Symptoms of Pregnancy before Missing a Period


Very Early Symptoms of Pregnancy

Thinking if you are pregnant or not? Either you are waiting for a baby or a worried if you made a mistake!
Whatever may be the reason, a woman cannot stop thinking before it is confirmed.

I never felt any early symptoms when I was pregnant very first time. But my second pregnancy was different. Well before missing my period I started feeling symptoms. The moment I felt nauseous on smell of deep fried potatoes, It clicked my mind, it was not usual! Every pregnancy is unique!

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Let’s see what are the early symptoms of Pregnancy.

Most Common Very Early Signs of Pregnancy

Aversion To Smells

Easy to recognize symptom of all. Many pregnant women experience strong aversion of smell in early days. Foods you always liked may make you run away from kitchen. Tadka/Frying are most common of others as they have strong smell. Some studies indicate that the increased level of progesterone cause this strong aversion of smell. Not strong smell always but very light smell of something can also make you feel very uncomfortable. It is very much unpredictable. It is very likely that you may hate that smell for few months especially before third trimester.


Nausea is second most common symptom of early pregnancy. It is easy to recognize. Usually most of women experience it early morning. The majority of pregnant women get morning sickness after 6th week of pregnancy i.e. 2 weeks after you missed period. But for some women morning sickness can start week after conception. Those who experience morning sickness may or may not suffer from vomiting. Nausea in some cases is experienced any time or whole time of say. Most of such women get relief in their second trimester i.e. in around the 14th week of pregnancy While for some nausea will last till end of pregnancy. For those who suffer from nausea during pregnancy to make you feel better, some doctors say it is a good symptom which indicates good hormone levels required for pregnancy. There is no scientific proof to prove this

Abdominal Cramp

Nearly 4-6 days before missing your periods, you may feel cramps like in menstrual cycle.
Some women experience cramps early in pregnancy. But usually in MC also you may feel these cramps hence it is difficult to distinguish this symptom. In fact feeling cramps can make you think you are not pregnant.

Frequent Urination

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Generally frequent urination happens in later stages of pregnancy when fetus grows, pressing the bladder. But hormonal changes during very early stage of pregnancy can make number of your trips to toilet more than usual. Hormonals changes in early pregnancy speeds up the flow of blood to kidneys making bladder full quicker so you need to urinate more often.
Some women get this symptom even before missing the period. During the pregnancy either because of hormones or because of baby pushing your bladder you need to urinate more than before.

Tender Breasts

Due to rise in progesterone, you may experience tenderness in breasts. This could be very sensitive and uncomfortable for some expectant women. Sour breasts are also experienced by many women just before missing periods. These symptoms may disappear as you reach your second trimester.


Again this is another confusing symptom of pregnancy. Before missing your periods, you may feel fatigue due to rise in progesterone or if you are not pregnant you may feel fatigue due to usual upcoming periods. For many expectant women the fatigue before missing period could be very exhausting.

Dark Areolas

Dark area around breast nipples appears during pregnancy. HCG hormone during pregnancy causes this darkening of areolas. This is seen as early as before missing periods. Along with darkening enlargement in areola may also be experienced. The darkening will increase during pregnancy. But this will come to normal after delivery (Or after exclusive breastfeeding)


This is not very common symptom. But expectant women may get light spotting few days before missing the periods. The fertilized egg implants into the uterus resulting in little spotting. This is again another confusing symptom as you may think it as usual MC spotting. This symptom may be accompanied by cramping in abdomen.

Rise of Body Temperature

You may feel increase in body temperature soon after the egg has been fertilized. During ovulation basal body temperature increases, if egg is fertilized the body temperature does not return back to normal. But if you are not pregnant the body temperature will return to normal after 2 weeks. This is also a confusing symptom before missing the period and also not so easy to recognize. The rise in body temperature is so slight that you may not even notice it

Other Common Symptoms of Pregnancy

Increased Heart Rate

While you are pregnant, your whole body works a little harder. There will be a little rise in your heart rate around 8 to 10 weeks of your pregnancy. Palpitations and arrhythmias are very common. Your heart will pump the extra blood faster. On an average, there will be an increment of 10 to 20 extra beats per minute.

Mood Swings

Mood swings are very common in early pregnancy. While you are pregnant, your estrogen and progesterone hormone levels are crossing the normal range. It makes you emotionally unstable. Feelings such as depressions, irritability, anxiety, euphoria, nervousness are pretty common in early pregnancy.

