Early pregnancy symptoms vary from person to person. Some early pregnancy symptoms are strong, some are subtle, and some don’t happen at all.

There are some “classic” early pregnancy symptoms and some that are less likely. But even though they’re less likely, that doesn’t mean they can’t happen. If your body feels a little “off” lately, you might be pregnant. Keep reading below to learn more about early pregnancy symptoms.

Common early pregnancy symptoms

  1. Missed Period – if your period is late, that is a decent indicator that you could be pregnant. However, there are other reasons your period might be late; like stress or if you took Plan B.
  2. Tender Breasts – if getting a hug is unusually uncomfortable, you could be pregnant. Early pregnancy hormones affect breast tissue and make it extra sensitive.
  3. Nausea – Those pesky early pregnancy hormones can make your stomach upset. Most of the time, nausea starts around month 2 of pregnancy, but it is still possible to experience it right away.
  4. Fatigue – If extra naps and a slower pace feel like a requirement lately, it’s time to take a pregnancy test. Although no one really knows what causes the increase in fatigue, it could be from… you guessed it, changing hormones.
  5. Increased Urination – Need to go more often? You could be pregnant. An increase of blood in your body is the culprit for frequent urination in pregnancy.
  6. Moodiness – Are you happy then sad, angry then laughing? Don’t worry, it’s normal in early pregnancy. Just like everything else, you can blame your fluctuating hormones.

less common early pregnancy symptoms

  1. Light Spotting – This might be your earliest pregnancy symptom, but only about 25% of women who are pregnant experience it. Technically, it’s called implantation bleeding, and it happens when the fertilized egg implants to the uterine lining. It happens around the time you’d expect your period, but it’s much lighter than a period.
  2. Bloating – Can’t button your jeans lately? It’s not too many lattes, it’s bloating. You’ll notice it feels similar to what you experience before your normal period.
  3. Constipation – Can’t do number two? It’s frustrating to urinate constantly, but not be able to go. If you feel a little more stopped up than usual, it could mean you’re pregnant.
  4. Food Aversions – Does the smell of your favorite food all of a sudden smell awful? Pay attention. It could be your body’s way of letting you know you are pregnant.

when to test

It’s tempting to take a test before you miss your period, especially when the pregnancy would be an accidental pregnancy. However, it’s best to wait until the day you expect your period. If you test before that date, your hormones won’t be strong enough, and the results won’t be accurate. Don’t waste money on a test – just be patient.

we offer free pregnancy tests

Our registered nurses offer pregnancy tests at zero-cost in our office. If you’re anxious about someone you know seeing you buying a test, schedule your appointment here and get a private medical-grade test. If the test comes back positive, our nurse will talk you through what are your options for next steps.

If you think you might be pregnant, we’re here to help. Schedule your appointment with us today.