What Are the Early Pregnancy Symptoms?

Posted on November 30, 2023 by Metro Women's Care

If you’ve noticed changes in your health and body that seem abnormal, you may be wondering if you’re unexpectedly pregnant. The answer can be difficult to discern, given that the experience is different for everyone. Some women have early indicators of pregnancy, but others may not exhibit any symptoms at all.

But you don’t have to rely on just these signs to determine if you’re pregnant. Metro Women’s Care offers quick, no-cost, lab-quality pregnancy testing. Book an appointment with us here. Or, keep reading to learn more about the early symptoms of pregnancy.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Here's a look at what you might experience in the early stages of pregnancy:

Missing Your Period

The most prominent signal of pregnancy is missing your period. If your cycles are usually regular, this can be a strong indicator that you might be pregnant.

Breast Changes

Hormonal changes in early pregnancy can make your breasts feel tender, sore, or swollen. Some women also notice their nipples become darker and more pronounced.

Nausea with or without Vomiting

Often referred to as “morning sickness,” nausea and vomiting can actually occur at any time of the day. This symptom typically starts around the 6th week of pregnancy but can begin earlier for some women.

Increased Urination

You might find yourself needing to urinate more frequently. This is due to increased blood volume, which leads to more fluid being processed by your kidneys, moving to your bladder and causing you to urinate more frequently.


Feeling unusually tired is common in early pregnancy. This fatigue is often attributed to rising levels of the hormone progesterone.

Other Signs

Other less obvious signs of pregnancy include moodiness, bloating, light spotting, cramping, constipation, food aversions, and nasal congestion.

Should I Use an At-Home Pregnancy Test?

At-home tests are known for their convenience, rapid results, and ease of use. While they are accurate, false positives or negatives can occur, especially if taken too early or not used correctly.

On the other hand, lab-quality testing administered by a nurse can give more accurate results because it leaves less room for error.

What Should I Do Next?

Every woman has a unique experience with pregnancy, and with such high-quality testing available, there’s no need to rely on these signs or symptoms to confirm you’re pregnant.

You can get fast and accurate pregnancy results now by scheduling an appointment with Metro Women’s Care. We also provide follow-up care, pregnancy resources, and the space to ask questions.

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