Metallic taste in the mouth or Dysgeusia

While early in the pregnancy, many women experience that their mouth has a taste of some metal. They, at times, feel that they are sucking coin in their mouth. Well, it is an early pregnancy symptom which you might experience before even missing your periods. It is found that the change in the level of estrogen hormone causes this metallic or sour taste inside your mouth


1) I missed my periods for more than 15 days and home pregnancy test kit showed negative result .Am I still pregnant? Should I visit a gynecologist?

You should contact your gynecologist soon for two reasons:
First- Though home pregnancy kits give 99.9% accurate results, there are false-positive and false negativity results in rarest of rare cases. A proper test under the supervision of a skilled gynecologist is still required for full confirmation.
Second- If you are pregnant then you should start taking pregnancy care. Along with this, your blood pressure, sugar level, hemoglobin and other vitals are needed to be checked in order to take the remedial action if there is any health issue. The sooner the better is.

2) What is the probability of getting pregnant if I had an unprotected sex after 15 days of my periods?

Usually, a woman’s ovulation period is after 14-18 days after her periods. As per medical science, a healthy woman releases a healthy egg on 14 days after her period. But, it varies person to person as well. Not all women ovulate right on the 14 days. Also, the cycle of your period also determines your ovulation period. A woman of a 28-period cycle is likely to ovulate on the 14th day while others with 30-34 days period cycle will ovulate around 16018 days. The best thing to do is, wait for your period to show up and until keeping calm is the key as stress is likely to postpone your periods.

3) I am feeling so dull and thirsty. Am I pregnant?

Though feeling dull, tired and thirsty are early pregnancy signs, they are related to other medical conditions as well. Your low blood pressure level or excessive excretion can also cause these symptoms. Better to wait for your periods to show up or if it has delayed then take a pregnancy test to rule out the exact cause.

4) How can I differentiate between PMS cramping and early pregnancy cramping as it occurs in both cases?

Yes, it’s true that you might experience cramping in both cases but there is a slight difference. While your PMS cramps are likely to stay for a longer time and are little intense, cramping during early pregnancy is generally mild or light that goes as early as it occurs.

5) What could be the reason behind a negativity pregnancy test while I am still due to my periods?

Well, there are numerous reasons. Some of them are stated below:
• You might have taken it too early when pregnancy level is not at optimum level.
• You are over-stressed for your delayed period.
• You might be consuming some medication that can alter your hormone levels.

On conceiving, shift in hormones starts; as a result you feel changes. Tiny changes are many times not noticeable. If you are very sensitive to small changes in hormones, you are likely to experience the changes.
For a pregnancy test to yield positive there must be enough pregnancy hormones circulating in your body. The early symptoms of pregnancy may show up as early as a week before a pregnancy test could come out positive.


About Author


An IT professional, a mom of two, Sapana had belly-only pregnancies in her life & has lost 15Kg weight twice. Along with fitness, Sapana is an expert in Indian names & has helped scores of Indian parents to shortlist suitable baby names by virtue of her years of expertise in Sanskrit origin names & logical approach towards cultures & trends during the name research. Drop a comment to get help from her.


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    Very informative post. Could you please guide me about something? I have crossed my due period date. Its more than 10 days. But, last night a blood clot suddenly showed up. I confused whether it’s an early pregnancy bleeding or my periods are back? Any help would be highly appreciated. I haven’t taken any pregnancy test till now.

    • Sapana

      Hi Suzain
      Sorry for late reply.

      In early pregnancy the light bleeding is possible but at same time this could also be hormonal imbalance which caused delay in your periods. Getting a doctor’s consultation is recommended.

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    Hi, I am feeling symptoms like nausea, food craving and cramping. Though I haven’t crossed my due menses date. The due date is after 7 seven days. Still, I would like to know whether I am pregnant or not? Anyone here to help me.

    • Sapana

      Julia, If you are pregnant then even before missing the period the home pregnancy test can come positive. Which was case with me too when I was 2nd time pregnant. You can take a pregnancy test. Regarding doctor’s consultation, usually they ask to wait for min 7 days after missed period starting date.

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    I didn’t realize that there were so many early signs! With my two I was nauseous and craving things I normally didn’t so those were the big signs for me.

    • Sapana

      Every pregnancy is unique. Even I dint have all these symptoms at first pregnancy but during second pregnancy, my hormones went crazy and I experienced most of these in first week of conception only.

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    I am due my periods n also not taken any test yet but I have a lot of cravings n also feeling nauseous to spicy. could it be sign of pregnancy?

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    Annemarie siatan on

    Im using pills many years.then this oct i didnt take my pills and we have several unsuported sex this whole oct. now i missed period and i have abdominal pain,cramps to much falfitation and nusea sometimes.but i take ultrasound no positive but only thick endometrium is showing

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