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11 Pregnancy Symptoms Before Missed Period

By Sangeetha

The journey from a mother-to-be to a mother is beautiful and incredible.

In this post we shall discuss about early pregnancy symptoms before missed period and how far these symptoms get unnoticed.

pregnancy symptoms before missed period
pregnancy symptoms before missed period

When do pregnancy symptoms start?

Usually symptoms of pregnancy appear during the first week of conception. But many fail to notice it as for most mothers; a missed period is an early sign of pregnancy.

The early signs of pregnancy can be noticed before a missed period too. One can take a pregnancy test but if it is taken early the answer may not be entirely true. A missed period can be caused by other condition aside from pregnancy, so it is not always a definite sign.

It has also been observed that pregnancy can result without the woman experiencing some of these symptoms.

11 Pregnancy symptoms before missed period that might go unnoticed:

Pregnancy symptoms are different for every woman. Here are some of the most common early pregnancy signs to look out for before a missed menstrual cycle.

#1. Implantation bleeding

A light bleeding or brown spots is called implantation bleeding. It tends to happen in the early weeks of pregnancy.

I had the spotting lighter than normal periods which occurred during 1 or 2 weeks following conception.

#2. Sore breasts 

A sore breast is noticed in early stages of pregnancy.

You may notice that your breasts begin to look bigger and may become sensitive or sore. Nipple area might also turn dark black in color.

#3. Fatigue

A woman may suddenly feel extremely tired after doing small chores. This may start as early as the second week after conceiving.

Most of the women continue to experience this during first trimester.

#4. Morning sickness

Morning sickness, nausea or vomiting is one of the most widely known signs of pregnancy.

Morning sickness indicates the sudden nausea, vomiting or weakness you feel as soon as you wake up in the morning.

#5. Frequent urination

If you need to pee(urinate)more than often, it could be because of a hormonal change, which occurs during pregnancy. It can be considered as a symptom of pregnancy.

#6. Mood swings

Mood swings are one of the very common pregnancy symptoms and can start from the first trimester itself. Mood swings are due to hormonal changes during pregnancy.

#7. Abdominal bloating

Abdominal bloating or gas can also indicate a pregnancy.

#8. Food cravings

Food cravings are due to pregnancy hormones.

Many women experience food cravings. Some experience a kind of vomiting sensation due to smell of some foods. During my pregnancy period I had a lot of craving for aloo-palak (Potato and spinach Indian dish) and spicy foods.

#9. Constipation

Constipation is difficulty in passing stools. My gyno advised me to drink lots of water and eat a balanced diet when I was finding difficulty in passing stools.

During pregnancy, the body of a woman produces hormones called progesterone. It slows down the bowel movement resulting in constipation during pregnancy.

#10. Pimple or acne

Pimple or acne is a result of increased hormone in the body of pregnant women. I had severe pimple problems and I was advised by doctors not to prick it.

#11. Fever or headache

High temperature, headache and fever are also signs to be noticed.

During the initial days of pregnancy, the whole body readjusts to accept a new life into its system. It results in fever, high temperature or headache as the immune system goes low.

Early signs of pregnancy before menstrual cycle from my experience:

Two years ago in my case, being in Middle East away from parents and relatives I was unaware of these early pregnancy symptoms before missed period.

I felt tired, had severe headache and mild spotting which I mistook as the start of my menstrual cycle. But then I missed my periods.

Within a week of missed period, I took a home pregnancy test and was sure enough that I was pregnant. A blood test was taken afterwards to confirm my pregnancy.

How did you know about your pregnancy? Did you notice any of these symptoms before you missed your monthly cycle? Please share with me in comments.


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