Are you experiencing these early pregnancy symptoms? Find out if you have the first symptoms, before a pregnancy test! Your beautiful body has been going through a couple of changes and has been giving you some great first, early pregnancy symptoms.

These are what we describe as the very first changes that you will feel without being able to see with your eyes. It’s best not to confuse these symptoms with the first signs of pregnancy which are visible clues.

There are many different reasons that you may be experiencing these symptoms, such as hormonal imbalances, uterine and implantation changes.

Remember, that these symptoms may or may not occur in each and every pregnant woman, because everyone is different in one way or another.

1. Have you missed a period?

early-pregnancy-symptomsDone a pregnancy test yet? If you have, congratulations are in order I presume! Why? Because, a missed period is one of the early pregnancy symptoms that stands a high chance of confirming a pregnancy.

If, you usually get your period at a regular time during the month.

This might be a good time to do a pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy.


If you have irregular periods, this ONE of the first early pregnancy symptoms may present itself as a delayed period! None-the-less, do a pregnancy test to confirm.

2. Abdominal cramps

An early pregnancy symptom that usually presents within the first 6 – 12 days of conception would be mild cramps. But, they may persist to a few more weeks after conception, too.

This sign of pregnancy, cramping in your lower abdomen, is similar to pre-menstrual pain, and can be quite uncomfortable as well. Usually attributed to implantation of the embryo into the uterine wall.

Taking pain killers is not usually recommended unless authorized by your doctor. This is one of those symptoms that had me looking really unhappy, even though I was so elated to be pregnant.
And because I couldn’t take any pain killers … for fear of harming the embryo, I looked forward to the end of this symptom.

3. Breast tenderness

early-pregnancy-symptoms-1You will find that breast tenderness is also one of those early pregnancy symptoms that starts in the first weeks of conception and continues on in pregnancy.

To relieve the tenderness you are feeling, soak in a warm bath (make sure it’s not too hot, now!)

Try it, it may just provide some soothing relief if tenderness is too much. Additionally, wearing a good supporting bra, day and night will also make you feel better.

4. Are you feeling unusually fatigued and tired?

early-pregnancy-symptoms-2Fatigue is common with most pregnancies, and typically begins in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy and returns in the last weeks.

Take a couple of rests during the day, if you can, and get adequate sleep at night.

It’s best not to over work yourself to the point of exhaustion, either during exercise or at work.

Smile, and accept any help you may be offered and get off your feet as often as possible.

5. Light headed and dizzy

Some women may experience some mild light headedness or feel slightly dizzy at times. This may be attributed to your constantly changing blood volumes in your body.

If this happens to you, while you are standing upright, stop immediately whatever you are doing and lie on your left side with legs up for a until this feeling passes. Remember, when you are seated and need to get up, always get up slowly.

I, too, felt like this a couple of times, and believe me when I tell you that you need to stop whatever you are doing and lie down on your left side. Always let your doctor know any symptoms such as dizziness, in case they wish to run some extra tests for you.

6. Nausea and morning sickness

This may be one of your worst first symptoms!
Many women who are expecting do not experience nausea … otherwise known as morning sickness, until they are in the 6th or 7th week of pregnancy. And yet other women maybe fortunate not to get this symptom at all.

If you do experience some nausea in early pregnancy, take heart that it most likely will improve in the first trimester.
Mine did not improve until the end of the second trimester.

The simplest way to manage this symptom of morning sickness (which may or may not last all day) is to try nibbling on crackers very early in the morning when you get up from bed. Other tips that may help you with nausea:

  • After you get up in the morning, take an hour before you drink any fluids.
  • Try to eat frequent small meals every 2 – 3 hours ensuring your stomach is never completely empty.
  • Try eating small bowls of oatmeal, boiled potatoes, rice crackers, cheese, banana, or apple sauce.
  • Avoid strong odors, and especially spicy or greasy foods.
  • You might just feel some relief by sipping on room temperature ginger ale or possibly some soothing ginger tea!

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