have sex and I have birth control.and I missed my period. Could I possibly be pregnant? ??

    • Niharika

      Hi Terra, if you are on a birth control then it is unlikely that you will conceive. Delayed or missed periods can be a signal of hormonal imbalance, stress, nutritional deficiency etc. Do consult your gynecologist and look for other symptoms of pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Hi Dani, yes being off the birth control and having an intercourse when you are ovulating that is during your fertile period may lead to pregnancy. All the symptoms mentioned by you can be the signs of both pregnancy or PMS. So to confirm wait for your periods and if it gets delayed by two or three weeks then take the test again.