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First signs of pregnancy: 12 early pregnancy symptoms to look out for

Trying to conceive? There are lots of very early signs that you may be pregnant aside from a positive pregnancy test. Here are 12 first signs of pregnancy to look out for that some mums-to-be experience from week one…

Missed period

Of course, a big sign that you may be pregnant is a missed period. While you can be late for other reasons, it can be a major clue if combined with any of these other symptoms.

Spotting and cramping

Many women experience cramping ahead of their time of the month, but for some it can also be a sign of implantation.

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The tiredness and fatigue of the first trimester of pregnancy is something else!

Woman holding her stomach with cramps
Cramping can be an early sign of pregnancy

Breast changes

Again, while breast changes such as tenderness can be a common symptom during your period, they may also be one of the first signs of pregnancy.


Feeling bloated? Hormonal surges in early pregnancy could be to blame.


For some women, feelings of nausea and sickness can start straight away in pregnancy. Morning sickness affects up to nine in ten mums-to-be in the first trimester, and while a third of women only feel queasy, others may be sick several times a day. Meanwhile, 0.3-1% of women develop hyperemesis gravidarum.

RELATED: What is hyperemesis gravidarum?

Frequent urination

A positive pregnancy test
It could be time to take a pregnancy test if you have these symptoms

Did you know the amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy? This causes your kidneys to process extra fluid that ends up in your bladder, meaning you’ll likely need to wee more often.


You could also have those hormonal changes to blame for slowing down your digestive system, resulting in constipation.

Mood swings

While it could also be a sign of PMS, mood swings may also be a very early sign of pregnancy due to the shift in hormones that takes place.

Headaches and back pain

Some women report experiencing mild headaches and back pain in the very early days of pregnancy.

Dizziness and fainting

Dilating blood vessels, lower blood sugar and lower blood pressure can lead to dizziness and fainting for some. Eat regular balanced meals and snacks to ensure your blood sugar remains stable throughout the day.

Of course, many of these symptoms are not unique to early pregnancy, so it’s important to take a pregnancy test to confirm for sure. See your GP if you are concerned about anything you may be experiencing and to start prenatal care as early as possible if you are expecting.

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