Common Early Pregnancy Symptoms

If you’ve been wondering whether or not you are pregnant, it might be because you’ve been experiencing some unusual symptoms. There are quite a few symptoms related to pregnancy, however, there is no one symptom that guarantees you are pregnant. If you’ve experienced two or more of the pregnancy symptoms below, it’s probably time to take a pregnancy test:

Breast Changes

One of the most common symptoms women notice early on in pregnancy is breast tenderness or soreness. Breast changes occur because hormone levels in a woman’s body rapidly shift following conception.


Exhaustion is another common pregnancy symptom, and this can occur as early on as one week after conception. Fatigue is often thought to be related to the heightened levels of progesterone, a hormone produced by pregnant women.

Nausea and Vomiting

While it’s often referred to as “morning sickness,” nausea and vomiting can occur during any time of the day throughout pregnancy. This is another commonly noticed early sign of pregnancy that usually doesn’t last beyond the first trimester.

Missed Period

Most commonly associated with pregnancy, a missed period is one of the most often reported early signs of pregnancy.

Other common early pregnancy symptoms include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Food cravings and aversions
  • Headaches or dizziness
  • Spotting and cramping
  • Mood swings

Symptoms experienced vary from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy. So, while some experience severe nausea, others don’t get it at all. It’s also important to know there isn’t a way to self-diagnose pregnancy, so if you think you might be pregnant and any of the above symptoms apply to you, it may be time to take a pregnancy test.

Ray of Hope offers no-cost pregnancy tests and other resources for women facing unexpected pregnancy. Contact our center today to learn more about how we can help.