These Very First Pregnancy Signs Can Happen Before Your Missed Period


When you’re trying to conceive, the two-week wait between ovulation and your missed period can seem to stretch way beyond fourteen days. Many pregnancy tests now claim to be able to detect pregnancy two, three, or even four days before a missed period. But there are some subtle signs to look for that may clue you into your pregnancy in the weeks before or after your missed period! If you’re anxiously awaiting two pink lines, check out the very first pregnancy signs below that might let you know that a baby could be on the way!

  1. Cramping or spotting

Sometime between 6 and 12 days after sperm meets egg, the blastocyst attaches itself to the uterine wall. When this occurs, a woman might feel mild cramping and may experience light spotting. If you feel a little crampy or spot just a bit a few days before your expected period, you might have a positive test to look forward to!

  1. Elevated basal body temperature

Many women who are trying to conceive monitor their basal body temperature by taking their temperature orally first thing in the morning. Basal body temperature usually increases slightly just after ovulation and remains elevated until the next period. If your basal body temperature stays elevated for over two weeks, you may be pregnant.

  1. Nausea

While morning sickness doesn’t usually pick up until around the six-week mark, it is not totally uncommon for a woman begin to feel a little bit queasy right around the time she might miss her period. If certain smells are turning your stomach or you’re feeling just a little unsettled, it might be time to take that pregnancy test. 

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  1. Increased heart rate

If you’ve got a fitness tracker, you might be able to see a small spike in your resting heart rate very early in pregnancy. Throughout pregnancy, a woman's blood volume increases significantly. This increase begins early and, as more blood begins to pump through a woman’s body, her heart may beat just a little bit faster.

  1. Tender breasts

Just as a woman may experience sore breasts in the days leading up to her period, she may experience tenderness or soreness in the very early days of pregnancy. This tenderness is due to hormonal changes and can mean that a baby is settling in and starting to grow!

  1. Bloating

Early in pregnancy (sometimes very early!), hormonal changes can lead to a slowing of the digestive system. This slowing can sometimes lead to some serious bloating in the soon-to-be mom. 

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Did you know you were pregnant before you had a missed period?

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These Very First Pregnancy Signs Can Happen Before Your Missed Period

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. She is writing a memoir on pregnancy, motherhood, and sisterhood and lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. ... More

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