Top 10 surprising early pregnancy symptoms to watch out for

early pregnancy symptoms

Are you pregnant? Since you had done the deed weeks ago, you’ve noticed that your period isn’t showing up. A majority of women have experienced early pregnancy symptoms after a month and a half. Now, you’re dying to know if you are carrying a little munchkin inside of you. So here are early pregnancy symptoms you can look out for. If you’re not sure, you can also try whipping out some quick, proven homemade pregnancy test.

Mood Swings

It’s quite common to experience mood swings, especially during your first trimester. Did your husband forget to wash his plates again? Before, you’ve just laughed at it, but now, it’s driving you mad.

Mood swings happen because there’s a change in your hormones. Wait until your placenta is developed and it can help maintain and regulate your hormones. On top of that, you can also take fish oil as it’s loaded with nutrients that serve to boost emotions and acts as anti-depressants.

Morning Sickness

 Do you feel like retching all the time? Nausea, vomiting, and chills are common manifestations of morning sickness. How it affects women varies. Some can handle the symptoms quite well, while others need a doctor’s care.

If you’re experiencing morning sickness, you can try to wear loose clothing, eat bland food like crackers, do yoga or drink tea. It will help soothe you during this point of your life.

Food Cravings Or Aversions

You’ve heard of other women longing for a particular food or rather dislike a certain taste, well, it’s true. Once you’re pregnant, you’ve become more sensitive and have developed a desire to chow down some snacks you don’t seem to like before.

This is because your hormones are all acting up. Many point out that it’s because of your excess estrogen once you became pregnant. Be careful not to go overboard with eating so many foods. You have to know which is safe to eat or not, lest you’ll end up food poisoning while pregnant.

Sensitive To Smell

Suddenly, you gag to almost odors you can smell – whether they are sweet or just plain bad. Your new heightened smell can send you off reeling to the bathroom. Now, that you have a baby inside of you, your body changes to meet the needs of your yet-to-be-born child.

Try buying fragrance oils you can handle, so that you can lessen your gag to bad smells.

Sore And Swollen Breasts

 Do your breasts hurt? It’s one of the early pregnancy symptoms mostly experienced by women during their first three months of carrying their child. The pain is similar when you’re expecting your period, but it will be one by the fourth or fifth month.

Also, you’ll notice that your areolas are darkening and your veins are more pronounced and visible as well. Here’s our tip: wear loose clothes and lingerie. Donning on tight outfits would only make you feel uncomfortable.

Fatigue Or Exhaustion

Feeling off after a few sprints or flight to the stairs? You checked your schedule – you slept around 7 to 8 hours, but you’re feeling dead tired. Do you know why? Again, blame it on your hormones. Their increasing activity makes you exhausted in your first trimester.

Don’t worry, though; most women feel the tiredness ebb away starting in their fifth month.


 Spotting is when you bleed a little because of your fertilized egg implants on the wall of your uterus. Most women think their period came up, but that’s not the case. Observe how heavy or light the flow is. If it ended after a few days, you’d know you have experienced implantation bleeding. You’re pregnant, girl.

More Bathroom Breaks

If you find yourself peeing a lot more than usual, it could be that you’re pregnant. Why? Your *ahem* hormones have increased the blood flow to your kidneys, making your bladder filled up more quickly. Thus, making you pee more often.

Also, since the amount of blood you have risen, it leads to more fluid processed by your kidney to eliminate more. Not to mention, when you have your baby, it will add pressure to your lower stomach.


Your tummy might not show it as of yet, but your jeans tell you that it can’t fit anymore. You’re bloated, and you know it. That is because your hormones slow down your digestive system. If it can make you feel better, try drinking tea.

High Basal Body Temperature (BBT)

You can track your BBT by buying a thermometer in your local health store – make sure it is properly labeled as a BBT thermometer. It’s best if you can record it after waking up and are still lying down.

You need to have accurate readings for you to know your BBT temperature when at rest.

So, there you have it. These are the surprising early pregnancy symptoms you have to know about if you think you’ve missed your period because of the deed. Try a pregnancy test first and makes sure you’ve repeated them to get the best results. If everything fails, you can always run to your OB.

For more questions and suggestions, keep them posted in the comments section.

Sarah Clark is the woman behind GiantMommy who provides parents and expecting mothers that ‘eureka’ moment in their lives when dealing with pregnancy and babies. When she’s not writing her blog, you can find her playing with her baby or cooking and reading magazines. You can get all your practical guides at her site or maybe form a community of mommies there!

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