Symptoms of Early Pregnancy

by Laura Driver

Early pregnancy symptoms crop up at different times in different women. Some experience very few (if any) symptoms until several weeks into their pregnancies.

Some of these first signs of pregnancy can show up just a few short weeks after conception;

Missed Period

Missing a period is an early sign of pregnancy. Some women have what seems to be an unusually short or light period after they're already pregnant. It's actually often implantation bleeding but it can be mistaken for your last menstrual period.


When you get pregnant, a huge amount of energy goes into the placenta which can drain your energy and cause pregnancy fatigue shortly after you conceive.


Smell Sensitivity

A heightened sense of smell is an early pregnancy symptom that makes previously mild odours unappealing.

Morning sickness or Nausea

Morning sickness can hit you at any time of day and it typically begins when you're about 6 weeks pregnant, though it can be earlier. Hormones, mainly increased levels of progesterone (though oestrogen and hCG can also take some credit), can cause the stomach to empty more slowly, resulting in this early pregnancy symptom resembling seasickness.

Breast Changes

Tender, swollen breasts and darkening, bumpy areolas are among the breast changes you might experience early in pregnancy. The hormones oestrogen and progesterone are responsible for this early pregnancy symptom. The breast tenderness is pain with a gain, though, since it's part of your body's preparation for making milk.


Frequent Urination

You may notice an increased need to pee due to the pregnancy hormone hCG, which increases blood flow to your kidneys, helping them to more efficiently rid your body (and, eventually, your baby's body) of waste. Your growing uterus is also beginning to put some pressure on your bladder, leaving less storage space for urine and making you head for the toilet more often.

Food Aversions

Your sensitive nose may be responsible for another early sign of pregnancy: food aversions, where the thought, sight or smell of certain foods you normally like can turn your stomach or, worse, contribute to your morning sickness.

Mood Swings

Blame those pregnancy-related hormonal changes for the mood swings you may be experiencing once you're expecting. As early as 4 weeks into your pregnancy, you may feel a PMS-style moodiness; later in the first trimester and often throughout the rest of pregnancy, you could be up one minute and anxious or down the next. It’s completely normal for your moods to go haywire. Do what you can to give yourself a break, eat well, get enough sleep and look after yourself.

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Written by

Laura Driver

Blogger & Social Media Manager
Laura lives in Yorkshire, UK with her two teenage children. When they were little (and definitely not taller than her) she used to blog avidly about the trials and tribulations of motherhood. Laura is no stranger to all the joys small children can bring; sleepless nights, a random public meltdown or a spectacular poonami. She fondly remembers the time her youngest child rolled across a supermarket carpark in a trolley while she was putting her eldest child in the car and the time her, then, three year old took up swearing at a church event. Laura has worked for Your Baby Club, as a Social Media Manager, since 2014.

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