What are the Symptoms of Early Pregnancy?

What are the Symptoms of Early Pregnancy?

28 Jan 2023 | General

Early pregnancy signs differ from person to person. Some women experience multiple symptoms and others no symptoms at all. 

If you suspect you may be pregnant, take inventory of these symptoms to confirm your suspicion. According to the Mayo Clinic, the following are common symptoms. 

A Missed Period

A missed period is one of the surest signs of early pregnancy, but it is possible this can be misleading if your cycle is irregular or a few days late.

Tender or Swollen Breasts

During the first few weeks of pregnancy, swollen breasts are a temporary symptom caused by hormonal changes.


Another commonly known pregnancy symptom is nausea, often called “morning sickness.” This can occur at any time of day and does not always result in vomiting. It generally occurs about 1-2 months after the pregnancy begins. 


If you are struggling to stay awake throughout the day or have experienced an increase in tiredness, this could be a symptom of pregnancy. Mayo Clinic states this may be due to a rapid rise in the levels of the hormone progesterone during early pregnancy. 

Increased Urination

If you go to the bathroom more often than usual, this could be a sign of pregnancy. It usually means that your body is producing more blood, which results in your kidneys working extra hard, so the extra fluid ends up in your bladder.  

Other Symptoms

Other symptoms, such as spotting or mood swings, are less obvious for predicting pregnancy. 

Schedule a Pregnancy Test & Ultrasound

At Waterleaf, we offer no-cost pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. We can help you calculate when to take the pregnancy test, read the results, explore your pregnancy options, and direct you to local resources.

Ultrasounds are critical in determining how far along you are and confirming that the pregnancy is located within the uterus, ruling out the complication of an ectopic pregnancy. 

An ultrasound also confirms the viability of the pregnancy. Up to 30% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. If a heartbeat cannot be detected, you may naturally miscarry and would be advised to follow up with your physician.

If this is an unexpected pregnancy, we provide a compassionate, pressure-free, non-judgmental environment for you to consider and discuss your next steps. Our licensed medical professionals can answer your questions and address your concerns. Call/text Waterleaf confidentially at 630-360-2256 or contact us securely online today!

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